This here post marks the end of NaBloPoMo, and Nano Poblano, and NaNoWriMo.. ALL OF THE NANOS ARE OVER.
I gave up on one goal for the month, which turned out to be a great decision for me. I was not happy with my writing or my writing process and I have a lot to learn when it comes to setting goals and sticking to and following through with them.
That’s life. You set goals, you try, and sometimes you fail. And then you try again and maybe fail again, but better. Like life, it’s a learning process. I’m really happy that I did at least one thing I set out to do this month, which is blog every day in November, and I learned a lot from the process.
What NaBloPoMo 2014 Taught Me About Blogging
- Blogging (for me) is not a habit, it’s an intention. Even though I intended to blog every day, since it wasn’t a habit it was something that I needed to remind myself to do, and there were quite a few days that I rushed to the laptop after 11:30pm to get my post in for the day. I think if you want to be successful at doing anything daily, you have to make it a habit, work it into your schedule like it’s something you HAVE to do every day, like brushing your teeth.
- You get back what you put in – I started this new blog on WordPress.com because I wanted to have a community. I wanted to blog, of course, but more than that I wanted to have people read my blog, which is no small feat when you are using Blogger or hosting your own site. WordPress comes with a built in community, but that doesn’t mean the community just comes to you. For every comment someone leaves on my blog, I’m leaving two or three on other blogs. It’s not easy, and it’s time consuming, but it’s worth it when the people on the other side of the computer screen start to feel like friends.
- The time of day when you post is really important – Here’s something I noticed pretty quickly and have learned from – the earlier in the day I post, the more readers and responses I get. If I wait to post until almost midnight, by the time people start reading blogs the next afternoon, my post is buried way down in the reader behind all the people who post in a timely manner. So, I learned that in blogging as in life, the early bird gets the worm and all that.
- It’s important to follow the rules of the game – If you’re participating in a blog hop or a writing challenge, it’s probably best to follow all the rules. That’s something I ignored for the name game and dropped the ball with as well. I still feel bad about that, Mark! I learned another lesson about following the rules when I participated in a YeahWrite.me microstories challenge – at first I didn’t follow the rules, which would have disqualified me from winning. But then, I went back and changed my post to follow the rules, and I “won” second place! Yeah, I am still a rebel at heart, but there’s a time and place for rebellion, and on other people’s hops and challenges is not it.
- Being honest is important, but being nice is more so – I got to know some great people blogging this month, but I encountered a few ignorant fools, too. You know what? We aren’t all going to be friends and we aren’t all going to agree with one another’s beliefs and opinions. I learned that THIS IS MY SPACE where I can say whatever I want, but other people’s comment sections are NOT the place to debate, ridicule, or otherwise try to edumacate someone who you think needs it. The blogosphere’s huge. If you don’t like what you’re reading, stop reading. Don’t waste your time or energy being nasty to someone who you disagree with on principle. It’s not worth it.
- Plan ahead – This is something I learned a little too late, but something I am going to utilize going in to December and beyond. Like I said before, the time of day is key for posting, so you know what’s a great idea? Writing posts ahead of time and scheduling them for publishing. I intend to do that tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and so forth. We’ll see how it goes.
Well, November was fun. I feel happy and accomplished. What’s next in the world of blog challenges? Bring em’ on!