Saturday, November 1, 2008

Just Say NOBloPoMo

This is my 300th blog post. I could make it special and announce that with this post I am beginning my part in National Blog Posting Month, but I won't do that. Why? Because I am not about to pretend I have that much to say.

For those of you "in the know" NaBloPoMo (technical term) is a challenge to bloggers to post something new EVERY DAY. Some people can do it. They write witty, urbane things every day that make me laugh, think, and marvel at their brilliance. Some can't do it, but at least intersperse their good written posts with good picture posts (which counts, but really should be seen as cheating), and still make me feel like I am a better person for visiting their blog. Of course, there are also people to fail miserably. I don't mean they don't post every day, I just mean that they shouldn't.

I have watched bloggers whom I respect begin the month with a bang, and end it with a whimper containing a series of insipid posts about their cats. And I like cats. Or they just start posting random stuff. You know, like cartoons, videos, and links to porn sites. It's less like a blog and more like an Internet garage sale. It just makes me sad, and I really never want to be thought of as sad.

Maybe it's just that I know myself too well. I know that I would start out strong, but then puss out. It's why I don't run marathons. And it doesn't even have anything to do with a lack of topics. I have a whole notepad full. It just has to do with the fact that I would feel like I HAD to write. And I really hate doing things that I feel I have to do. I never want writing this blog to feel that way. It's goes against the entire reason I started it. I needed to write something that didn't need to be done by a deadline, didn't need to follow a certain structure, and didn't routinely include the words "police," "murder," "president," or "war." It's what keeps me sane, and I can't lose that.

So, I won't be posting every day this month. I will probably come close, especially if McCain somehow wins the White House. But I know I'll take a few days off. After all, you can't force brilliance -- or logic.


Dunc said...

Count me out on that, as well. I can barely write 3-4 posts a week, and most just have copious pictures to make up for their weaknesses!