Welcome to NaBloPoMo 2014!

Hey folks, it’s November 1. For the second year in a row, Notes from the Metaverse is participating in National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo). Where thousands of writers are spending November writing 50,000 word novels, those of us without a fictional bent will be working every day to bring you interesting content on the web.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

The BlogHer network of women manages NaBloPoMo, but you don’t have to be female to take part (obviously). View the NaBloPoMo blogroll to see who’s participating this year (I’m #177).

As with last year, I will be experimenting with a variety of topics and techniques this month. While the impending release of openSUSE 13.2 and the upcoming Ubuntu virtual developers summit will give me plenty of technical content to write about, you may see posts about whatever catches my attention (or whatever strikes my panicked mind shortly before bedtime).

Why blog every day?

In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, we recommend writers should set up a blog and develop a plan to post regularly. We don’t specify how often you should post, because we recognize that every writer’s life is different. The key is establishing a rhythm for how you write your posts. Your audience also gets the advantage of learning when to expect your posts.

If you’ve never blogged before, or just don’t feel like you have the time: You’d be amazed by the amount of text you can write in 10 or 15 minutes! Once you start getting practice, writing becomes part of your routine, and you can begin to move beyond the “I want to be a writer” stage. If you’ve blogged for a while and are feeling a bit drained of enthusiasm, NaBloPoMo can reignite your passion for communication.

Now those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know that this rhythm hasn’t exactly been consistent. That’s why events like this can be important — when you begin to think like a blogger, every experience you have can become something to share with your readers.

Building Community

Speaking of readers… when you register your blog on the BlogHer NaBloPoMo site before November 5, others may drop by to see what you’re up to.  I’ll be popping around to other participants too. Bloggers form a community, we can all help each other.

Feel free to let me know if you’re participating in any of the November NaNos in the comments below. I look forward to seeing your writing!