Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Racing to the Finish Line

Today marks the end of National Blog Posting Month. I'm pretty sure that, by creating this post, I'm actually going to win the challenge. Yay! Go, me!

There's something else you need to know about NabloPoMo this year. I actually didn't do any scheduled posts (well, other than this one which was done yesterday, or, um, actually today but that's tomorrow. Just thank the magic of the Internets and we'll leave it at that, ok?) Last year, you see, I had done scheduled post after scheduled post, and relied heavily on the ability to schedule items in order to win the competition. Not this year. Nope, this year, I actually did it sort of "real time" or without any scheduled posts at all.

Now, I know this probably doesn't sound like much, and I'm sure you don't care really how it was done (some of you probably don't even care that it was done at all, you just stop in here for the iPhone tips and the "Painters Every Photographer Should Know" posts so that I can complete your term papers in art school. You're welcome, by the way.) It's big news to me, however. You see, this year, I didn't know I was going to win the competition until the end of the month, and it left all month for me to figure out what to yap on about. Each and every day, I sat down at the computer and brought you a live post, of some kind. Yes, it's true, some were of considerable quality (and I don't mean that in a good way) but, literally each and every day, I sat down and wrote something, anything, just to complete the challenge.

I know it might sound shallow and boastful, but I kind of feel good about that. It reminded me of the old days of blogging, back before the scheduled post. Back before bloggers like me had "editorial calendars" (I still really don't know what that means) back when we were just talking and posts were just posts...stuff people talked about during their quiet time. Back before the professional bloggers moved in and everybody was trying to "make six figures blogging before they die" sort of a thing. Back when things were organic, of sorts, and everybody just kind of blogged for the sake of blogging, not because they were trying to get rich, get famous, retire at the age of 29 or anything like that. It was a throwback to the days of old, and I'm really glad I did NaBloPoMo again this year.

So, thanks for coming along for the ride. I've really enjoyed the 30 days that were November this year. I've gotten the usually spike in traffic (I'm sure that will go away soon enough-you all have a holiday goose to eat, of some kind, don't you?) and made a few new friends, not to mention reconnected with some older ones. I've had a lot of fun, it was for a good cause, and everybody can now safely move on to next month.

Is it December already? Yipes! Doesn't time fly when you're racing to December?

Until next...ah...month this time...

4 comments:

mythopolis said...

The car looks quite happy...what do you feed it?

Carol said...

Oh, it's not mine, but I'm fairly certain that it runs on something exotic...something like fried unicorn, myrrh, and cattails...lots and lots of cattails.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Hi Carol, well done! Umm... I don't think I knew it was actually a competition...? How do you win...?

Carol said...

Thanks, Postcards!

To "win" all you have to do is post every day for 30 days-once a day for the month of November. It sounds easy but, trust me, it can be quite a bear at times. I'm so happy it's done. No more pressure to post! No more empty "type your post here" white box to stare at. No more "posters block" (or whatever you might call it.)

That's the basics though-30 posts in 30 days, once a day for November.