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Nablopomo #1


icon: "pensive (my face at a 3/4ths angle, looking down, with a pensive expression. I am wearing a dark purple glitter goatee but no other makeup, and behind me is a sunny forest.)"

I want to try to post every day this month. It's not going to be easy because I have a million and a half things to do, but it will help me feel more like a person. And maybe I can actually finish some of these half-written posts that have been languishing. I miss you all.

Do you have any things that help you to keep up with posting?


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ecosopher ══╣╠══
I have trouble posting as often as I'd like, too. It's good to hear from you.

Perhaps ask people if they'd like you to talk on particular topics? Write about a memory you've not discussed before? A goal you have for the future, and why?

One of the things I find hard about posting is getting back to the comments. Not saying I'm some BNF who gets 50 comments on every entry or anything! But I do like to respond to everyone who writes a response to me, and it weighs on me sometimes. I think if you're blogging everyday it's OK to not feel that pressure to do that. People understand :)
kehlen_crow ══╣writing╠══
Responding (or not) to comments is a difficult balance. LJ has actually told taught me to expect less of that (which is good), but still sometimes the long silences make you wonder if the other is interested in what you are writing anymore.

Polls help with that: they show who of your friends come by and can be bothered to spend a minute or two clicking, instead of thinking of what actually to write in the comment.
soundofsunlight ══╣gen╠══
Hi, I'm Reed, I just added you :) I found you in an add-me community a little while ago. I like to read a bit before adding people, and you have quite an extensive profile!

Things that help me keep up with posting: I keep lj open in a tab beside my email so I don't forget about it (as I have in the past...) Sometimes it helps to write something short if I can't finish a longer post I'm working on. Sometimes I make point-form notes of thoughts throughout the day, and then it's easier to put it together later.

I still struggle with trying to write regularly, though. My problem is more that I never know what to focus on, because there's either too much going on and I can't make anything coherent out of it, OR there's very little going on and I start to feel like my posts are very repetitive.

I also have a pdf of daily prompts for blogging, which I really liked when I went through it originally, but I've yet to use it. Maybe I should print it out, for the days when I don't have anything else to say. I don't like wasting paper but I lose track of things when I don't have a physical copy.

I found it easier to post regularly when I had more active friends and was more engaged, so I know that has made a difference for me before, but I seem to have gotten past needing that. I had lost interest for a while, then got back into it because writing helps me work through things, and I want to keep doing that. I don't know, some weeks are better than others.
song_of_copper ══╣skogkatts!╠══
Prompts from friends definitely seem to help. I asked for some recently and have found lots to say and think about as a result.

Perhaps you could select a general theme for each week and write about different aspects of that on each day. Something quite open, like a colour or a letter of the alphabet, could be good - you could take that anywhere, from the very superficial to the personal/spiritual. Images can make good prompts, too (something you've made would be interesting to read about, or something you've seen that you're drawn to).

Half-written posts: definitely know the feeling! I do find I often go back to those eventually, and that while much gets discarded there is usually a kernel of something in there that wants to be shared. Having left them alone for a while, sometimes the important bits stand out and suddenly I know what to write.

Here's wishing you all the inspiration and energy you need to write what you want to write! :-)
Chasing_Joy ══╣╠══
This is my first time participating. I will probablly use some of the blog her writing prompts.
kehlen_crow ══╣me - Gemini╠══
Nice. I miss your reflections, and I miss how they make me think.

Do you have any things that help you to keep up with posting?
With everyday posts, I try to find time to write entries as soon as I want to talk about something, because if I "sit on it" too long, I can no longer write easily on the subject, because I lose interest. This is probably because blogging is more of an emotional outlet to me, and a sharing tool that a reflective one, even though sometimes I write reflections as well.

I have never been able to stick to posting every day for long periods though, not even for the "Positive entry of the day" meme, even though I had managed a week or so of that a couple of times.


If you don't have time to write often, maybe writing bullet-point plans of entries might help? I mean, actual pen-on-paper ones? I prefer writing difficult things out that way.
wolfteaparty ══╣╠══
I have trouble posting as much as I like, but I find it helps to make a partial post and save it as "private" so that it gives me time to work on it in fits and starts before posting.
zimtkeks ══╣╠══
I probably should find something. I really miss it, but I've been too tired lately, almost all the time. *sighs*
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