Many of my friends are currently participating in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. It makes sense since many of my friends are writers. Actual novel writers. Like, they get paid for it and stuff. It’s pretty cool to know these folks.
Well, I’m not a writer. Not a novel writer, anyway. Not yet. Maybe. One day. But not today. Today, I’m a blog writer.
My blog is mostly used for posting book reviews. Periodically, I may write a movie review. When I attend the theatre, I will often post a review of the production. But I also use my blog for other things – to talk about my interests in books, travel, sight-seeing, and just random thoughts. It’s why my blog is called “Frivolous Views.” There’s no particular theme to my blog. It’s not a “one stop shop” for…anything, really. I’m okay with that. For now.
I sort of like my blog being a mixture of different things. I blog the way I make soup – I throw stuff in the pot and see what comes out of it. Most of the time, it’s pretty decent. Once in a while, it’s awesome! Sometimes, it’s not that great. But the main thing I want to ensure is that I’m actually writing blog posts.
In 2012, before I knew about NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), I challenged myself to write a blog post every day in the month of March. Just to prove to myself that I could do it, you know? Well, guess what? I did it! I really did. I was pretty proud of myself. However, had I kept up with that sort of writing/posting, I would have well over 500 posts by now. But I don’t. I have less than 200. Granted, 2012 ended up being a crappy year. There were certain things I just had to write about. But, for the most part, I really didn’t bother.
I want to bother now. I want to get back into the groove of posting, back into the groove of writing. I need this to jump-start my brain. I need this to get my thoughts, ideas, opinions, etc. out into the world using something other than Facebook conversations. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Facebook – it’s how I communicate with my friends. But, really, I need more than that. I need something that is going to force me to write in prepared, structurally sound sentences. I want to get back to that. I need to get back to that.
So, I’m participating in NaBloPoMo while my friends are participating in NaNoWriMo. No, I won’t have a word count like they do. No, I don’t have to worry about characters and plots and scenes (oh my!). But I do have to maintain a level of dedication to meet this challenge. I have to write 30 blog post in 30 days. Which means I need to find 30 things to write about. Things that will hold my interest and, in turn, the interest of readers (however few they may be). Definitely a challenge.
There will be reviews. There will be nonsensical things about stuff happening in my life. There may be a travel log of my trip to North Carolina. There will probably be pictures of the turkey I may make for Thanksgiving. Outside of that, I’m not completely sure.
My promise is this: I’ll certainly give it a try. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. Heck, there are 31 days in March and I succeeded in 2012. November’s 30 days should be a piece of cake.
Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.
As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I add participating blogs to my feed reader.
So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.
Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.
Happy NaBloPoMo to you!
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
Well, aren’t we the lucky ones? Your readers, I mean. I love your blogs and this means a lot more for four weeks. Travel logs, reviews, Turkey secrets, keep it coming. If you get desperate, you can publish the Butterball Turkeys year round 1-800 number and discuss what sorts of Turkey emergencies their operators must hear about!
Thanks for stopping in, Ona!
I’m so proud of you, and myself. I actually did over 1900 words today. My best start ever! I even bought an egg timer today, and kept my butt in the seat for 60 minutes. I do believe that is a first. I have no idea what these words will turn it to be, perhaps just words. But you knew what? Today I did it. Today I won!
Let’s keep it going!
Good for you, Mercedes! Keep it up! If you need a kick in the ass, just let me know. 🙂
I love books and I love blogging, Carleen. So I’ve a feeling I’ll be stopping by here again as NaBloPoMo unfolds. Here’s to a cracking November! Great first post, which echoes some of my own reasons for participating this month, too.
Thanks, Susan! Go get ’em this month!!!