Friday, November 30, 2012


Is it just me, or have the months been flying by lately?  Is this an old age thing?  Either way it's the last day of November already.  Last week (wasn't it??) when the month just started, Terri commented:

"I hope when you've finished the month, you'll write about the pros and cons of daily blogging."

Gosh, there's a thought that I never really thought of, but probably should have.

It was over a year ago that I decided to try blogging every day for one month.  This was mostly a result from my sessions with Life Coach - I agreed to do it for homework.  Once I accomplished that, I decided to try to keep it up for another month, and so on... and so on... and so...  We're still alive, a year later.

First, let's think.  The cons:
  • low wages
  • no medical plan
  • no sick days
In my eyes, the pros greatly outweigh the cons.   The pros:

  • challenges me, in a good way
  • forces me to be more observant every day
  • (usually) keeps me from getting bored
  • HOPEFULLY keeps me from getting boring
  • helps me to regularly keep up with blog friends, old and new
  • more fun than housework

At first, what kept me going was that I didn't want to have to tell Life Coach that I didn't make it, and I couldn't lie to her either.  By the time I'd done it for a month, it had become a habit.  I wasn't sure I'd make it through a year, though.    If my foggy memory serves, I recall blogging through, the zombie flu, last year's holidays, a bad foot, Comic Con, vacation corn, the city burning, meeting ShadowRun300, test season, college visits, and several other distractions.

At this season of my life, while I'm still waiting to be what I will when I grow up after I work myself out of the mom/tutor/Xtreme crossing guard job, blogging has been a nice place to hang out.

I'm grateful for Magnum who brings home the lion's share of the wages, so I can work part-time.  I'm grateful to all of the visitors to the blog, for the comments and stories!  I wouldn't do it withoutcha!!  Thank you!

And so...

NaBloPoMo December 2012

I jumped in for another month.  As always, it's not like I'll fall into a boiling pit of lava if I don't make it.

 "NaBloPoMo is what you make of it. At its core, all you need to do is post daily on your blog. The point of NaBloPoMo is not to be restricted by the theme, but instead to either take it or leave it. If you'll do better blogging every day based on what's happening in your world, throw aside the daily prompts"

Ramblingly yours,


Anita said...

7 3 65 - Would that mean 7 days a week, 365 days a year, or do I need to re-read the post because I'm totally off?

I applaud you! For the last month, I've been trying to post consistently every Sunday, and yep, you guessed it (or noticed it), I missed last Sunday. Blame it on that holiday traveling!

Anyway, you have been an inspiration with your daily posts. You once told me to post more often and I've remembered and "tried." :)

I'll keep trying.

By the way, you got your money's worth from Life Coach. Your "home" is always a fun and/or interesting visit. xoxo back at'cha.

ps.Good prompt, Terri

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow, you've done so well! I used to blog more but I did find it was stopping me from doing the stuff in real life I should be doing. Probably due to the fact that my posts tend to be too long anyway. I admire people that write short sparky posts everyday. I wish I could.

terri said...

Oh, I so WANT to write daily, but half the time, by the time the work day's over and the have-to-dos are done, I just don't have it in me. You inspire me though. I've REALLY enjoyed your daily blogging and yours is one of the first blogs I look for when I log into my reader because your stuff is fun, intriguing, interesting and you make it easy to want to come back and read again.

Abby said...

Congratulations! You have correctly identified the cryptic number combination title! Feels like winning Powerball doesn't it?!

In a lot of ways, Life Coach was a bargain. And yes, I've noticed your increase in blog activity. Thank you for considering my suggestion :).

Abby said...

Far be it for me to tell others how to blog! Yours is always a fun place, Joe. We readers will take what we can get.

Abby said...

I remember you did it for a whole month! Remember?? That was great, but yes there are other things in life.

Guano said...

Every day for a month, I commuted to work on a motorcycle just to see if I could (Con: every day's a bad hair day). Kept the streak alive for over 2yrs, ending only because I changed jobs. Small steps can turn into big journeys....

You've got the insight, talent, and articulateness(?) to keep your topics fresh & interesting -- and the commitment to consistently create daily. Rare combination.

The housework can wait; you have adoring fans to feed!

Jimmy said...

Blogging everyday is something I am not sure I could pull off, Congrats on making it work, I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to sticking around :)

Anita said...

It does feel like Powerball, sorta. :) Looking at it again, I should've written 7 3 60 5 Can you tell that I like number patterns?

ShadowRun300 said...

You are my blog hero!
The perk that clicked with me the most is that daily blogging forces you to be more observant every day. If anything, I'm going to try to do THAT more often. I imagine it's quite beneficial to look at circumstances and events with blog-colored glasses.
Looking forward to another month of AbbyNormal-ness! Tell Magnum thanks from me for bringing home the lion's share so you can blog! :)

agg79 said...

Bravo! Awesome! High Fives all around. You are my inspiration to keep at it. Doing that for a year takes dedication, discipline, and a certain level of insanity (or is that stick-to-it-ness? No way I could keep up with it like you have over the last 365. Too many distractions, too much work, too lazy. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us.

Abby said...

I keep thinking I should set a similar goal for not driving a motorized vehicle. My hair's already bad out of the gate anyways (crossing guard duty with hair still wet from shower = why try?)

Abby said...

I'm just glad you stopped by in the first place, yours is always a nice visit on any day :)

Abby said...

Yeah, the observant thing - I think that's what Life Coach had in mind. It works, who knew??

Abby said...

It probably is a level of insanity, in the OCD category? You're just a jet setter, admit it!

Rebecca S. said...

If I threw out Facebook, I could probably do the blogging every day. As it is, no way. Besides, I'm too long winded, as you may have noticed. I like your summary of your year and remember many of those highlights, believe it or not!
I really like your header photo - so indicative :)