My own #NaBloPoMo


My own #NaBloPoMo
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I’ve seen a few cool people talk about doing #NaBloPoMo this year and I thought to myself, huh, maybe I should join.

(#NaBloPoMo is short for National Blog Post Month, more history here.)

And then I thought, nah, I’m barely holding it together as it is. I don’t need to add something else to my plate. This isn’t for me.

It’s a conversation I’ve had in my head for two weeks. And even late last night, as I struggled to get my kids into bed at a hour past their bedtime after an over-stimulating halloween, I decided, no, I’m not going to do it, I need to give myself more space, not less.

But here I am. I’m going to try.

Why I’m doing this:

  • I really value working in the open
  • For me, writing is thinking
  • I have lots of ideas in my head I want to get out into the open. I actually have a list of 25 different blog posts I want to write. So this seems like I sign
  • This is a good excuse to publish a few things in my draft that I have worried about publishing because they I worry they are not good enough or are too ranty/opinionated
  • I still get nervous flutters every time I publish anything — an article, a tweet, a comment in a meeting chat. I want to work on that

My own #NaBloPoMo rules:

  • Consistency over perfection
  • I can’t write every day. It would be unfair to myself and my family. So I’m aiming for 4 -5 posts a week. If even that gets to be too much, I’ll shift. Even a tweet a day would be out of my comfort zone
  • I want to keep things short — both in the interest of spending less time on what I write, and also because I don’t read long articles myself
  • I’m aiming to spend 20–30 minutes on each post. This is a pretty lofty goal, but I’m hoping I will get better at writing quickly. This also means that my writing will be mostly my opinions and not well-researched or edited

A list of #NaBloPoMo people that I will be following and you should too:

Let me know if I missed anyone!