I know, I know. You think I've used that title before. You may be right. You may be wrong. It doesn't really matter.
NaBloWriMo is not a misspelling of NaNoWriMo. NaBloWriMo is NaNoWriMo's slightly less famous but much more cute baby brother. It's a WriMo that takes place in October - but instead of being all about writing a novel, it's all about writing a blog. Every day, one blog post.
Last year I nailed it. I was the super-blogger that managed to stay on track despite travelling across the American continent (and later the Atlantic ocean), being sick, being homesick, being happy (which can also be an obstacle, mind you) and other such big or small events that could have taken focus away from blogging.
This year, however, I meant to ignore the whole thing. October is the last month of active writing on my thesis. Come November and all I'll be doing in order to keep to my schedule is fixing footnotes and checking comma rules. Thus October will go a little something like this for my part: UÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆÆ!
To spare me from cracking completely, I have tried to cut down on my responsibilities. I have notified my fellow Burrowers that I will not be blogging over there for a while. I am hardly participating in our October drabble project. I have not seen my friends for weeks, and I don't expect to be doing so for another two months (official thesis deadline: November 19th. Then there is just the "small" matter of the oral exam after that). I don't clean my house, I don't cook dinner, I buy new clothes instead of washing the old ones. I'm only exaggerating a bit.
So, why in the world did I let the lovely Heather (of I'm Not Hannah - you'll be sorry for a decade if you don't read her blog as it is awesome) talk me into participating in an event that requires blogging every day for the month of October?
I don't have a clue. I do have a parrot that sings show-tunes. But that is besides the point.
If I am to guess, I'd say there are three reasons why I am participating in NaBloWriMo this year:
1) I am crazy.
2) I am crazy.
3) I had a lot of fun last year, I found a lot of great new blogs, and it gave me an incentive to keep blogging in a formative phase of my giraffability. I am in another one of those formative phases now. I fully expect that at some point this fall I will all apart and declare that I just can't keep blogging right now. Last time I did that, I went for over a month without posting a thing. I don't really want to go there again. My twice a week schedule has been good to lean on these past few weeks when I've been in disarray over chapter five that just. Wouldn't. Work. Blogging have distracted me when I needed to, but I haven't posted often enough to get distracted when I didn't need it. With NaBloWriMo I have to be a little bit distracted every day, but there is no limit as to how long I must stay distracted. Thus I probably will post the occasional "this is not a post but I just needed to write one sentence to stay on track" this October*. The quality of each post is likely to suffer. But I will stay in touch with my blog. And in the end, if I don't, then I'll just be another NaBloWriMo drop-out. It's not the end of the world.
Plus I'm crazy.
So. I'm trying this. It's a great experience (particularly if you're not in the finishing stages of a master's thesis), and I would encourage all of you to join in, or at the very least check out some of the participants over at http://nablowrimo.blogspot.com/.
* In fact, I am already cheating. I have scheduled one-sentence posts for about half of October, all of them set to post at 8 AM (my time). Some of these posts I will make sure to edit - either by expanding so that the one-sentence post eventually turns into a multiple-sentence post - or by removing the sentence altogether. Occasionally, however, I won't have time to edit the posts, and if you stop by my blog at 8 AM (again, my time) in the morning, all the post will say is "I am alive". For instance. Because that is a sentence.
If the "edit if I can, skip edit if I can't"-scheme is working out, I will probably continue doing this all through October. If I don't I will probably fall off the blog wagon for a while. Either way it will only be for a limited time, and the second I am off the thesis-wagon, I am getting back in blogging shape. I can't wait to share stuff about Christmas shopping mania at work and gingerbread houses at home... (December - I miss you!)