November We Are In You Now

November is a hard month for me, usually. I think it’s because it’s one of those months where the days are dark and gray, and the weather is usually rainy and cold, and there’s not much in the way of holidays or anything to keep me from… well, starting to hibernate, I guess.

Except for NaBloPoMo. Which is short for “National Blog Posting Month”, which is an offshoot of NaNoWriMo or “National Novel Writing Month”. I’m not inspired or organized enough to try to write a novel in a month, but participating in NaBloPoMo and pledging to try to write one blog post per day this month is something I can do.

I did it last year, and perhaps I tried to do it other years as well. I can’t remember. But last year, it was good for me for a couple of reasons. It breathed some life into my blog when it needed it, and forced me to flex my posting muscles a little more than I normally do. And outside of that, it kind of shakes me out of the funk I get into in November. And even if that means just a little more creativity or a little more energy is expended, or I feel a little bit more motivation to do things, then it’s not a wasted effort.

A challenge was put forth in my favourite group in Ravelry — LSG, or Lazy, Stupid, and Godless — to step up and try to meet the NaBloPoMo challenge, and I decided to give it a go. Strength (and motivation) in numbers and all that. It also gives me a group of other people’s blogs to read, which I have been looking for for some time. My reading list is getting a little stale as fewer of my usual bloggers are posting these days, so it’s time to see what else the internets have to offer.

And so that is what I shall do.

Sadly, though, what I post about is not terribly interesting or exciting, and so I fear my fellow LSG members who follow me here are going to be terribly bored — and for that, LSG Tweasels, I apologize. I do appreciate their visits this month nonetheless. Already I’ve had visits from the lovely Lisa at Lisa and Robb, who blogs close to home as I do but with more bees and chickens, and from the brilliant and insightful IsobelDeBrujah who has more sociopolitical awareness about life in the US than most people hope to have.

But although my blog is about more mundane matters than many, I find inspiration in reading what others are writing. I find it motivates me in any number of ways. To find new things to write about. To be more socially aware. To reexamine my role as mom, wife, friend, member of the community. To be more crafty. To exercise. To work on improving my health. To learn to crochet. To take better pictures. To be a better writer.

So although it is a writing exercise, NaBloPoMo is for me a lot more. This is why it is a good thing to participate in — it can be rejuvenating.

Have no fear, friends who have been visiting here for years now. I will still be posting pictures of That Girl on the weekend (and, as they are password protected, new LSG readers can either skip ’em or PM me in Rav for the password.) I will be as lacking in focus and parenting skill and domestic capability as ever I was. And I am still going to post about a lot of daily minutiae and random nothingness. BECAUSE I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THAT.

So, yeah. 99% inspiration, 1% perspiration. I talk a good game, but I’m still probably going to be writing the same nonsense as always. Only it’s November, so you get to see it EVERY SINGLE STINKING DAY.

Aren’t you lucky.

12 thoughts on “November We Are In You Now

    • YES. Oh my good dog, although YES I KNOW IT IS FOR CHARITY, there are just some people who should NOT wear a moustache. (That includes some women, also. I for one would look terrible in a moustache. And with my nose, a goatee would pose a lighting problem.)

      BUT DESPITE THE HIDEOUS MOUSTACHE BLUNDERS, I shall drivel on you as much as ever.

      • Last year I offered to double my donation if the person in question would *not* grow a mustache. Or in his case, pornstache.

        • I do not know what is worse — the pornstache or the handlebar moustache.

          NO NO NO I KNOW IT IS THE FU MANCHU. The horrifying, it burns my retinas!

  1. I don’t worry so much about my blog posts being mundane, so much as I worry about people thinking that they are weird. Because, face it, I can be pretty weird sometimes. I’ve learned to live with it, but it startles other people on occasion.

  2. November, we are in you! As a fellow LSG member (and as the person who said this in the thread!), I promise to visit regularly & cheer you on during the blah month of November. I think someone in the NaBloPoMo thread said it best, that we don’t start or keep blogging because we are striving for perfection in some way. Let’s make this month about baby steps and starting good habits. I’ll be back to read what you write. Steph <3

  3. I’m a big fan of random nothingness. So, YAY! I get an entire month of it! Woo HOO! and all that jazz.

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