What's Next After #NaBloPoMo?

3 years ago

Big changes are underway for lovers of #NaBloPoMo! Like NaNoWriMo, #NaBloPoMo will now own November and only November. But that doesn't mean NaBloPoMo is disappearing during the other eleven months of the year. Oh, no. It's only getting better.

What's Staying the Same

We will still create a monthly theme for you to take or leave as you wish. Each month, I'll post about the theme and give you ideas on ways you can embrace it. December's theme post will go up on December 1st.

There will still be daily prompts on weekdays, and I will be posting those prompts on BlogHer at the beginning of the month so you can work ahead if you choose.

There will still be a monthly newsletter sending along links and important information.

What's Changing

We're getting rid of the blogroll, except for the month of November. "But how will I join along, Melissa?" you ask. Keep reading below. We hope this new system has made it easier to drop in and out as time permits.

We'll only have monthly badges during November's #NaBloPoMo.

Brand New

First and foremost, the name. While we'll retain the name #NaBloPoMo for the November challenge, daily prompts during the other eleven months now exist as the BlogHer Writing Lab.

The name embodies everything we hope this project will be. We're excited to build up the community aspect of the #NaBloPoMo you know and love, making this experience ten times more interactive.

We've started a Facebook Group called BlogHer Writer's Group. This new space will serve as the "blogroll," but it's so much more.

First of all, the daily prompt will be posted there, and you'll be encouraged to add a link to any blog posts you write for the prompt in the comments. I'll also be throwing out interesting articles that can be used as a springboard for a blog post, as well as discussing unique angles for the post.

We want you to write about current events and figure out how to record the world around you. In other words, process the things happening in your world with words and images.

Also popping up in the Facebook group: weekly challenges and mini lessons. Want to learn how to edit your blog posts? Take better pictures? Query agents for a book? Those topics will be covered on the Facebook group and through additional posts on the BlogHer site. (You can get a head start by exploring BlogHer University.

Not into Facebook? You can also tweet the hashtag #BlogHerWritingLab and follow the Twitter list.

Whether you want to continue to commit to daily blogging for a whole month; drop in and out week-by-week; or just post on Mondays ... we've got you covered. We're bringing you everything you love about #NaBloPoMo in a more flexible package so you can make writing fit your life, rather than the other way around.

By making it more flexible, we hope that you stick with it. Because whether you write for fun or write for profit, we just want you to post!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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