What I Learned From NaBloPoMo

Mainly that I can’t manage posting daily. In fact, I kind of resented it about a third of the way through. I felt like I didn’t have enough time to write much worthwhile, at least not really the things I’d wanted to write. At least I have things to write about for the next month.

I also realized I kind of hate writing about writing. I signed up for the daily prompt emails, but most of them just sounded really dumb to me. Not into the “meta” thing, I guess. I’d rather do than just talk about doing, you know?

But, hey, at least I did learn something from all this, right? I think I’ve finally learned that these “challenges” aren’t really my thing. I always end up getting angry and frustrated about having those deadlines. Deadlines only work in the short term for me. Once I miss one, then I just get frantic about the next ones.

So, no more crazy challenges for me, just writing like normal. It keeps me saner that way.

NaBloPoMo Week 2

It’s the end of week 2 of 4 for NaBloPoMo, and I am posting this on time! Partially because I am not still sitting around waiting for a small child to be brought home like I was last week at this time.

This week has seen:

  1. The beginning of a StyleBook experiment to track my clothes usage.
  2. A helpful guide to creating a blog post template for WordPress.com blogs, because I couldn’t find any and had to figure it out by trial and error.
  3. The beginning of the blanketifying process for my squares. (Yes, I know that still isn’t a real word.)
  4. Me abandoning the blanketifying process rather quickly for simply knitting a blanket which I
  5. have used to ignore pretty much everything else I should be working on this week, you know, for Christmas which is only slightly more than a month away.
  6. And finally, a cover video of one of my favorite songs of all time.

I only copped out once with posting a single picture and not much else, but I think I have been dehydrated this week. Not remembering to drink water will do that to you, or so I’m told. Still, I’ve made it to day 15 with 15 posts on the calendar. Still a ratio of one post per day. And only fifteen more to go!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Sorting Squares

I finished my squares for my blanket project a couple weeks ago, and now I am on to the sorting and blanketifying process. (Let’s all just pretend that is a real word and move on, shall we.) The sorting process is moving much quicker than the knitting or end weaving processes.

I started by dumping them all out and splitting them by neutral, warm and cool colors so there would be less to separate in each group. Plus I had three bags to put these in and splitting them that way made the most sense.

Then I took each group and sorted by main color. IN this picture of the cool colors, I have purple, blue, and green, even though there are many different shades in each. Those piles were then separated further into their shades, counted, and bagged with the number on them.

Once I had them separated, I went ahead and roughly measured them to even further group them by size. This will come in handy when I go to join them together into blankets.

Of course, at first I neglected to realize my L-square actually measures from the outside edge so everything I was measuring was coming out an inch larger than it really was. I fixed that and catalogued all the colors and sizes in a nice little spreadsheet for even easier reference when I’m setting up the blankets.

Quick facts from the chart:

  • The most popular size of square was five inches by five inches
  • This was a little surprising since I set out to make four inch by four inch squares originally

  • The color that was made into the most squares was white.
  • The only color to not have a five by five square was teal.
  • I managed to only make the cornflower blue squares five inches by five inches.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

NaBloPoMo Week 1: So Close

This should’ve been written yesterday. I meant to write it yesterday. But then I made a pot roast, and had to clean up from making said pot roast. So I forgot that I hadn’t written anything. My bad. I’ll try to make up for it with two today.

In the first week of writing every day I managed to get lost, chart a hat, get really cold (and then not so cold again), panic slightly about making Christmas presents, lose focus, and record a cover video. Some days the writing was better than others. Most often I felt a bit rushed, but I still got it done.

One thing I realized early on in the week is I am not the type of person to return to the “add every entry here” page. I tried reading from it, but there is just too much to go through at once. I added two, but remembering to go back and do it every day is just too much. I’m much more of a work my way through the blogroll and find sites I think are interesting to keep reading and add to a list myself.

I did not do any commenting this week, so that is my goal for next week. Trying to have more conversations and less talking to myself.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Focusing

I just can’t do it very well right now. You should’ve seen me this afternoon. I was wandering through the house, flitting from thing to thing as I saw it.

I came back from walking the baby to school and set about soaking his lovies for the wash tomorrow. But first I needed to make some tea. Then I needed to gather the lovies, except the tea needed to be poured over ice in the kitchen. So I needed to dilute the vinegar in the soak bucket. Then I finally gathered the lovies and tossed them in, moved the soak bucket to the laundry area, and found clothes that had been sprayed with stain spray yesterday that needed to be taken back to the laundry basket.

Eventually everything found its way into place and most everything I meant to do got done. I say most everything because once I get going I can’t always remember what it was I set out to do in the first place.

One thing I’m going to try to focus on and get done is a video for tomorrow’s post. If it works out, I’m trying to make Fridays video days for this month. So far, I have a list of covers I want to attempt. But maybe someone has a suggestion of a different type of video they’d like to see?

Videos are going to be posted here on Fridays, but you can get them a day(ish) early (Thursday night, and hopefully) if you subscribe to my Youtube channel. I’m going to try my hardest to get them uploaded the night before I post them. Mostly because I do my major editing, etc., on my desktop that is only plugged in and turned on from around 7pm to 7am because my poor little laptop is getting too old to handle much more than my daily Internet/regular usage. Editing video gets too frustrating when I’m constantly waiting for it to catch up to itself.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

NaBloPoMo November

You’ve heard of “NaNoWriMo”, right? People from all over the world sit down in November to write 50,000 word novel drafts. You know, between coking Thanksgiving dinner, watching all those parades and football games, and taking all those turkey-induced naps. Seriously, wouldn’t any other month be better than November? Anyway, I tried that a couple times and I have now decided I just don’t have a novel in me. Picture book? Maybe, but not a 50,000 word story.

That’s why I was a bit excited to find NaBloPoMo. Kinda the same idea, in that you set a goal to write every day, except this one you only have to write a blog post every day. The story doesn’t have to connect day to day. Which is good, because my stories can rarely stay on track for five minutes. See this entire post for proof.

Even though you really are only supposed to post on weekdays, I think I’m going to go full out and do it every day. If I’m already struggling to get five entries written a week, what’s the harm in making it seven? But really, I want to have a reason to push myself to sit down and write or share something daily. More than just, “Meh, my to do board says I should.” I figure signing up on the BlogHer NaBloPoMo Blogroll should be the kick in the pants I need. Plus I would like to make myself be more interactive with the whole thing rather than just blah, blah, blah-ing away. This should make it easier to find some new people to follow, read, and comment.

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NaBloPoMo November 2014