November 30, 2022

Farewell to November - NaBloPoMo

It's the last day of November - and I've made it almost all the way through NaBloPoMo!  29/30 isn't bad at all.  It was amazing luck to find San's blog when I did, and I have "met" so many awesome bloggers in the last 30 days.  I am sure I found San through Elisabeth Frost via The ShuBox.  This is why I loved blogging back in the day - finding people through people is way better than Google/Instagram/Facebook.

My biggest learn from this month was I actually have say more than I think.  Some of my favourite posts of my own were on topics I didn't anticipate writing about.  I restarted this blog primarily because I wanted a space to talk about technology and gender - something I'm super passionate about - but I am also realizing I have a lot to say about the general logistics of life... and the gendered constraints of time.  

I've been on a "learning journey" since 2020... starting with Laura Vanderkam... continuing to Eve Rodsky.  Caroline Criado Perez  was another game-changing author for me.  I discovered Berne Brown later than most but all of this has changed my approach to life.  I wouldn't have moved jobs, I wouldn't have started a writing club, I wouldn't have restarted my blog, I wouldn't have started a local running club (currently on hold because winter - yuck) without the influence of these authors.

I did not read for nearly ten years of my life.  One year, the only book I read was The Hunger Games.  Another year, the Twilight series.  I read 50 Shades of Grey.  And that was about it - for 10 years.  In 2021 I decided to start reading again and finished 48 books that year.  This year I'm at somewhere around 52?

There is so much to learn, and to do.  There is a whole world of people doing things better and sharing that knowledge.  

And, on a more time management note - if I had time to write a blog every day for a month I definitely have time to do 5 minutes of strength training every day for a month.  But somehow, that seems far more daunting than writing.

Looking forward to seeing you in December!


  1. Interesting to not read for 10 years, and now you're at a book a week-ish. Congratulations! I go through periods when I don't read at all, usually when I am depressed. I am not a depressive person, but when my father died, I couldn't pick up a book for quite awhile.

    When I first started my blog, I couldn't imagine having anything to say. I've said SO MUCH over the last 17 years! There were times when I posted almost every day for years, and times when I was lucky to get 10 posts a year in. It varies a lot. NaBloPoMo has always helped, so I do it about 1/2 of the time. Now that I've found this group, I am sure I will do it next year as well.

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  3. I found San through Elisabeth through Shubox too! I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts re gender and technology as well as your life updates.

  4. I'm so glad SHU led you and Melissa me and then on to San (who, for the life of me, I can't remember finding? It was before NaBloPoMo last year, but I can't remember which blog pointed me her way).

    I love the blogging community. I'm a newby, but it feels like such a core group and community. It's fun. It's supportive. It's just...great!

    Tell me about it being hard to fit in 5 minutes of X when it's not as appealing. I know I should stretch everyday, but I really don't WANT to. I try to pretend it's because of time constraints, but I 100% know that's not true. It is, as Laura V would say simply not a priority right now.

    But should it be?

    I did do 30s of downward dog and 30s of child's pose twice this week and ticked off the "stretch" box in my planner tracking.

  5. I'm so glad you did NaBloPoMo. It's fun to meet new bloggers and I hope you do continue to blog regularly so we can get to know you better. I think the "every day" thing is what makes all of this so daunting. If you said "five minutes three times a week" that would seem more doable because you're allowed to skip a day or mess up. I always feel like the daily ones are so challenging because I feel like if I miss a day, I've messed everything up and I might as well just give up. Ha!

  6. You did it!! Congrats! It has been so fun to read your posts. And you are SO right about the strength training thing. If I can write a blog post every day, I can certainly take a ten minute walk outside every day. And yet one is so much harder than the other. SIGH.

  7. Yes, girl, you did it. I am so glad you found my blog and then so many others... this little community of ours has been growing and it's been lovely to get to know each other. Blogging is not dead! :)

  8. How wonderful that you have rediscovered blogging. It is so much magic finding people and then clicking deeper and deeper and getting to know more about the writers. Hope you will find time to continue.