What did I learn during NaBloPoMo? More posts doesn't equal more traffic, or at least, not more interaction. I think my blog does better when I give people a day in between posts to stop by and comment. Keeping up with an every day posting challenge is hard for me as a writer, but it is also hard for my readers. This is especially true during the last week of November when most people in the US are busy with family and holiday plans. I think if I am going to do NaBloPoMo in the future, I would do it on a different month than November, even though that is the traditional month.
It also makes it hard for me to read other people's blogs. I usually spend the same amount of time on blogging each day, so most of my reading and commenting happens on days when I don't publish a new post. I've been missing reading all of you for the last month.
The biggest thing I learned was that I CAN publish a post every day. I also learned that I need to write faster if I want to keep up with that kind of schedule.
What did I write about during NaBloPoMo? The usual stuff. I didn't really branch out as much as I thought I would, or do a bunch of picture or quote posts (except for Thanksgiving and that great coffee picture). It was my normal blend of memories, snippets from my day, thoughts about books, writing about important causes and charities, and occasional participation in fiction writing challenges.
My top five favorite 2013 NaBloPoMo Posts:
- Umbrellas Are A Conspiracy And A Lie - A classic Thomas and Tracie conversation. Plus, I learned in the comment section that I am not the only person who eschews umbrellas.
- I Narrowly Escaped Being Killed By Quicksand - I risked my life to bring you a picture of a terrifying Build Your Own Quicksand Pit. It might just be a perfect Christmas gift for that annoying kid in your life.
- Sarah And The Chain Letters - It is a moment that sits in a drawer in my mind, frozen in time like a perfect snapshot, ready to be pulled out anytime someone mentions chain letters.
- It Is All Sweet Until The Candy Won't Crush - I realized that Candy Crush whining is a lot like bragging. This is also the first post I've written that was chosen for syndication on BlogHer.
- 5 Things I Want You To Know About Frozen - I really loved this movie so much. I'm listening to the soundtrack as I type this.
The biggest thing about NaBloPoMo is finishing it. So here is a big high five for all of you NaBloPoMo-ers (because I'm a dork who gives high fives).
We did it.
We did it.
*NaBloPoMo is finished. 30 posts - 30 days.