Amazement, pride, and just a hint of smugness are all emotions which I’m experiencing at the moment because I did it! I pledged to blog every day for a month and I succeeded! In fact I’ve posted consistently every day since December 26. And not only that, but I’ve discovered that I have enough material to blog daily whenever I have the time. So with that in mind, I’m rewarding the completion of this challenge with another challenge: I am going to complete February’s NaBloPoMo. Never mind the fact that February is the shortest month of the year, if I do this, I’ll have blogged continuously for over two months! (Excuse my overuse of exclamation marks, but given that I was struggling to stick to blogging weekly not so very long ago, I’m more than a little excited.)
I’ve included the badge for next month’s NaBloPoMo, which you can click on for a link to the BlogHer website if you’d like to sign up. Really, it’d be rude not to!
As this month’s NaBloPoMo challenge is meant to be all about beginnings, I decided that I ought to dedicate at least one post to them. Luckily, the BlogHer website provided some prompts to inspire me!
Are you superstitious about beginnings? Do you do anything to start out on the right foot?
I wouldn’t say that I’m superstitious exactly, but I do believe that if something starts out well then it’s more likely to continue and end well. So when I start something new, I’ll often buy new things: notebooks and pens for a new university term for example, although as a self-confessed stationery geek I’ll take any excuse to buy such items! I do find that new things help with the “out with the old, in with the new” feeling though.
I also like setting goals for myself at a beginning, especially a new year of university, again because beginnings hold so much opportunity and I want to achieve as much as possible from it!
What is the hardest part about a beginning?
The unknown. Oddly enough, this came up in a conversation last night, not in the context of beginnings, but of endings. I fear the unknown in general, which can often make me nervous at a beginning because I don’t know exactly what to expect. I don’t let it stop me though, because in the end the things which I don’t expect to happen can be the best parts of an experience: I just have to learn not to worry about not being prepared!
Do you wish the start of the year was in a different season? Which one?
I’ve never actually wished for the year to start in a different season, but I suppose that it would be better if it started at the very beginning of spring, rather than just before the coldest, most miserable part of winter. That would make it feel more like a beginning.
This month, I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo. A few of my friends are doing it, especially those from the Durham Creative Writing Society, I wanted to do it last year but didn’t manage it, and I would just really like to actually finish a novel. This year, I thought, was my year. Then November 1st rolled around and I had no plan, no time, and no hope. But before I could curl up in a ball and cry, I caught sight of a link on Twitter to NaBloPoMo. In case you were wondering, this stands for National Blog Posting Month, and unlike NaNoWriMo, it actually runs year-round. This is the badge for this month:So it may not be as hardcore or as prestigious as NaNoWriMo, but this month I am pledging to blog daily, and (and this is very important) to try not to allow these daily posts to descend into inane ramblings. There are prompts on the site to help keep you focused, and I do love prompts, so I’m hoping that this will end well!