NaBloPoMo Recap

And here it is, the last day of #NaBloPoMo! We made it, my blogging friends.

I think this is the first year where I’ve blogged every single day of November. There were certainly quite a few days when I didn’t feel like writing (I was dealing with a bad cold for more than two weeks) or was drawing a blank about what to write about. In those cases, I dusted off a post that had been lingering in Drafts. At first I felt guilty about doing so, but I usually did some editing or updating to it, so it definitely counts.

There were some positive aspects as well as some challenges with NaBloPoMo 2017.

The Challenges

One of my goals for NaBloPoMo was to reduce the number of posts in Drafts. Alas, that didn’t happen as much as I’d hoped because I currently have 235 such posts. That’s exactly one less than I started with on November 1.

Before NaBloPoMo, I had been doing well with my self-imposed rule of logging off the computer by 9 p.m. and getting to bed at a reasonable hour. That went out the window this month in exchange for staying up late and working on a post. I miss reading in bed before going to sleep; it’s such a nice little ritual (even if I only read one paragraph before falling asleep!).

And speaking of reading, all this blogging made me a bit of a slacker on that front. I only read two books in November so I need to get caught up on quite a few review and library books, especially if I’m going to make my Goodreads goal of 50 books for the year (I’m currently at 44.)

I don’t think I reduced my Facebook time by much. Maybe I’m beyond hope in that regard.

The Positives 

NaBloPoMo helped with my perfectionistic writing tendencies. There were several posts that I thought could have been better but I hit publish anyway. The Blessings of a Blue Thanksgiving was one of them, yet you seemed to like it — apparently, it resonated with so many of you.

I discovered new-to-me blogs through NaBloPoMo and re-discovered some others.

I found myself able to generate content ideas again. I found myself consciously thinking of what I should/could/wanted to blog about and kept a running list of ideas in my planner.

What’s Ahead in December? 

I won’t lie; I’m looking forward to not having to blog every day! Yet I still want to keep my posting momentum going, even with the busy-ness of the season. #AMonthofFaves will help with that — this fun way of recapping the year is back for its 4th year and is hosted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December by GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella’s Revenge .

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Marion

    Melissa, I live in New Zealand where we don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving, although this year two American Staff and a couple of their friends did a Thanksgiving Morning Tea, which we loved, that aside I loved your post, it really resonated with me, Thank You for sharing.

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