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Monday, 24 January 2011

What is NaBloPoMo?

By William Belle from Oye Times

Writers come in all shapes and sizes, a statement which may seem descriptive of their physical form but refers to their output. We can start at the top with the professionals, such as Stephen King and James Patterson and work our way down to the first-timers and the wannabes as may be showcased in NaNoWriMo or even to small as the drabble.
Many who are pouring their hearts out on the Net have personalised their prose in a literary vehicle known as the blog. This means of expression is shorter with a content that is as varied as any possible form of writing: diary, short story, newspaper report or poetry. The rule is that there are no rules and the author is free to do anything he or she wants.

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month was created with the idea of promoting writing, specifically writing a novel. It would follow that somebody would get the idea of promoting the writing of blogs as a separate endeavour. After all, a blog does have an ultimate objective quite a bit different from that of penning the great American novel. By the way, that actually does happen. Although statistically few out of the total number signing up for NaNoWriMo get published, the web site does list the lucky or should I say talented few who have passed the test and gone on to have their work picked up by a legitimate publisher.

So, what's NaBloPoMo all about? National Blog Posting Month started with the idea of updating your blog every day for the month of November, following the idea of NaNoWriMo. However it seems that people have gotten into it so much, the official organisation has now modified this to cover all months. All you have to do is update your blog every single day for a full month. [chuckles] I guess if you're going to pick a month, we're just coming up to February so here's your chance to select the shortest month of the year! Ha!

Final Word
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Who out there will pick it up and accept the challenge? Whether it's NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo, I see that anybody has to gear themselves up to the challenge of setting aside the time each and every day for an entire month to complete the requisite number of words slash blog posting. Is one harder than the other? Or are the two just different with their own unique trials?


William Quincy Belle said...

If you or your readers like NaBloPoMo, I'm leaving a link to NaNoWriMo:

Although after reading this:

I think you yourself may have already passed the test and moved onto bigger mountains.

Evan Lewis said...

You, Mr. Dobbs, are hereby entitled to at least eleventeen NaBloPoMo awards.