I Did It!!

Unfortunately, it’s not what you’re thinking. I haven’t met a gorgeous guy and made wild, passionate— I’m totally digressing here.

What I mean is, I successfully completed NaBloPoMo! You know — one blog post every single day for the month of November? Well today is December 3rd 9th! Yassss! (And yes, I’ve been MIA ever since. While i was away, someone even made it on a second date. I’ll fill you guys in later!)

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I benefited from NaBloPoMo in several ways:

1) First off, the challenge forced me out of my comfort zone because I didn’t have as much time to filter myself. I published articles without taking as much care omit things that I wasn’t 100% sure about sharing. Like the rant about a flaky, but hella attractive date. I woke up in a compromising position after seeing him. Sharing that was really uncomfortable. A few mornings I woke up thinking “Why did I post that last night? What the hell was I thinking?”

2) I wrote about subjects I hadn’t previously touched on – like my ex-boyfriend who suffered the stroke. Once he recovered speech, he spoke more candidly than he had in years. I never felt inclined to write about him, even though we spent eleven years together, but I touched on that. Most recently he told me “When I was with you, I had a good friend.” Hindsight is a mother. I also wrote about interracial dating, which never really mattered to me before. A Chinese candidate really pissed me off.

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3) My readership increased! Yayy! I realize there’s no better way to build a following than to post consistent content that resonates with people. (Thanks y’all!)

4) I paid closer attention to what inspired me – quoting some pretty influential writers in the process – James Baldwin, Anne Lamott, Anais Nin, and Mara Brock Akil.

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5) There were two polls: One about kissing, and one poll about the crazy events of my life. (What’s true? What’s the lie? Can you guess?)

And then some…

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Top blog posts of November 2K13 (by combined number of “likes” and comments):

1) Five Key Dating Tips for Women

2) This Bitch

3) We Are All Products – of Time, Circumstances, and History

4) Decidely Single. Definitely Sexy.

5) What Men Really Want To Know About Women

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Thank you for joining me on this challenge! It’s been real. I think 3 posts a week is a reasonable number for me now.

Cheers! Let me know your thoughts, if any, on content posted during NaBloPoMo.

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2 replies

  1. Awesome lessons learned– I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s “debrief” of NaBloPoMo. I may try it next year… you never know… but I’m amazed at everyone who survived! You certainly did have some interesting things to write about along the way…

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