30 days! I started a day late, so I decided to post today to make it the full 30 days. While not technically following the rules, it totally counts in my book. Yay me!
I started NaBloPoMo on a total whim, and there were a few times I considered stopping. Like after I wrote this totally uninspired post. But I hate failing at anything, so I kept going even though I didn't always want to.
There have been lots of good things about the challenge. For one, I am really darn proud of myself for sticking with it for 30 days, particularly given that I've not been feeling at my emotional best this month. It's nice to know that I have the discipline to stick to something, even when the consequences for not doing so are essentially nil. Second, I've loved all the comments I've been getting! NaBloPoMo happened just after I joined Twitter, so the volume of comments has increased both from having more posts and from having more traffic. I love that people will visit my blog, even though I'm just some random person somewhere in Canada, and I love even more that people are affected enough by what I write to leave a comment. Thank you! And I am sorry that I have been negligent at replying lately. I blame Stranger Things. I am still reading and appreciating every comment.
Lastly, I love that NaBloPoMo has gotten me thinking more creatively. My work is very rote and routine most of the time, and it's easy for me to fall into boring life patterns. I've appreciated being challenged to look at life differently and to come up with interesting things to say. In a tiny way, it makes me feel a little bit more alive. And the comments on this post have inspired me to take on another challenge at Christmas: I'm going to write a play. I've had an idea for a Fringe play bouncing around in my head for months, and I think 10 days will be enough for me to get a very rough draft written. (Maybe? Creampuff? I feel like Creampuff, who is a professional playwright, is just laughing hysterically at this. But worst case scenario I get something on paper. Right?) I don't have any intention of ever presenting the play at the Fringe (I have zero acting experience. And just barely more than zero playwriting experience.), but I think the experience could be fun.
(Also, Judith Thompson told me to write a play. I got to talk to her one-on-one for 45 amazing minutes at a local women's theatre festival, and she encouraged me to write a play. And what else can you do when JUDITH THOMPSON TELLS YOU TO WRITE A PLAY?)
So this is the end of NaBloPoMo. Huge thanks to Creampuff and OMDG and ana for keeping me company with their own NaBloPoMo writing. Although I won't be writing every day anymore, I am committing to a minimum of one blog post per week going forward. NaBloPoMo reminded me of how much I value this space, and I don't want to wait another year to write here regularly.