I really wish I could honestly justify using this cool-looking crest. Why? It’s got a viking helmet—I’m half Norwegian. It’s got coffee, a computer, pens, and paper. That’s how I often like to write: I’ll sit in a comfy chair or couch and scribble what I call first-draft thoughts on college-lined spiral paper with a black Bic Atlantis pen. Or I’ll scrawl on the backs of what I call scrap paper, leftover junk mail or account statements from my late mother. I have accumulated MANY pieces of perfectly good white paper with printing on one side and nothing on the back, so they are perfect for jotting down recipe ideas or other nonsense.
The crest apparently represents participation in either NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or NaBloPoMo, which stands for National Blog Posting Month. During this month, you are supposed to write a blog post every day. EVERY FUCKING DAY.
WHO DOES THAT???!!!###@@@***&&&???
And since it’s in November, does that mean you must post something on Thanksgiving?
Even if you were to write that often about whatever subject you’ve chosen, who exactly is going to spend time reading it?
Okay, I’ll settle down now. I know this is designed to motivate despondent bloggers (of whom I am a classic example) to keep their creative juices flowing and to help them get more exposure, but it ain’t gonna work for me. I used to strive for a weekly blog post with a recipe. After a few months, I found I just couldn’t keep up with this goal. Life interferes with blogging all the time. Frankly, I believe life SHOULD interfere with your blogging, as often as possible.
Rather than beat myself up about that, I decided to put myself on a fairly strict schedule of various blog postings, accompanied by various social media postings. Sometimes I even find that hard to maintain. Perhaps a better way to describe this is: sometimes I find it hard to muster any enthusiasm to produce what I consider a worthwhile blog post. I would rather share one good post as opposed to seven half-hearted posts just to get my blog out there. But then it might seem like my blog is a sort of ghost town.
Perhaps I need to branch out from always posting recipes. My first tiny blog mentioned I wanted to discuss “comfort food, the Albuquerque scene, and cultural topics.” But there’s so much more than that in my life. As Walt Whitman said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.).”
Perhaps my version of NaBloPoMo is simply to give myself permission to write about whatever I want to, whether it’s a great recipe one week, or a book review, or thoughts about life or death or menopause or babies or whatever… I’m going to categorize these miscellaneous posts as “Broodin’ & Bloggin.’ I wonder if this will be the only one…?
I feel slightly better about blogging matters in general now. NaBloPoMo helped! And I used the crest anyway.
Here are some links to relevant NaNoWriMo/NaBloPoMo sites that might inspire you to write more (or less, as in my case). And if you succeed in writing a worthy blog post for every day of this month, I applaud your effort.