“National Blog Posting Month is the epicenter of daily blogging! People who want to set the habit of blogging by doing it every day for a month, including weekends, can band together for moral support, inspiration, and the camaraderie that only marathon blogging can provide.”
(From BlogHer.com, host of NaBloPoMo November 2012)
It seemed like only yesterday that we officially launched Edge of Story on September 18, 2012. Six weeks later Mark signed us up for BlogHer’s “National Blog Posting Month” challenge. The premise was simple enough: post something to your blog every day for a month. My initial reaction…I wanted to throw up. We love to write, but blogging was still so new to us. We’re mainly fiction writers, and so we had to figure out a whole new culture and set of norms for this world of blogging and bloggers. And posting something every day left no room for writer’s block, busy days, or unexpected calamities. Could we really do it?
The answer: yes! And it was exhilarating and hard and absolutely worth it. In one month we wrote about everything from Greek mythology to Patrick Swayze to professional wrestling to Norman Rockwell to iCarly. We wrote about books, books, and more books. We even got a post up on Thanksgiving Day! In everything we wrote, we held true to our goal of focusing on stories that entertain, delight, instruct, and inspire. Some of our most popular posts: Modern Day Man of My Dreams, The Power of Two, The Golden Buddha, and Favorite Teen Texts.
In one month our blog had over 1300 hits, mostly from the United States, but also from all over the world including Hong Kong, India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Korea, Brazil, Greece, Peru, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Our posts generated over 75 comments from funny and insightful readers. We gained 22 new followers—not as many as we’d hoped, but we’re willing to be patient and build up our numbers slowly. (Besides, we don’t love that term “followers” – sounds too much like a cult.) We hope in the months to come, more and more people will sign up for our mailing list to receive email updates about new blog posts.
So today’s post is not just a report card, but also a heartfelt thank you letter. To everyone who read, commented, “liked”, “followed”, and enjoyed our daily posts: we can’t begin to express our gratitude. Thank you for sticking with us, for not getting mad at us for clogging up your inboxes, and for inspiring us to keep writing. This NaBloPoMo challenge taught us a lot about discipline, the creative process, and working together. It introduced us to some amazing blogs and even more amazing bloggers. It gave us a new appreciation for the whims and fancy of writing fiction, which we’re excited to get back to now that this challenge is done.
And now…we’re ready for a break! But only a short one, we promise. So please check back with us often. We’ll keep writing about the stories that we love, and we look forward to hearing more about the stories you love.