“So long and thanks for all the [posts].”

Today marks the first day of December, and as such, it is also the end of NaNoWriMo. At the beginning of November, I set out on my attempt to complete a (modified) NaNoWriMo challange to write (at least) one blog post per day. 

While my blog has been updated daily for the month of November, I must admit that I cheated a little. First, I did not write daily, but instead wrote a bunch of blog posts during my free time on the weekends and queued them up with Tumblr’s nifty queue option. Second, not all of my blog posts were text-heavy. Some were photo-centric, and others just contained a video. While I always tried to include some textual commentary with every post, I only had 13 text-focused posts by the end of the month.

Here’s a word cloud generated from all my NaNoWriMo blog posts: 

Wordle: NaNoWriMo blog posts

Apparently I often write about Google. (This is not surprising, as a survey of my tags reveal that I write most about “Tech”, followed by “Google” and “Startups”.) And use the word “like” a lot. (Which either means that I’m making connections/comparisons and giving my opinion on a product, or that I write like a Valley Girl speaks.) 

During my month of NaNoWriMo, I shared a total of 8 links, 7 photos, 3 videos, 2 chats and 1 music album (this honour belongs to Childish Gambino’s new album). My most popular post was the gallery of Storm Trooper photos, which probably gives you an idea of just how few people actually read my blog. On that note, my most loyal reader is definitely my friend Moses, who not only reblogged a couple of my posts this month but often serves as my sounding board for tech-related dialogue.

I enjoyed my month-long worth of blogging far more than I thought I would. While I worried that it would become a chore to update my blog daily, I often found myself with more ideas than time to write about them. On many occasion, I wrote drafts of posts that never made it onto this blog, either because they were ideas that sounded better in my head than on screen, or because I got lost along the way and still needed time to flesh out my thoughts. I also got into the habit of returning to posts long after they were published; tweaking and editing to make sure my voice came through as accurately as I wanted it to. 

PS. Just realized that the title of this post may be misleading; I will still be blogging, just not in the name of NaNoWriMo.

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