It’s time to bring blogs back.
There are a million reasons why this is the moment. We could say it’s because social media has hijacked our attention and fractured our democracy. Or because Zuckerberg doesn’t see a problem with monetizing misinformation. Or because our creative, human Internet has been overtaken by a cynical, money- and power-driven Internet.
All those reasons would be enough. But the biggest and best reason, to me, is because we can. And because it would be fun! I think we can all agree we need more fun and joy in our lives right now.
So here’s what I propose: #nablopomo2019
What is #NaBloPoMo2019?
NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month, and it was created by Eden Kennedy in 2006. Like NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) on which it’s based, NaBloPoMo is a friendly community challenge to post on your blog every day in November.
That’s right, blog! For 30 days!
But, hey, it’s 2019, and we can make whatever rules we want. You might decide to post every day. Or post once a week. Or write ten posts in November. The main thing is that between November 1-30, 2019, you POST, you SHARE your posts on social media using #nablopomo2019, and you visit other NaBloPoMo-ers and LEAVE COMMENTS to cheer them on.
That’s it. FUN, RIGHT?
I’ve got more to say about this (so much more). And I’ll toss out some writing prompts and post ideas as well. Follow #NaBloPoMo2019 for updates (or just check back here). But for now, just say yes.
If you’re wondering how you can possibly do this, or if you’re worried you’ll mess up, or you’re worried no one will visit you, say YES anyway. There’s no wrong way to do this. If you’re reading this after November 1, just jump in. If, after November 30, you decide you’re done blogging, no problem. We’re in this together, to have fun, to be creative, and to remind ourselves that the Internet can still be a magical place.
How to join #NaBloPoMo2019
Decide how often you’ll post, or how many posts you intend to write during November. Dust off your old blog and let your friends know you’re doing #NaBloPoMo2019. Grab a graphic if you want to: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
Starting on November 1 (or whenever you see this in November):
- POST. It can be as simple as HEY GUYS I’M DOING #NABLOPOMO2019! YOU SHOULD DO IT TOO! There, I just wrote your first post for you.
- SHARE using #NaBloPoMo2019
- LEAVE COMMENTS on your fellow #NaBloPoMo2019 pals’ posts
Need more? Here’s the #NaBloPoMo2019 FAQ.
Let’s do this. For fun. For the love of blogging. And because we can.
Are you in? Say YES. Leave a comment with a link to your blog!