Lessons Learned from BlogHer's NaBloPoMo June 2011

I've been participating in BlogHer's NaBloPoMo June all month - 30 posts in 30 days. During the course of the month, I've learned a few things.

1. Writing consistently is tough. Before this month, I would post whenever I had blog material. That may come when we've been to a great dog event, been on a camping trip, or hear of an upcoming dog event that I thought was worth sharing. I always tried to incorporate pictures of Kendall involved in the event, whenever possible. After about Day 15 of NaBloPoMo, I ran out of things to write about. I was looking for things we could do as a family just so that I'd have blog material. With a full-time job and a busy work travel schedule, I found it increasingly difficult to come up with fun, original material. I really didn't want to resort to a stream of Wordless Wednesdays and Blog Hop Saturdays, but I found that it was a way of filling in and stretching material.
As I'm facing a week-long business trip to one of the busiest and biggest educational tech shows of the year, I find myself rethinking my commitment to NaBloPoMo. I find myself asking, "Who will know the difference?" "Who, besides myself, will even care if I fail to complete the month?" "Is it worth the added stress to my busy travel schedule to complete the 30 posts in 30 days?" I know these are hypothetical questions and that none of you are going to come after me for missing a day or two along the way, but I'm the type of person that finishes what she starts. I haven't made up my mind yet as to whether or not you'll see seven more posts this month. I guess you'll just have to wait and see.

2. I enjoy writing. If only my high school English teacher and the theme editor could see this now! I'm first and foremost a science/math kind of gal, but I love the exactness of grammar and the allure of the written word. I wish I had more time to spend composing blog posts, putting in the perfect links to other great blogs, and inserting pictures of the cute dogs and cats I come across in my day-to-day life, but reality steps in and I must concede to doing the best I can in the time I have.

3. Volunteering as a Pet Partner Team for the Delta Society is very important to me. Kendall and I started volunteering this spring at a new assisted living facility that I wasn't sure I was going to like. Over the course of the past few months, we've grown to love our visits and the wonderful people we get to visit with. There's nothing like the smile that appears on someone's face when Kendall walks into the room. They say that there's a special animal-human bond that happens, and I whole-heartedly agree.

When I set out to do 30 posts in 30 days, I thought it would be easy. I certainly didn't think I'd learn so much about myself along the way.  I only have seven more posts to do to make it through the month. Is there anything you'd like to see me write about? Are there events happening that I've not included?

I blog at http://kendalldog.com

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