Reflections on the journey: “Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You” — 30 posts in 30 days for NaBloPoMo 2016.
The November 2016 National Blog Posting Month wraps up today and I am pleased and relieved to cross the finish line without missing a day of blogging on Molly’s Canopy!
My personal goal for the blog challenge was to develop a blog-to-book outline on the theme Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You — and I’m particularly gratified to NaBloPoMo for creating the space and impetus for me to get that outline done.
Knowing there were hundreds of other NaBloPoMo bloggers out there tapping away at the keyboard along with me — or dictating their posts with voice-activated software — made the job just a little bit easier.
A special shout out to everyone who visited Molly’s Canopy and left encouraging words during the November 2016 challenge. Your comments and observations kept me going during crunch time, when the midnight posting deadline was looming!
What went well
Having an outline. This was my second blog challenge after surviving my first A to Z Challenge in April 2016. From that experience, which I went into without a plan, I learned that having an outline ahead of time — at least an idea of the blog post titles for each day — helped me focus the work and think ahead to the next day’s topic.
Keeping the posts short. My posts are usually 500-600 words long and often contain many links to online genealogy sources — something that slowed me down during the A to Z Challenge. This time, I kept the posts shorter — most were roughly 400 words with fewer links — and that worked much better.
Working from my road trip notes. I have typed up reports on most of my genealogy road trips with travel partners and saved my notes — and these were a great help in crafting the daily blog posts. They reminded me of the research discoveries a road trip can reveal — and the joy of sharing those breakthroughs with friends and loved ones during and after the trip.
What could have gone better
Would have liked to visit more blogs. I tried to visit back and comment on blogs whose authors commented at Molly’s Canopy — but between the writing and the regular tasks of daily life, I was not consistent with this. The best I could manage most of the time was to reply on Molly’s Canopy to those who left comments. Hope to do a bit more visiting and commenting now that NaBloPoMo is over.
My numbering system was off. On day one, I wrote an introduction to the theme Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You — not realizing that this would throw off my numbering system. So Tip 1 appeared on day two, Tip 2 on day three, and so on all month. Lesson learned: it would have been easier for writer and reader alike if the tip number matched the day number. A small thing, but one that bothered me for the whole 30 days!
Overall, a great experience
Overall, NaBloPoMo 2016 was a great experience. The blogroll was amazing and inspiring. Having such a large, creative community putting their voices and expertise out there helps break the solitude of writing.
NaBloPoMo 2016 was an energizing and validating reminder that, when kindred spirits join together — even if only for one month — we can help move one another closer to achieving our writing and blogging goals
That said, I am now going to follow my own advice from Tip 28: Reward yourself! and take a brief blogging vacation!
Please stop back on Dec. 2 for the full list of Genealogy Road Trip Tips from NaBloPoMo 2016. And watch for regular posts to resume in January 2017.
Happy Holidays and New Year to you and yours from Molly’s Canopy. And thanks for joining me on the journey!
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