So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?
You've probably heard of VOTY -- Voices of the Year -- but have you been acquainted yet with the brand new PhOTY: Photo of the Year? This year at the annual BlogHer conference in San Jose, the best photos of the year will be honoured within five categories: street life/slice of life, faces/friends/family, food/craft/things I made, nature: big and small, and selfie.
So we've lined up a theme that will help you take that perfect shot to submit to PhOTY. This month, we're going to not only express our own perspective, but we're going to pause to consider someone else's. We're going to look at the world from a different angle. We're going to zoom in close and pull back to look at things panoramically.
In other words, we're going to capture images with words, and we're going to provide images for those moments that words cannot express.
Along the way, we've lined up some amazing photography tutorials for you to ensure that you pair great images with your posts. We'll be looking at how to get the most from sites such as Instagram, and how to get the types of shots you covet. It doesn't matter if you have a fancy DSLR camera or if you take your pictures -- like me -- with your phone. There will be plenty of tips to help you gain a new perspective.
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 February 1 and runs until February 28. 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 February's NaBloPoMo until February 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 February, 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.
Sign up for February's NaBloPoMo and show us the way you view the world.
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