Have I Learned Anything From NaBloPoMo?

This is how they got me:

If 50,000 words seem like 49,000 too many or you’re more interested in blogging than writing a book, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — might be your speed: a challenge to post once every day for the entire month of November. No theme, no word count, no rules; just you, your blog, and 30 new posts.

Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?

Until you realize… I have to write every day for the entire month of November? That’s a lot of posts, kids.

But we’re more than halfway through the month and I’m hanging in there so far. The Big Question is: Have I grown as a blogger? A person? Have I learned anything?

Let’s see, shall we?

 1)  Scheduling is everything The “Schedule” feature on my WordPress blog has saved my Canadian bacon this month. It is November 9 as I write this but you won’t it won’t go “public” (if one can refer to ten readers as the “public”) until the 19th or 20th. Which, by the way, is the closest I’ll ever come to time traveling like Doctor Who.

For me, being able to write posts ahead of time and let them publish at a predetermined schedule is key to this whole endeavor; as a dad/husband/bellman/nerd/hack writer, I never know how much free time I’m going to have.

2)  Even half-baked posts can be useful someday.  Thanks to NaBloPoMo I’ve pretty much cleaned out all the half-realized posts that were languishing in my blog’s archive. Not that I’ve been throwing just anything out there for your enjoyment; every post in my archive has needed some tinkering and updating but at least they’ve given me a head start.

3)  NaBloPoMo is a lot of work – but it’s a helluva lot easier than NaNoWriMo.  For me, at least. After the crap-on-a-cracker that was my first book, it’s taken me years to write a second book that I can be proud of. Now I just have to finish uploading it to Wattpad…

So NaBloPoMo is a godsend for a hack like me.

4)  It’s actually fun to see your blog stats rise during November.  Publishing every day really does have a significant impact on one’s stats, which is always good for the ego, which leads to increased self-confidence, which leads to better product (posts). I love it when everyone wins. don’t you?

5)  You can’t go wrong with a pic of Stana Katic.  A single pic of the Castle hottie will get your stats rising. Not to mention other things…

Unfortunately, half my WordPress pics aren’t working right now.

My life sucks sometimes…

6)  And GIFs of Stana Katic?  Well, they’ll put you over the top! Your stats, I mean.

tumblr_ne0mx5wAC21sgz07oo1_500I don’t know the name of the picture the image above was taken from… but I’m betting it’s “The Greatest Movie Ever Made”.


7)  It’s healthy to challenge yourself occasionally.  A little (controlled) stress can be good for the soul.

I’m a bellman in a thousand-room hotel.

I’m a dad to a teenaged girl.

I’ve been married for over twenty years.

I’m used to stress (to say the very least), but not everyone can say they carry the same load, so NaBloPoMo is a great way to test your limits without actually risking that giant aneurysm you’ve been dreading ever since they cancelled Cop Rock. Thirty original (mostly) ideas for thirty days is a great way to put your creative engine through its paces.

8)  But I’m still going to be glad to see November 30th!  This has been fun but I still have a ways to go, so I need to get to work on tomorrow’s post.

Oh, more more thing…

9)  NaBloPoMo has made me realize I make the rules on my own blog!  Who says you have to always have ten things on a list?

And just so my female readers don’t feel slighted…












Never say I don’t love you, ladies.

See you in the lobby, kids…


About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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25 Responses to Have I Learned Anything From NaBloPoMo?

  1. List of X says:

    Who say? The voices in my head do.

  2. I love being able to schedule posts. You can do that on Facebook, too on the business pages. Great post. I hadn’t heard of November Blog Post Month but it seems like a good idea and very challenging.

  3. NED!!! I mean HOOK!! *giggle* Robert you are doing so well! You are more than half way there! And you have a full time job! I don’t have a full time job (unless you count taking care of the hubby, house and two dogs) *sigh* I like my job (most of the time). It keeps me busy but not too busy (not really) that I should’ve, could’ve and would’ve done the whole NaBloPoMo if I were not lazy more motivated! Good job by friend! 😉

  4. curvyroads says:

    Your public appreciates the effort you have put into this month of blogging, and scheduling is cool! Also, thanks for sharing a dose of Ned with us ladies. 😉

  5. What, no speedo? Haha – I AM kidding. I wish I had known about NaBloPoMo earlier, I’d have given it a go. I’m so out of the loop. Good work!

  6. I totally read all of that, and in no way went on a mad search through the entire internet.

    But, since you bring it up, the movie was called “Feast of Love”, and was released in 2007. The other lady there is Selma Blair, and there’s even Morgan Freeman in the movie, so you know it’s quality.

    Lest you think this was the most pointless thing I did today, I made an “Agents of MUG” shield to balance my “Agents of SHIELD” mug.

  7. Austin says:

    Blogging every day for a month? I think I can handle that… 🙂

  8. My eyes!!! I just left Ned’s blog. I come here, and he’s here, too!

    Ned Hickson is taking over the internet!

    Good job blogging every day, Hook. I’d stop by more often, but I’m racing the clock to my self-imposed deadline of finishing and publishing a book this month. I’ll see you more often soon!

  9. lol, I was not expecting a picture of Ned on your blog! Still hoping to see what the bellman really looks like, maybe a Christmas calendar for us? Anyways, I have serious trouble with #1, scheduling. I don’t know what happened except that life got in the way.

  10. shimoniac says:

    Hey, the voices in my head think that I’m the imaginary one. 😛

  11. Reblogged this on JULIO FROM NY and commented:
    I have to say this is a bit inspirational!

  12. Hey Hook! It’s been a while. Keep at it 😀

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