It’s the last day of November, and time to take stock of the whole NaBloPoMo experience. I was mostly successful. I just went through my posts and it looks like I managed a total of 24 posts for the month, between my two blogs. Not too shabby for a person who typically posts 2-3 times a month! Here are some things I have discovered over the course of the last 30 days:
- Having a given deadline/target/etc. definitely improves my writing habits. While NaBloPoMo is really just an arbitrary “deadline” and there is no real consequence if I did not write, having the “contest” hanging over my head forced me to write.
- Feeling the need to write every day did not particularly raise the quality of my writing, however. I had several posts that were just photos or links to videos, and I felt those were cop-out posts. I put them there for the sake of posting something.
- When I write more often, I get more ideas. They definitely creep up out of the woodwork. This is good to remember, and hopefully will cause me to post more often in the future.
- I got quite a few new followers during November–particularly for my Arbitrary Flights of Fancy blog, which had been languishing in a virtual blogging no-man’s land up until now. But they don’t seem to be particularly active followers. My tried and true followers were the ones who continued to “like” my posts and comment on them. Love you guys!! I do wish to extend a hearty welcome to the newcomers. I hope you stay with me. I promise to make a valiant effort to write more often, keeping an eye to the quality.
- I found some great new blogs to read and some new writing communities. Blogher and YeahWrite are communities I hope to stay active in now that November has come to an end.
- I wrote some posts of which I am truly proud during this month, despite what I felt to be the forced nature of the writing. If you haven’t been reading all month, here are my favorites: A Nice Cup of Tea, Numbers, The Healing Has Begun, The Reverse Bucket List, and My Peaceful Place.
I hope you enjoyed taking this blogging journey with me. I’ll see you in December!