This month I have decided to step out of my box and participate in NaBloPoMo. NaBloPoMo is an acronym for National Blog Posting Month. The purpose of NaBloPoMo is for bloggers to make a post every day for the month of November. Another purpose is for bloggers to make connections with one another, really engage with the blogging community. In short, NaBloPoMo isn’t just about churning out post.
November is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of that challenge is write a 50,000-word rough draft novel by the end of November. I will not be participating in that challenge. Maybe next year.
November is also Movember. Movember is not a writing challenge but a mustache challenge. Participants are challenged to grow and groom a super hot mustache all for the sake of bringing awareness of men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer to the public’s attention. Since I can’t grow a mustache*, this is another challenge I will support but not participate.
Why do you want to even try to do this challenge K. Renae P.? What happens if you fail to complete all 30 days?
Those are great questions Dear Reader. I want to do this to make myself get out of my comfort zone, write more, explore my creative side, and write/publish some of my drafts. If I don’t publish 30 days of blog posts then I didn’t make it happen. It’s cool. If I publish 3-4 posts every week in November, then that is more than what I was doing. I really want to complete or mostly complete the challenge**, and if I do that, I’ll be happy.
This is my mantra. I’m going to take it one day at a time.
That’s right. Like any good educator, I have established some goals:
- I want to publish at least 15 posts that are directly related to the content areas (literacy, math, science, and social studies) and the classroom.
- Publish a at least one fiction or flash fiction post. I’m nervous about this one the most!
- Publish a reflection post at the end of the month.
- Read and comment on other NABloPoMo participants’ posts. Additionally, I will purposely venture out of my WordPress blogging bubble. This one is a little scary because the WP blogging bubble is safe, comfy, and warm.
- Honorable Mention: Reblog at least once… maybe. I’m not a big fan of reblogs, but I’ve been reading some really great posts lately. I want to share some of those posts on my blog. This one may not happen since I’m still torn on the reblog.
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* I lied. I get my lipped waxed.
** Double posts on one day will not make up for missed days. I had a fight with me on this one, but I won. The rule is nonnegotiable.