Did you know? November is National Blog Posting Month, and it’s the perfect time to join a blog writing challenge. What’s the challenge all about? The National Blog Posting Month Challenge or NaBloPoMo invites creators to commit to creating more content by posting a new blog piece every day for the entire month. The challenge is all about encouraging experts and novices alike to exercise and flex their writing muscles and make a commitment to creating content every single day. The rules are simple and easy to follow. 30 days to create 30 new posts. You do not have to write a perfectly crafted blog post and there are no rules as to what can be posted, but you do have to commit to posting something. That something can be a blog, a picture, a recipe, an interview, or a video. It’s an opportunity to explore your creative side and take some creative liberties on your blog. This challenge is a great way for anyone to start a blog with a .blog domain name or commit to posting daily on the one you already have. If it sounds daunting, don’t be nervous. We have some great tips on getting started and sticking to a schedule of 30 days of blogging.
Get your ideas ready: read and connect
Social media can be a big and wonderful place, especially for a blogger. It’s also an incredible and vast resource to find other bloggers, read their work, and let your imagination run wild. Chances are, you’ll find some inspiration out there for your own content while you’re searching around. A great way to look for inspiration is to check out who your favorite bloggers are reading. Want to look further? Check out the .blog showcase of established .blog domains and see how other .bloggers are creating unique content.
Another way to get your creative juices flowing is to think outside the box. Try looking up topics that you don’t usually read about and see what resonates with you. You might pick up a new interest or topic that you want to dig into and that can be the best kind of inspiration. Lean in to learning new things and see where it takes you.
Sharing is caring: connect and engage
Once you’ve done some reading, it’s time to start connecting to the blogging community. Social channels are a great ways to open dialogue about different topics and ideas. Join the conversation. If you are loving an article, let the author know. Feel free to ask questions, voice your opinions and engage with the members of their communities. To help keep you accountable and enthusiastic about posting, find other bloggers out there who are also participating in the challenge, and work together. Every connection is another source of inspiration and these are the people who will keep you going as you work through your National Blog Posting Month challenge.
Once you’re connecting and engaging, make sure to share what you love. Chances are if you love it, your audience will enjoy it and as the saying goes, sharing is caring.
Get your blog on: write and promote
No doubt you are feeling inspired from the blogs you’ve read and the new community you’ve met. Now take that inspiration and create! To keep yourself in the challenge mind frame, try setting aside some focused time where you work on content daily. Forming a new habit (like posting a blog every day) takes dedication and commitment so assigning yourself daily work is a great way to keep on track. One way to keep inspired is to stick to what you know but play with your format. Are you usually text heavy? Try a visual post. Don’t get caught up in creating the same thing every day, give yourself permission to explore and play with length and style. There are no posting rules so play with what kind of content you create. Exploring post styles is a great way to learn what you like and what content resonates with your audience.
Once you’ve done the work, share it with your community. To gain the most insight into how to best utilize your blog moving forward and connect with your audience. Get their feedback on what they want to see from you. Promote your posts and encourage your readers to offer feedback. By spreading the word, you also invite bloggers who might be new to the National Blog Posting Month Challenge to join forces and build out your blogging community. After all, the more, the merrier.
November’s National Blog Posting Month challenge is an opportunity for creators to find new inspiration, strengthen their content and get into the habit of consistent posting. By searching the web for inspiring content, you are on track to find new and creative ways to post daily. Working with new styles and formats is a great way to expand your offerings and learn more about what you like, and what content resonates with your audience. Creating a blogging community or continuing to build one is a great way to ensure that you stay connected, motivated, and encouraged to post your content all month long.
Above all, don’t give up! Stick with the challenge!