Well, NaPoBloMo is over.
If it was the good, old days, I would say: Writers, put down your pens.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned during the past month of blogging every day, it’s this. I’ve come a long way from my good, old days. And I like it.
When I first read the term NaPoBloMo, I thought: What in Jiminy Cricket is that?
Then I learned it was akin to NaNoWriMo. Because in no way was I ready for Natonal Novel Writing Month, I decided it was best to adopt the principle of National Post a Blog Month. I didn’t officially sign up or anything. Instead I gave it my blood vow. I would post an entry every day on this blog of mine.
I knew I could do it. I just didn’t know if I’d like it very much, or, worse yet, if anybody out there would like it at all.
Through 30 days of posting, I know that I loved it. I had great fun coming up with ideas. I had a blast running around town with my iPhone always ready to click on camera mode, point and shoot. Most importantly, I cherished the time I spent right here at my little keyboard, sharing my thoughts and words.
No, it wasn’t easy. At times I mentally renamed the whole exercise NaPoEvBiBloScrMo. That would be National Pour Every Bit of your Blood onto the Screen Month. But I daily found new ways. I tried to be funny, serious, sporting, reflective, all in one big mess of a blog. Yes, sometimes even all in one post. It is so very satisfying.
For many years, whenever I was invited to speak to young writers in high school, and when I taught a college journalism class, I always told the attentive students this: The only way to learn how to write is to write.
My November of daily posting taught me that is forever true.
As for the second part of my fret, I’ve received some indicators that there are some folks out there who like what I’m doing. When I hit on something distinctively Syracuse, the views pile up from the list of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn friends and followers I’ve been fortunate to compile over time. Thank you.
And when I manage to strike a universal chord, the comments come in from my fellow bloggers from all over the world. I read their work every day and tell them what I think. They do the same for me. I’ve even been nominated for Blog of the Year Award 2013 and Versatile Blogger Award, cool things floating around the WordPress blogosphere.
I’ve made a new batch of friends, and we’re attached at our blogs. Thank you, very much.
So, it’s Dec. 1, and you’ve still got me. Jiminy Cricket, how you’ve got me.