NaBloPoMo started yesterday! Whooooo!!! I’m taking part for the first time ever and I am PSYCHED!
NaBloPoMo for those that do not know, is National Blog Posting Month! You can see the Badge here on the top right hand side of my blog. Started by Eden Kennedy in 2006 as a response to the global phenomenon that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), NaBloPoMo grew into an amazing global communal project/challenge. It is the “epicenter of daily blogging” as someone once said as participants challenge themselves to publish a blog post every single day of November. You can check out more on BlogHer’s official site.
Bloggers can write on anything and everything as long as they do it everyday. There is no theme but BlogHer does release 30 prompts in advance to help you brainstorm some ideas if you need them. BlogHer has been the official manager of NaBloPoMo since 2011. They also hold monthly daily blogging challenges with themes but November is the ORIGINAL NaMo! Last year, but I’m not sure about this year, BlogHer gave another badge to everyone completed the challenge of posting everyday. I want that badge.
I first heard about this Challenge on a participant’s blog last year. The idea of starting a blog was still fresh in my mind and I decided I would do in the next year (in 2014). Funnily enough, I completely forget about it until The Daily Post sent out a mail informing/reminding bloggers about the event. I immediately decided to do it but was a bit confused as I didn’t think the instructions were entirely clear. Maybe they were implied but I didn’t no anything about it as a newbie…
All you (and I) have to do to enroll in NaBloPoMo is,
- Add your name to the official blogroll. I think you can do it even without adding your name but this way gains you more exposure.
- Add the badge to your blog as I have done. You can also add the badge to each post if you want.
- Check out The Daily Post’s Survival Guide to daily blogging (optional but recommended).
- Post everyday (you can make use of their writing prompts). The main point of this challenge is to blog daily.
- Cross post onto the NaBloPoMo page. You’ll need to create a free user account on BlogHer in order to post on the NaBloPoMo page. You can also add all your daily links to this page and you don’t need an id for this. This was not explained clearly and it took me unnecessarily long to figure out.
- Check out other bloggers and cheer them on. There can never be too much encouragement.
Note: The points in the above list are ordered as per my preference. You can do it in this order or another if you feel like but don’t forget any of the steps…I think they are all important.
Taking part in NaBloPoMo is a wonderful way to test your discipline and creativity as it is not easy to post everyday. I know some of the links I provided are repetitive but they all lead to the same things – the official page that explains (alomst) everything. You don’t only have to write though. You can post pictures, galleries, videos, songs…anything actually as long as it is daily. Let me know if you are taking part in any NaMo this November and I’ll check out your posts.
All the best!