I thought NaBloPoMo was a new game of swimming pool tag.
“NABLO!” I shout with my eyes closed.
“Pomo,” replies a meek little voice while splashing away.
When I discovered it stood for National Blog Posting Month, where participants are expected to post something (anything), every single freakin’ day for one month, I knew I was out. I had looked forward to NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and had planned to finish a couple projects. Well, that isn’t happening either. Last year I enjoyed riding the super soaker tidal wave of tireless typists. (Say that three times fast.)
I’ve noticed a few blogging friends huffing and puffing their way to the halfway point. Some have posted about how hard it is to come up with new ideas. Many blank out under pressure. The stage is empty as the restless crowd murmurs. Someone in the cheap seats coughs while the clock ticks away. Tick…Tock…Tick…
My problem is having too many ideas, which comes from having a creative, ADD mind and not enough time, so I thought I’d share a few links. I hope to fill your stage with self-effacing stories, snowstorm driving, swooping airplane jockeys, crazy dreams, imps, and wimps, but first things first.
Relax and click on the blue links. Let ideas flow onto your empty stage with a new storyline and cast of characters. Open your mind. Release the tension from your neck and shoulders. Feel yourself float above your computer as ideas rush into your head. …zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..
*snort* What? Oh, you’re still here. *clears throat*
Here is a list of blog post ideas to make your last 15 days of NaBloPoMo a lot easier. You’re not posting? Sit back, relax and read on and try not to fall asleep:
How about sharing your most mortifying moments? My list is long. I could add more embarrassments to it, DAILY. Here are My Most Mortifying Moments just for You!
WARNING: With this prompt it is helpful to have no shame, but we’re all friends here. Right?
Write a photo essay. Tell your readers something interesting about where you live. I posted about a slippery hike in Boulder. Or tell us about a place you’ve visited, like our crazy trek to an island. We might enjoy a little armchair travel.
I often take advantage of the Weekly Photo Challenge and posted, Boulder Twinkle – Photo Essay last year during the holidays.
Share a blast from your past. I wrote about the time when I hitchhiked a ride…..on a plane in The First of Many Wild Rides.
Write about one of your crazy dreams. Mine are ridiculous. I can’t believe how I waste them when I could be “hanging out” with Tom Mison. They are still pretty, well, click on the link – I Dream of Dreaming.
Tips are always a winner. We all love life hacks. One of my first posts still gets hits when it’s time once again to drive through winter snowstorms. That’s my favorite kind of driving. Winter Driving Tips from a Wild Rider.
How about a list? The more random the better. I wrote about seeing the bright side after a prolonged winter, but that’s kind of my thing. The Bright Side Top Ten List.
Or try the combo pack: Life hacks in a list – Letting You in on Ten Little Secrets.
Write about someone you know. Happy Birthday, Kelly, AKA DJ KSmash! He worked eighteen hours yesterday and is snowboarding today. He is truly living the life of a Wild Rider.
One of my favorite posts is I Can Honestly Say My Kids Almost Killed Me. Don’t let their innocent faces fool you.
Write about how you’re different from everyone else. Celebrate your idiosyncrasies. I did in My Inexplicable Idiosyncrasies.
Author’s note: I clipped almost all of those little plastic strings that hold the price tag. But I noticed one hanging from a basket in my bathroom. I’m sure I’ll get around to it some day.
Choose a photo and use it as a prompt for stream-of-conscious writing. Keep it short and twisted. Call it flash fiction. I wrote The House Sitter – 450 Word Flash Fiction by typing the first words that popped into my tiny cranium to create the opening sentence. That’s how I write all of them.
Write a poem or prose. I also used the same method of writing for, Played by Inspiration. Hey. Stream-of-conscious writing is one of my top ten blogging secrets. I’ll have to post about them some day. Maybe once I’ve clipped all those plastic tags.
Post a list of old posts like I did in this post, posting it under favorite posts or in some other kind of post category, but whatever you do, post something. ANYTHING.
So, is your stage filled with all kinds of new ideas, circus animals, freaks, and scary clowns? Then start writing. I’m rooting for you from the sidelines. Good luck!
Are you participating in NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo? Have you played Marco Polo? Did this list help you in some way? Are you getting sleepy from all these questions?