November is National Blog Posting Month and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It is the month several bloggers take the challenge to write blog posts for 31 days straight. It’s an amazing challenge; anyone who actually completes writing posts for 31 days straight should feel good about their accomplishments as writer. That is a LOT of writing. That said, you will NEVER see me participating in any 31 day writing challenge.
Okay, so maybe I should never say NEVER. I mean, maybe I will participate in a 31 day writing challenge someday…when my girls are out of the house…or when they are older…or when I amazingly have more hours in my day. But for right now, writing for 31 days straight is just out of the question.
I mean let’s just consider the facts.
- I don’t have the time. Writing good posts require time. I spend a minimum of one hour on a post and usually it’s more like two hours by the time I brainstorm, write, proof, and create graphics. I write 3 days a week so that means I spend about 6 hours a week on writing…not including social media connecting, blog updating and all the other things that go into blogging. So, if I were to write quality posts EVERY day of the week that would be a minimum of 14 hours writing! That’s more than double the time I currently spend or a complete 8 hour work day more! There is just too much other stuff on my plate to make that work.
- November is the month of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a BIG family time. To spend those 14 hours during the week of Thanksgiving is not even something I would consider giving up, and spending another 14 hours during another week to get ahead sounds like suicide.
- I love my family. Every hour I am on the computer is an hour I am away from my family. If I write in the evenings, it is time away from my hubby. If I write in the daytime, it is time away from my precious little girls whom I am also homeschooling. There has to be a balance and writing for 31 days straight would definitely not bring balance.[bctt tweet=”Every hour you spend on the computer is an hour you don’t spend with someone else. Is it worth it?” via=”yes”]
- I need a Sabbath rest. Occasionally, I admit it, I do get on the computer on Sunday to catch up or do something I consider relaxing, but for the most part I consider Sunday’s my technology free day. I need it. My family needs it. Some days it’s what gets me through the week.
- Receiving a email from someone, no matter who they are, EVERY SINGLE DAY, gets annoying to me. So why would I want to do that to my readers? I don’t. I want to keep giving you quality posts that I know I have the time and passion to write so that you will continue to consider them a worthy read in your inbox.
Are you going to be writing for 31 days straight?
What about you? Do you have plans to participate in a 31 day writing challenge? If so, what do you plan on writing about? I’d love to hear it in the comments because, secretly, even though I don’t have a desire to write for 31 days straight, I do enjoy checking out those amazing series that others are writing!