It’s hard to believe that November is already just around the corner. I know I keep saying things like this every month, but I truly believe that time is going by faster. Is it just me? Maybe it’s a symptom of aging that no one warns you about.
While I didn’t win the $1.6 billion jackpot Tuesday night, at least I have plenty of reasons to feel thankful. Sure, I might be half-blind, overweight, anxious, weird, and emo, but I also have the ability to create stuff. That’s pretty darn cool. So, “creating stuff” is exactly what I plan to do next month!
National Blog Posting Month 2018
You may recall that I hosted a challenge called National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, last November. I didn’t create the challenge; I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and hosting it fell into my lap.
This year, I was planning on hosting NaBloPoMo again. I really enjoyed it last year until my website completely crashed and I was unable to finish. Because of this, I wanted to give it another try. At least that is what I was thinking for the past year.
Yesterday morning, I realized that November is a week away… and I am less prepared than I was last year. I’ve been planning out my posts and trying to schedule some things in advance, but of course, this is where I admit that I have gotten really far behind.
To top it all off, our power cut out in part of the house, including where my current workspace is. The electrician can’t come out until next Thursday, so I am restricted by what I can do. Multiple monitors aren’t an option. I also am going to have a hard time using some of my peripheral devices, like my pen tablet.
It has been a mess.
Fortunately, when I started doubting whether or not I wanted to participate in NaBloPoMo 2018, let alone host it, I did as I generally do…
I asked Twitter!
I planned to host National Blog Posting Month again this year but now I am having doubts about doing it. Is anyone else even interested in participating??? #NaBloPoMo #bloggers #bloggerstribe #bloggerclan
— 𝙰𝚒𝚖𝚒𝚎 𝙲𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎 (@ablissfullemon) October 24, 2018
My Twitter friends, Twitter followers, Twitter tweeters, whatever you wish to call them, were quick to respond, and the reactions were unsurprisingly mixed.
Those who participated last year were planning on doing it again. Everyone else, however, said it sounded like too much pressure for an entire month of forced blogging. The poll is still live for a few more hours, but right now only 40% of people are interested in NaBloPoMo.
To be completely honest, I think this is exactly the answer I wanted. I just didn’t know it at the time. I am all about owning my own decisions and being responsible for my thoughts and actions. But there is something comforting in having others echo my concerns about a challenge that I thought I really wanted to do. But also, something else really great has come out of this process.
A New Creative Challenge – Create30
When I first realized I might not actually want to do NaBloPoMo, I immediately thought that a creative challenge might be a better idea instead. After Vikki from cuteek.com told me that she also felt pressured by NaBloPoMo when she did it a few years ago, I ran my creative challenge idea by her. She and I share a lot of similar interests with technology, blogging, and all things colorful, so when she said she was on board, I knew this is exactly what I want to do. Since then, I posted a poll on Instagram and it turns out that more people are also interested.
With that, my lovely friends, ‘Create30’ was conceived. It is going to be a 30-day challenge to create something every single day. Anything creative counts. That includes a new blog post, painting, photograph, lettering art, song, video, knitted sock, recipe, graphic design, UI design, website, animation, planner/bujo spread, scrapbook page, print design, or just a doodle.
Create30 means more creative efforts without the added pressure.
My hope is that this relieves the pressure of NaBloPoMo 2018 while still enforcing the spirit of the month. Bloggers will likely try to churn out posts, infographics, and photos like there’s no tomorrow. But there’s not as much pressure. If you only have 10 minutes, you can do something that takes that long instead of trying to rush through a blog post. This means more time to create and release better content instead of rushing through for the sake of quantity over quality.
Everyone else, especially those with a very randomly mixed bag of tricks (like me) will end up blogging more, lettering more, and turning out more projects for the world to see.
Creativity will, once again, be a priority and something to look forward to every day.
What’s not to be thankful for?
Stay tuned for another post really soon where I will lay out the details for Create30 November. I’ll also be dishing up a few different prompts for various creative categories like painting, lettering, blogging, and probably a few more.
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