On November 1st, my friend and blogging mentor Jan sent out a blogging throwdown challenge to another friend and me: 30 blogs in 30 days. Unbeknownst to me, November is a big month for writers. Blogging website BlogHer was hosting their “NaBloPoMo” (National Blog Posting Month) challenge, and apparently a whole lot of writers take the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel. Who knew? Now mind you, Jan has already done the decathalon of blogging twice by completing 100 bogs in 100 days. Thirty in thirty days was chump change to her. To me, however 30 in 30 days was a big deal. But, my pride was at stake and I had some catching up to do if I was going to meet my previous self-imposed challenge of 52 blogs during the course of 2014. Challenge accepted.
I started the challenge a day late because her challenge was presented to me late in the day and I had company in from out of town. So On November 2nd, I wrote two blogs and from that day forward, I wrote a blog a day every day thereafter. Let me tell you, it was haaaaaaaaaaard. There was more than one day that I whined about it to my fellow throwdown companion. There was more than one night that I sat with my laptop perched upon my lap, cats softly purring at my side, staring at the blinking cursor on my screen for what felt like hours on end. And twice, I feel that I “cheated” by writing a 33-word challenge – I simply didn’t have the time or the energy to write anything grander than that on those days.
But….but. I did it, with this entry I have written 30 blogs in 30 days, and I am very excited to have met this challenge! Not only that, but I actually wrote several pieces that I love. If I had written at my usual pace of one per week, I would have written four blogs at most – and it is doubtful I would love all four. But now, I wrote 30, and I think at least five are keepers. Thus proving the point: the more you write, the better you write. Lesson learned.
As for the clunkers I churned out, I simply offer a sincere apology to my faithful readers. I know that I clogged up my Facebook feed with daily blog posts and nothing more…who has time to write clever status updates when you have blogging assignments to complete? I promise I will get back to my old, sassy self starting tomorrow. In fact, I will start thinking of something hilarious to post right away.
But in case you missed them, or you are wondering what my favorites are from the last month, here they are in no particular order:
1. A Single Girl’s Guide to Not Finding Love
3. A Healing Hug
4. Rocking Chairs and Gold
5. I Am Running for Mayor
Thanks for hanging in there with me for the last month, everyone…and happiest of holidays to you!