Happy November 1st! For the third year running, I’m joining others around the country in their effort to conquer National Novel Writing Month – a cultish endeavor whereby participants commit to penning 1,667 words per day (no sleep ‘til it’s done!), finishing with a flourish on November 30th having written a 50,000 word novel! Granted, my approach is modified: I do not have a word minimum – or limit (although I aim for 500 words or fewer) – or word volume-related goal at all, for that matter. Rather, my intention is to publish a blog post every day for the month.
I learned about NaNoWriMo first from Matt Cutts’ brilliant TED talk, “Try Something New for 30 Days,” then from my brother, Shawn, who is a regular participant in this annual effort. Matt Cutts’ comment on the event was that, though his novel was “awful,” now at a cocktail party, when asked what he does professionally, he can say, “I’m a novelist!” Similarly, though never my intention to write a novel, I’m grateful for NaNoWriMo for enabling to confidently say, “I’m a blogger and author!”
Recall that I published my first CoffeeLunchCoffee.com post on November 1, 2011. When I started the blog, I really thought that I would write for 30 days and be done. Turns out, on day 31, I had more to say. Now, 149 posts later, I remain appreciative to NaNoWriMo – and especially to the CLC community – for urging me on! In fact, I find lately that I lack the time to blog as frequently as I would like to (sadly, zero posts for October 2013) – NaNoWriMo helps me to refocus and puts me back on track to publish ideas about networking – my own thoughts and those of other thought leaders on the topic.
With that, please tell me what you’d like to hear about. Have a topic you’d like some input on? Have some ideas to share with the CLC community? Please let me know! My topics for the month are not set in stone – help me to define them! Looking forward to the next 30 days and beyond!