My name is Melissa and I’m a NaBloPoMo failure. I didn’t post every day for the month of November. It was a nice goal, but was unattainable for me. You’re probably thinking, Melissa, you still have two more days left of November! You Can Finish Strong!
No, I can’t. And I won’t. I will put on my cone of shame and wear it proudly, along with all the NaNoWriMo participants who did not complete their draft of their novel in 30 days, as they set out to do.
I tried NaNoWriMo once. I wrote a good two chapters by the end of the month, but I came nowhere near the 50,000-75,000 word count. When I heard about NaBloPoMo, I thought that sounded much more doable.
Here is how I became a NaBloPoMo Failure:
(#1) I Missed a Few Days of Posting
That is the obvious answer. Not only did I miss a few days of posting, I knew I was doing the very first day I didn’t post. Instead of racing to come up with something stupid, I just sat back and thought, “well, there goes that. I’ll try again next November.”
(#2) I Didn’t Cheat (And I Could Have Cheated!)
Not going to lie, I don’t have many people looking at my blog. It would have gone unnoticed if I did a blog post and pre-dated it in my settings. I have the power to do that, but the guilty conscience that would have never let me.
(#3) Multi-tasking Doesn’t Work
I have a bad habit of blogging with multiple tabs open on my Internet browser. One of the features I have on my new fancy MacBook is this little notification tab that pops out of the right side of my screen to notify me of new e-mails, Facebook posts, software updates, and even text messages.
With these things flying out at me, I also need to have my Nook propped up with Netflix streaming for my listening pleasure. This month has been Lockdown (on National Geographic), New Girl, Trailer Park Boys, an episode of Weeds, one of Blacklist, and a few episodes of The Office.
(#4) I Think Too Hard
Don’t laugh. Even my dumbest blog posts are posts I put a lot of thought into. Even thought I didn’t post a blog entry everyday this month, I have started blog posts everyday. Some of them just haven’t met the publish button, yet. I could have simply typed a blog tittle like, This is My Blog Post. The entry could have read, This is the content. Then, I could have added a picture of unicorn and posted it. I didn’t do that, though. That isn’t blogging. Unfortunately, I have seen some of that this month when I have followed other bloggers who pledged to do the NaBloPoMo challenge.
(#5) I’m Still Learning
What does that have to do with anything? Well, I am still learning a LOT about blogging. I spend more time that I’d like to even admit to reading articles on blogging, looking at what successful bloggers are doing, and trying to network. Many of these articles and Pinterest pins link to more articles, so I am easily lost for hours in blogging stuff. That doesn’t leave much time for creating new content now, but I’m still trying to. Just not everyday.
(#6) I Still Have a Day Job
I work full-time and blogging everyday when I’m working several 12-hour shifts back-to-back is not going to happen. I have a job that I love and I don’t ever see blogging as something I will do full-time. It’s a hobby that I enjoy. If I have learned anything over the years it’s that when you start relying on your hobbies as your means of living, it’s not a hobby anymore and you can burn out. It happened with photography and I’m just now starting to get back into that – but on my terms.
It’s been fun, NaBloPoMo! I will see you again next year.