Monday, September 30, 2013

Get ready for (probably) 61 consecutive days of the Aisle.

Every year for the past four or five years, I've participated in NaBloPoMo -- that is, National Blog Posting Month.  It happens in November, and I've been (mostly) successful every year.  I'm likely going to do that again this year, but November is still a ways away, and this blog needs some love right now.

You may have heard about The Nester's annual link-up in October, where people post on a single topic of their choosing for 31 days.  I think I first learned about it earlier this year when I discovered Emily Freeman's blog 

And, as often occurs in my life, I decided to join up at the last minute, on a whim, despite a lack of preparation or a full realization of what I'm hoping to get out of it.  (And also despite the impending insanity of NaBloPoMo.  Because surely I can entertain you every single day for two months, right?)

It started out earlier today as I considered the sad state of my blog.  I've only written a handful of posts since May, and I know I need to be writing more.  I was scrolling through my blog feed and saw Emily's Day 1 post (I guess folks are starting a day early for some reason?), and I began to think about what sort of topic I could possibly write about for 31 straight days.

(Side note: You don't have to necessarily write something every day.  You could post a photo one day, or a quote, or a link to someone else's site that is relevant to your topic.)

Anyway, somehow as the wheels were turning and I was scribbling some random ideas, I kept seeing the word "wait" in my mind's eye.  And then I also saw "weight."  And then I thought about a book I read recently where each chapter is a series of definitions or reflections on a particular word (and the words for the chapters are ordered alphabetically).  And then I started thinking of some of the different definitions and synonyms for these two words rattling around in my head, and I thought:  

I can do this.

So during the month of October, I am going to post every single day, and each post will have something to do with "weight" or "wait" (or both), or some synonymous or slightly-related word.

Basically, I'm cheating and not picking a very specific topic.  That's okay, right?

I already have a bunch of thoughts branching off of these roots, so hopefully this will be a month full of inspiration and reflection!

Click here to view a list of all my posts for this series.  (I will update it with the latest posts at least once a week.)

Make sure you check out some of the other people writing their own 31-Day series here.  And just FYI, I put mine in the category called "Too Awesome to Categorize" because I really have no idea where this topic will take me!