I decided to try this instead of NaNoWriMo this year. I am also starting another WordPress Blogging U course tomorrow (Writing 101) so between NaBloPoMo and Writing 101, it should be easy to add at least one post a day. Certainly during the month of Thanksgiving I can come up with a few posts about what I’m grateful for. For example “I am grateful for the chance to win tickets to the Blog Her conference in LA next August.” Yep – I’m not going to lie – that was a motivating factor in me choosing NaBloPoMo over NaNoWriMo for the next 30 days.
By way of introduction since I’m likely to be meeting new readers – I began blogging in early 2014 for two primary reasons.
- I desperately wanted an outlet for my creative energy. Blogging was my way of coping with an empty nest and it was very effective in that regard. It relieved a lot of angst in my life and distracted me from being overly involved in my son’s life at college – a good thing for both of us.
- I wanted to share my genealogical discoveries and capture the stories I was learning about my husband’s Italian immigrant ancestors. Most of those entries occur on my other blog Trovando Famiglia. I also wanted to share what I was learning about my ancestors, particularly my two northern grandfathers who lived in Washington DC after the end of the Civil War and my southern relatives, mostly from Virginia.
I’ve struggled a bit with how to maintain consistency in posting and content. Once you start exploring your family history – unless you put the blinders on and focus solely on direct lineal ancestors – it isn’t long before the posts start veering off into different people and topics. They’re all very interesting to me and other members of the family but probably not to the average reader.
So this month I’m going to work on including something that provides general genealogy research advice (drawing on my 3 years of experience – woo hoo!) and perhaps has broader appeal than Uncle Pasquale shooting his boss at the B&O railroad office and spending the rest of his life in State Hospital for the Criminally Insane or the adventures of family patriarch Adriano Giorgio leaving his wife and eight children in 1912 when members of the Black Hand Society were after him because he refused to give them a cut of the grocery store profits.
So one day down – 29 to go! Now I’m off to explore other NaBloPoMo posts and add the symbol to my sidebar. How auspicious – I just realized this is my 100th post!