Seriously Considering Blogging Like CrazyNovember 1, 2018
November, apparently, is the month for writing bonanzas. There’s Nanowrimo, where the goal is to write an entire novel (well, a draft of one) in a month. And my friend Javacia runs this wonderful writing group called See Jane Write; every November, they do a promotion called Blog Like Crazy where you’re supposed to post a blog every day in the month of November.
The timing makes sense — the days are getting shorter and colder, and it’s more tempting to curl up on the couch with a book than to work on writing one. As the holidays start to ramp up, maybe November is a month where we need a strong commitment to accomplish our everyday tasks, let alone meet new goals.
I’ve always been more of a Nanowrimo girl — writing fiction at a breakneck pace is really fun, and it fuels my not-so-secret dream of publishing a novel someday. But this year, I’m thinking Blog Like Crazy might be a better pick. Both my blog and my social media posts have been a little anemic lately, and I’m hoping coming up with writing topics might help me jump-start posting about on social media, too.
I’ve been thinking about getting back into blogging without actually blogging for too long. Jumping head-first into a month-long blog sprint seems extreme, but maybe extreme is exactly what I need to figure out my next move.
I’m also hoping that posting regularly might have another side effect, too — to get me out of my proverbial shell and visiting local businesses again. It’s not that I’ve stopped shopping local since The Localist promotion died down, but I haven’t been prioritizing visiting new local businesses the way I used to, and I definitely haven’t been sharing my experiences through blogs and social media like I did when I ran the Shop Small blog. I miss being a virtual tour guide through the local businesses of Birmingham, and I’m wondering if there’s a way to incorporate that spirit of adventure again.
The first time I tried Nanowrimo, I jumped into it a few days after November had begun. It seemed too big of a goal, and I felt completely unprepared — but it ended up being one of the best things I ever did for my writing. I’m not sure if Blog Like Crazy will be that transformative, but I don’t think it needs to be. Blogging like crazy doesn’t have to change everything for me; but if sparks a new idea or two, that’s good enough for me.
Carrie Rollwagen is author of The Localist, a book about buying from locally owned stores. She’s Communications Director at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find her as @crollwagen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.