There’s a lot of buzz each November around NaNoWriMo — you may notice some of your favorite blogs dedicating themselves to churning out 50,000 words this month.
If 50,000 words seem like 49,000 too many or you’re more interested in blogging than writing a book, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — might be your speed: a challenge to post once every day for the entire month of November. No theme, no word count, no rules; just you, your blog, and 30 new posts.
NaBloPoMo started in 2006 in response to NaNoWriMo; not every blogger has the time or inclination to write a book, but the idea of a challenge that forces participants to stretch themselves, grow as bloggers, and be part of a supportive community is undeniably appealing. As founder Eden Kennedy, the power blogger behind fussy.org, put it:
If there’s one thing creative people agree on it’s that the more you do something, the better you get at it. If you want to be a better writer, you have to write; if you want to be a better blogger, you have to post. And one way to break down the barriers between thinking about writing and actually doing it is by posting every day for a month.
As Eden’s readers jumped on board, the event spawned an online community that swelled to the tens of thousands and was acquired by BlogHer, which committed to providing a space to nurture and grow the event year-round. Now, BlogHer hosts NaBloPoMo 12 months a year, with each month organized around a theme — except November. In keeping with the original NaBloPoMo, November remains a free-for-all month (and the month with the most robust participation).
You don’t need to register with BlogHer to participate — although there are great reasons to, like the readership increase that comes with being part of a large community or the prizes. (And anyone, male or female, is welcome.) Just publish a post on November 1st, keep on going until the 30th, and bask in the glow of a challenge conquered.
Still on the fence? Don’t take our word for how rewarding it is — take a participant’s:
NaBloPoMo has not been as trying or as dramatic as a marathon, but I feel marvelous about it. I proved I can set and accomplish goals. I proved I’m a writer, because you know what writers do? They write, you guys.
I pushed my chair away from the table minutes ago to answer a text, and the motion of leaving my half-written thoughts on the screen felt real. Official. Important. Writing is a thing I do.
I’m creating my future.
Since there are no posting guidelines other than posting something, NaBloPoMo is a great time to write that post you’ve been mulling on for a few weeks, or to branch out to new post formats, topics, and mediums. Play! Experiment! Flex your blogging muscles. Elisa Camahort Page, one of the co-founders and COO of BlogHer, offers this advice:
Let go of the idea of perfection. You don’t have to publish a perfect post. You don’t have to have every day’s contribution be a finely-crafted 500-word essay. Maybe some days you post a photograph that expresses that day’s prompt. Maybe some days you report on a snippet of overheard conversation *without* adding voluminous commentary to it.
Exercise your writing muscle. Some days can be high weight, low repetition. Some days can be low weight, high repetition. Some days can be stretching… the key is to do it and free yourself from rigid expectations!
Have the motivation, but not the inspiration?
Posting every single day, even when you get to decide what you post and when, is challenging; in some ways, it’s tougher to come up with an original idea each day than to respond to a theme.
Luckily, there are lots of resources to get you to the “Publish” button daily:
- Prompts and challenges: The Daily Post offers a daily blog prompt for writers, photographers, artists, and poets, as well as weekly writing and photo challenges; BlogHer makes your life even easier by posting the month’s worth of prompts in advance. When you’re stuck for a topic, try a prompt. If the day’s doesn’t speak to you, look back at the archives to find one that does.
- Inspirational resources and advice: We’ve gathered our favorite resources from WordPress.com, BlogHer, and around the web in a new Blog Event Survival Guide. Along with even more post ideas, you can hone your humor-writing chops, learn to create an editorial calendar to keep you on track, see how bloggers with kids find time to write, and lots more.
- Each other. Never underestimate the support of fellow bloggers! Be sure to register with BlogHer by November 5th to be added to the official blogroll, and tag your posts with “NaBloPoMo” so other WordPress.com bloggers can find you in the Reader (we’ve also added a NaBloPoMo category to our Recommended Blogs). Encouragement and engagement are the best motivation, so be sure to check out one another’s blogs — and leave a comment when you do!
Ready now? We thought so. Happy NaBloPoMo!
Enjoyed this? You might like these, too:
- Blog Event Survival Guide
- NaNoWriMo 2013: Want to write a novel?
- NaNoWriMo: Seasoned Authors Share Their Secrets
- 4.5 Steps to Busting Bloggers’ Block
- When Life Gets in the Way: Finding Time to Blog
- Eden Kennedy’s Top Five Reasons for Joining November’s NaBloPoMo
- Joining NaBloPoMo? Add Your Blog to the 2013 Blogroll Now!
Nov 1st at 8:13 pm
I’ll be doing this this month. Hopefully it won’t end horribly.
Nov 1st at 8:42 pm
All those of you jumping into the ring — congrats, and good luck!
Nov 1st at 8:50 pm
Hi, I’m attempting to write a cookbook and blog about my progress everyday – 2 challenges at the same time. Eek. Come and join me and if you like to contribute that would be cool too
Nov 1st at 9:16 pm
Been writing a blog post every day since July 15th, 2009. Now signed up and fully committed to NaNoWriMo. Sorry, can’t stop – must get back to the book!
Nov 1st at 9:22 pm
Just started my blog, this seems like something to try!
Nov 1st at 9:33 pm
I’ve done Nanowrimo, but there’s no way I’d have enough time this year. Definitely into 30 posts in 30 days, though!
Nov 1st at 9:43 pm
What a pity that this is “National Blog Posting Month” and not ” International Blog Posting Month”; but I suppose this is what we aliens who inhabit the earth east of New York, Florida etc, west of California and Alaska have come to expect.
Nov 1st at 10:16 pm
I am going to try. Thank you for inspiring me to take the leap.
Nov 1st at 10:19 pm
Just signed up and wrote my first post. Thanks for posting this. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.
Nov 1st at 10:34 pm
I am SOOOOOOO doing this!
Nov 1st at 10:43 pm
wow. this is great. jumping into it.
Nov 1st at 10:43 pm
I’m doing it, but I decided to start a secondary blog just for my nano project because it’s a step away from my regular topic. Good luck fellow wrimos!
Nov 1st at 10:50 pm
I am in on this one
Nov 2nd at 12:27 am
Good luck to all! More importantly, have fun
Nov 2nd at 12:46 am
I was tempted to do NaBloPoMo, but that would mean giving up NaNoWriMo! Never! lol
Nov 2nd at 1:04 am
It’s challenging idea. Therefore, I should make a mind map what I will write in the next 30 days.
Nov 2nd at 2:05 am
i might not be able to reach 1,000 words per day but i will try to post each day.
ill try not to just say blah blah and blah…. Hmmmm… This is a real challenge for a newbie… Goodluck to everyone!
Nov 2nd at 2:10 am
I’ve never done this before but I feel like it is such a wonderful challenge to do and offer so much freedom and creativity. I’m trying it my new blog I recently started and can’t wait!
Nov 2nd at 2:43 am
Challenging, but I think I need to push myself to write more. Count me in!!
Nov 2nd at 3:05 am
I’m doing both. Definitely doing NaNo. And a professional blogger friend recently suggested I blog daily, so I’ve been doing that for almost a week now anyway. Shouldn’t have any issue doing both this month.
Nov 2nd at 3:50 am
i signed up, but the Blogher site isn’t allowing me to sign in, comment, or anything with my WordPress username and ID.
Nov 2nd at 4:13 am
I’m doing NaNoWriMo but I might as well give this a shot too. Will post to BOTH of my blogs tonight just so I can get it going. So far I’ve written my 2,000 words for my novel today and having planned the story in advance this is going to go a lot easier than last year. Let’s do this!
Nov 2nd at 5:25 am
Hmmm seems like a SPLASH, tag both, challenge yourself and grow. Yea for the community.
Nov 2nd at 5:50 am
Ok, lets see how this goes!! I joined up.
Nov 2nd at 6:20 am
Why not do both?
Nov 2nd at 12:46 pm
Drat, I should have read this post yesterday! Ah well, I am going to take this challenge although I will not get 30 posts in until Dec 1st.
Nov 2nd at 3:24 pm
Good Luck everyone. I would like to participate but I’ve got 5,000 academic words of my own….but what a fantastic idea. Do we get something else to do in January too?
Nov 2nd at 3:47 pm
Challenge accepted. I just don’t know what to post to fill 30 posts :D.
Nov 2nd at 6:47 pm
I have been blogging on your site since May and I really enjoy it. I do sometimes two or three blogs per day. I do have a twenty five thousand word book so far. Should I submit it? How? Do I need to get to fifty thousand words? I may need some advice, how do I get it? It is about a serial killer, is that acceptable? I do not go into sex or brutality or bad words or detail blood scenes. Just not my thing. Please give me some direction.
Nov 2nd at 7:04 pm
So here is my concern….wont subscribed readers stop clicking open new posts if they get too many? I would. I do. And I think turning off readers with too much content is it’s own form of harm. I can practice my daily writing without overwhelming my reads. What am I missing here?
Nov 2nd at 7:58 pm
I’m new to blogging. Joined wordpress last month. The procedure for joining in on the November challenge is still fuzzy to me. Do I just need to post once every day? (I’m already doing that) How do participate?
Nov 2nd at 9:23 pm
Nov 2nd at 11:01 pm
Have fun! I’m trying for 1,000 or more per day. : ) 0
Nov 3rd at 12:15 am
This will be my second year doing NaBloPoMo and I highly recommend it! A great way to learn about yourself and your readers.
Nov 3rd at 12:57 am
I love this!
Nov 3rd at 1:41 am
I just saw this in my email… Uhg! Its the 2nd, so is it too late to get started? I didnt post anything yesterday and Im not on blogher yet…
Nov 3rd at 2:11 am
I discovered this project on the NaPhoPoMo version, via chookooloonks.com/blog. It’s great for those who fel more confortable with images Bottom line is that it’s good to push our creative limits and keep on going and improving ourselves.
Nov 3rd at 2:41 am
I think I’m going for this instead of NaNoWriMo. Writing a book scares me. Since for me it’s a big step for a beginner like me. Thoug it’s already the 3rd in my time zone, I think it’s not yet late for me to start my 30 days blog challenge.
Nov 3rd at 5:47 am
I think I might *gulp* be brave and try this.
Nov 3rd at 6:30 am
So – I signed up. Now I can use that badge in a post, right??
Nov 3rd at 7:21 am
Ah this is a great way to ease into the NaNoWriMo! I wanted to do the NaNoWriMo but inspiration didn’t strike, I find it hard to think on the spot of an idea like that so the equivalent but as a blog post will hopefully be easier for me to manage Best of luck to all
Nov 3rd at 8:58 am
I’m in! Let’s see if I can keep it up beyond two days…
Nov 3rd at 10:25 am
I am going to give this a try. I recently moved all of my blogger blogs into two different new wordpress blogs, so will be signing up tomorrow.
Nov 3rd at 4:18 pm
I look forward to the challenge!
Nov 3rd at 9:58 pm
Ok. NaBloPoMo will be a challenge but I am in! I have just started blogging recently. Womenlivinglifeafter50.com. I have recipes for Christmas for 5 generations of my family. This is as good a time as any to push myself to begin this project: “100 years of Christmas Traditions and Recipes” (Tentative title). PS I had difficulty signing in to BlogHer also.
Nov 4th at 12:13 am
I’m just trying to get to two consistent blog posts a week! I can’t imagine one a day!
Nov 4th at 2:05 am
Count me in! I’ve been managing so far – a blog a day and trying to keep it focused rather than haphazard themes! A movie review a day! Follow, like, share and comment and let me know what you’d like me to review! This is fun and it feels so fantastic completing a blog a day on top of my journalism and freelance writing by day! Enjoy
Nov 4th at 4:43 am
Imagine my surprise! I didn’t know about this initiative – got lots of info about writing a novel, which I am adamantly NOT interested in doing and decided to blog every day for the month. So I have no new or original thoughts. . .
Nov 4th at 10:13 am
this is the kind of external stimuli I need to get me to post !!!! never knew of Nablopomo until now. Being a latecomer wondering if I could start 4 days into the month already ! I think I will today … better late than never as the saying goes :)) I really like the idea of Nablopomo. I had participated in Nanowrimo some years back and even won it but dint like the fact that we put in so much effort into it and it wasn’t worth it at the end of it.
Nov 4th at 4:05 pm
Too much for me, but great idea…
Nov 4th at 4:46 pm
I’m a couple of days late but i’m going to try and do this!
Nov 4th at 6:46 pm
I have no idea how people do this in a month. I haven’t even completed a chapter in the last couple of weeks – I shouldn’t admit to that, but I’ve been too “dispersed” to concentrate on one writing project. That must change!!
Nov 5th at 12:00 am
I’ve just started blogging regularly. I won’t do every day because I’m taking Sundays off but the idea is great. I love it!
Nov 5th at 1:59 am
Is it a women only site?
Nov 6th at 5:44 pm
Unless I’m misunderstanding something, the ABOUT section of BlogHer indicates that wordpress.com sites do not meet one of their qualifications for registration on their site.
Nov 6th at 5:46 pm
BlogHer restrictions: per my comment above: http://www.blogher.com/publishing-network/welcome
Nov 6th at 7:27 pm
I have one question about NaBloPoMo.Where will I find the writing of people who have signed up for it? I see mine under comments I made.Am I missing something?
Nov 7th at 12:46 am
I’m new to blogging, and tend to spend more time thinking of blog posts than actually putting my hands on the keyboard. Although I’m too late to sign up for this with BlogHer, I’m going to try to post something relatively coherent every day. Lord knows I have enough swirling around in my cranium at any moment of the day to share at least a few words. There is clearly absolutely nothing to lose here!
Nov 10th at 4:05 am
I just now uncovered the “Daily Post” and I adore the prompts! I think my writing will grow with nurturing such as the nudges this provides! Awesome.
Nov 13th at 6:06 pm
Reblogged this on Charlotte Gerber and commented:
As a NaNoWriMo participant, I just HAD to post this!
Nov 15th at 6:32 am
I uncovered this post only today and I hope it is never too late to start. So it is 15 posts in 30 days. It sure is going to help me as a new blogger, taking up this opportunity to nurture my skills and meet fellow bloggers!