Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

4 years ago

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?

JOY

This is a time of year when the stress piles up, and it's very easy to forget yourself in the shuffle. Which is why we're going to ask you to sit down at your computer every day, even if it's just a few minutes (which is totally enough time to type out a quick paragraph and hit post), and grab some joy. Yes, joy.

Because writing makes you happy, doesn't it? There's something about recording your life, your viewpoint, your memories that brings joy into your world. Me too.

So this month, we're going to be focusing on things that bring you joy, and we're going to do it by partaking in an activity that makes you happy. See, it's a win-win. We're going to be looking at ways you make other people happy, and ways you make yourself happy. And hopefully, as the ball drops at midnight on the 31st, you'll look back on this month and say, "yeah, I made myself a little more joyous in December."

So go pour yourself a cup of tea or a peppermint hot chocolate, crack your knuckles, and get ready to write.

The theme and writing prompts, as always, are there as a guide if you want some structure to your month, though you can always sign up for NaBloPoMo and chart your own path.

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts December 1 and runs until December 31. Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll. Cheer them along and they'll cheer you on too. You can sign up for December's NaBloPoMo until December 5th. You can grab the official badge here and upload a link to the badges you make.

It's as simple as that: post daily on your own blog. That's it. You can get fancy and cross-post your blog posts onto the NaBloPoMo site. If you need daily inspiration, bookmark the NaBloPoMo prompts page for December, which already has all the prompts for the month posted so you can plan ahead.

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.

Sign up for December's NaBloPoMo and start thinking about what makes you joyous.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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