Last Updated on January 2, 2022 by Scott Charleboix
When is the National Blog Posting Month?
Originally, National Blog Posting Month was only during the month of November. Then it grew, and every month had a new blogging challenge. November was still considered the “big” month and often had prizes and giveaways, but you could start a blogging challenge on the first of any month.
There are pros and cons in doing this challenge.
Pros: If you don’t already have much content this would be a good way for your blog to write outside of your niche.
Cons: It may be better to write more quality posts than doing the challenge, it also depends on how comfortable you are with your SEO plug-in. Because you might have to spend some extra time to optimize your posts after you’re done.
What do I have to do to join/participate in this challenge?
Since it’s called “National” Blog Posting Month, do I have to live in the USA to participate?
What’s a Blogroll and do I have to sign it?
What if I missed a Blogroll’s sign up deadline?
Can I list more than one blog in the Blogroll?
What’s a “Daily Writing Prompt?”
Where do I find them? And do my posts HAVE to be about them?
Sites hosting will sometimes offer writing prompts. A writing prompt is a suggested theme or topic to blog about. Writing prompts are completely optional and are offered as tools to help motivate your daily writing. If you want to write about something different, you may. You can write on anything at all. It all counts! You can even write about past writing prompts!
Do my posts HAVE to be about the monthly theme?
Where can I get one of the badges? Can I make my own? Do I need permission to use one?
Near the end of the month there will be several badges for you to select from and post on your blog to indicate that you’ve completed the Challenge.
Any badge at all (or none!) can be used, including one you make. In the past, people would share badges that they made for themselves and participants.
What if I miss a day?/Can I schedule posts ahead of time?
To the best of my knowledge, no one is going to be policing this to ensure that you post once a day. My philosophy is that the challenge will help build your web traffic. It’s very tempting to publish your posts ahead of time. What I did was make a notice that a particular scheduled blog was available a few days later ahead of schedule. That allows you to publish the post and make some changes to the post before it’s scheduled date to add some Pinterest pins to let people know it’s there.
What I liked to do (for when I wrote posts for Blogtober) is to write as many as I could ahead of time to get an idea for what I want to write about so that I’m not hurrying at the last minute. Then once the post was ready I used the schedule feature to schedule it shortly after midnight.
I missed a day/started late. Now what?
Publish your post as soon as you can. Some people like the concept of writing a blog every day but are reluctant to publish a blog every day. Ultimately, the decision rests in your hands.
Where can I read posts written by other participating members?
You can look at a Blogroll and pick blogs at random, or search online for NaBloPloMo plus the year and month you’re interested in.
One of the easiest thing to do is do look at the Blogroll for participating bloggers.
Who’s in charge of the challenge?
It no longer exists in an official form and nobody is in charge, but individual bloggers sometimes host their own challenge. The internal reward (in participating and completing it) lies in getting traffic to your blog.
When I did the Blogtober Challenge last month, I asked people to indicate if they were participating in the Blogtober Challenge so I could add the participating blogs that are partaking in the challenge. There was only one person that indicated they were doing the Blogtober Challenge, so in November, PinArtwork is going to take a highly active approach in finding blogs that are taking part to update the Blogroll.
Right now, the Blogroll hasn’t been created. However, I sincerely hope to find several by blogs in the next few days that I can have the Blogroll created by Friday, November 6th.
These are prompts from Eliza David, Lady Writer. This month, I didn’t want to rack my brain by the posts that I would need to create so I’m going to give it a try and use these questions for my NaBloPoMo posts.
She owns the Empowering Questions deck for a couple of years now, using it as the occasional journal prompt or as a center card in a tarot spread whenever she needs divination inspiration.
To that accord, during the month of November, the two of us will be using her cards to prompt thirty consecutive days of blog entries.
Day 1: If I didn’t feel shame or fear, what would I do now?
Day 2: If this was my last day, would I be satisfied with my life?
Day 3: How would I like people to remember me when I am no longer here?
Day 4: What if everything is as it should be? How would that make me feel?
Day 5: What kinds of situations do I avoid?
Day 6: What is my worst fear?
Day 7: How would I want to be encouraged right now?
Day 8: Why am I doing the things I am doing right now?
Day 9: What gives me great joy?
Day 10: What are my most important values?
Day 11: What is my biggest dream?
Day 12: What am I thankful for today?
Day 13: What or who am I beneath all my roles?
Day 14: What kinds of feelings am I feeling right now?
Day 15: What is the worst that could happen if I let go of things that no longer serve me?
Day 16: What have been the most defining moments that have helped shape my life?
Day 17: What does ‘being’ mean to me?
Day 18: What fascinates me so much that the thought of it won’t leave me alone?
Day 19: What are my best qualities?
Day 20: Where am I going and why?
Day 21: What does happiness mean to me?
Day 22: What is my life like when it is in balance?
Day 23: How or in what way do I experience myself when I’m alone?
Day 24: What kind of advice on life would I give my younger self?
Day 25: What kinds of routines/habits limit my experience of everyday life?
Day 26: What is my instinct telling me to do?
Day 27: What is my gift to the world?
Day 28: Am I focusing more on what my life looks like than on what it feels like?
Day 29: What kinds of recurring situations or people do I attract?
Day 30: Is there something in my life that makes me forget time while I’m doing it?
The items below are some additional pointers if you run into a stumbling block on one of the suggestions listed above
Some helpful tips and reminders for those who want to bring blogging back:
- A blog (noun) is series of entries, called blog posts, often primarily presented in reverse chronological order. A blog post (noun) or simply a post is a single entry in a blog, usually consisting of a title, a date, and some content in either text or some other media. To blog (verb) is to write one or more posts on a blog.
- Blog posts can be anything you want them to be. They can be short or long. They can be focused on a particular topic, or discuss multiple topics, or be about no one topic in particular. They can have a title or have no title. They can be posted in the past, in the present or in the future. The sky’s the limit.
- Just write. Some may struggle with putting their thoughts into words because they’re always looking for the perfect words or structure. Your posts don’t have to be the best, impeccable writing. They can be written first and then improved upon. The goal of an exercise like this one is to force you into the habit of writing freely and without filter, to learn to embrace the imperfect. So just write.
- Struggling to find something to write about? Here are some prompts, choose one:
- What have you been watching/reading lately?
- What’s something you tried recently?
- What recent accomplishments are you proud of?
- What’s a recent failure you experienced and what did you learn from it?
- When was the last time a friend asked you for advice, and what did you tell him?
- When was the last time someone exceeded your expectations?
- What happened the last time you went to a government office to get something done?
- What’s something you do or enjoy that none of your friends do?
- What always annoys you when people ask about it?
- What recent unexpected find made you happy?
- Try to draw a horse. then, mock your drawing
- What recent article did you read that really impressed you?
- What new blogs or social media accounts have you recently discovered and found interesting?
- What’s your strategy for saving money?
- What’s a recent restaurant meal you really liked? write a review!
- What’s a recent government decision you think was really good or really bad? discuss!
Are you still running out of ideas? Not to worry. These blog prompts/ideas from Lady Marielle (who did the challenge in 2017) are perfect for those days when writer’s blocks rear its ugly head. Now you are provided with a suggested list of nearly 100 topics. What are you waiting for? This will help explode your blog’s traffic.
- Write a top 5/10 favorite (movie, shopping site, products, etc.)
- Do a round-up of your favorite type of food (example here)
- Do a review
- Write about your favorite show
- Write a rant type of post
- Share a recipe
- Do a DIY
- Not crafty? Share a round-up of your favorite diys
- Write your blogging goals
- Favorite artist (music, writer, actor)
- Weekly blog post round-up
- Favorite room in your house
- Your favorite coffee shop
- Your top most used phone apps
- How do you stay productive during the day
- What are you thankful for
- Gift ideas for Her/Him/Kids etc
- Bucket list
- Top 5 places you wish to travel to
- Favorite blogger
- Blogging resource round-up
- # things about yourself
- Your favorite season and why
- Create cleaning playlist of your favorite songs
- Songs that always get you
- Favorite movies of all time
- Talk about your family/kids
- Milestone moment
- Blogging journey
- Top favorite blogging tools
- What’s in my bag
- Favorite YouTubers
- Most memorable moment in your life
- # things you love about yourself
- # you would buy if you won the lottery
- your top favorite blog post
- Christmas wishlist
- Brands you wish to work with and why
- Favorite subscription box
- Favorite beauty products
- Wordless blog post
- Book review
- Blogging DOs and DON’Ts
- How to post
- Parenting Hacks
- Favorite Instagramers
- Favorite online store
- Show us where you work
- Daily routine
- A day in your life
I hope these blog post ideas will be helpful to you during the NaBloPoMo Challenge in November.
Participating NaBloPoMo Bloggers:
- Chasing MY Life WHEREVER it Leads Me
- Elan Morgan Web Designer + Writer, Elan.Works
Web Designer + Content Editor, GenderAvenger
- Eliza David, Lady Writer
- PinArtwork – Scott Charleboix
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