#NaBloPoMo: 30 Days of Back to Basics

I celebrated my ninth blogging anniversary last Friday.

Well, “celebrated” isn’t entirely accurate. I literally noticed that it was the anniversary of my first post, mentioned it on Facebook, and whispered to myself, “Yay me!” That’s it.

Nine years of blogging is nothing to sneeze at, however. It’s a pretty nice accomplishment. Sure, I don’t blog nearly as much as I did in the beginning or even five years ago, but I still love to write here when I can.

NaBloPoMo 2016

November is National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo. During NaBloPoMo a bunch of us crazies make a commitment to ourselves to post something every single day. (November is also National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, in case you’re into longer form writing.) I’ve done NaBloPoMo for years, mostly successful for all thirty days each year. What I love about NaBloPoMo is that it forces me to make time for Suburban Scrawl, it forces me to think outside the box for topics, and it brings me back to basics, just practicing my creating and writing. My posts don’t have to be perfect. (My own) studies have shown that 99.9% of my NaBloPoMo posts are far from perfect and in fact, many of them are downright unsatisfactory. That’s okay, though. I love the camaraderie of NaBloPoMo. I love the increased traffic and interactions with my community, I love the time I spend writing, and I love feeling successful no matter if I do all thirty days or just knowing that I tried my best. This year I’m looking at NaBloPoMo as self care. I NEED to do this.

I’m not alone, either. I had a laugh today because in years past I have begged people to participate with me, and many of them “blame” me for their November misery. (Insert evil cackle here.) This morning I mentioned on Facebook that I’d link up anybody who’s doing NaBloPoMo in this post, and everyone crawled out of the woodwork. So, without further ado, here is a partial list in no particular order of my friends who are committing to thirty days of blogging for NaBloPoMo 2016. If you’re not listed here, leave your info in comments!

Up Popped A Fox
The Miss Elaine-ous Life
Mama Knows It All
Genie in a Blog
The Stable Mables
More Than Thursdays
Triple Venti
Adventures in Babywearing
Me, Myself, and Jen
Houseful of Nicholes
Stop, Drop and Blog
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me
The Headless Family
Hysterical Mom
Tabatha, Etc.
Mari, Quite Contrary
Heather Davis
My Crafty Life
Misery Loves Cookery
Miss Lori TV
A Madison Mom
You Know Neen
Redhead Reverie
Headband For Today
Ask Dr. Ho
A Savings WOW
Little Tech Girl
Redhead Ranting
The Dusty Parachute
Two Cannoli
The Free Bird Sings
Missed Congeniality

Please support my friends and me by reading our stuff and commenting (either on the blogs or on Facebook, wherever). It fuels us, I promise. Also, if you’re participating and haven’t yet signed up over at BlogHer, do so by November 5. Four participants will be selected to win a conference pass for 2017! You can find writing prompts over there, and also make sure to check out my 2013 post on surviving and thriving during NaBloPoMo. I put enough tips in there for you to last way beyond thirty days.

NaBloPoMo Day 1? In the can.
Good luck and happy writing (and reading!), everyone!
Now GO. Make some new friends!