If the title of this post has you scratching your head, fear not — I’ll explain. You may have heard of the crazy group of writers who hermitize themselves during the month of November each year and write a novel. Yes, an entire beginning, middle, and end of story — totaling a minimum of 50,000 words. It’s called National Novel Writing Month, affectionately nicknamed “NaNoWriMo.”
Problem is, not everyone wants to be holed up for an entire month while the rest of the world enjoys fall foliage tours, football, and turkey. So, not to be out-done by the novelists, a clever group of bloggers formed another group — NaBloPoMo.
The purpose of NaBloPoMo is to blog every day for an entire month. No pecking out a week’s worth of posts on Sunday afternoon and scheduling them to post for the next week — nope. You must write a post and upload it each day of the month. There is a crazy segment of the group that completes the monthly challenge every month for an entire year, but in my opinion, that puts them on the same level of insanity as the WriMos.
To help each other out, the PoMos have a community with groups and friends, much like Facebook, only without all the pesky ads and apps. If you’re new to blogging and haven’t yet set up your own blog (we’ll learn how to do that on this site very soon, I promise!), you can even post it on your page at their site. Best of all, the entire operation is free.
If you’ve skimmed through this entire post, searching for an explanation of the above photo, you can slow down and actually read now because I’m about to tell you about it. To help bloggers stay on task and conjure up ideas for a month of blog posts, NaBloPoMo emails all participants the “topic of the month.” October’s topic is “Haunted.” No, you don’t have to use the suggested monthly topic, but I just happened to have a cool picture that went with it, so I posted it here.
The woman pictured is a guide for the Salem, Mass., “Haunted Footsteps” tour. My daughter and I took that tour last May and learned a lot of fascinating legends about the city of Salem. The photo is untouched, other than a bit of cropping for space, and I thought it turned into an interesting image, considering the whole ghost tour thing.
I’m sharing this information with you just for fun. I don’t always participate in NaBloPoMo, but sometimes I stop by there and check my page for new friends, peek at the groups I’m in, and maybe even comment on a blog or two. Consistency in blogging has been a weakness of mine, so the blogging every day for a month is a great exercise, and I’m planning to participate during the October challenge.
And for those of you who aren’t sure whether or not you even want to blog, this might be a useful risk-free tool to find out. If you do decide to join and start a blog on the site, look me up and let me know.