I did it, y’all. I completed National Blog Posting Month. All 30 days. I actually posted 42 times in November, if you can wrap your head around that fact too.
It was intense, fun, exhausting, exhilarating. I learned a lot in the last month!
1. Planning is key. I started the month strong. I wrote and scheduled several posts one Sunday and that week was great. I think there was one other weekend I was able to write in advance. Throw in a week of traveling and full-time (plus a few hours) of work and I kind of lost my blogging mojo.
2. A content calendar is handy. If you look at November, I had a lot of sponsored content and one big giveaway. I wanted to keep a variety of posts, while focusing efforts on a few important-to-me topics. And I think this is where I ran into the multiple posts in one day.
3. It’s ok to take breaks. I didn’t take a break in November, but it’s totally fine to take a break, regroup and come back refreshed. Even if it’s a day. Or a week. Or longer.
4. Tons of content doesn’t equal a ton of page views. Just because you write it, doesn’t mean people are going to read it. Just like this post! I was writing so much that it was sometimes difficult to properly promote my own work.
5. I have more content ideas than I realize. I have dozens of blog posts in draft, just waiting to be completed. I shocked myself by having different posts every day of November (and I lived to blog about it!)
I set a goal for my numbers before November. And I hit them. There was a point where I didn’t think I was going to make my goal and I started to feel really bad about my blog (and myself) and I had to remind myself why I’m here…because I want to be here. Not because I think I’m the next internet sensation.
NaBloPoMo can be fun. I found a group of bloggers and we all supported each other through our triumphs and not-so-triumphs last month. Without them, NaBloPoMo would have been torture. BlogHer had a great list of links that you could post to each day – I think I posted a few days, but there were THOUSANDS of links and I felt overwhelmed at one point. I think it’s a great idea, but that list could be organized differently.
Will I do it again? Probably. Do I want to do it right now? Absolutely not. I took a night away from my laptop this week. I didn’t check other blogs. My blog post was already scheduled for the next day. I just did things around the house….and it was glorious.
Did you participate in NaBloPoMo this year? Have you participated in previous years?