NaBloPoMo reboot

So this NaBloPoMo thing?

Not going so well.

The goal for the month is posting EVERY DAY IN NOVEMBER. Today is November 11th. So far this month, I’ve posted five times. *facepalm*

As is usually the case with me posting less than intended, this is partially a problem of unrealistic goals, and partially a problem of writing really fucking long things.

Regarding that first part: I decided to do NaBloPoMo this year totally on a whim. I saw real-life friends gearing up for NaNoWriMo and blogging-friends discussing NaBloPoMo and I thought, huh, I could actually do that this year.

Yea, I should have thought that one through a litttttle bit harder. I’m currently working my full-time gig, tutoring for money, tutoring as a volunteer, keeping pretty busy socially [for me, anyhow], and trying to spend lots of time playing with and training my new pet rats while they’re still adorable, impressionable babies. And that’s just the stuff I KNEW I had on my plate. There is also this other thing that I can’t tell you about yet, but that could mean big changes for me in the near-ish future, and at the beginning of the month how much time that was going to occupy was a big question mark [the answer so far: not so much time actually required for the thing, just a few hours here and there, but it is sucking up a lot of my brainspace/emotional energy].

So yea, if  was going to commit to NaBloPoMo with all that nonsense going on, I should have at least given a little bit of thought to how I would change my posting habits to make it work. Because on average, I spent a few hours on every post I write here. I don’t have a few free hours EVERY SINGLE DAY. It just isn’t going to happen.

 

But I’m not telling you all this because I’m giving up. That would be the easy way out (especially if I also deleted all of the NaBloPoMo stuff from my blog, so there wasn’t evidence of my failure all over the damn place), but despite the fact that you haven’t been seeing daily posts, I have been working on blog stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY, and that has been really nice.

So instead, I’m going to do what I should have done on day 1: set my expectations appropriately. For the rest of the month, there will be something new in this space every day. Most days, it will be very casual and short. I may tell you a little bit about stuff I’m working on, or about my day, or share rat photos. This is hard to do, because a) I feel silly doing that, because why would you all care? and b) I do have longer posts in the works and I would like to just be focusing all my energy on those. But I’m trying to think of this as an exercise, an experiment… which was supposed to be the point of NaBloPoMo in the first place, right?

Anyhow, that’s all for today. I have to take off and get some grocery shopping and make dinner before a friend comes over to eat and play with the rats with me!

See you tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo reboot

  1. I totally get this! I don’t have as much on my plate, but I kind of decided to do NaBloPoMo on a whim as a way to kick me back into blogging regularly. I’m definitely not that sort of blogger, so I’m scaling way back on what I’m writing and spending more time on thinking about potential posts so at least I have an idea in the works. Excited to see baby rats too!

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