Writing a post a day is difficult.
Each of the last few days, I’ve also felt like I’m not putting top-quality effort into my posts. On Friday I posted a picture of solar panels and gave a factual description of a trip we had gone on. Not much creative effort there. And here I am talking not about some interesting topic in Baltimore education, but about blogging. I thought about some of the other topics I had planned, but figured they would each take too much time, and here it is 10:00 already–I should be in bed so that I may wake up bright and early, ready for a new week!
Last year, going through NaBloPoMo for my first time, I’d say only about 1/3 of my posts were any good. Those are the ones that I hope stick in your memory, and that I’ve since highlighted or linked back to. But I also had posts where I just posted a photo, just posted someone else’s photo, just copied and pasted a twitter chat I had been involved in, where I just summed up the prior week’s posts, and where I talked about the word “quadrimular”, which I’ve used approximately once since then. Certainly some pretty pitiful posts!
But the point of NaBloPoMo is quantity over quality. Some days you won’t have a brilliant post in you. Other days you may be on fire and write two (scheduling one for a day later, of course). Out of quantity will come some quality, and the daily deadline will bring a renewed life to your blog which had been sitting dormant.
NaBloPoMo is modeled on NaNoWriMo, which likewise is all about quantity: completing a novel, or at least 50,000 words of one, within the thirty days of November. I found some inspiration there in a page of pep talks for those who might be feeling frustrated, down in the dumps, or otherwise antagonistic toward this month of writing:
You write. That’s the hard bit that nobody sees. You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die. Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. – Neil Gaiman’s Pep Talk
So, to my fellow NaBloPoMo’ers, keep up the daily work! Keep writing, with the confidence that though we all hit a wall sometimes, our blogging is important nonetheless. Important to ourselves, as “thinking on paper”. Important to each other, as a Baltimore education community trying to re-start discussion. And, possibly, important to others out there in the world who may find one of our posts helpful or thought-provoking.
So keep blogging! Use the daily prompts from NaBloPoMo! Or use one another’s posts to inspire comments or a post of your own! Here are links to the other great folks participating in BmoreEd-NaBloPoMo: