I’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). No, I haven’t decided to become an author overnight. I do excel at shorter pieces opinion pieces like reviews and not creating stories. I’m just going to take this month and try to write a blog post a day.
This does not mean that you’ll get a blog post every day. This is all about building a repository of reviews, discussion and how to posts. I already work ahead on reviews, but I only write discussion and how to posts when the mood strikes. I’m hoping to “force” inspiration to strike more often. I want to offer more variety of posts here.
So I started an Asana list with a few blog post ideas. There are currently 4 ideas on that list which obviously isn’t enough ideas to get me through November. And, of course, being the good little project manager that I am, I started to freakout, began looking for ideas and started listing out what I wanted to write about. I guess I’m an outliner.
My Blog Post Ideas (for now)
- Review: The Thirteenth Tale (an Encore)
- Review: Bound by Duty
- Review: Lock In
- Review: Finn Finnegan
- Discussion: Hashtags
- Discussion: Re-reading books
- Discussion: Favorite secondary/tertiary characters
- How To: My Blogging Routine (step-by-step)
- How To: How I Manage Comments
- How To: How I Manage My Newsletter
10 ideas. 11 posts…this one counts because I’m writing it on November 1st. Well, it appears that I’ve got a decent start, right?
What scares me the most about this personal challenge is I write in the morning on Saturdays before my husband wakes up. I am not a morning person. To make this work, I’m going to have to shift when I wake up on the weekdays so I can get a post written, dressed for work, breakfast eaten, coffee made and out the door by 7:30. Here’s the thing…I love sleep. I sleep until the last possible moment every weekday morning and leave just enough time to get ready for work, eat breakfast, make coffee and get out the door by 7:30. Why, oh why, can’t NaNoWriMo take place in May when I could nap in my car over lunch? (Yes, that’s how much I love sleep; I’ve been known to nap in my car during the lunch hour).
I can do this. I went to Cornell College. I can do anything for 3.5 weeks. I’ve gone nearly a whole year limiting my book buying. Writing a single post every day when compared to that? Peanuts, right? Right.
And right now, I’m pacing myself—how much can I write in 45 minutes. *glances at clock, thinks about coffee and the grocery list* FOCUS!
So how about you, do you ever set blogging goals for yourself? Do you write and post on the fly? Or are you a planner? Am I crazy for even attempting to do this? Share your thoughts below.