Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaBloWriMo - A month in reflection

This blog officially opened on October 1, 2010, and I thought a fun way to kick it off--and get in the habit of blogging--would be to sign up for National Blog Writers Month, or NaBloWriMo.

The goal was to make at least one interesting post per day, and I'm happy to say that I only missed 3 days--all for very good personal reasons, and not just procrastination or laziness. So as far as NaBloWriMo is concerned, I consider the event to be a rousing success!

Here are some of the things I'm happy to have accomplished during the month of October.

Getting in the Habit - Over the last 10 years I've started and stopped a few blogs. Not only did I fail to develop a habit of updating them, but I lost interest for two reasons: No solid foundation to build on, and no passion to energize them. As a result, they fizzled. Not this one! BleMals has proved to be a fun place for me to share things with the world that I'm passionate about, using my pursuit of becoming a full-time author as a central theme.

Making New Connections - From the very first day of NaBloWriMo, I started making new virtual acquaintances and following the blogs of intriguing writers. It's been a trip! During the month, I've had the privilege to "meet" several great writers, authors and illustrators; many of them have been kind enough to comment on my posts. Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh, PK Hrezo, Carolyn, and everyone else who checked in regularly. I know all of you are busy in your own right, so thank you for taking the time to support a fellow NaBloWriMo blogger! I will be reading your blogs and following your careers with great interest!

Becoming More Social - Thanks to this blog, I've renewed my interest in Twitter, and have been introduced to other social networks and the fine folks who frequent them. My posts here and on Twitter have resulted in contact with authors, editors, art directors, and others within the KidLit industry. Some have even thanked me for mentioning their projects, or for writing on a topic they are also passionate about. To this, I can only say thank you, ever so humbly, for the recognition, and for your kind words of inspiration!

Building Momentum - Writing a post per day is not easy, especially when I am also being a husband, father, and business owner. Moving forward, it will be my goal to post at least three times per week, and, to the best of my ability, keep up with Twitter and other elements of my "online presence." Other more experienced folks have clued me in to the fact that this is an important activity for aspiring authors. Who am I to argue?

The momentum built during the month of October should carry nicely into the future. Whether it be my quest to find a literary agent, improve my skills, sell my first book, attend KidLit events around the world, or other related topics, I promise to keep the energy alive from one milestone to the next! If you'd like to stick around for the ride, well, I'd be honored.


  1. Glad you started with NaBlo on Day One - made a difference. After five months of blogging, I was barely at 30 followers. That was this past March. Yeah, I know. See what can happen?
    Congratulations and happy I found your blog. So few of us blogging men...

  2. I love checking in here! Finding your blog was one of the highlights of the month.

    I'll be sticking around to hear about your SCBWI trip too.

  3. @Alex and Carolyn - Thank you! I'm blushing. No, really. I am. /awshucks