What I Learned from NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Post Month, during which you publish a blog post every day for the month of November.  If you look at the calendar on the right, you can see that I’ve managed to do that. (Assuming this post posts on schedule; that always makes me nervous).

When I started, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it. Posting something everyday is a commitment.  November can be a busy month at my job, so I knew it could be particularly challenging some days.  I tried to have some quotes and ideas ready ahead of time for those days. (By the end of the month, it definitely felt like I didn’t have enough; 30 days is a lot!)

Participating in Photo 101 helped as well; even though I was generally several days behind on the assignments. I enjoyed the challenge of interpreting the prompt. The tips pushed me to think about the way I take a photo – I find myself taking photos in portrait and landscape now just to see the difference.

What I learned is posting everyday isn’t for me (that wasn’t really a surprise). What was a bit of a surprise is that sometimes just a quick quote or photo also generated responses from people. Going forward I would like to try to post more frequently, even if I don’t feel that I particularly have something to say.

I’m wondering what your thoughts are on NaBloPoMo?

November Rain

While technically under a heavy snow fall warning, the text of the forecast specifies “rain at times heavy” over Grand Manan Island. And that is what we have, though the rain has been a bit thick at times.

My niece snapped this photo tonight on my iPhone. I love how eery and cold it looks through the windshield of the moving car.


One Month to Go

So today is November 25 or as was cheerfully pointed (by someone who is no doubt ridiculously over organized) “one month ’til Christmas”.


I love a holiday as much as the next person: visits with family and friends; lots of good food; and time off work to wear sweatpants and recuperate. But I’m a procrastinator, and I’ve taken it to new levels this year. My nieces and nephews always get socks for Christmas from me (it seemed like a good idea at the time).  I have one pair actually completely completed.  Two more that a good evening could finish off.   That leaves 6 pair (12 socks in case you’re counting).  I keep telling myself I can pull this off, but I’m starting to have nightmares about giving a 3 year old opening  a ball of sock yarn Christmas morning.   But that I think is the key: the three little ones are 3, 2, and 1.  Their socks aren’t big.  The biggest ones are done. The middle ones are in progress, sort of mostly anyway.


I so can do this, right?   Don’t answer that, I’m off to knit.