Post NaNo Blogging
Okay, so you have blown out your creativity with the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Yet, you still have a blog that you feel some degree of obligation of maintaining. What do you do? Here are a few suggestions that I have resorted to.
- Make Lists – We all have lists in our minds, whether it’s a list of our favorite movies, favorite books, things to do to keep a blog going when you’re out of ideas, whatever. Since you already have a list of something somewhere in your mind, all you need to do is simply enter it into your blog as an entry. It is not even necessary to have to explain the list. You can always do that in another entry. The important thing to do is simply got get the list up onto your blog.
- Quotes – I have often resorted to posting a quote that I have heard. Quote posts are quick and easy to use since all you need to do is enter the quote and give the attribution. If you want, you can always add in bells and whistles, or you can just keep it simple and just post the quote.
- Links – We have all read stories on the internet that have struck us as interesting, emotional, or just down right odd. Take, for instance, my previous entry about George Takei trying to unite Star Trek and Star Wars fans against a darker, more sinister foe. I saw that and said, “I have to repost that.” Granted, I could have just posted it on Facebook or Twitter. However, I decided to post it on my blog, adding another entry to it. I also could have waited the day to post it, but then I could not post this list, at least for another day.
- Pictures – Grab that interesting picture during the day. Maybe when you got into work it looked like the Christmas Spirit threw up all over your office and you had to take a picture. Pictures are a great source for blog entries when you don’t have an idea in mind. There are even a few blogs out there who use pictures as story prompts.
- Prompts – Like I mentioned before, there are a number of sites (Plinky for one) out there with prompts for blog entries, or even story entries. Some of these sites will actually take what you wrote for the prompt and turn it into a blog entry for you.
- Reviews – Reviews do require a bit more work than some of the other entries on this list. But, you can review anything you want, for as long as you want. Read a lot of comics? Tell us which ones you like and don’t like. Tried a new app that you think others should try? Review it.
- Get Personal – This can be a double-edged sword, especially if you do something really dangerous like turn off your internal editor. If you don’t have a problem dealing with the aftermath of letting it all hang out, then writing whatever is on your mind may be the way to get your blog entries. And, if you are using a blogging site like WordPress.com, you can always password protect the entry to make sure you have some control over who reads the entry (Note: I do actually have one password protected entry on this blog.)
- Try Something Different – Sound out something about your choice of blogging tools? Write a quick entry to try it out. I did that last night when I saw that Twitter tweets can be posted on WordPress blogs looking like the tweets themselves.
If you have your own suggestions for keeping your blog going, feel free to mention them in a comment. I’m always looking for new ideas for my blog.
Posted on December 13, 2011, in Blogging, Creative, Internet, Lists, NaNoWriMo, Personal, WordPress, Writing and tagged blogging, creative, internet, lists, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, personal, twitter, Wordpress, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.