In Good Company

11 Nov

I wasn’t going to do NaBloPoMo this year. I did my own antisocial rogue version with Speaker7 last year, and remember thinking that I’d rather have my arm sawed off by a butter knife than do it again. When it rolled around this year, Speaker7 sent me a very threatening “do NaBloPoMo or you’re dead” e-mail. That, coupled with Rarasaur’s crazed enthusiasm over literate chili peppers, convinced me to give it another go.

I’m pretty sure this is the slippery slope that leads to people finding themselves in cults. I’ve somehow managed to narrowly escape that fate all of these years. The only cult I belong to is the one which worships Jack in the Box tacos.


Writing a post every day is hard, especially for someone like me who was averaging one post a month. I’d like to say that I was off saving Wall Street bankers from the hard lives they lead, but in reality I was spending that time eating Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and watching reruns of Frasier.

Despite my difficulty in coming up with Nobel Prize-winning lines like, “There was a moment when we both had to acknowledge that my labia was just chillin’ like a villain,” I’ve actually enjoyed it more this year. This is because I decided to stop being such a hermit, and actually get involved in a few NaBloPoMo communities.

Not a Nobel Prize, but at least my abs look good

Not a Nobel Prize, but at least my abs look good

When I joined the good people at Yeah Write, BlogHer and Team Poblano, I didn’t think I’d really get much out of it. I thought it would be nice to know who was suffering alongside me, but I didn’t see that it would:

  • Increase my traffic
  • Increase my follower count
  • Force me to write readable things regularly
  • Allow me the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people
  • Put blogs on my radar that I wish I had been reading all along
  • Get me Freshly Pressed for the second time in my blogging career

All of this because I decided to go out and get involved.

You don’t have to wait until NaBloPoMo rolls around next year, there are plenty of communities to join all year long. You’ll be surprised at how putting yourself in good company raises the bar on your writing.

I’ve already vowed to never do NaBloPoMo again mostly because I’m not sure my readers want to be inundated with what I write. But as the season for it rolls around, I know I’ll agree to doing it again. My reruns can wait, but the opportunity to grow as a writer can’t.

74 Responses to “In Good Company”

  1. シャネル ヘアアクセサリー それ以外は、LVの入力ハンドバッグは、今日のオンデマンド。この規格により、製品を最後の、拡張を着用せずに時間competeing。打つことができない良質本格的なデザイナーの財布。 シャネル カンボンライン

  2. Diary of Doting Mom (@shyvish) 11/13/2013 at 8:05 am #

    I am so very glad you decided to do it this year. It’s my first time at it and I love reading yours and other blogs. Really love it so far!

    • Jen and Tonic 11/14/2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Thank you! You’ve been so wonderful stopping by, and reading my NaBloPoMo entries! I’ve been terribly behind, but will be catching up this weekend when I’m not so drained from work. Reading is more fun than writing!

  3. Kylie 11/12/2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Of course we want to read what you write. You have tacos.

    • Jen and Tonic 11/12/2013 at 11:57 pm #


      • Kylie 11/13/2013 at 1:28 am #

        Ha! I’m actual in a FB group called “The Taco Group.”

        • Jen and Tonic 11/14/2013 at 8:48 pm #

          This sounds like the most amazing group to have ever existed on FB.

  4. dailyshorts 11/12/2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Well, I’ve never had Jack in the Box (don’t have them in my neck of the woods), so I’m not familiar with the Taco cult experience.

    I’m glad I got involved too. I’ve come across so many bloggers that I enjoy reading. I enjoy reading yours for your humor, quick wit, and as my supervisor would say, “sass.”

    • Jen and Tonic 11/12/2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Don’t ever have the tacos. You’ll be addicted for life.

      Totally agreed about all the bloggers. The blogosphere is such a big place, and having the opportunity to run into great people is a gift. Keeps me motivated!

      And thanks for the compliments. Very appreciated!

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