Serve Others with September's NaBloPoMo
By Melissa Ford on August 28, 2013
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So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?
In 2009, the National Day of Service was established as a remembrance for the 9-11 attacks. All across the country, there will be opportunities to volunteer this month. Through serve.org's site, you can set up a project and encourage others to join along, or you can meet up with people in your area through an already established opportunity. The purpose is to recreate that feeling the country had after the attacks, when so many people came together to help out.
Your blog can become another vehicle to bring people together and plant the idea of serving others. All month, we'll be looking at different ways to volunteer, beliefs around serving others, and quotations that will help you remember why it's important to lend a hand.
Of course, "SERVE" can mean anything you want it to. Tennis. "Service with a smile." Subpoenas. Catholic mass. Web servers. Thanksgiving. Downton Abbey. Etc., etc.
The theme and writing prompts, as always, are there as a guide if you want some structure to your month, though you can always sign up for NaBloPoMo and chart your own path.
If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts September 1 and runs until September 30. Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll. Cheer them along and they'll cheer you on too. You can sign up for September's NaBloPoMo until September 5th. You can grab the official badge here and upload a link to the badges you make.
It's as simple as that: post daily on your own blog. That's it. You can get fancy and cross-post your blog posts onto the NaBloPoMo site. If you need daily inspiration, bookmark the NaBloPoMo prompts page for September, which already has all the prompts for the month posted so you can plan ahead.
NaBloPoMo is what you make of it. At its core, all you need to do is post daily on your blog. The point of NaBloPoMo is not to be restricted by the theme, but instead to either take it or leave it. If you'll do better blogging every day based on what's happening in your world, throw aside the daily prompts.
So start thinking about ways to serve and sign up for September's NaBloPoMo.