Here it is, November 30, and I FINALLY successfully completed a NaBloPoMo!! This is especially significant considering all that I had going on this month (hence the multiple “here’s a fun photo to look at” posts).
I’ve learned some things from my experience.
- Dude does not appreciate when blogging overrides quality time with him after the kids are in bed.
- I just do not have enough time and/or energy some days to write something coherent or interesting.
- When I push myself a little, I can do more than I thought–a longer post, posting more often, coming up with new topics, etc.
- I hate posting fluff, and want to take more time to create more meaningful posts, which will involve thought, reflection, and sometimes research.
- I like making new connections. I’m following new people now, and a bunch of new people are following me. I want to do more of that.
- Challenges work well for me if I make it past a certain point; if I fall out early, I find it hard to get back in it.
- I like to write, and want to find time to do it more seriously. That may mean cutting out something else.
All in all, my NaBloPoMo experience has been a positive one. For my personal sanity and sense of self-worth, I don’t think I’m going to attempt it again next month (helllo, Advent + tons of other holiday activities and commitments!), but I may pick it up again in January. I may also “unofficially” try to do it without having signed up, so I won’t feel so bad if life gets in the way.