National Blog Posting Month
NaBloPoMo started in 2006 on a personal blog as an goofy companion to NaNoWriMo. The premise was basically: good lord, who has the time or the inclination to write an entire novel in one month, but we as bloggers can certainly write some post-y things every day for 30 days, right?
The concept took off, prizes were collected and distributed and, years later, the project has been taken over by BlogHer. It was a lot for one person to handle in its popularity, so it’s great to have the organizational structure behind it.
With that growth, NaBlo inevitably lost its original personal touch. How in the world can anyone make it around to 30,000 participating blogs? I just made that number up; I’ll bet it’s higher. Eden Kennedy, the blogger who originally launched the idea on her blog, had it going on. Anyway, NaBlo got a little frustrating for writers with tiny blogs like mine and I was kinda sad wandering around in the desert as it grew more popular. I was gonna skip it this year.
Momo steps in
Until I tweeted the question: “Is NaBloPoMo still a thing?”
And with the nicest tweetbomb from Momo over at BlogHer, I am again drawn to this fun project that helped me shape, during my first go-round in 2006, how I’ve continued to blog and interact with readers—real, personal stories without getting really personal, thoughtfully considering my readers’ perspectives.
NaBloPoMo on the yeah write grid
To make NaBlo easier to navigate, let’s do it together! I’ve created a grid for you. It’s completely open. All you’ll need to do is add the URL of your blog after you’ve signed up at BlogHer to participate. Yeah write is not affiliated with BlogHer in any way, so any questions you have about BlogHer or its NaBloPoMo event need to be directed to the BlogHer site. All I am doing is creating a space for the yeah write community participating in NaBloPoMo 2012 to gather in one space. That way, we can visit, comment, and cheer each other on. The same thing we do every week.
If any of your blogging friends on NaBlo are feeling a little lonely, please send them this way. I’ll be monitoring the grid for commercial sites, spam, trolls and jerks, so keep my job simple by only inviting bloggers who don’t owe you money. Or who never stood you up at Starbucks that one time.
The writing guidelines for NaBloPoMo
- Beginning November 1, write a blog post every day for the month of November
- It doesn’t have to be a long post. A quote or photo will count
- Every day includes weekends and American Thanksgiving
- “Day” means between midnight and 11:59 p.m.
- Writing several posts in one batch then scheduling them to publish on individual days is only cheating yourself; it’s supposed to be fun, not rebelling against the man trying to keep you down
Adding your blog to the yeah write NaBloPoMo grid
- Sign up for NaBloPoMo at BlogHer
- Grab the NaBloPoMo badge from the sidebar of yeah write and add it to your blog
- Add your general blog URL. There’s no need to add each individual post to the grid every day. Once you’re on, you’re on
- No commercial blogs. Those and any other posts designed to sell stuff to our readers will be removed
- Let’s make the comment rounds just like it’s a challenge grid. Be courteous. If something brings out your inner attack dog, please crate that beyotch
- Miss a day of writing? Don’t beat yourself up over it. The grid will still be here for you to read, write and comment. Write a new post when you can
See you tomorrow!