I signed up for this year’s NaBloPoMo to kick start my writing again, and for many, I do ponder the timing when it seems to be such a busy time. However, I’m game and I have also
coerced convinced at least one friend to blog along with me. I also do really enjoy meeting and greeting new bloggers and share encouragement (if only we could all read and comment on blogs full-time). I also did sign up for Word Press Blogging U to give me a more structured experience as well as to review some of the WP blog basics.
Our first assignment is Introduce Yourself to the World.
I just reread my “About” section and feel it still rings true about the person I am and the background of how I chose my blog name and social media handles as well as the topics that the blog will cover – Food, Drink, Life. I do think that as time has passed, I may end up writing more posts that will be filed under the Life category: bigger topics, longer posts that require research, and (deep breath) social commentary. I am one of many who often feel that what we think, feel or see wouldn’t be of interest to others. It was timely to discover The Daily Post and in particular, the post written by Robyn titled You Are Enough. Something that stood out to me:
The writers that I admire the most are those who can write about any topic, and draw me in with their exuberance. A writer’s moxie makes any story magnetic.
I am drawn in by their passion, not by their perfection.
Perhaps I am not as interesting as Robyn’s friend. Perhaps my writing is rusty. What do I write about?
But perhaps I am. And more writing will make it better. And I do have stories to tell.
One of the nicest compliments that really gives me the warm fuzzies is when someone tells me that I “light up” when I am talking about a topic that is important to me. I feel blessed that I can feel passionate about something, or rather many things, as the Life category will likely prove over time.
Writing will revive one of the big dreams I had as a child, and I’ve had a lot of ideas swirling in my mind these past months. I am also eager to try different styles of writing so I can develop a new portfolio of writing suitable for today’s media and audience. I’m a reforming English Literature major who was in the school of, “Why use one word when you can use 10?” Twitter has been a challenging teacher!
In any case, since we are all authors of our own blogs, Cheers to You, whether it is your first post or the first of post of the month of many months or years of writing.
Well here it is, Halloween Night, and the firecrackers and screechers are going off with abandon in the neighbourhood. While I will be happy when the pops and booms end, I’m glad it was a dry evening for the ghouls and goblins who were able to go trick or treating without wearing a garbage bag which often in typical of Raincouver Halloweens.
The 31st is also the eve of a rash of monthly posting challenges. One of the most famous of them all is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month – a challenge to write everyday for the month of November to end up with 50,000 words for the start of a novel. That’s an average of 1,667 words per day. Seem too daunting? There are many other challenges, such as NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, which I have signed up for the second time to kick start my writing again. But if writing isn’t your thing, there are many other monthly challenges this month that may appeal to other creative outlets such as FMS Photo A Day or a new discovery for me, Tinkerlab‘s November Sketchbook Challenge. If you do a search, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits you.
These challenges have a few things in common, the main things being committing your intent – and publicly – by tweeting it, posting to Facebook or Instagram or any of your social media accounts, to hold yourself accountable, as well as the resources that are available to support you to succeed, from daily prompts, live twitter chats, workshops and events (I have seen some NaNoWriMo writing events at the local library) mentors and one of the most wonderful, the community around the challenge itself. It’s great to feel that you are not alone in the struggle sometimes to get something, anything, posted for the day.
One of the new resources I have just discovered in a bit of a DOH! moment is WordPress’s own The Daily Post which contains daily prompts for writing and a photo challenge, as well as Blogging U. which offers monthly courses to get you up to speed in blogging, customisng WordPress to your specifications, writing and photography tips. Even though I have been working within WordPress for a couple of years now, I am self taught so I have signed up for Blogging 101 just to ensure I’ve got the basics down which may make my blogging life easier.
So whichever daily posting challenge you may sign up for – CHEERS to you for signing up and committing to it! I hope your creativity flourishes.
Have you signed up for a different daily posting challenge? Please list in comments below so I – and others – can discover them. Thank you!
I had all the good intentions of participating in this month’s Blogging Challenge even though I knew it would be extra challenging as December is always busier than the rest even if I know I have less going on than others.
It is difficult to imagine how during university, I took a full course load, had papers and finals, worked retail about 30 hours/week plus family and friend gatherings during this month. Perhaps youthful energy and a bit of a slightly OCD/over achiever personality? Where did that person go? 😉
Last month’s big NaBloPoMo was focused on many newcomers signing up to participate and get the posting daily. However, for the rest, there is a theme to help focus thoughts and this month, it is seasonally appropriate for December: J O Y. There are some prompts that I really like but not sure how many I will get to nor will they be in any particular order.
What do you do when you’re down to bring yourself a little joy?
This prompt made me giggle a bit. While growing up, I was a tom boy, but eventually, found myself drawn to the colourful world of cosmetics. I practised the newest”looks” with my friends, but in fact never wore much on a daily basis due to long days filled with early morning or after school sports team practices or games.
I must have been in my 20’s when I somehow ended up in a local drug store after a bad day at work and found myself wandering the cosmetics section. Human nature – my eye was drawn to a SALE sign. Hmmm, a rainbow of hues from nude, pink, red, purple and browns. Which shade would look best? Moisturising, long lasting, shimmer, gloss, so many choices. Trying out the various options provided a good distraction from the troubles of the day and by the time I left the store with one or two new purchases and a lighter spirit. And while I do covet the +$35 Dior Rouge, I stick to the drug store brands to keep the damage <$10.
As a “feel better” treat, it was relatively long lasting, non-caloric, not overly expensive and no regrets the morning after. 😉
However, as you can see, the last thing I need is another lipstick. I’m being grown up and have cut myself off.
Instead, I am doing something else that I hope gives a lift to the soul in giving of myself: my time, expertise, or words. In Giving is Good for the Soul, the post describes the benefits of giving of oneself, and how it covers physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I have often heard, if you want to stop thinking about your worries, spend time volunteering and helping others.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. – Maya Angelou
I hope that being this type of Giver will bring both the receiver and me some joy. While I hope that I will try to give each day, for this holiday season, I am planning for the 12 Days of Christmas so that will give me until January 5th. I will report back in the new year about how this little project goes in giving and receiving Joy.