NaBloPoMo. I know. I am sorry to say it, but I think the name is horrible. I cannot remember it. I keep calling it random things that do not match up to that abbreviation. Anyway. It is based around the idea of NaNoWriMo, but instead of writing a novel the aim is to write and publish a blog post each day for a month.
The thing is, blogging has not been the easiest to combine with getting used to my first grown-up job, which means that whenever I am done for the day, I choose to read instead of staring at a computer screen some more (which I do a lot of during work hours – well not staring, I’m actually doing stuff, but you understand what I mean). And when I’m stressed, what do I do? I read a book, and I do not write about the 30 other books I have already read and are still waiting to be reviewed. When I loved a book and think “this was so awesome, I should write a post about this right away”, what do I do? I pick up another book or watch a TV show because a post requires feelings and thinking and arguing and I sometimes want to look smart and classy like all the other bloggers and so I do not write posts for fear of failing.
[this sounds like I am actually reading a lot, but my reading numbers have gone way down too since starting a job. Basically, I'm spending a lot of time catching up on sleep.]
Anyway, I thought perhaps this month might make it easier. Might put on some healthy pressure to make me stop over think things. To make me comfortable to maybe, you know, write about music sometime instead of just about books. To post smaller posts at times when I really cannot muster the energy for longer ones. To just become comfortable with blogging again.
[This sounds as if blogging is no longer fun for me. But it is. I do still enjoy blogging. I more than ever love all the contact with other readers through here (although yes, my commenting needs to improve desperately). It's just that I tend to over think blogging sometimes, and I am trying to let that go just a little bit].
It might result in a lot of rambly posts that do not exactly go anywhere. But then at least you’ll know what is happening: I am trying to write a blog post a day. I am trying to find new directions. I am trying to just blog. And I am actually enjoying it . I hope you won’t mind too much.
Meanwhile, both Hannah and Amy have given us some high quality posts. Let me point you towards Hannah’s post on banding together instead of creating division, and Amy’s post about being someone’s commenting angel for a month.