A few friends and fellow book bloggers have recently mentioned NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a 175-page (about 50,000 word) novel between November 1 and November 30. This sounds cool, but I’m not a novelist so it’s not really my thing.
However, also ran across NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month. Bloggers are invited to sign up for the challenge to blog every day. Some months there is a theme for bloggers to write about if they get stuck, but they haven’t announced one for November. If you’re successful in the challenge (blogging every day), you get put in some drawings for prizes.
I’m strongly considering joining NaBloPoMo; I enjoy posting to my blog a lot, and I think I have enough ideas for posts and reviews percolating in my brain that I could come up with content for 30 days. ProBlogger.net recently added two posts (on October 25 and October 26) about finding your blogging rhythm that I also think would be helpful.
On the other hand, I’m worried about time, seeing as my semester is likely to get more busy rather than less busy. I’m also worried about the idea of blog quality. I don’t want to post just for the sake of posting — that seems self-indulgent, and I worry posts would get uninteresting.
There was an article on Slate a few weeks ago by Michael Agger called “Blogging for Dollars” which discussed a common phenomenon when bloggers start to professionalize — the pressure to produce daily content (to therefore drive up readership) can lead to “top-10 lists, recycled ideas, half-baked notions, lots of viral videos, and a general increase in information pollution.” I’m proud of most of my content thus far, I wouldn’t want to jeopardize quality just for a challenge.
Are any of you interested in NaBloPoMo? Would it be helpful or fun to organize a book blogger NaBloPoMo support group? If there were people who were interested, I’d be happy to host…