*Pause for celebratory butt-shaking.*
Now, let's get down to brass tacks. In list form, because it's what I do best, people.
- Many, many of us wrote every day, which is awesome. (No, I didn't count because I was busy making Halloween costumes yesterday and today my dining room is covered up in chopped up khaki pants and green gauze and checking on the posting stats of 70-plus blogs seems crazyface.) Many, many of us wrote ALMOST every day or at least three times a week, and that's awesome, too. Not quite as awesome as the posting every day thing, but you catch my drift. In case you DIDN'T catch my drift, here it is: writing every day when you also have life going on can be hard. But when writing every day becomes PART of your life, then it isn't quite as hard and makes you realize that if you put in even a tiny bit of effort, you can write more. I hope that regardless of how much you wrote (or didn't write), you learned something about yourself as a writer.
- Having said that, I must be honest and admit that there were a few days when I wrote complete garbage. I can safely say that there were eight entries that had no value at all, or so little value that it's pretty hard for me to understand why I even wrote them at all. At the same time, those entries are in some ways even MORE valuable to me, because they signal that I was committed to doing this thing and I did it, no matter how time-constrained or tired or worried I was. See, I'm a planner. I have a million plans and very few of them come to fruition because I fail to work at them, even a little bit. So even the tiny bit of effort it took to write a post like this signals something more: commitment to a project. I NEED that affirmation, so I'm totally going to claim it.
- Because of the bigger scope of NaBloWriMo this year, I did a craptastic job of reading your posts. Or writing my other blog. Or writing THIS blog, because I was too busy writing my own and reading as many of yours as I could. I definitely think that next year, we'll try to have a different system set up (if Amy's okay with it) that will involve some categorization of some kind that will make it easier to be readers of blogs. Not sure what to do about the other blog or any other projects that come along, although I think that my November resolution of staying off of FB so much and working on WRITING instead will help with this.
- BTW, good luck to all of you who are attempting NaNoWriMo this year. May your 50,000 words come easy and be good.
- About posting every day (wheeeee! Welcome to my Stream of Consciousness!): I think that I'll keep trying to do this on INH, but instead of writing crap, I'll post pictures. Believe me when I say that I have so many pictures on my computer that it's pretty ridiculous for me NOT to post them. And I think that posting pictures not only brings your readers "in," it also allows for some great creativity.
- I'm wondering if any of you would like to have a monthly (or weekly) NaBloWriMo "reunion." Maybe every Wednesday or the tenth of every month, we can write a post specifically dedicated to blogging or writing. (This would be cheating for me, as I already try to write about writing every Wednesday.) Let me know what you think, mkay?
Thanks for this month. It has been a beautiful learning experience.