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State of the NaBloPoMo Address

My fellow Voxers (and on the off-chance someone outside of Vox is reading this, anyone else),

Today is the 16th day of November, and the 16th consecutive day that I've posted something to this blog for my participation in NaBloPoMo.  That means I'm now officially halfway through this effort.  After this post, I'll have 14 more posts to put up here to satisfy the requirements of posting at least once a day for the entire month of November.  2 weeks of posts.

It's been hard.  Harder than I thought it would be.  Partially because I've taken it upon myself to not do this thing at a level of quality lower than that of my blog posts at any other time of year.  Sure, I could post a song, or a photo, or even a 2-line entry and satisfy the requirements, but I've tried to make sure that the things I've posted have had some real meat to them.  Yes, some days are lighter than others, but on average, I think my entries have been on the order of 500-800 words long, and have taken some real time for me to brainstorm, compose, write, and revise/edit.  Most of it gets done in the evenings after the rest of my family goes to sleep, which has seriously cut into my book-reading and TV-watching time.  Not that I'm complaining – I think writing for this blog is more personally rewarding and more entertaining than either of those two things.  But it is a difficult effort to dredge up material from the creative center of my brain day after day and find enough energy to pull it together into a cohesive post.

I'm still planning on finishing this puppy.  At the beginning of the month, I brainstormed a potential list of topics to write about over the month, and when inspiration doesn't hit me (which is a lot of evenings), I go to the list for that day's topic.  Some of them I'll probably never get to during November, and others I can't wait to write about but they're going to need to wait until my vacation around Thanksgiving to allow for the time commitment I require for those entries.  But hopefully my list will keep me going through until that big 11/30 date.

I look at the people that are participating in NaNoWriMo this year and are writing around 1500+ words a day for the entire month, and I just feel my jaw drop with the impressive feat they're undertaking.  Although writing a novel is something I intend to do at some point in the future (maybe once the kids are grown up and out of the house??), there's no way I could pull down that kind of time commitment to the task right now.  Heck, I'm stretching it even trying to hack half that word count per day!  Granted, if I was writing for NaNoWriMo, I probably wouldn't be spending the time I am revising/editing, but still, that's quite an undertaking, and one I have a lot of respect for.

Oh, and I'm not trying to bash anyone who is participating in NaBloPoMo but is NOT writing epic-length posts every day.  I think the most important point to both NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo is to get in the habit and schedule of writing on a regular basis, so you can work to keep this up after the month is over.  If you are creating something and posting something every day, you're accomplishing that goal, regardless of the length of your post.  Since the posts I like to write are about this length, I felt I needed to maintain this level of effort over the NaBloPoMo time frame in order to have it actually help me in my effort to start posting more often.

Looking at my post count for this year (currently at 141), I'm down to well under half of what I did in 2007 (370).  Part of that, of course, is from my new baby girl, and now that she's almost a year old and starting to be a little easier to manage, I'm getting back into having more time to write.  I don't necessarily feel a need to write and post an entry every day of the year in 2009, but I'd like to keep up a certain level of quality in my posts without it taking me 3-4 days to get an entry posted.

Anyway, for those of you reading this, those of you who have been reading my last 15 days of posts, and those who occasionally read what I post here on Vox, thanks for sticking with me and providing me with an audience.  I don't always have an audience in mind when I write something, but when I need one, you folks are always there to support me, and I really appreciate that.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go work on another NaBloPoMo entry.  I have a feeling this week is going to be a rough one, and I need to get a head start on some of these posts…

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #16/30]

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Jumping Off The Bridge With the Rest of Y’all

I wouldn't technically call myself a "follower".  I've VERY independent and have never been one to do things just to fit in (I think my red pants speak for themselves on that point).  Someone once told me, "Don't follow the crowd – they might all be going to the dentist."

And while that's true, sometimes the pack IS worth following, as long as you're stepping in time with the band for all the right reasons (or at least for your own personal ones).  So when I came across the NaBloPoMo posts that Mariser, Bookishly Fabulous, CupCate, Arbed, Steve Betz, and Kevin Wolf (amongst many many others) had written, I started wondering if it might be a challenge that 1) I would find rewarding and 2) I would be able to keep up with.  Since this is technically post #1 of NaBloPoMo for me, I guess it's pretty obvious what my answers to both questions would be.

I think I'm going to find it hard enough just to make sure I get one post out there every day, so I'm definitely not going to tie myself down to a specific theme, or set of topics.  Posts may be all over the board – I expect everything will show up, from yet more how-to posts, to music posts, to a couple stories from my past I've been meaning to type up but haven't gotten on paper yet.  Hell, I might even use this as an incentive to get my damn experiences and photos from my trip to India posted!  It's only been what, 6 months since I got back from it?

I am excited to be participating in this with all the folks who have done this before, and all those who are taking it on for the first time.  Here's hoping we all have a great month of posts to come!

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – Day 1/30]

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First and Foremost

I can see myself getting addicted to this MT thing pretty quickly. Configuring my options, configuring my site, making banners, checking out other MT blogs….oh wait, did I forget actually WRITING anything myself?

Anyway, this blog is going to be a work-in-progress. When I have a few mins here or there, I might play with the style sheet, or work out whether the calendar should be on the left or the right of my entries. I might even actually write something occasionally too. Probably not all too often, but it might help me get a grip on certain things going on in my life.

Anyway, I have a bunch of old entries over at another site that I might put in the archives here. Not that they're any great quality or anything, but it would be nice to keep the past in one place, so it doesn't resemble my childhood as a Navy brat.

Anyway, the first is usually the worst, and this is no exception. Things'll get better, both here, and in life. I promise.

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Quick Update – Design Change

Woohoo! I got sick of buttons that weren't working and sick of waiting for my stupid page to load, so I procrastinated all day at work today to come up with a new design that I feel much happier with!

It's getting late, so I'll make this short, but I am SO psyched for Februarium starting Monday! Let's just hope I can make it through the weekend and get there in one piece!!

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Quick Design Note

Woohoo, I finally buckled down and finished off a new design for my diary! I'm still going to monkey with it for a bit, but I like it a lot more than my last one!!!

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The Template Explained

I spent most of the weekend working on a template for this journal. I'm one of those "amateur" web designers that knows html and the basics behind web-design, but has zero resources towards good web-design or image-processing software. Doesn't bother me, though, as I like to do things from scratch and see how they work out. Things may not look flashy when I'm done, but they'll look elegant or the lines'll look nice to the eye.

I started off thinking about some sort of book/pen/paper format, and found some nice little pictures of an open book to use for my sitemap images, and even went to the extent of modifying 'em to look like what I wanted, and then realized that I didn't really want them. I was looking back over my entries and recalled what I had written on my very first entry about typewriters…and at that moment, a new idea for my site was formed. I decided to switch from my old url to this new one at Typeset, not only to fit in with the theme, but because of what it means. To quote from dictionary.com:

Typeset:
To set (written material) into type; compose.

I like this because I feel like I'm typesetting. Not in the literal sense where I'm taking written words and converting them into type, but in the figurative sense that I have this material in my head, floating around all chaotic and haphazard, and I'm composing it into this strucutred, ordered text — on, fittingly enough, a virtual page.

Anyways, the workday's almost over and I definitely haven't done as much as I had planned to do today. So au revoir, I'll be back soon, and possibly have a few suprises up my sleeve for the next couple of weeks..

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