Well, I’m doing it once more — committing to spend the month of November posting here every single day. One year ago, I signed up for NaBloPoMo and didn’t really know what I was getting into. It wasn’t a perfect month of daily posts — but I posted more often than I ever had before and I learned a lot about myself and what kind of blog I want to write.
At the end of the month, I wrote about what I had learned during the experience and what I wanted to do with this space moving forward. And that post was the most successful blog I’ve ever written. I was Freshly Pressed, which gave my blog extra visibility and was the first time people who weren’t related to me or my friends on Facebook really engaged with my content. My blog typically gets between 40-75 views per day, popping up into the 100s when I write a remarkably good blog post (or even higher with a post about Christians being crazy, since a ton of my Facebook friends were students with me at a private Christian university and will click a link to check that out); for a week or so after that blog post was Freshly Pressed my blog views were astronomical, breaking 1000 views on two separate days. It was ridiculous, and exciting, and I loved it. Getting that email from the freshly pressed team and getting to know so many new bloggers and readers who connected on this space during that week is one of the best things that has developed from my 2.5 years of blogging experience.
Because one of the lessons I learned last year was that blogging every single day wasn’t a good fit for my life and wasn’t a great fit for my readers, since quality content can suffer when you are posting in a rush or just to meet an artificial deadline, I hesitated to repeat the effort. I’ve picked up blogging more seriously again since moving to Chicago, and have developed a pattern of blogging on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week. I think that’s a good system for me and for you, and I’m not sure I want to increase my blogging frequency (or that I even have the capacity to do so) on a permanent basis.
But after acknowledging all of that, I still think that the experience, the connections, and the community that comes along with NaBloPoMo is so worth a little extra work this month. In this family, November is a month of cooking and eating and planning and shopping and decorating and traveling and, now that we are Chicago residents, hunkering down to survive freezing cold weather. That’s a lot to fit into one month, and it’s going to be a lot of great content to share in this place.
So here’s your invitation to join me in this endeavor: every day this month, if you take a few minutes to stop here, you will see new content. It won’t always be photos of food or links to recipes or stories of awkward work interactions, but it just might be — and whatever it is, please join in the experience by letting me know what you like and what you don’t. November is a great month to learn about what your blog readers want, and what you want for your blog, because it gives you the month of December to dream big and set goals and make decisions before starting the new year off with a bang.
If you write a blog and are interested in joining me and thousands of others in this effort, check out this webpage and join the NaBloPoMo blogroll. Tomorrow, I’ll share a few tips I learned during last year’s experience to make keeping up with daily postings a little easier.