NaBloPoMo – Why are they hounding me? Why? Why? Why?

by | Aug 31, 2011 | Notes while surfing

Its that time of year again. A time that I have to face reality. A time that I sometimes dread and other times can’t wait to sit down to my keyboard. It’s NaBloPoMo. Well, it officially starts tomorrow. What in the world makes them hang this over my head? Why are they so cruel? I can’t even remember to take my one-a-day vitamins, so why do they think I can do this every day? Why are they hounding me? Why? Why? Why?
For those who don’t know. NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month and it starts September 1st. You sign in and make a commitment to post at least once a day. My problems with it are many. First, I HATE, with a capital H-A-T-E, any one telling me I HAVE to do something. Telling me I have to do something is like telling me to do the opposite. Are you like that?

Second, I’m not a disciplined person. I’m easily distracted. I start on one project and a couple of hours later, I find that I’ve wandered around tackling three or four completely different projects without making any advancements on the original project. You might find that surprising about me, because I am known for getting a lot done and I do, but I don’t do it in an orderly fashion. In fact, one of my genealogy friends, said she “wishes” she was as organized as I was. Huh? OK. I can tell anyone who asks what day and time I sent an email dating back to 1989 when I started archiving them. All I have to do is fire up my trusty FileMaker email archive, search for the topic and can quote you verbatim the entire conversation. However, any attachments or other documents that were mentioned, will take a while to find as they are buried in my massive CD backup archives. That’s another “one day I’ll get around to it” item. I need to condense the CDs and copy them all onto an external. I know that by doing this, I can save a lot of time and be much more organized. My excuse for not doing this is that I don’t have the time. Funny. I don’t have the time to do something that will save me a lot of time.

And, the third problem I keep having with NaBloPoMo is that I have more than one blog. There’s the genealogy blog, this personal blog, the Web Developer blog — and the yet-to-be revived Geekesse blog. Like I said, I’m all over the map and the blogs I have show that. So, this month. I will concentrate on Notes While Surfing. I’m not saying that I’ll abandon the other blogs, but if I focus on just one, I might be able to do keep my 1-a-day commitment.

As a website developer, I have new clients who point to some great blog and tell me “I want a blog like that.” When I ask them what they like about it, it really comes down to content. Inevitably, I tell them “The only way you can get a blog like that is to post regularly like they do.” So, I’m going to take my own advice and try to keep my commitment to NaBloPoMo this September.
Why don’t you join me?

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