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Beauty school dropout

In which the word "I" is preponderant, and some musings about discipline etc.

After the first few hours, when I was moping and sulking and MAD! AT! MYSELF! for blowing NaBloPoMo, I was gifted with an amazing feeling of freedom and relief.

No more looming deadlines!  No more watching the clock!  No more muttering to myself as I trekked through my daily routine, "Hmmm...is that a good subject?" or "Omigod, I don't have a post today!  What am I going to do?!"

At first, I was starting the posts the day before, tweaking and adding things the next morning and then *BLAM* posting them.

Then I went down the hill to visit OmegaGranny for the evening, and that pleasant, relaxing, well-ahead-of-the-curve style of posting went out the window (but it was worth it!).  Suddenly, it was much more pressure than before.

I've always wisted a bit after having a daily column in a newspaper somewhere.  As a result of this exercise, I think all NaBloPoMo-ers have a better understanding of just how difficult it can be to keep at it, every day.  Now I just want a column every three days.  That's doable!

I had resolved not to do fluff posts.  No lists for me!  No memes!  No post-a-pics!  Not one word about the project itself!  No "here's my obligatory NaBloPoMo post for the day" hit-and-runs.  Which I did manage to do.  But it's damned hard to have that deadline and that pressure--blogging has been mostly a work of love (and self-indulgence) for me.

All that said, here's to all the NaBloPoMo-ers!  Keep on keeping on, guys & gals, and may you enjoy yourselves and learn something from the exercise.

In the end, the question of how to pronounce NaBloPoMo.  At first, I was reading it as "Nah-blow-poe-moe", which is intensely awkward.  But suddenly, one day, I looked at it as a word, and realized how it's really pronounced:  "Nah-BLOP-ah-moe".  I leave my fellow NaBloPoMo-ers with that gift.

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posted by Kate @ 11/19/2006 08:54:00 AM  
  • At 11/19/2006 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Granny J said…

    And I was getting used to a regular post from my dahling dotter...looking forward to it, even... everyday! A little secret:
    the pictures make it much easier!

  • At 11/20/2006 12:35:00 PM, Anonymous LizC said…

    ok, I'm grateful. I couldn't figure out the pronounciation or the meaning of that annoying phrase, and I was pretty much unwilling to read you regularly because I hated the damned gun barrel pointed at me.

    your pronounciation guide did nothing to help me understand just what the f*** it means.


  • At 11/21/2006 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Kate said…

    Mamasan--You have a different style on your blog. I do picture-laden posts now & then, but it's not my focus.

    LizC--I'm sorry! I always pictured that gun pointed at me, not at my readers! NaBloPoMo = National Blog Posting Month, a take-off on NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo requires 50,000 words; NaBloPoMo requires a post a day. (When I'm feeling ambitious, I will go through those posts and switch out the icon to something less threatening.)

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