1: NaBloPoMo 2020

If you’ve been around the blogosphere, you might remember NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), the 30-day blogging challenge first launched by Eden Kennedy in 2006. I’ve been participating since year one and even though 2016 was the last year that BlogHer officially hosted NaBloPloMo, I am still writing and participating every year in November. And so can you.

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I know, it’s a lot of pressure to blog every day. NaBloPoMo used to have hundreds of participants, but in recent years people have moved on to other platforms or stopped blogging altogether. Many people say that they don’t know what to write about or that they don’t have the time to blog every day. Oh, but you can totally do this on Instagram if that is your preferred platform now! And I know a lot of you post on Instagram almost daily, so you really don’t have an excuse. 

My tip: a little planning goes a long way. Not every blog post has to be a deep, long, elaborate piece of writing. Sometimes sharing a picture or some random thoughts is all it takes to engage your readers! I admit, right here, that I’ve been planning out my November blogging month a bit in advance, and while I will be posting every day in November, not every word will be written on the day that it will be posted. And that is okay. 

There used to be long lists of blogging prompts and blog ideas that people could use for the challenge. I never really used those list, but in case, they help you to commit, here are just some ideas what you could blog about this month.,

  • why you still blog
  • your personal COVID-19 experience
  • a book review
  • your favorite hobby and what you love about it
  • a craft project 
  • a recipe (or three)
  • your four-legged friend(s) (I am living vicariously through you!)
  • blogs you love
  • something you’ve learned this year
  • new products you’ve tried
  • your favorite pandemic home activities

I hope you’re excited to come here a little more often this month. Also, I’d love for you to join me and use the hashtag #NaBloPoMo2020, so I can find you (and promote your posts!). You’re welcome to also steal some of my post ideas, if they inspire you to write. They’re not all original and some posts are borrowed from other bloggers (because this is what bloggers do – inspire each other and share great post ideas!). There really is no pressure (or punishment) involved. If you skip a day, nobody’s going to yell at you, I promise. It’s just a fun way to connect and support each other!

Oh, and before I go: I am thinking about organizing another Secret Santa Mug Swap this year. I’ve hosted a swap for the last few  years and this year would be the 5th consecutive year. I imagine it would be especially nice this year to spread some holiday cheer when many of us will be stuck at home for the holidays. Would you be interested in participating (again) this year? Let me know in the comments!

  1. I hope you find many participants in your mug swapping.
    As you know I’ll join for the daily blogging and have to confess I have a few posts written to take some pressure of. Hopefully I will be able to make time to write or shoot photos to cover the entire month. So exciting to give it another go and my plan was to write a few more thought out posts. Well see how that goes.
    Looking forward reading along.

    1. I am so excited that you’re joining me again this year… and like I mentioned, I think it’s totally okay to draft some posts in advance. I do that too! Let’s have some fun! Looking forward to following along!

  2. Hi San, I am so glad you are doing Nablopomo again. I wish I could do it, too, but time is scarce. Teaching 1st grade keeps me very busy. Just stopped by your blog to get the cherry crumble recipe again. :-)
    Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathrin (and for using my cherry crumble recipe! I should bake that again soon, too!)… I wish you would join us for NaBloPoMo but I understand that you’re busy…. just know that I always love when you post, even if it’s not every day in November ;)

  3. How exciting! What a great way to rejuvenate love of blogging. I think you nailed it when you said not every post has to be deep and complicated. I’ve noticed I love reading the short, simple topics the most.
    And great prompt suggestions! Can’t wait to follow along.

    1. I totally agree. I love the lighter, shorter blog post almost more than long elaborate pieces… although those can be quite good too, of course :)

  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping in to read my blog today! I look forward to getting to know you this month. :)

    1. Thanks! I’ve been reading your blog for a while… I guess I will also start to comment more :)

  5. I’m looking forward to getting a new post from you every day! I guess I usually post on IG 5x a week and write 2 posts a week…so I’m kinda there? I keep thinking about writing a blog post a day for a week and maybe I’ll make that happen this year. Baby steps.

    1. You have a pretty good schedule nailed down, I’d say! :) You can easily do one post a day for a week!

  6. I look forward to reading your posts this month. I’ve never taken part but I did used to do NaNoWriMo years ago. So maybe next year because this sounds like a great idea :)

    Good luck with your Secret Santa Mug swap – I always enjoy seeing the photos.

    1. Thank you :) I always appreciate you reading and commenting here!

  7. Unfortunately, I won’t be participating in NaBloPoMo, but I’m debating the mug swap. I just stink at putting together cute and interesting presents! So my trading partner might not be too excited. ;) I shall ponder, though. I assume you’ll announce it again? :) thanks! Always love visiting your blog and can’t wait to come more frequently in November…

    1. Thanks Anne. I appreciate you stopping by and yes, I’ll announce the mug swap a little later this month. I’d love to have you join us this year (and I am sure you’re selling yourself short by saying you stink at putting cute presents together. Prove me wrong! ;))

  8. Sorry I’m so behind in comments, but I think you know I’m in and I’m stoked!

    1. You’re doing a great job so far!!

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