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 can’t believe it is November 30, and the end of NaBloPoMo – although in my mind, I kept thinking it was NaNoBloPoMo – National November Blog Posting Month. I am proud of myself that I did sign up in the first place and with a combination of the provided prompts and those from the FMS Photo A Day challenge, I was able to complete the month! (Except I realize that I forgot to list the daily posts on the log.)
Things that occurred to me today:
- Whoo hoo! I did it. A good sense of accomplishment.
- It has been good to start writing again
- I have also really enjoyed the FMS Photo a day challenges more because of the opportunity to provide more of a narrative
- I do need to push myself to write more – still looking for my voice.
- I am going to sign up for December!
I appreciate anyone who has dropped by to have a peek and also discovered some new blogs to follow.
B L A C K
I was the child of a mother of an era that believed young girls should not wear black. And for a long while since she did pay for my wardrobe for a time, I did not have any black clothing save for a a pair of jeans, and a likely a pair of dress pants and skirt. It was fine as a trade off as I pretty much refused to wear pink until more recent times.
While this is a photo prompt, likely due to the fact that it is “Black Friday” in the USA, and now north of the border and across the oceans now.
A friend of mine nominated me to participate in a Black and White photo challenge. Each day, I was to post a photo in black and white, and nominate a different person to participate each day for 5 days in a row.
I grew up seeing a few family albums in black and white, and I am sure, like many, re-discovered them when I saw Ansel Adams photographic prints. I love colour and usually post my photos in full on and sometimes highlight the colour so it was a challenge to find photos that I had taken that would show as well, and in some cases perhaps even better, in black and white.