Committing to and sticking with NaBloPoMo is a great accomplishment in my book. I couldn’t terribly slack on cooking at home because I needed posts! Like now! And writing just feels good, no matter how grammatically painful it may be. But for me, more importantly, I stuck with it. And that’s something I’m terribly bad at.
What now? I realize I won’t I magically turn into Smitten Kitchen, Jr because of this month. I realize life won’t be a picture perfect somehow. But this month, during a lot of insanity, stress and general craziness, I did it. And I’ve picked up a few pointers that, fortunately, seem to hold true across the blogging, writing, cooking, living worlds.
Refine your vision. Identify the handful of ideas that perpetually hold value to you. Now keep slicing away at that list, removing slivers at a time. You’ll find the core, most valuable parts. It may take time to evaluate what is worth trimming off. But those roots are what deserves development, nurturing and focus.
Lose the Fear
You’re a (blank) blogger. A (blank) writer. You might fear writing about a topic outside of your normal stratosphere. Bore your readers/fans/followers? Or worse, alienate them? Embrace that feeling. If something is nagging in your mind, write that out. If it’s an important part of your life, it is a valid part of your blog. Sharing about Christine wasn’t the norm, but putting it out there made a world of difference. You never know what kind of response a topic will give you unless you write it. Just like you never know if you’ll like a recipe or particular food until you try it. Write what scares you.
Keep Yourself Regular
No, not that kind of regular. Fortunately, i speak of regular writing. And blogging. POSTING. I cannot say that every post from November was all that interesting. Or even particularly good. But having something new on Nomnivorous? It felt good. When it was especially awesome, the feeling was even better. Just like cooking dinner or going to the gym, every time may not feel like afive star meal or life invigorating workout. But it will start to happen more often when you cook 3-4 times a week instead of once a week.
It’s time to face December, a month jam-packed with holiday gatherings, delicious food and hopefully lots of awesome goings-on in the kitchen. I’m hoping to bring all the joy of the holidays to you all through Nomnivorous. I will see you again soon, bringing tasty noms with me. just not tomorrow!