Monday, October 31, 2011

Dear Journal - navigating the complicated opportunities of the internet

Dear Journal,
Today is the last day of the NaBlo challenge and I have kept my promise to you. I have posted every day in October. It hasn't been a hardship - unlike those gearing up for the much more rigorous NaNo, beginning tonight at midnight - I've been able to cheerfully attend to my duty. And it has been helpful. To me I mean, but hopefully to others as well. To write daily about my revision progress (or sad lack of) has kept me inspired and interested in this very intense practice.
I think I might continue to do this, but not on a daily basis. One thing I've been considering is the moving of my Friday Challenge. I like working on Friday's, makes me feel like I've earned my week-ends, but others in this world seem a bit more loosey-goosey about it. By that I mean - they don't get around to the blogs so much on Fridays. Many of the blogs feature light material on Fridays - top tens, sillies, etc... I want my Friday Challenges read. They are my most relevant posts for people struggling or rejoicing in the writers' life. So I may move them to another day - I will let you know, journal, and also you readers!
As to getting around myself in the challenge - I did initially but then I stalled, as did many others I believe. For me it has become more and more important on THIS blog to pay attention to the community of writers. I am interested when I'm wearing my Living the Complicated Simple Life hat (it is straw of course) in bloggers who write about canning, knitting, chickens, photography and other assorted things, but on this one - I want to know what people are doing to drive their writing forward. And so most of the various challenges don't address that in a way that is satisfying to me. Some do! Alex's Insecure Writers is one - and I will be posting this Wednesday with great excitement - checking out the posts of other insecure types and generally having fun.
How about you all? How do you sort through the myriad of opportunities on the web to find which ones suit your needs?

Odds & Sods - For those of you Burrower fans - I'm over there today talking about what I'm reading and its relevance to Hallow's Eve. Come on over and dive into that conversation. And for those of you who want to see what I'm up to with my contemplative photography - head over to Living the Complicated Simple Life.


M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations on having completed NaBloWriMo!

And good luck with NaNoWriMo.

I really enjoy reading posts about people's writing journeys. Triumphs and struggles, all of it, because I can learn from those as I try to navigate those same murky waters. The Insecure Writers Group has been great for that.

But I also like the fun, fluff blogs from time to time because I can always use a good laugh...

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats on finishing NaBloWriMo! It has seemed long, eh? But we made it! I like the continued journal entries idea. And I agree the readership is lighter on friday, both in numbers, and in thinking. I like the Friday Challenge when I get there, but admittedly get around less on Friday myself. Maybe Monday though... 'this week's assignment' kind of thing?

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Congrats on passing the finish line! That's me cheering you at the back of the crowd.

KarenG said...

I like trying things but keeping my options open. Just because I try it doesn't mean I'll be married to it-- like Google+ -- which I'm sorry to say is really turning into a big spam fest. I tried Twitter and like it much more than I expected. That's one place where I'll stay.

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! It's been a struggle for me to keep up on all fronts this month. Eep!

Jan Morrison said...

MJ - thanks about NaBlo - and don't worry about NaNo - I did it two or so years ago AND never again. I'm way too disorganized - I finished it - got my 50 thousand words but no - like doing a marathon and getting a tattoo - once is plenty!
Tartlette - yep, I can write it on Friday and post it Monday. Only Monday Challenge doesn't sound nearly so fun - I'll figure something out.
Elspeth - and I'm cheering right back at you cuz I know you and I are in revision heaven or ...?
whoops - had to go answer a trick or tweeter - 4 so far!!!
Karen - I'm with you. Try it and feel no worries if it doesn't work.
Talli - eeeeeep is right.

Danette said...

I think you're right about the Friday thing. People don't tend to pop round much on Friday and if they are blogging is is generally something lighter. Congrats on finishing NaBlo!

H. L. Banks said...

Awesome feat, don't know that I have the courage to enter the NaBlo but certainly admire those who do!