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California girl turned expat transplanted to the land down under: North Queensland, Australia.

November 03, 2010

NaNoWriMo vs. NaBloPoMo

No I’m not speaking Maori! “NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month. “Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” Just like most things, I am a day late and a dollar short. I first heard about NaNoWriMo on October 26 when Ramblings of an Emotional Idiot posted that she signed up and was ready to start. For about five minutes I pondered whether or not the outline I have for a young adult book would pan out into a full on novel so I can say I accomplished something this month, but it was not to be. I’ve got so many mental health issues I am working through to really sit down and write something more than a few pages of content, then I would be pissed off I didn’t complete it. So I strive for my brain to be working fully next November!

C. over at In an Opal-Hearted Country (PS if you’re an expat or love looking at GORGEOUS Australian landscape check out her page) mentioned she was participating in “NaBloPoMo”, which stands for, you guessed it, National Blog Posting Month. Yeah, they sort of ripped off NaNoWriMo, but this site is a little more lax. The goal here is to write a blog a day for an entire month. It doesn’t matter what month, just as long as you commit to the goal. That one seems a little easier for me.

A big difference is that NaNoWriMo has a set goal of 50,000 words in one month. The quality of the content isn’t as important-they just want you to get your creative juices flowing. NaBloPoMo just wants you to post a blog a day for a month (although I swear I read they want you do post as many blogs as possible in a month somewhere on the site). I’m hoping one blog a day for a month will help me get some routine to my post, such as going back to my “Hed's Friday Flick” posts or “Hed's Sunday Shout-Out”. I’d like to add a “Youtube Tuesday” in there and follow through with the Monday editions of “Colour my Week”, a blog idea from Erica over at Recycled Fashion (PS Erica! It’s my blog for tomorrow, I swear!). That will give my blog a LOT of padding, ha ha.

Today I’m just as sick as yesterday, only today the cough rolled in. I feel gross and tired and miserable, and it’s raining (which I love), humid and sticky (which I hate). I also wanted to give a big ole “Thank You!” to the people who commented (either on the page or privately) on my post from yesterday. Like I’ve said a million times, this blog was made in order to share the journey I am taking in Australia, and my other blog was made to deal with my issues and private life. At first I tried to make sure the two were completely separate, but I’m not two people. Ups and downs that happened in America also happen here. It seems weird and not the whole truth if I just write about the funny or awesome things that happen to me, and not the struggles with culture shock or things I am missing deeply, you know? My blog readership has gone up, and I’m grateful for each and every one of you. I also only ended up going halfway with the “30 Days of Truth” challenge, mostly because the last leg of the posts were either discussed by me previously or just plain boring! I’m keeping the list for a rainy day when I have nothing to talk about.

So that’s about it for me today. I keep sitting on the computer for an hour, getting tired, laying down and watching TV, getting bored, sitting on the computer, etc. I hate being sick. I’m gonna go lay down and watch TV now.


  1. NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo ... neither one I could keep up with. Once something becomes a chore or something I have to do, I shut down because it isn't as fun.

    Yeaaah. I was a great student in college.

    Good luck with your upcoming posts!


  2. Well as you could tell I'm doing NaNoWriMo. But that's a personal thing. I didn't really enter I'm just doing it to do it.

  3. 50,000 words!!! Hell no! I struggled with a 2000 word essay earlier this year!

  4. Well, the competition between Morgan, Danique and I would be better summed up as a mixture of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. 50,000 words in blog format. It doesn't quite fit in with either of the two categories. Keeps it interesting.

  5. I sure hope that you feel better Hed. Being sick sucks. If I had known about this competition I would have taken it on. Next year maybe?

  6. I've done both NaNo and NaBlo some years, but I find it fun, not a chore. I guess it's like how some folks love to run, so setting a goal of running x miles in a month would be fun for them. For me, I like the collective energy of all these people writing/blogging up a storm.

    I found you via the NaBloPoMo blog roll, by the way. Another reason it's fun - meeting new folks.

    I'll pop by again to see your month is going!


  7. Jeff and Miss Vicki-I usually do a great job until about halfway, when I get bored. *fingers crossed on this one*

    TAD and Megan-I saw that you were technically doing the WriMo but in a blog format. That's awesome! I didn't even think of doing that...

    Barb-I signed up for BloPoMo on the 3rd, but technically that was okay because I had written a blog on the 1st and 2nd. If you did, go sign up! I think you and I should totally challenge ourselves next year for NaNoWriMo!

    MM-Thanks for reading! I think any challenge where you are involved with others always gets the juices flowing. Some of my favourite bloggers are ones I found during the "30 Days of Truth" challenge from last month. I need to go check out that blogroll (and your blog, too!)

  8. i always feel like such a failure it BloPoMo so of course i just avoid.

  9. Thanks for the shout out, lady!

  10. NaNoWriMo can’t be done. It’s like running a marathon. On your hands. Upside down. Wearing boxing gloves.

  11. I joined NaBloPoMo like yesterday I think. It said to do a blog post each day for a month. I gave myself a pseudo name so if you want to read mine just email me or write on my blog. I had an incident where someone found my posts on Stageoflife website and got really mad with me for it.