Team Pepper gets spicy right here, Nano Poblano

Fish of Gold

Updated after week two with link below taking you to post with comments from volunteers who want to be tagged for all or various Blog Hops.

The first of November has its fist raised.

It comes a knockin’ on our doors right after all the trick or treaters have cleaned us out of all our candy on Friday.

Are you ready for the alphabet soup of blog writing come Saturday? I’m talking NaBloPoMo, popular here on WordPress and BlogHer, the month that we bloggers can choose to band together and get better by taking an oath to post at least once each day of November.

Last year, a group called that called itself the Peppers included my blog friend — and yours too, most likely, knowing Sheena of Not a Punk Rocker.


The group was led by Rara, who came up with the cute logo above.

Sheena convinced me to take a turn hosting the Peppers this year. Fish of Gold kept the theme and came up with this year’s great version up top.

I staged the photo below, which has nothing to do with peppers and has nowhere in it a mention of 2014. But I dig the photo of my old faux Remington doodad on the screen of my newish iPad Air with bluetooth keyboard to signal the start of a big blogging month.

Faux type

I want you to join Team Pepper, to take the leap, to decide that yes, you can publish a post worthy of notice every day from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. You have what it takes to write a story. To take a photo. To write a poem. To report what your children did, or your parents did, or your classmates or coworkers or friends did. To comment about a social issue. To share a big dream and recall a striking memory and confess an altering moment.

If you get stuck, of course we have Team Pepper prompts. Sheena has collected an assortment from volunteers from last year’s group, and the first batch is posted on an accompanying page. More will follow on additional prompt pages.

I’ll offer one personal prompt here, because, well, I’m the host.

Tell us about the last time a stranger really made you stop to converse in public. Set up the situation that led up to the encounter. Describe your feelings as you started to talk, chronicle the dialogue to the best of your recollection, and tell us how you felt leaving the situation, particularly if it unfolded the way you expected or took a turn that surprised you.

Prompts are strictly voluntary, of course. Use one, use some, use none.

Remember to tag all your related posts Nano Poblano and Team Pepper.

This post will be evergreen of sorts, the meeting place for updates and comments. As the host blogger, I’ll check in here daily during November to converse, stir, steer, listen.

Consider the comment section from here on out as your roll call. If you’re joining Team Pepper, tell us a few words about yourself and your blog, and give a link to a piece you’d like teammates to check out now.

This is your BLOG ROLL. Make sure you have placed your blog link in the comment section here so all Nano Poblano team members can follow your blog this month.

Sheena says it’s a good idea to register with BlogHer come Nov. 1. I will, and you should check it out, too. She says they provide plenty of prompts and serve as a nice meeting ground.

The idea this month, after all, is to find new blogs to read, meet the people behind them, and foster an environment in which all of us become better bloggers.

Here’s the link to the WordPress notice about NaBloPoMo.

Here’s the link to BlogHer’s notices about NaBloPoMo.

Here’s the link to Sheena’s Not a Punk Rocker blog.

517 thoughts on “Team Pepper gets spicy right here, Nano Poblano

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  6. Hello!
    A bit late to the party, but here’s my blog:

    I’m writing a serial novel (hopefully humorous novel) about mud loggers- a “special” kind of contractor in the natural gas drilling business. The mud loggers in the story will discover that drilling for shale gas is dirtier than they thought…

    Cheers- Thorton


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  9. Hello All…..a little late with my link, although I did manage to squeeze in some time on this hectic weekend and make sure to post and tag.
    Most of my writing until last months was focused on parenting a mentally ill child….but I have been diving into daily challenges and now this in an effort to stretch my writing to more topics. Thanks for hosting this, Mark.


  10. I am officially joining Team Pepper, Nano Pablano! Squad, whatever we’re calling this group. I’m not sure how to share, exactly. I do post every day and have since January 1, 2013. I have great respect for our host and many others here. Here’s the link to my blog:

    Maybe Mark can help me out, if I need to say anything else. Cheers and encouragement to everybody who is participating!


    • Welcome, Ann! I have been reading Ann’s blog every day since I was wearing short pants … heck, even last winter, too, so longer than that. Ann writes about her life and encourages you to think about your life. Plus, she posts cool pictures from around Boston and also picks a YouTube video clip of a song that relates to her theme, daily, too. Check out our newest Pepper!

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  12. I’ve been sitting on the fence about whether to try this — hence my late entry. I DID post yesterday, though so I’m on track. I have three blogs and the only way I think I can manage is if I say I’ll post on at least one of them each day. The main blog is Some posts will be at and some at
    Thanks for facilitating this venture!


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  17. Harry, I mean Fred, uugh – sorry, Mark, I did not write about myself and connect my blog other than through a half baked comment, but first a question: DO we pingback here for each post – or JUST tag them?
    I am Belinda – I am a recovering Idiot. Hopefully.
    I think completely non linearly and hence struggle to do anything constructive with my thoughts and ideas. It has been mentioned that I need to be more organised and strategic, so I am writing about that, to learn how – well at the moment – until I get bored.
    I do SO enjoy writing about human nature and getting myself completely drowned in creative thought and let my mind wonder off on its own mission to places unknown even to me. I do that GENERALLY with poetry and painting – and – I LOVE IT.

    I have to constantly stop myself from writing essays in comment sections –
    I blog at


    • Sorry about the name snafu Belinda. I must have known an Irene who also was an idiot writer someplace in my past. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      You can pingback here for all posts, yes. Also please tag them. We want people to find teammates every way possible. Essays in comment sections are fine. Infinite Internet. Yes, I did pay up to WP for that extra storage space. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • LOL! I REALLY do not mind Harry ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I get my kids names wrong half the time – my son is called – ‘Harry’ – um ‘Fred’- um – OI! (hence the Harry?Fred referance. (probably a private joke come to think of it – I forget my life is not the centre of the universe… TA DA! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
        Hey – cool – I shall try do pingbacks n stuff then right – defo got the tag thing – just was unsure about how many pingbacks you could handle!
        Thanks Mark ๐Ÿ˜€


  18. Mark, thanks for being such a terrific cheerleader for fellow bloggers. To be honest, I was going to pass on this, as I usually only write weekly…but then, I read the prompt. It fits an encounter I had today that I must share, so I’ll go write it now. And count me in! My place is Odds & Ends from Ermigal, a humorous look at daily life. Find me at:


  19. I have committed to the NaBloPoMo challenge. (Does that mean I should BE committed?) In any case, I’d like to be a little pepper, too. My blog is called Booking It and is primarily about books and travel, but sometimes I write about other things too: I’m not sure I totally understand how the Nano Poblano things work, but I’m signing up! Thanks for hosting!


    • Good to have you hear, DebraB. Click on other links and enjoy and motivated. Others will click on yours. Post every day and come back here and comment to tell others where they should take a look and share the wealth. This post here and the comment section is home base for November. That is how Nano Poblano works, my new friend. I will check your place out.

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  21. Ok – so it is not quite as strenuous as writing a novel. I am deliberating, but swaying toward being sociable and joining in. It is those darnded technical aspects that put my back up in full arch and cringe. REMEMBERING to do it as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cool stuff ๐Ÿ˜€


  22. I decided to try daily posting. I have told myself I will not go to blogger jail or detention if I fail on this mission. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can put Nanopoblano in my categories and can use the same post for NaBloPoMo I hope. Two posts a day would really be too much most days. I will ping back here as well on my posts?
    So my blog is about My Life, California, Some Films, Current Issues, Food and Family. I am new at blogging.
    He is my address: http://


  23. Mark – this is genius & creative idea – I joined to a similar group in Europe and the communication and corresponding improved. I hope this idea will help everyone to exchange ideas easily and receive likes on their page!


  24. Ok, first blog, check! I thought this post on my blog was the perfect way to start November and this challenge. I am thankful for the recent opportunity presented to me to write it and it’s about a bit Thanksgiving dinner help. I look forward to reading other posts this month from other bloggers as well, I want to learn and grow. Thanks!


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  26. Okay, I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing here, but I’ll give ‘er a go. I’ve signed up for the NaBloPoMo already, though my name’s not on the list yet. My intro?
    Hi. My name is Linda and I’m a masochist. Apparently. ๐Ÿ™„
    Hopefully within the next (what time is it now? almost 4pm) 8 hours I’ll get a blog post up so I don’t fail miserably on the first day. ๐Ÿ˜› God, I sound like Eeyore.
    Cool beans, Mr. Mark. And Sheena. ๐Ÿ˜€


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