November has become the “just do it” month.Â It’s a month when challenges are set and goals met. Here are a few reasons why:
- There is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Both aspiring (and established) novelists begin writing on November 1 with the goal to have a 50,000 word novel by the stroke of midnight November 30. Phew. Maybe next year…
- There is alsoÂ NABloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month. This started as somewhat of a gag that poked fun at NaNoWriMo, but somewhere in the process people started to take it seriously. NoBloPoMo gains serious momentum in November (30 posts in 30 days), but is also ongoing throughout the year.
- Last but not least, there is NaVloPoMo National Vlog Posting Month (thirty video blogs – aka vlogs – in thirty days).
The eleventh month of the year has becomeÂ the month for setting near impossible challenges, forming groups of like-minded crazies, and getting out there and going for it.
But why November?
Perhaps it’s because November is neither a long month like January, nor a short “lazy” month like February (which would be an obvious cop-out not to mention confusing during leap years).
In 2009 the Yahoo videoblogging group did something different from the standard “let’s do X activity every day for the next 30 days.” For NaVloPoMo, thirty of us each chose one day and made a video inspired by the video prior to ours. This highlighted the community aspect of video blog creation.Â It became a one month, video chain, visual conversation.
My chosen day was Friday, November 13th (yes, tempting fate, but despite a slew of technical issues, I made it!)Â I’ve pasted my entry below if you’d like to check it out. Best of all you can view them all in sequence here.