hello world, it’s been a while

WordPress does an excellent job of teaching the art of blogging. Emails regarding Blogging 101 keep appearing in my inbox and fascinating me and I’ve finally decided to do it.

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything not for lack of desire, but for lack of creative topics and/or confidence in what I’m writing. Something structured like Blogging 101 is just the ticket to get the creativity flowing again!

Today’s assignment is to write a post about who I am and why I blog. While this program is meant for new bloggers, I think there is plenty here for everyone. Writing in general has appealed to me for years and this is a small, bite-sized version of something that seems impossible (although, since I’ve completed NaNoWriMo a novel isn’t so formidable).

I blog about a wide variety of subjects because my interests are varied. Also, I don’t feel I am enough of an expert in any one thing to put myself forward as a subject-matter expert. So I blog about my life: the things I like, the things I don’t, what I am learning, and I hope that someone else can find encouragement or inspiration in the lessons, struggles, and joys of my life.

One of the prompts for today’s assignment is “if you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?” For me, it is that someone would have found encouragement or hope through what I have to say.

It’s good to be back.


Thank God for NaBloPoMo!

Can I be honest?

I completely forgot about NaBloPoMo.

NaNoWriMo? That I’m aware of. Last year I decided 2013 was the year. I’ve gotten all the preparatory emails, wanted to go to the pre-planning sessions, but deep down I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it. As much as I want to, it wasn’t going to fit in with working three jobs especially during open enrollment, performance reviews, and holiday shopping. And I was deeply disappointed.

Until today, when I got an email reminding me about NaBloPoMo. All of sudden, there was hope again! I could do this! Sure, it’s not quite the same, but I could still participate. And next year, when I will be getting used to living in a new city and don’t have all the commitments I do now, NaNoWriMo will be my goal. I can just see myself sitting in the sun under a palm tree with my laptop working away on my novel… mental pictures like this get me though the rough days here in the freezing cold Midwest.

And we all know I’m not good at posting regularly. They say it takes 66 days to form a habit, and this is about half of that. Who knows what could happen? I’m excited to look for the inspiration for a daily post all around me. I know it’s there, I just haven’t been seeing it.

Life is about being flexible. So NaNoWriMo? 2014 is your year. 2013 belongs to NaBloPoMo.