National Blog Post Month 2014
What Is NaBloPoMo?
NaBloPoMo was started in 2006 by Eden Kennedy, as a response to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and BlogHer began leading the charge in 2011. We now run NaBloPoMo writing challenges every month … but November still tends to be the “official” month, and it is unofficially HUGE.
Think of it as one big blogging party meant to give you enough energy, ideas and inspiration to supercharge your blogging mojo and carry you through the next 12 months. We do our part to keep the energy going by celebrating the big crowd by featuring great posts, sharing prompts, cheering you on, and handing out prizes.
I am participating in my first NaBloPoMo this year. Let’s hope everything goes smoothly. I will be posting updates here and link to any posts that I write on the main blog page.
First is a new beginning
Shooting myself in the foot on the first day of NaBloPoMo. I spent the majority of today moving. It is only 9pm now (at the time of writing) and I am feeling exhausted and not feeling particularly inspired.
Nevertheless, today is a good day. It is the first (of November) and it is a new beginning. It is not just for me.
Have you ever had a friend who you want to give a nudge and say “Take the first step. Do it. You are gonna be so much better from then on.” That friend finally decided to do it. I’m so happy for him. Sometimes it is not enough to hear what friends tells us. We have to realize it ourselves, in order to take that first step to make it happen. We have to realize how important it is. I feel proud to have a friend like that, who has the courage, the intelligence to figure it out.
Life is good. As always!
Meet Perfectionist Lily
Today has been a hard day in terms of NaBloPoMo. When I post on my blog, I want to hold myself accountable for the quality of the content. This includes grammar, the layout, the spacing, which photos to use and where are they placed etc. These seemly little things end up taking a lot of time in the end.
I want to participate in NaBloPoMo so that I can improve on my writing skills. What’s the best way to improve on writing? It is to write more. This is why I have a separate page for NaBloPoMo. I want my subscribers and followers (not many, but I still really appreciate it) to get notification and emails when there’s quality content (at least by my standard). In other words, I want the best of both worlds.
Today is Sunday, which is usually the day I would update with my new blog post anyway. This time I’m writing on a topic that is very hard to write about. I feel I need some extra time to revise. I wrote my first draft a week ago and have changed things around many times already. With NaBloPoMo, I thought this is gonna be my November 2 post. It was how I planned. However, last minute I decided against it. I need more time for this post to develop — in order to achieve the perfection I need.
In the mean time, this one will be Day 2’s post. Ciao!
When you are busy, you are really busy. I haven’t really had time to sit down and think & write with a creative thought process. Many people trying to find you and ask you for things at the same time.
We all love beauty. I love it way more than I used to. I am not just talking about putting on some makeup or a nice dress. That’s only part of it. I have a thing for stationaries. Despite the modern world is shifting toward anything digital, I still rock pen and paper from time to time. I fantasized having moleskine notebooks, but I never find the justification to buy it because of the price (so overpriced for a notebook).
I find myself more creative and more interested in arts. I can’t say I understand all the paintings, but I like things that are colourful. Overtime, I’ve appreciated these things a lot more. (just a tiny post today…)
Writing is such a good way to express myself. As I was saying in my About Me page. I used to run many blogs. Not all at the same time of course.
Sometimes I have an outline of what I want to write, but other times I write things as I go and see where my writings leads me. For me, the idea/theme is very important. I want to explore the topics that people don’t normally talk about (or that I think no one talks about).
I have a place for storing all my ideas for the future. I like to plan my ideas out so I can think about the topic before I start writing on them. I might start writing on some topics and revise them.
Perfection is key. I want to make sure everything down to the layout to look good. I will edit before I publish to make sure everything is good to go.
Are you a morning person or night owl?
If you ask me this question a few years ago, I would definitely tell you I am an owl. In my university years, I frequently stayed up very late into the evening time to study or to play, or at parties.
Nowadays, I am more of a morning person. I cannot say I get up early everyday if I don’t have anything going on in the morning. But I try to be moderated. However, on weekends, I give myself a break by not setting an alarm. That said, it is very rare for me to get up after 11am.
Over the years, I’ve realized that sleeping late makes me more tired during the day. I’d feel like I have no energy even if I have 8 hours of sleep. There is also the fact that half of the day is already gone. Not a very pleasant feeling when you have many things to do. In addition, it is bad for my health to sleep so late. I’m not the type to have insomnia, so I should take advantage of my natural state.
Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.
Don’t think too much. Just write write write..I feel it is impossible to have very good ideas because I feel rushed to coming up with one. If that’s all I have to do for the day, it wouldn’t be so bad. But when I’m sitting here at 10pm, after an exhausting day. It is so hard to coe up with interesting and readable topics.
I keep it short and concise because I don’t want to feel burnout from writing, especially I am trying to blog on my regular schedule concurrently. It’s good that I get a chance to practice my writing skills by blog daily.
Cheers to that!