I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2021
Here we are, a week into NaBloPoMo and you’re losing steam. What now?
First of all, know that this is not uncommon. Most people feel apprehensive at the thought of having to post every single day. Even for us seasoned NaBloPoMo-ers, it happens. My friend Tobia, who’s been tackling this challenge with me for the last few years, mentioned something to that effect last week and I admitted that I still feel the same just before November.
Writing for 30 days straight feels daunting, even stressful. Why would anyone want to do that? In my case, it’s not like I don’t have a regular posting schedule (on average 3x/week) and could just keep plugging along at my own pace.
I think, I just like the challenge and the structured routine and I look forward to it once a year. And you know what usually also happens? The month flies by faster than I thought and I end up with more post ideas than I was able to use in the 30 days.
I’ve learned a few tricks over the years and I thought I’d share them with you (so you hopefully feel a bit more confident going forward).
Get organized in advance
I know, I know, this tip comes a little late as we’re already well into NaBloPoMo, but as I mentioned in my introductory post on November, 1, I’ve been planning out my November blogging month a bit in advance. I will be posting every day in November, but not every word has been written on the day that it will be posted. I usually prepare a little outline for the month and jot down post ideas for as many days as possible in advance. Drafts are your friends. This leads me to my next tip…
Keep a running list of blog ideas
If you’ve been blogging for a while, you probably have had ideas for blog ideas at the most unexpected moments and in the strangest places. My best tip is: write them down immediately (I keep a list on my phone, as I usually have that with me and can put down a couple of bullet points regardless of where I am.)
Write when you can
If you have a few minutes to work on your draft, write a few sentences. If you sit down and feel like you can knock out a couple of blog posts because the words are pouring out of you, do it. If you’re on a roll, you have to take advantage. Get it all on (digital) paper while you can. You don’t have to wait until the next day. As a writer/blogger, you know, writing happens naturally most of the time and can’t necessarily be forced.
Keep a buffer
Another thing that works for me: I try to stay ahead of NaBloPoMo by keeping one or two ready-to-post blog posts in my drafts folder for “emergencies” (hence the ‘write when you can’-advice). While I try to sit down and write/post every day in November, I know that some days will be so busy that I won’t have a lot of time to spend on blogging. For these moments, it’s good to have a blog post waiting in your draft folder.
Use your regular feature posts
I have a few regular post formats that I use every month, (e.g. What I read, Monthly Link List, Currently, etc.) and of course, I keep up with these posts during NaBloPoMo.
Borrow from other bloggers
If you come across a great post idea on someone else’s blog – borrow the idea (and give credit when appropriate) and post your own version. Because this is what bloggers do – we inspire each other and share great post ideas!
Keep it flexible
Leave a little flexibility in your blogging schedule for days where you feel inspired to write something spontaneously. I never know when exactly that is going to happen, but I usually come up with a handful of posts in November that I hadn’t planned/thought of before. Sometimes I want to share something that happened or something I thought about.
Last but not least: Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day
This is something I should definitely keep in mind. While it’s my goal to meet the challenge, the world is not going to end if I skip a day. Nobody is keeping score and you’re not going to be punished. After all, NaBloPoMo is just an opportunity to get into a blogging habit, have fun, and connect with other people.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Anything else you’d add to the list?