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Nanowrimo Blogathon recap

I did it! If you haven’t been following me, this month I decided to do a blog post a day for the entire month of November. A blogathon, if you will. I thought I’d talk a bit about that today, because why not?

It wasn’t easy

Well…That’s partly a lie. There were a few posts sitting in my drafts for months because they just didn’t fit into any of the monthly themes I had been doing, and I was able to use those without much rewriting. I also had a bunch of ideas, like the MFA series, that I just didn’t want to waste an entire month on. I also knew I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo because I didn’t want to start a new project or try and shoehorn my actual novel into that somehow, but I wanted to contribute to that atmosphere.

It would have been cool to keep up with my blogging word count, though. Would it have put me into the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word goal? I doubt it, but now I’m curious.

Most of the blogathon was fun

I went into this without a real goal in mind, beyond a post a day. I had a few hiccups at the beginning, like trying to schedule posts on Facebook ahead of time and getting “Page not found” errors, but overall it went smoothly.

It looks like I’ve picked up quite a few new followers. Hi! Welcome! If you’re new here, and you want to know what this site is all about, have a look at this post. Thanks. I didn’t do a blogathon for attention, it was mainly just a challenge for myself, but I’m always glad to see more people interested in my work. I want to help writers, and I can’t do that if nobody’s seeing my posts, you know? So a new influx of guests has been great. Thanks again!

A few things didn’t go as planned

I really thought I’d be able to crank out more than one post a day, finish early, and work on some other projects without having to worry about the website for a while. That didn’t happen. I put a lot of time and effort, and even a little research, into these posts.

The novel rough draft is finished, but my brain was so zapped from blogging that I just didn’t have the mental energy to start on revisions. I also finished a short story rough draft, and I need to get that revised ASAP because it’s for a contest. That’s honestly not the end of the world, but it does mean that I’m going to have to work extra hard next month if I want the novel to be ready in time for Author Mentor Match. That might not be possible at this point. We’ll see.

Overall, I think the blogathon was a success

I’m really proud of myself for seeing it through. I hope you all enjoyed it, and will continue to stick with me. Next month I’m going back to my regular weekly schedule. Unless someone just really wants me to keep posting exercises, I’m pulling the plug on those for the time being. It didn’t seem like people were as interested in the exercises, and I do have other projects on my plate.

Thank you so much for sticking with me for the last 30 days! How did your NaNoWriMo project go? Please leave a comment and share. Thanks!

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