Saturday, November 1, 2014

NaBloPoMo - So Much To Gain

My winning submission for the BlogHer Voice of The Year 2013 was born of a writing prompt. It was a topic that I would have never written of, since I didn't consider it my strength - so I avoided it.

It was a character sketch, and character is something I typically gloss over, because it's hard for me and I don't know how to do it. Translation: painful.

But what beauty is born of overcoming doubt and pain. Especially the beauty of discovering what you have in you. There is so much that we can learn, but if we don't attempt things because of time, planning, no direction, insecurity, lack of support and community, we plod along, staying safe in our safety zone. Moral of the story here, I no longer avoid or fear writing about character, because I learned I can do it.

That's where National Blog Posting Month [NaBloPoMo] where you post on your blog every day in November, can come and burst your writing world open.

To meet new people, join in.
To find community in others visiting your site, join in.
For daily writing prompts every day in November, join in.
For discussion on writing and breaking through to a new level, join in.
Find NaBloPoMo support by following BlogHer on twitter, with tips on trying something new.
To stay the course and find the untapped gems inside of you, join in.

BlogHer has everything you need to help you and encourage you to post every day in November. Whether you're a steady blogger looking to improve your craft, or you're a new blogger searching for community, or someone who's decided it's time to dust off the old blog and reconnect to why you began a blog years ago. Fill in four blanks here and get your blog up on the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

Read everything here for your questions, but read it by November 5, that's the deadline to be part of the BlogHer community blogroll.

Nothing to lose, so much to gain.

Excited? Nervous? Does this feel like it's something you're not sure you can do? Me too. Exactly like the writing prompt that evolved into my BlogHer Voice of The Year submission. Join in, find the undiscovered treasures just waiting to see the light of day. Let's see what we unearth by writing for 30 days in November.

Maybe next year's BlogHer VOTY?

*Find all National Blog Posting Month information here.



  1. You are an inspiration! This will be the first time I'm participating in NaBloPoMo. I'm all sorts of excited, anxious, goes nothin'!

  2. Robbie K: you'll really like doing it.
    Adrienne: So excited for you!

  3. I'm doing it this year for the first time in a LOOOOONG time.

  4. First post went up this morning! Excited for the challenge

  5. Ok so I have been missing. Whole lot going on and I have missed so many of my favorite faces, one of those being you. I am so glad to be back in the blogging world and I already signed up for NaBlopomo and even have my first post up.. Albeit in my new digs... I hope you come back and visit me. l just so feel out of the loop now, funny how life can rip everything from under your feet but you find what you love and you always come back, such is blogging for me..

  6. I might live blog the lunch I'm having with a friend on Wednesday.

  7. You convinced me, Alexandra. I was on the fence but I've made my first post and signed up so, gulp, it's on!

  8. Jenna: I'm so glad you're challenging yourself.
    Jenny: it's a great time full of possibility.
    Angel: I'm hoping I can get through to your blog. For some reason, last time it was blocked for me. I want to catch up with your voice.
    Melisa: It counts for NaBloPoMo!
    Noisycats: YAY!
    Aliza: screw you (and I say that with LOVE)

  9. I just read your Day 2 post and felt like I needed to get to know you better, so have been poking around your blog. So glad that the challenge led me here this morning. Great inspiration!

  10. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness and motivating me too for NaBloPoMo. See you in the trenches! Write On.

  11. Fine. I did it. I registered. GAH!

  12. ha. i did it twice...but i dont have the time or the stamina to pull it off any more.....

  13. I am still on the fence, but looking forward to your musings this month. I admire your moxie to go all in!

  14. I've been wanting to do this fir a while, and decided to because of you, no lie,

  15. I'm excited you are doing this. I did it last year, and it was very rewarding. I'm doing it again this year, even though I am much more busy with work and life, because I want that daily discipline of writing to have a space in my life no matter what.

  16. I have joined in too for the first time. Excited to work on the content aspect of my blog. Hoping all this writing practice will help me be more simple, concise and effective. I tend to spend way too long on a blog post. Good luck!

  17. I am attempting NaBloPoMo for the first time. I cannot wait to see and read what others are posting.

  18. Michelle: What a kind thing to say! Thank you! Glad you're on board with NaBlo! It's a lot of fun.
    Tacie: It IS rewarding. And it gives me a lot to look forward to. Like a job well done and seen through the end, satisfaction. I know you'll be pouring out words, Tracie.
    Tanya: Thank you for visiting. I'm with you. I need to be concise!!!

    Rudri: I hope you try it.
    Brandy: I'll stop over to cheer you on! Thanks for visiting.



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