National Blog Posting Month, I’m Participating 11 comments

National Blog Posting Month ~ NovemberA long long time ago in a country far away, there lived a little girl who dreamed of only one thing, well, she dreamed of a lot of things, but for the purposes of this post, she dreamed of only one thing, to be a writer. Not just any writer but a writer who made a difference, either through laughter or tears or spiritual tugging. That little girl wanted to change the world.

As she grew older, life took over and the strong words of conviction that the little girl so desperately wanted to share with the world were replaced with teenage grunts and, later, parental shouts of “No” and “Stop it!” The typewriter was pushed aside and the dream became a distant memory. The only time it was remembered was when someone from my past would exclaim upon discovering that I’m a wife and mom, “What?! You’re not living in some foreign country writing reports of political upheaval?” Nope, I’m living in suburban America, signing permission slips.

So here I sit, in my living room, wondering if there’s still time for me to make a difference, to reach people through my words… Is my voice still here? If it’s lost, can I recover it?

For the month of November that’s exactly what I plan to find out. I will be participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), a challenge for bloggers to post daily. Usually, there’s a theme assigned to the challenge but this month there is no theme, bloggers are asked to simply write for the sake of writing.

To participate all you have to do is:

  1. be a blogger
  2. go here to sign up
  3. grab the badge from here

Easy, right? You can also check out other bloggers who’re participating in NaBloPoMo by going here.

Some of the benefits of participating in NaBloPoMo:

  1. Writing daily sharpens your skills
  2. Increased visibility of your blog through syndication on BlogHer
  3. Daily prizes for bloggers who are listed on the blogroll:
  • Monday – BlogHer ’12 conference pass
  • Tuesday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Wednesday – $50 Visa gift card
  • Thursday – Book from Penguin Publishing
  • Friday – Melissa Ford’s Life From Scratch (a novel about blogging)
  • Saturday – Susan Getgood’s Professional Blogging for Dummies (a book about blogging)
  • Sunday – Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley’s Let’s Panic About Babies!

Will you be participating in NaBloPoMo? If so, leave a comment below with a link to your blog so I can check out your posts.

  • Mimi

    I am joining in the fun. I did it last year and missed a day because I fell asleep at the very end. This year I am going to make it! Not sure what i will blog about but anything to get me in the running for a BlogHer pass!

    • I know, the BlogHer pass is enough inspiration, right? I tried it 2 years ago and failed. I will succeed this time and so will you!

  • ellie

    But you will be great at this.

  • ellie

    You know, if I wasn’t starting three straight days of school each bookended by parent conferences, I might do this.  AND, then after that, the at risk reading tutoring program begins.  Hm, I want to, but I don’t think it’s wise to commit.  I hate the quitter part of my personality.

    • You’re not a quitter! You’re doing a lot. Right now, I have the time so… 

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm. I want to try this. One of the reasons I blog is to improve my writing skills AND I love prizes and giveaways!

    • Definitely do it! It starts today. All you have to do is sign up and start writing.

  • Is there still time to make a difference? I have a strong feeling you’ve never stopped. And, it’s never too late to take it from blogging to the next level. You’ve got a talent… and for what it’s worth, I know people with far less talent pursue careers in writing. If they can do it, then there’s nothing stopping you 🙂 

    • Thank you, Lisa. You never fail to make me smile.

  • Raven

    Your voice never leaves you. It just gets muffled with the noises of everyday life. Congrats on taking on the challenge. I would try it but im doing the nanowrimo this month~50,000 words in 30 days. Thats enough of a challenge for me. Lol Good luck! I know you will do great.

    • Oh, girl, NaNoWriMo is tough! I’ve seen the tweets about it. Good luck to you. I know you can do it though, you’re a tough cookie.