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To NaBloPoMo or NOT to NaBloPoMo…

The end of January is fast approaching (unbelievable!), and I’m really pleased to say that I’ve been successful (so far, at least!) at posting something here (or in one of my other blogs) every single day as part of my commitment to finishing NaBloPoMo in January (National Blog Posting Month, for the uninitiated and/or those who wondered why on earth I bothered to share some of the stuff I posted on certain uninspired days!).

I’m also happy to say that I’ve been meeting some great people and reading some really wonderful blogs, both through NaBloPoMo and IComLeavWe (International Comment Leaving Week January – last day today).

The self-imposed discipline of posting every day has been absolutely fantastic. Already I notice an improvement in my writing, both quality and process – not just on my blogs and column, but also in anything I’ve had to write for work. Daily practice in developing my voice means that I’ve been able to find words more quickly and say things more effectively, which is always a benefit even when you’re writing an e-mail to a client.

I’m trying to decide, now, if I should sign up for NaBloPoMo in February. Seeing the improvements and benefits that came to me through my participation in January makes me shout a resounding, “YES!” On the other hand, there were times when I just didn’t feel like writing (as there will be), and I ended up posting garbage just to fulfill my commitment, which is NOT such a good thing. There’s already far too much junk on the internet – I certainly don’t need to add my contribution!

So I’m torn.

If you’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo this month, are you going to do it again in February? Why or why not?

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, cat herder, needle felter, iPhoneographer, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Tania January 28, 2012

    I feel blogging frequently has done the same for me, stepped up my skills, writing, photography and wordpress much quicker than if I had a been a once a week blogger. But the everyday thing is wearing on me because I really want to write a novel and I also need to do backoffice blog stuff so I think I’m pulling back on the weekends. But I hate giving up NaBloPoMo! I’m thinking I can still hop over to the thread and bloghop even if I can’t officially link my post.

    • Dawn January 29, 2012

      There just aren’t enough hours in the day, are there?! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • a.eye January 28, 2012

    I think I will take a break in Feb and possibly join back in March. But I will write more consistently than I have in the past (which was sporadically).

    • Dawn January 29, 2012

      Writing more consistently is good! If I decide not to do NaBloPoMo in February, I’m hoping I can discipline myself to be less sporadic than previously.

  • Elise Davis January 29, 2012

    I wonder the same thing! I participated in November, but not in December and found that I missed it. It’s hard to write every day, but I like that somewhere in the back of my brain, I’m pondering about what to write. Hmmm- I wonder what I’ll do. I was just assuming I’d join in for February, but maybe I should think about how else I could use that writing time. Hmmm – heck, I don’t know!

    • Dawn January 29, 2012

      I’m leaning more and more towards joining in February, just because I’m not sure I can trust myself yet to be disciplined without the daily NaBloPoMo motivation!

  • Sabrina January 29, 2012

    Dawn, I know what you mean. I’m still figuring out the ins and outs of what actually works best for me. All we had to commit to was once a day but sometimes (not often) I had several post ideas…why didn’t I write them all and schedule a few for the future? What’s with the 11:58pm just under the wire posts? What’s a good pace…daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly? How can I blog daily AND schedule time for other writing projects? How much writing is too much writing…for me?

    All in all, yes, I’m down for another round. Maybe even more than that. Like you I’m very proud of my progress, it’s so true the more you write the better you get.

    • Dawn January 29, 2012

      Oooh, that’s a good idea – because sometimes there are days when the ideas just flow, and they could make up for the days when you’re stuck. I think I’ll try that!

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