UPDATE: I am hosting a NaBloPoMo link up this year. To submit your blog and connect with other bloggers, visit the new link up page. I am so excited to get to know all of you over the next month (and hopefully longer!)
If you are having trouble staying motivated with your blog, National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo for short, may be just what you need to jumpstart your motivation. Starting November 1, NaBloPoMo challenges you to create a new blog post every day for 30 days straight. While this may sound a little extreme for those of us who tend to only have time to post once or twice a week, don’t count yourself out. You do not have to write a novel every single day. In fact, posting a new image with a fantastic description is more than enough to qualify as a unique blog post.
Want the complete rules for participating in National Blog Posting Month? Check out the unofficial guide.
Why You Should Participate In NaBloPoMo
Writing great content takes time, patience, and lots and lots of practice. I once saw a quote on Pinterest from acclaimed author Stephen King that said “if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” To be honest, I don’t generally believe many of the quotes that I find on Pinterest. It’s all to easy to make up some motivational fake quote, put it with a famous persons’ name and a pretty picture and before you know it, it has gone viral. However, I have chosen to put a decent amount of stock into this quote because even if King didn’t say it, it is still completely true.
You will not be successful as a writer if you do not read and write every day, regardless of whether or not it’s published. This is the best way to gain exposure from your audience, improve your writing technique, fuel your creativity, and establish and perfect your personal writing style. By reading others’ work, you will not only be networking with other bloggers, but you will also gain inspiration from what they have to say, be able to look at what works for them, and decide what you like and dislike about their writing so that you can apply it to your own work.
A Warning Against Plagiarism & Stealing Content
I want to make something clear. I am not encouraging anyone to steal ideas, information, or styles from other bloggers. However, I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as a truly “unique” idea anymore, and there is nothing wrong with using other bloggers’ work as inspiration for your own. Just be mindful about not plagiarizing their work, and consider linking back to them if your content is heavily influenced by what they have said. Don’t steal their content and paraphrase it in your own words. That’s not what a writer or blogger should ever do. Use their words as inspiration, but make the content entirely your own.
How To Participate With Me For NaBloPoMo
Over the next month, Blissful Lemon is turning into a NaBloPoMo prep zone. This is as much for myself as it is for you.
I’ll be posting several writing prompt ideas for November, any information that I find about current contests, and all things NaBloPoMo-related.
I will also be posting information and tips on blogging, in general. So, if you haven’t even started blogging, don’t worry about trying to figure it all out on your own. I’m not a blogging expert, but I know enough to get you started, and I am more than willing to point you in the right direction for more information.
Over at Color My Life, I’ll be creating and posting free and paid content to help you out with your blogging adventure. I may even put together a contest for NaBloPoMo so I can give away even more free CML content. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss out on any further information about that.
If you want to know more about what to expect from Blissful Lemon and Color My Life in October, be sure to check out the October Preview.