I’m attempting NaBloPoMo this year. Last year around this time, I had to Google NaBloPoMo because so many blogs were writing about it and I was clueless! National Blog Posting Month means simply this: I need to write 30 posts in 30 days.
When I sit down to blog, I procrastinate. I read other blogs to see what others are writing about. (Are you procrastinating right now?) I look on Facebook. I check my email. Why do I do this when I love to write and I love to blog? My fingers freeze over the keyboard. What should I write? Is it funny enough? Interesting enough? WILL PEOPLE LAUGH AT ME? I always thought some of those insecurities would go away when I was an adult and not in high school anymore.
By writing every day, I hope to lessen my “staring at a blank screen” syndrome. I’m sure it won’t go away, but maybe when I sit down in front of my computer I won’t be overwhelmed by that blinking cursor.
Why write? I’m not planning on becoming a novelist. I’m pretty sure I don’t have a novel in me. Or at least a good novel. I have a number of novels I started in high school, but I’m pretty sure they should never see the light of day again. However, I encounter writing every day. I write reports for church boards, newsletters for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and when I was teaching, I would write letters home to parents and a variety of other things. Writing narrative report cards was extremely challenging for me, since I wanted to say the correct words in the correct way.
Another reason to participate in NaBloPoMo is because I LOVE MY BLOG! I needed a hobby that didn’t make another mess on the dining room table, because there is no room for another mess. The dining room table barely exists under the pile of papers there right now. NaBloPoMo is way to make my hobby even better.
What about you? Why do you blog, or write? What are your reasons for doing NaBloPoMo?