Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo review

On November 1, I committed to blog daily all month.

Here's how the month went:

  • I posted every day in November.
  • At the beginning of the month, the Drafts view showed 48 posts in various stages of development.
  • I finished several of those posts and published them.
  • I also drafted a few new post ideas.
  • Today, there are 45 posts in draft form.
  • I made less progress than I hoped.
  • Still, progress is progress, and worth celebrating! Mario cookies for everybody!

  • On 11/8, November's pageviews surpassed August's.
  • On 11/15, they surpassed September's.
  • On 11/19, they surpassed October's.
  • On 11/28, November's pageviews hit four digits... for the first time ever. Woohoo! Have another Mario cookie!

  • I discovered there is a National Blog Writer's Month (October), or NaBloWriMo, and that knitters have National Knit a Sweater Month (November), or NaKniSweMo.
  • I discovered I'm much more likely to take note of bloggable thoughts and goings-on and whatnot when I know I have a daily post to write.
  • I discovered it's sometimes better to walk away and focus on something else than to try to force an idea.

Lessons learned:
  • Contrary to my tendency, not every post needs to be edited to death before it goes live. (Ironic, no?)
  • Some posts deserve the extra time, but some can be written quickly.
  • I will probably need to continue to learn and re-learn that second lesson.

One friend asked if I'd continue the daily blogging after November is over. I had to answer honestly, with a solid "I'm not sure."

So what do you think?

What did you like this month? What would you like to see more of?

Whether you're a longtime reader or you're new to this blog, I'm interested in hearing from you. I've opened up the comments to anonymous contributors, but would appreciate a first name if you go that route.

Looking forward to your comments!



  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog this month. Your posts are so often thought provoking. Also, reading your blog daily encouraged me to be on my own blog more often so I also wrote more. AND, my blog traffic is up since I started posting more here.
    In conclusion, I am in favor of you continuing your frequent updates.

  2. Huh, I commented AND posted twice and my comment still disappeared. BUT, I said that I have enjoyed reading your frequent posts and that it has encouraged me to post more often (because I was already on blogspot) and that my traffic on my blog has increased because I post here. SO -please do keep on with frequent (if not daily) posting!

  3. Thanks, R.! I appreciate your kind words!

    Your blog is also thought-provoking, and like a good sociologist, you keep me from nestling into my own little comfort zone of certainty. :)

    Oh, and your comments didn't disappear -- they merely migrated to "awaiting moderation." (Like limbo. Or the wood-between-the-worlds.) When I opened up the comments to anonymous commenters, I also changed the setting that means I get to approve every comment before it's published. (I learned my lesson about anonymous, unmoderated comments a few months ago.)


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