National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, is a month long writing exercise intended to occur annually in November. The first NaBloPoMo occurred in November of 2006, and was the brainchild of M. Kennedy, an American blogger. Kennedy was inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which also happens every November, and thought that there should be a blogging counterpart. NaBloPoMo took off, thanks to the extensive information distribution network between bloggers, with hundreds of participants entered in the first NaBloPoMo.
NaNoWriMo was founded in 1999 by 21 authors in the San Francisco Bay Area who wanted to motivate themselves into producing more written work. The challenge requires authors to produce a 50,000 word novel within one month.
The rules of NaBloPoMo are simple, although the challenge is set up on an honor system. Participants are required to publish one post on their personal website or blog every day. There is no length requirement, with some posters writing long essays every day and others posting photographs and brief captions.
Here at YFGF, I was able to successfully complete in 2011, but not so in in 2010. I'll make the attempt again this month. Quality over quantity makes the exercise challenging. At the least, the writing chops may become 'embiggened.'
- This year, as for several years, NaBloPoMo is moderated by Melissa Ford, at BlogHer: Life Well Said.
- More information, and the blogroll of participants, is available here. YFGF is blog no. 130.
- A blogger in Nevada is writing a haiku a day during November. Read Six Blocks From the City, by Carol Cizauskas (my sister!).