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30 Nov

The End of NaBloPoMo

On October 30, I read about NaBloPoMo on BritMums. The mission: to write a blog post every day for a month. With my typical gung-ho attitude, I decided to get involved. I needed a boost to make my blogging more regular. How hard could it be?

Well, it’s the last day of NaBloPoMo and I can tell you: it’s hard. I started out well, getting most of my posts up before noon. Then suddenly, one day I fell behind and never seemed to catch up. Sometimes, all I wanted to do was go to bed, but it was almost midnight and I hadn’t put up a blog post yet. It was only my sheer determination to succeed at this that got me through.

At the beginning of the month, I had a list of great blog posts that I was planning to write; November was the month of Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, and Baby’s half birthday. I thought I had plenty of material to keep me going steadily for 30 days. But then, before you know it, there I was, blogging about my ex-boyfriend’s mum’s sweet potatoes. It was not my finest hour (that being said, it is a great recipe).

However, it also forced me to dig deep and be creative when I really felt that I had nothing of interest to blog about. That’s how The Twilight Drinking Game came to be, as well as the post on How to Get Rid of Dinner Guests, born from my need to actually get rid of my dinner guests at the end of our annual Thanksgiving dinner. It’s amazing where inspiration can come from. And also, blog posts don’t always have to be long, thought-provoking treatises on the state of motherhood in the UK; a simple top ten of my favourite Christmas movies is perfectly acceptable and equally entertaining, even if it is filler.

I’m glad that I took part in NaBloPoMo. It pushed me to achieve a goal and, in hindsight, I am quite proud of all the different topics I wrote about. Some of my favourite posts of the month are the one about our trip to the American Embassy, my remembrances of dancing with Patrick Swayze, and my cat’s tale part 2. I didn’t always get to take a new picture to go with my posts, but I really love the one of Baby with the sock fireworks.

Another great side effect of NaBloPoMo is that it introduced me to the work of many other great blogging mums, like moderator Karin Joyce, who actually blogged every day and gave birth to her second child. Sort of puts my hardships into perspective.

So bring on December! If you don’t mind, I think I’m going to take a short blogging holiday. See you in a few days.


  1. 01 Dec

    Susie Lambert

    I have really enjoyed reading your blogs this month, Julia. Especially the one about your Cat and the adventures of No Fur. So funny. Have a much needed break and come back feeling refreshed and ready to amuse us once more.

  2. 01 Dec

    Anurag Sharma

    Loved your posts Julia and Baby has modelled fabulously. Inspired me into taking on a daily blog project. Time, huh?

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