Reflections of NaBloPoMo


I did it! I published all 30 days of NaBloPoMo!

Do I deserve a pat on the back? Yeah, I do!

I really feel like I accomplished something. This was not an easy task for me. In the beginning of the challenge, I set-up some basic rules and goals for myself. Then, I went about completing the challenge.

Now, in true teacher fashion, I’m going to reflect upon my NaBloPoMo experience.

My Personal Rules for NaBloPoMo:

  • Try to post every single day.
  • Daily posts should be more than just giving a quick answer to a daily prompt. No lazy posts.
  • Interact with other bloggers.
  • Catching up is not allowed. If a day is missed, it is missed.
  • Cannot reblog more than once.
  • My poems, videos, and personal photography are acceptable.

Main Goal:

Complete most of the challenge. (Mathematically that worked out to at least 16 days with a published post.)


I posted all 30 days! Yes!

Other Goals:

Publish at least 15 posts that are directly related to the content areas (literacy, math, science, and social studies) and the classroom.



I wrote about trade books, video clips, internet finds, and more!


Publish a at least one fiction or flash fiction post.


I don’t like writing fiction. I tried, but I just couldn’t make it happen.


Publish a reflection post at the end of the month.



Read and comment on other NABloPoMo participants’ posts. Additionally, venture out of my WordPress blogging bubble.


My commenting goal has always been at least 7-10 comments a week. I blew that out of the water. Yay! I ventured out of my WordPress blogging bubble a little bit. I found some new WordPress bloggers and some outside my safe “WordPress Blogging Bubble”. However, most of those non-Wordpress blogs were from Blogger/Blogspot which is basically like venturing into the cool, next door neighbor’s yard. You know, the houses are pretty much the same except for a few differences.


Reblog at least once… maybe.


The jury is still out on how I feel about reblogs. I lucked up on the perfect educational post for me to reblog. Teachezwell wrote a review about Quizlet, something I knew nothing about but wanted to talk about on my blog. I think “blog posts that provide information and expertise that I’d like to give but can’t” are the perfect posts for me to reblog. I added a little aside then turned off the comments so I didn’t feel like I was leeching on another blogger’s post.  I’m not against reblogging that way in the future.

 My Take-a-Ways:

– I could never be a daily blogger. I don’t want to be a daily blogger. NaBloPoMo kicked my bootay in a good way, but it still kicked my bootay. I just can’t keep up that kind of pace all the time.

– I need some time between writing, editing, and publishing. I tend to make a lot of mistakes, and I don’t notice them until I’ve had a little time to unmarry myself from my words. If I don’t, I’ll read incorrect stuff as if it were correct. I need to go back through and reedit a bunch of NaBloPoMo posts.

– I was able to publish several of my drafts. A few of my drafts required a lot of time and research. A few didn’t get published. That’s cool. I still posted all 30 days!

– I have been inspired to set up a plan to try and publish 1-2 in-depth, informative articles a month. Don’t worry. It will probably be a list or some type of historical/scientific/biographical sketch. I’m really not into longform posts.

– I learned BlogHer does a NaBloPoMo challenge every month. I kind of felt less special. November was just another NaBloPoMo challenge month.

-The increased activity on my blog helped me have the best month ever! My stats and follows increased big time. December will be a humbling month as I return back to normal.

– There are A LOT of Mom themed blogs and recipe blogs. A. Lot. I guess I didn’t know that.

– I wrote my 100th post during NaBloPoMo. That was a good feeling.

– I’m glad I’m not going to have to type NaBloPoMo for a while.



Did you participate in NaBloPoMo? How did it go? What other blog challenges do you like to participate in?


14 thoughts on “Reflections of NaBloPoMo

  1. Hi from the Weekend Blog Hop!

    Awesome job! I started off well with NaBloPoMo, but then we all got sick and I just couldn’t get myself to blog during my only chance to rest. I managed to accomplish it last year; it’s definitely a lot more work than it sounds!

  2. Congrats on your many accomplishments. While Blogher does do a NaBloPoMo challenge each month November is definitely the biggie!! One of my goals was to comment more too and though I didn’t keep track of #s I feel like I managed to increase my commenting.

    • Thanks. I’m not sure how much I commented, but I know I commented on way more than 2 a day. I read a lot more too. I find I get a lot of ideas when I visit other blogs.

      I’m going to check out your blog. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Yay congrats!! I have a bunch of posts I want to write very soon, but I also want to return to a more sane schedule. I have my usual monthly “Firsts” post coming out tomorrow (December 1st) and then I want to do roundups/reflections of NaBloPoMo and Photo101. And then back to usual content at a 2-3x/week pace.

    • I was thinking you would probably post a roundup today. I kind of wish I would have waited now because I want to add more. But I’ve decided that it is officially a wrap. I’m putting it up until next year (maybe).

      Maybe = Participating in NaBloPoMo next year not possibly continuing posting daily <– Not happening.

      • Yeah it’ll definitely be nice to not have the pressure of posting daily. I would’ve posted a roundup but I had to travel all day Sunday and it was much easier just to schedule a photo post than to prep a roundup. I figure readers might also have more time to read older posts once December starts rather than as everyone is finishing NaBloPoMo.

  4. Bravo!!! 😀

    I’m a once-a-week-ish gal. I’d like it to be every 3/4 days now that I’m getting back into my regular writing habits. Seems the more I write, the more I write! Who knew?!!!

    • I’m going back to my 1-2 posts a week. Gladly. I found I didn’t have troubles finding something to write about. Like you said the more you said, the more I write (and read), the more I write. Finding time to actually do it was the tough part. I thought Thanksgiving was going to derail me, but my family was wearing me out so blogging was a nice get-a-way.

      I follow a bunch of people who publish interesting content daily or almost daily. I don’t know how they do it.

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