Hey blog friends, can you believe it’s your favorite time of the year again? It’s time again for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), 30 posts in 30 days. I’ve been participating since 2006, when Eden Kennedy first launched the blogging challenge, and even though 2016 was the last year that NaBloPoMo was officially hosted BlogHer, I’ve still been writing and participating every year in November.
As previously mentioned, blogs are still my favorite social media platform and I will forever advocate for them. Focusing more time on writing here in November and connecting with people is something I look forward to all year.
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. As with so many things, it’s all about what you make time for and a little bit of commitment.
My pro tip
A little planning goes a long way. I’ll admit 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. Also, don’t forget that 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 connect with your readers!
In case you do need some inspiration, I came up with a list of 20 prompts for the month to get you started. You can pick and choose from here if you struggle to come up with a blog idea. Use these as-is, tweak them, use them however you like. (I’ll probably use a few of them, but I also like to have a bit of flexibility to write spontaneously about things that come up during this month, so stay tuned).
You can write about…
- who you are. Introduce yourself and tell your readers why you are participating!
- 10 random facts about you
- what you read recently
- your favorite TV/streaming series
- a new craft project
- a new favorite recipe (or three)
- blogs (or Instagram accounts) you love
- a review of a new product that you love
- something you learned about yourself
- a favorite childhood memory
- the last time you left your comfort zone
- your relationship with money
- current fall favorites (share a list of your favorite things!)
- your exercise routine
- one of the many national holidays in November that you relate to
- a memorable interaction with stranger
- a day in the life or a snapshot of your day
- your pet peeves (always a favorite!)
- a list of small (as in, inexpensive) gifts for the holidays
- what you are thankful for (appropriate around Thanksgiving)
You’re also welcome to use any of my posts for inspiration if you want. They’re not all going to be originals and some posts are borrowed from other bloggers (because this is what bloggers do – inspire each other and share great post ideas!). If you skip a day, no big deal This challenge is just a fun way to connect with each other and maybe find a new friend in the process!
Come join me
I hope you’re excited to come here a little more often this month. Spread the word! If you do decide to join me, use the hashtag #NaBloPoMo2021, so I can find you (and promote your posts!). I’ll also keep a running list of participants on my NaBloPoMo page.
Oh, and before I go: I am brave enough to think about organizing another Secret Santa (Mug) Swap this year. I’ve hosted a swap for the last few years and this would be the 6th consecutive year. There were a few hiccups last year (mostly because of Covid) and I am planning to move up the deadlines to allow a bit more time for shipping, so packages will hopefully arrive before the holidays. Would you be interested in participating (again) this year? I am also thinking about opening it up to people in Germany (if I can get at least two people to sign up, so I can match them with each other to avoid international shipping charges and delays). Let me know what you think in the comments!