I celebrated my ninth blogging anniversary last Friday.
Well, “celebrated” isn’t entirely accurate. I literally noticed that it was the anniversary of my first post, mentioned it on Facebook, and whispered to myself, “Yay me!” That’s it.
Nine years of blogging is nothing to sneeze at, however. It’s a pretty nice accomplishment. Sure, I don’t blog nearly as much as I did in the beginning or even five years ago, but I still love to write here when I can.
November is National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo. During NaBloPoMo a bunch of us crazies make a commitment to ourselves to post something every single day. (November is also National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, in case you’re into longer form writing.) I’ve done NaBloPoMo for years, mostly successful for all thirty days each year. What I love about NaBloPoMo is that it forces me to make time for Suburban Scrawl, it forces me to think outside the box for topics, and it brings me back to basics, just practicing my creating and writing. My posts don’t have to be perfect. (My own) studies have shown that 99.9% of my NaBloPoMo posts are far from perfect and in fact, many of them are downright unsatisfactory. That’s okay, though. I love the camaraderie of NaBloPoMo. I love the increased traffic and interactions with my community, I love the time I spend writing, and I love feeling successful no matter if I do all thirty days or just knowing that I tried my best. This year I’m looking at NaBloPoMo as self care. I NEED to do this.
I’m not alone, either. I had a laugh today because in years past I have begged people to participate with me, and many of them “blame” me for their November misery. (Insert evil cackle here.) This morning I mentioned on Facebook that I’d link up anybody who’s doing NaBloPoMo in this post, and everyone crawled out of the woodwork. So, without further ado, here is a partial list in no particular order of my friends who are committing to thirty days of blogging for NaBloPoMo 2016. If you’re not listed here, leave your info in comments!
Up Popped A Fox
The Miss Elaine-ous Life
Mama Knows It All
Genie in a Blog
The Stable Mables
More Than Thursdays
Adventures in Babywearing
Me, Myself, and Jen
Houseful of Nicholes
Stop, Drop and Blog
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me
The Headless Family
Mari, Quite Contrary
My Crafty Life
Misery Loves Cookery
Miss Lori TV
A Madison Mom
You Know Neen
Headband For Today
Ask Dr. Ho
A Savings WOW
Little Tech Girl
The Dusty Parachute
The Free Bird Sings
Please support my friends and me by reading our stuff and commenting (either on the blogs or on Facebook, wherever). It fuels us, I promise. Also, if you’re participating and haven’t yet signed up over at BlogHer, do so by November 5. Four participants will be selected to win a conference pass for 2017! You can find writing prompts over there, and also make sure to check out my 2013 post on surviving and thriving during NaBloPoMo. I put enough tips in there for you to last way beyond thirty days.
NaBloPoMo Day 1? In the can.
Good luck and happy writing (and reading!), everyone!
Now GO. Make some new friends!
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I’m in too. For better or worse. http://www.busysincebirth.com/2016/11/another-nablopomo.html
Can you believe I have never done this before and have now decided to do it in one of the busiest November’s on record? Yeah, I’m nuts. Thanks for the encouragement and support! 🙂
Im joining and excited; http://www.lovetabitha.com
That’s a lot of linking! And so glad that you’re doing this – I probably discovered you during one of those crazy Novembers past :). Good luck and let;s hold hand and help each other through this haha!! https://aglassatatime.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/nablopomo-ing-we-go/
Just finished post #1 at 10:45 at night, because that’s how I roll! I read through last November’s stuff and it was so fun to look back and see what I was able to create that month. Definitely brings back the old school personal blogging feel. xo
It’s how I roll, too! Well, for the time being, anyway. I actually really miss the old school, personal blogging of which you speak. Let’s start a revolution!
I’m in too! http://www.thequeenoftheearth.com/2016/11/the-heat-is-on.html
I’m on board! I feel like I need to do this, too. It’s the perfect time to get the new blog up and rolling. I can’t wait to meet new friends and catch up with some old ones! I’m at http://thereinvintagedlife.net now 🙂
I’m in! https://seizethedaywithsarah.wordpress.com/
Thanks for the awesome list. I really thought until I saw your call for it that I was the only one left in the NaNoBloMo world. Nice to see I am not and that I am in good company. Time to start building that blogroll back up.
I’m in. Because I have missed everyone so much and I felt just how much my writing community adds to my life. NaBloPoMo saves again. http://www.gooddayregularpeople.com/2016/11/why-write-for-30-days-making-case-for.html
I already missed yesterday but I’m back in the game. Also forgot to mention I had to make my blog public again so that my dad could read it. He couldn’t figure out gmail LOL.