Well, I did it. I survived NaBloPoMo 2013. I honestly can’t believe that this is the last post because it seems like yesterday I was only a week in, and telling my roommate that I couldn’t imagine lasting three more weeks.
This is how I feel on the inside right now:
Would I do it again? To answer that I’ll need to do a recap.
- WordPress follower count increased by 70%
- Twitter follower count increased by 20%
- Facebook page fan count increased by 10%
- I was Freshly Pressed for the second time, and that post currently has 630+ likes
- I have more page views for the month of November than I do for all the other months in 2013 combined
- Top 3 posts: Things My Therapist Taught Me, 5 Stages of a Juice Cleanse, 21 vs. 31
- Forced me to write regularly
- I met some amazing people through the Yeah Write, BlogHer and Nano Poblano networks
- I was able to connect with non-NaBloPoMo bloggers as a result of my posts being shared
- As seen above, it can improve your overall blog stats
- It feels great to have conquered this beast for the second year in a row
- I now know that I can write good material consistently if I focus
Cons of NaBloPoMo
- Writing, editing and posting a piece every day was very time-consuming
- Comments became overwhelming on some posts
- I love reading others’ blogs, and I wasn’t able to do that regularly
- I had to post some pieces before I felt they were really ready, and wish I could have had more time to fine-tune them
- Churning out posts for the sake of posting really sucked the joy out of writing
- I think I may have annoyed some of you because of the frequent posting
I would absolutely do NaBloPoMo again if I knew I could commit to it. Being able to tough it out makes me feel like I truly am a writer, something I’ve never really been convinced of until now.
I’d like to give mad props to my blog wife Speaker7 who not only persuaded me to do this, but also stuck it out the entire month with me. Do yourself a favor and go read her blog if you haven’t already.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by, followed me, shared my posts, commented, and endured the barrage of posts during NaBloPoMo. You really helped keep the fun alive, and motivated me to keep going. I look forward to catching up with you on your own blogs once the dust has settled.
Until next year…