It’s National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month.
Since I’m going to be focusing more on my writing, I had toyed with the idea of using the month to draft the beach novel that has been bouncing around in my head for years. I liked the idea of having a structure to follow since I haven’t written anything full scale before.
Yesterday, I came across the notion that it was also National Blog Posting Month – where you attempt to post every day for the month. Why are these things always in November, the month of Thanksgiving and related travel?
I was also excited to stumble across a conversation about an attempted blogging revival. The old days of blogging were about making connections with other bloggers, many of them mothers, or at least other writers trying to work out their words and have their voices heard. It was about finding commonalities and support from people who were initially strangers and eventual friends. It evolved into other things, influencing, monetization, writing actual books, getting one’s own TV show, but the personal stores and initial connections remained an important part of the community.
I started blogging in 2005, after bringing our second son home from Russia and moving to a rental cottage I called “the writer’s house” while our home was being remodeled. It was one of the hardest years of my life and yet I managed to start writing and eventually found my voice. I never got the opportunity to attend the earliest BlogHer conferences, so I never made a lot of those early connections. I was never a big name, but I did get some recognition here and there. I ended the blog in 2013, but I continued to write occasionally for The Broad Side.
When I went back to work, I did a lot of writing for other people, but not as much for myself. I miss it. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
So I will try to post every day in November, or at least more often. We’ll see how it goes.