Q: Why should you post your precious thoughts to the Internet every day for the month of November?
A: SO MANY REASONS and some of them even make sense.
1. Establishing a Habit. You want to get into the habit of writing every day? Great! Lots of smart, important people in history have done the same. If you enjoy putting your thoughts/craft projects/political rants online, one way to build an audience is to post on a daily schedule. But whether you’re posting publicly or working on some other writing project that’s not ready to be seen by the world just yet, a good way (or maybe the only way) to establish the habit is to commit to doing it every day.
2. Practice/the Ritual. What happens when you practice doing something every day? You get better at it. Also, over time it gets easier*, and if you’ve managed to find the sweet spot in your schedule to make writing happen, you win just for showing up. Yes, even on the days you sit down and find you have nothing to say, you still get points for opening up your laptop, or taking the wrinkled cocktail napkin out of your pocket, and staring at it in despair for twenty minutes. Points from whom, you ask? Who’s giving out the Staring at Your Hands in Numb Anticipation of Death points? Me. I’m giving them out. Keep writing.
*I know, when it comes to writing that’s debatable
3. The More Bad Work You Do, the More Good Work You Do. Here’s the thing. If you wait until the Muse shows up and inspires you to write, you may end up writing nothing at all. Whereas if you’re sitting there every day in November churning out your thoughts and photos and shaping them all into something readable, if even 33% of what you’ve posted veers toward greatness, that’s 10 great posts you came up with that you might not have otherwise. And if the other 20 weren’t that great, we’ll forgive you because...
4. You Made a Public Commitment to a Goal. Everybody knows that there are days during NaBlo when you’re going to have to phone it in. You might even plan ahead for those days by lining up half a dozen YouTube videos or hedgehog photos to post when you just don’t have anything else worth sharing. Forgive yourself in advance for those days and keep going because one of two things will happen when you reach the end of the month and you’ve posted all 30 days in a row. Your sense of accomplishment will meld with an overwhelming sense of relief and you’ll turn off your computer and leave it off for a week so that you can taste the sweet joy of life unplugged once again, or you’ll have gained so much momentum that you’ll post every day in December, too. I’ve experienced both feelings myself, and they’re both useful places to be in.
5. One of Us! One of Us! One of the reasons I started NaBlo was to create a more easily achievable alternative to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is where a person can commit to uploading roughly 1,600 words a day for 30 days so that at the end of the month they’ll have the first draft of a roughly 200-page novel. Committing to sixteen hundred words a day for thirty days in a row, for those of you who have never tried long-haul writing, can be a humbling experience, especially if, oh, you haven’t plotted out anything in advance. Unsurprisingly, I failed to write a novel that year, so when the next November rolled around, I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t need to write AN IMPORTANT NOVEL, I could write A SERIES OF SHORT, RIDICULOUS BLOG POSTS instead, while still having a life and give myself a prize at the end of the month. Instead, I got two prizes. One was sanity (again, debatable). But it turned out that reading the blogs and being a part of a community of people letting their minds loose on the Internet every day for a month was the best prize of all.
So why are you doing NaBloPoMo?
Pssst, want to sign up for NaBloPoMo? It's not too late. Check here, sign up, and get writing.
Eden Kennedy writes at Fussy.org, and NaBloPoMo was her brain-child.
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