Posted on November 30th, 2012
It’s November 30th, the last day of National Blog Posting Month, 2012!
Whew. What a relief. For real.
Like last year at this time, I am proud to say that I did it! But with slightly less integrity than in 2011.
30 blog posts
One per day
(though this was where I cheated. I tweaked the time of publishing a few nights when I couldn’t post by midnight because it would have necessitated actual bad parenting)
18,429 words written
An average of 614 words per day (rather less loquacious than last year’s 710)
Most commented post: The Ladies of Election Day
Shortest post: Some images from today + 1 BONUS (86 words) – lettin’ those images speak for themselves
Longest post: Why I Love Belly Dancing (1,341 words)
Runners-up for longest post: A Post About Beauty (1,008 words), Greyphobia: Why can’t I just love my wrinkles? (993 words) and BANG Book Review: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (991 words)
I had several of the same personal FAQ as last year:
Why am I doing this, again?
Because Sean and Skye said I should. And I’m a sucker for anyone who says I should do something because I’m so awesome.
Aren’t my readers getting sick of me?
Yes, definitely. (Except for Sean and Skye, since they have to like it.) One subscriber even asked, with utmost courtesy, if I could please remove her from the notification list, because she enjoys my posts but she’s just too busy. I fully sympathized. But hey – at least I toned down the word count!
Would I do this again next November?
I could probably be sweet-talked into it… But then again, I’ll be back at work by that time, with TWO kids at home. Maybe not.
- I know I missed some baby smiles while blogging. A is getting smilier by the day, and, much as I love her, Serenity never smiles. (Yes, my MacBook has a name. Yes, it’s a Joss Whedon reference.)
- My house got real, real messy sometimes.
- My “To Do” list got real, real big all the time.
- Nursing baby + NaBloPoMo = many hours of BAD POSTURE.
- When trying to eke out enough minutes for blogging during baby’s nap time, I resorted too often to screen time for E. He was stoked about it, of course, but I felt like a bad mama.
- When blogging makes you feel like a bad mama, it’s just not quite as fulfilling.
- Again, being “obliged” to use this time to exercise my brain was really good, something to look forward to. And I know it’s something a lot of moms with newborns end up having to neglect.
- I was reminded of how lucky I am to have so much help from family around the house right now: this month, Daddy was home for two weeks, and Auntie Em and Uncle Ben both stepped in often. I might have given up otherwise, because E would have been pretty neglected. Siri would probably think she was his mom by now.
- On the up-side of too much screen time for E… he’s getting really good at Tangrams.
- I love connecting with you Di-hards. Getting to do it every day is a privilege.
- This year, in the NaBloPoMo Soup on BlogHer, I stumbled upon Yeah Write… and it’s totally great, you guys. So great, in fact, that it’s getting its own paragraph AND list.
You see, it’s been nice to feel included by adding my posts to the Soup at BlogHer… but BlogHer is hunormous. Overwhelming. I like to click on a few random posts by other bloggers each time I post something, but with a couple hundred contributions posted every day, one ends up actually feeling anonymous. Yeah Write, on the other hand, is a much smaller community, where each week you can submit a post for possible inclusion in a competitive grid, to be judged by the editors and/or the community members themselves.
Why Yeah Write Is Cool:
- Submitted posts have to be 1,000 words or less. Working on my powers of pithiness is always a good idea, and this was really good practice.
- Everyone on Yeah Write is there to write. (Well, duh.) What I mean is, they are GOOD writers. The past two weeks there have been open grids, unmoderated by the editors and voted on by the community. Each of those two weeks, I read every single submission (35-40 of them) so I could vote properly… and let me tell you, even unmoderated, the standard of writing was amazing. Short snippets from the lives of people I’ve never met – stories beautifully rendered that gave me goosebumps, brought tears to my eyes, or made me laugh out loud. I loved it. (But it’s a good thing the grid isn’t open every week, because I can’t always read that many.)
- This is the first time I’ve really been part of a blogging community. I’ve become friends with a few people through mutual blog-reading in the past, but suddenly I get why it’s worthwhile to join up with a blog-gang like this. The whole group is all over each other’s blogs (especially on submitted posts, of course) and they are full of lovely comments – encouragement and feedback on the writing and everything. Wicked-awesome.
- My blogroll is going to be EPIC! I can hardly wait to update it.
My goals for tomorrow:
- Don’t blog.
- Do some other stuff.
I’ll be back soon, aiming for 2 posts a week (ish).