NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month, where you commit to yourself to write one blog post a day for an entire month (i.e., this past month). Allow me to be self-congratulatory and say, I did it! This was also NaNoWriMo (kind of what got this sort of thing started), which stands for National Novel Writing Month where you try to write a complete draft of a novel in 30 days. There are other variations of these too.
Anyway, this has been an insightful exercise for me. I am one of those people who process things best when I write them down. When I committed to doing NaBloPoMo, I was concerned that it would take time away from important activities in my day. Interestingly enough, I think it helped me personally and actually gave me more energy to do other things. Given how eventful this month has been, it helped me gain perspective on the happenings of the past few weeks and come up with new and creative ideas for how to deal with situations around here. Hopefully it’s been insightful in some way to you as well.
As I think about how I feel after doing this all month, I feel really good, not from any big sense of accomplishment (I wouldn’t feel like a loser or anything if I had missed a couple of days) but from gaining a very positive perspective about where our family is right now, what issues we’re dealing with, what we’ve accomplished, and how to focus more than I might normally on all of the achievements and strides we’ve made.
It’s really easy for me in general to dwell on the difficulties and chaos of daily life and lose sight of all the good things going on. Keeping up with the writing this month has allowed me to see and more fully appreciate how far we’ve come in just the last 30 days! I might even go as far as to say that this is our best improvement month yet!
I’m not the journaling type really, and writing for an audience makes me think about things more in depth and more clearly define what the main lessons are for any given day.
I’m not suggesting that everyone do this. I write for a living (believe it or not) and find this work enjoyable and rewarding. I also write to make sense of my life. And it helps me a lot.
What I am suggesting is that every one of you find a way – every day – that helps you process what happened that day. I do think it’s important to get it down on paper, in a computer, or wherever somehow. You’ll begin to notice patterns and trends you’ve never noticed before. You’ll have notes you can share with teachers and therapists and friends. You’ll start having a way to bring some order to what feels like chaos. For me, it’s a way to help things begin to make sense to me.
You don’t have to be Shakespeare, and you don’t even have to show it to anyone. Just put a pen down on a piece of paper and get the pen moving. Let it go wherever your thoughts go and see what happens. I think you’ll find it’s worth your time.
PS – We set a record for pages viewed on the site this month (about 9,000 if you’re wondering). Thank you for being our readers!