Blog : NaBloPoMo 2013

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write: wrapping up and announcing our muy grande perk package winner

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write: wrapping up and announcing our muy grande perk package winner


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groups of yeah write NaBloPoMo challenge grid rowmies looking out for each other


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bloggers successfully completing the 30-day challenge


guest bloggers filling 30 days of content at yeah write


November subscribers to the yeah write weekly email blast


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November bounce rate (meaning 80% of our visitors stuck around after a single page view or action) 


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average number of reported new visitors to blogs participating in the yeah write NaBloPoMo challenge 


yeah write perk packages awarded through yeah write community donors


winner of the yeah write NaBloPoMo challenge muy grande perk package


Congratulations, Gwen S of Little Growing Pains, the yeah write NaBloPoMo muy grande perk package winner!

On December 1, after verifying each of the bloggers on the yeah write NaBloPoMo challenge grid (thanks so much for your help, Sam Merel) and validating published post dates and comment time stamps, we put 49 bloggers into the hat at and drew Gwen S. What Gwen will receive for all her hard work:

  • Stephen King’s On Writing
  • Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird
  • The 2013 Best American Essays
  • The 2013 Best American Short Stories
  • The 2013 Best American Non-Required Reading
  • The inspirational The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander
  • A basket of Gwen’s favorite non-perishable goodies from Trader Joe’s

Gwen, to claim your perk package, please email Erica M with your mailing address, and you’ll get all the details, including how to select your Trader Joe goodies for your basket from yeah write editor Stacie D. Congratulations!

We hope y’all enjoyed your time at yeah write

We encourage you to keep up the blogging relationships and the writing habits you may have developed while you were here for the month of November. If you’re feeling like you could use a super cool button badge for your sidebar to mark the time you spent with us, grab it from the sidebar. It’s near the top with the bright green check mark.

Save the date for our next big event!  

Our summer should kick off nicely in May 2014 with our writing series on how to become a better writer for online audiences.

Thanks for being part of our humble community, the best place on the Web for writers who blog and bloggers who write.

Yeah write #138 challenge grid opens Tuesday…


BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 30: the final day of blogging where ain’t nobody got no socks

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 30: the final day of blogging where ain’t nobody got no socks

Day 30 NaBloPoMo at yeah write guest blogger: yeah write guest editor Deb Quinn

If you’ve been NaBloPoMo-ing all month, then nothing matters other than that November is over. You did it. Who cares about Thanksgiving, who cares about football games, parades, Hanukkah, or “Black Friday?”  What matters is that tomorrow  you can let go of those late-night “omigod I didn’t post” panic attacks, and settle into the seasonally appropriate panic of “omigod the holidays wha???”

I confess: I failed NaBlo. I’ve done it three different times before but this month? I couldn’t. It was, as my children would say, an epic fail on my part.  Oh I had grand plans, all right, yessirree; I was full of piss and vinegar at the start the month, and words were just burbling out of me.  And by mid-month, there I was, scrambling for an interesting photo, making links to things I was writing elsewhere, starting posts that I would “finish in a minute” and that are still languishing in my drafts queue. Pride goeth, my friends, pride goeth…

The morass of NaBloPoMo started to remind me of what happens when I forget to do laundry for a few days–everything’s fine at first and there are enough socks to go around, and then blammo where’s the shirt, where’s the uniform, where’s the jersey, and ain’t nobody got no socks.  For the first time this month, I started to wonder if I were going to run out of words and of course, thinking that thought makes it harder to produce words, thus making it harder to believe that the words will come. 

And being stuck in that particular rinse-and-repeat cycle of wordlessness is why –in this season of giving thanks — I am  grateful to yeah write.  Yeah, yeah, I can hear the cynics among you scoffing, you didn’t do the full round of comments, you didn’t even post every day.  But even though I am hanging my head in shame, I will say that I read every day, and in the reading, I found more words.  That’s the great thing about reading: it helps you write.  When I first moved to Abu Dhabi and felt really quite adrift on the sea of strangeness that was my new life, I anchored in yeahwrite: posting, reading, commenting, posting again. Sometimes I even won the grid (cue applause and dancing bears).  I am more grounded here now, which is good, but the energy of yeah write reminds me of the importance of telling stories, of finding ways to shape our experiences into narratives that others can understand. 

Goodness, I believe I am verging on maudlin, and even without any Thanksgiving wine (because in Abu Dhabi, as I write this post, it’s not Thanksgiving; it’s just Thursday).  So before I start to sound like actors in a bad beer commercial, I will say only that you’ll read this post a few days after Thanksgiving, and the the day after what is now known as Black Friday. You know, that day in all the history books, the day when Pilgrims and Native Americans spent from pre-dawn till dusk engaged in massive wampum-for-bead exchanges.   Yeah. So. Whether you’re still in a tryptophan coma, or a Hanukkah haze, or braving the crowds somewhere (really? really? that’s what you want to do? Nah. Stay home. Have another cuppa coffee; read some blogs; put your feet up. There. Don’t you feel better?) … regardless of what you’re doing, all you inhabitants of this here yeah write grid, to you all I give thanks. Yeah write offers us all a port in the storm, a place where words and laughter (and occasionally tears) can find refuge and readers. 

A Thanksgiving toast, then: to readers, to writers, to yeah write.  And to November being over very, very soon.


Did you make it? Whatever your goal, did you get there? More writing discipline, stronger blogging relationships, genuine friendships? We’ve got a winner’s badge for you over in the sidebar. 2013_winner_250

For those of you who haven’t missed a day, including today by 11:59 p.m. your local time, we will be throwing your names into a hat and drawing a random winner for our muy grande perk package: a book bundle from the yeah write editors, Erica M’s personal favorite book of all time, and a basket of your favorite Trader Joe’s goodies from Stacie D. That winner will be announced on Monday, December 2, giving everyone time to finish out November and time for us to verify the winning blogger.

Thanks for a wonderfully hectic and busy and challenging month of blogging here at yeah write. Thanks for hanging out with us.


BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write: Day 29—the poop cycle

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write: Day 29—the poop cycle

Well, here we are. the day before the final day of 30 straight days of blogging.

We’ll have much more to say about it in the next few days, especially as we acknowledge those who met their goals of either lots of blogging or lots of new friends, but until then, you get a cycle of poop video:


Winners of our muy grande perk package will be announced on Monday.

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 28: Blogging Amidst a Super Typhoon

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 28: Blogging Amidst a Super Typhoon

Day 28 NaBloPoMo at yeah write guest blogger: Rosanna R 

This is my first time to join NaBloPoMo, and I must say it was quite a memorable month of blogging. It is also the third blogging challenge I hurdled this year and, as it is with most things, it does become easier with practice. It was no longer stressful to sit down and think of something to blog about.

I almost quit half-way through the challenge because of the super typhoon that hit our country. I’m glad I didn’t, because the chore of blogging daily helped keep me grounded especially during the evenings when I worked on my blog posts. I wrote my blog post calmly the day prior to Typhoon Haiyan’s land fall. I wrote about the impending arrival of disaster, and scheduled a re-blog for the following day. Power outages are to be expected during typhoons, besides that, I had no idea what state we would be in once the typhoon made land fall.

Meteorologists warned that Haiyan may not spare Metro Manila, where I live. NASA said a strong wall of the typhoon’s side may hit the metropolis, but fortunately after making five land falls, Haiyan swerved and only part of its tail hit areas near the metropolis.

There are many places in Philippines – which is composed of 7,100 islands – that have been spared from ravaging typhoons. Those of us living in the Philippines’ national capital region have memories of the horrific devastation that rampaging flood waters and strong gusty winds can bring. We know how it feels to be on the receiving end of a typhoon’s wrath. We know the pain, and the sight of people being carried away by rampaging waters are etched in our minds.

So when another area is hit, we move quickly to help. I did what I could do considering my circumstances, and it was emotionally draining. I wanted to quit NaBloPoMo a few days after the typhoon left.

Early this month, Erica sent us an email about breaking up into groups, and visiting the blogs of our “rowmies.” Her email ended with the statement, “Plus, the one day during NaBloPoMo you’re sure you can’t write another word will be the day one of your rowmies stops by with the perfect pick-me-up. It’s so worth it, trust me.” I remember frowning a bit after reading that.

I was able to visit the blogs of my rowmies for a few days, and then the storm hit on November 8. Although we were all relieved because we were spared, I was very troubled and felt so sad for the people of an island that is very close to my heart. I just wanted to blog about the typhoon and then quit the challenge.

But Erica was right. One comment from a rowmie kept me thinking, and then it kept me going. Nancy, who blogs at Chef’s Last Diet, commented on my blog post two days after the storm: “This is heartbreaking, I am glad to hear you are OK, and I’m sure OK is pretty relative… I am blown away that you continue to write and post. You must have tremendous strength.”

The words, “You must have tremendous strength” echoed in my mind, and challenged me when I so wanted to quit. I reflected on her comment and was so embarrassed because I was being such a ninny.

Nancy’s comment and those from other yeah write bloggers, all expressing concern and compassion were very touching and left me with a deeper appreciation of what commenting on others people’s blogs can do.

In several blog posts, I’ve thanked many people and sectors for all the help they gave and continue to give to our country. Now I want to thank my rowmie, and the other bloggers, whose comments kept me going. Maraming salamat po (thank you very much).


BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 27: Home Stretch

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 27: Home Stretch

Day 27 NaBloPoMo at yeah write guest blogger: Goldfish from Team Nano Poblano

Hello there, Internet. My name is Goldfish. I live over at Goldfish is not my real name because my parents aren’t that mean, but that’s what you can call me.

We are almost finished with this write every day insanity and it’s been quite the experience.

Even though I’ve had a blog since 2009, this is my first year doing NaBloPoMo. Usually, I’m too obsessed with NaNoWriMo, which I’ve tried for the past couple of years and have completely failed. I’ve never even made it to the halfway mark. This year, I thought I’d do NaBloPoMo instead. Rarasaur put me on her team Nano Poblano, or as I call it, Team Tiny Pepper. I play shortstop.

At first, I foolishly thought NaBloPoMo might be easier than NaNoWriMo. I tend to post a lot on my blog anyway, but the more I thought about it, the more intimidating I found it to be. The concept of posting every day without fail is terrifying. I never put that kind of pressure on myself. Normally, I try to post every day, and sometimes, I manage it, but if I miss a day here and there, I don’t beat myself up over it.

I became more and more nervous the closer it got to November. I started stockpiling topics like a squirrel just in case I couldn’t think of anything to write. I asked my lovely readers what they’d like to have me talk about. I had a draft full of post ideas and I managed to use a handful of them.

Once I got into the groove of writing every day, it just became natural. It has led me some places I never thought I’d go just for the sake of having something to write about and I’ve written a few posts that are not up to my usual quality standards that I never would have published otherwise, but I have managed to write every day. And I haven’t even written one post that says “I can’t think of anything to write about” repeated over and over.

Writing every day hasn’t been that scary, has it? If you didn’t make it, don’t be too hard on yourself. Even if you didn’t post every day, you probably managed to post more this month than usual, am I right?

I hope we all succeed and that this has been a great month for you. We only have a few more days to go until we can become total slackers again. Phew.

High five and go Team #yeahwrite! See you next year.


The end is in sight, fellow NaBloPoMoers! We’re so glad you chose to spend your 30 day blogging challenge with us at yeah write, and we hope you stick around when December rolls in next week.

Remember to visit your rowmies this week and give them a warm hello. Don’t let this be the end, though—keep up the friendships NaBlo has fostered.

If you’re planning to join yeah write #137 challenge grid, here are some helpful links:

Join us for the weekly challenge or stay here with your NaBlo rowmies. Either way, we’re glad you’re here.

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 26: She didn’t know…

BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo at yeah write—Day 26: She didn’t know…

Day 26 NaBloPoMo at yeah write guest blogger: Shree Jacob

Seven hundred years ago, she was left a widow with three young children. At a time when life was hard her loss made it just that much harder. She swallowed her fear and reached out for help. It surprised her that it came in the form of nourishment and other necessities for her family. However, the guilt she felt showed on her face and in her demeanour. Funny thing, she had nothing to feel guilty about.

She also used her gift of making tasty jams, taking them to the market to sell. She set up her little stall and waited. However, she silently worried and fretted, sitting at her stall. She was afraid that she wouldn’t be successful and destine her family to poverty. Funny thing, she really had nothing to fear. You see, in the life “before,” her jams were the talk of the village.

The funny thing is, her thoughts and fears – of being a burden to others, of her endeavours not being “good enough,” though silent made themselves known. She didn’t know it, no one really knew why but you see, like an invisible ripple it spread out and enclosed her. It would have been fine if that was it, but you see, it grew tentacle like projections and touched others too.

She didn’t know why but the help she needed which came so easily to her suddenly dried up like the well in the village square at the height of summer. She didn’t know why but her wonderful fresh and sweet jams only sold enough to allow them to survive.

No she didn’t know why.

What happened to her and her children, I don’t know. I would like to think she met a kind and loving man who took her and the children in. I would like to think they survived and she died of old age. I wonder if she ever kept wondering why.


The funny thing is, I know why.

I know now that when we ask for help and it graces us with its Divine presence to receive it gratefully. I know now that the Universe is infinitely abundant and if someone willingly extends a helping hand, then I should receive it without guilt. If there is nothing to fear but fear itself, then there is nothing to be guilty about when we ask with a sincere heart.  

I also know now that as I create and present my work of images and words, as long as it’s something that brings me joy, something that I enjoy then there should only be love put into it. There is no place for fear, for it wraps its energies around and attracts that born out of fear—lack of enthusiasm and receptivity towards it, negative criticism, envy. Love, on the other hand, infuses each project with joy, excitement and anticipation attracting only, that which is born from love—abundance, joy, a willingness to expand, constructive suggestions.

I know now what I didn’t know then and the wonderful thing is I have the opportunity to realize this and live my Life with this knowledge Now. 

Original piece using coloured pencils


The end is in sight, fellow NaBloPoMoers! We’re so glad you chose to spend your 30 day blogging challenge with us at yeah write, and we hope you stick around when December rolls in next week.

Remember to visit your rowmies this week and give them a warm hello. Don’t let this be the end, though—keep up the friendships NaBlo has fostered.

If you’re planning to join yeah write #137 challenge grid, here are some helpful links:

Join us for the weekly challenge or stay here with your NaBlo rowmies. Either way, we’re glad you’re here.