NaNoWriMo? No, NaBloPoMo. (WTF?)

NaBloPoMo at BlogHer

Thousands of people will be taking part in what has become an annual tradition every November, the National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo).

I’m not taking part. I considered creating a blog writing equivalent. But after a search, I discovered there was one, NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)

The goal for NaBloPoMo is a post a day for the month, as opposed to the NaNoWriMo goal for a 50,000 word minimum first draft of a novel.

The “one post” part of this seems a bit too easy. (Oh yeah? How many months have you managed that? -ed.)

Okay, I’ll rephrase that. The one post per day goal isn’t ambitious enough. It serves as my primary goal, however.

So what are my secondary goals? Certainly not 50,000 words. I don’t have that in me. Not to mention that it would encourage bloviating. Also, I don’t want to just have token posts with a single sentence to fill out a quota. So my personal ground rules will be:

  • One post per day minimum.
  • Items republished from twitter don’t count.
  • Items that are just excerpts from, or links to other sources don’t count.
  • Qualifying blog posts should have a minimum of 100 words of original content.
  • A secondary goal of a minimum of 50 posts for the month.
  • A secondary goal of a total of 10,000 words.
  • “Tote Board” posts showing my posting progress for the month will not count, unless accompanied by further commentary on NaBloPoMo
  • ???
  • PROFIT! (I don’t think so -ed.)

Here we go.