Normally in November I would take part in NaBloPoMo. I've done it for years (though I'm fairly sure I've never succeeded), but this year I've opted out. Instead of feeling chained to a commitment to blog every day of the month of November, I'm just going to try and blog as much as I can. After all, I have days like yesterday, where I wake up, I go to my daughter's soccer game, followed by an end of season party, then come home to work on Pampered Chef things and prepare for a party which I leave the house at 4 for, have the party, come home late, watch a few episodes of The League with my husband, spend a couple of hours talking afterwards and not getting to bed until after midnight. Where was the time to blog? I could've worked it in if I needed to, but I didn't need to, so I gave myself a break. It's nice to give yourself a break.
However, I like the concept of NaBloPoMo. Make writing a habit, and you get better at it. I don't always sit down with something in mind to write. Usually it's just the opposite. Often I have no idea what to say when I sit down in front of my laptop, or I do have things in my mind I want to write about, but they are so big I don't know where to start, or I don't think I have the time to give it all the justice the topic deserves. Sometimes though, just sitting down and writing whatever comes out can end up being something worthwhile. It can be therapeutic, and it can illuminate and clarify feelings and ideas I didn't even know were waiting to be developed.
So with that, while I'm *not* doing NaBloPoMo this year, I'm still going to do it, without the guilt or the worry that I didn't blog on any given day. Last year I gave myself the theme '30 Days of Thanksgiving'. I have no theme this year as of yet, but we'll see what happens anyway. Watch this space. It may or may not be worth it.
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