I Am Done

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Stick-a-fork-in-me-done. 

30 consecutive days of blogging. 30 posts. We can finally put National Blog Posting Month to bed. THANK GOODNESS. What did I learn? Here’s an interview I did with myself (I know, so classy).

Why did you do NaBloPoMo in the first place? 

Because Alexandra was really convincing. I’d been thinking about doing NaBloPoMo since 2011, so I thought, why not? 

Why not indeed? How did you manage with two month old twins?

I typed with one hand. A lot. And when I have two hands free, I have to do it really fast. Coffee helped. Neglecting my older kids did too. 
Just kidding! They go to school in the mornings, so I try and squeeze in as much writing as possible then.

What did you end up writing?

I am not sure I came up with anything good, but writing regularly was just the practice I needed to get the creative juices flowing. It also helped me get many ideas that were previously in my head, on ‘paper’ so to speak. I used to just think of ideas, and not write them down. I also got back into posting weekly for Through The Lens Thursday. I cheated a bit by doing Wordless Wednesdays. 

What did you learn from posting daily for a month?

That I can’t blog daily. I was terrible at promoting all my posts as well, but I figured that wasn’t the point. Or was it? I can write every day, but I’d like to save my posts to be spread out over the weeks and months.  Also, that I really shouldn’t jump into things willy-nilly. 

What did you get out of NaBloPoMo?

30 posts in November! 
Half-kidding. I met a few new bloggers, was invited into a lovely Facebook group (which is going to keep going post-NaBloPoMo).
Oh, and a sense of accomplishment. 

What did you lose?

My mind? And a bunch of email subscribers who’d probably forgotten about me, then realized I was still blogging and figured I was being a pain in the butt. So they unsubscribed. 

Will you do this again? 

NO. Famous last words?

But seriously, I need a break. I’ll be back to my once or twice a week posting, and take my annual two-week break at the end of the year. Aren’t you relieved? 

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Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • November 30, 2014 Maureen

    You, my friend are amahzing!!!
    Seriously! I couldn’t bring myself to write for 30 days straight.
    Maureen recently wrote…Sejarah Blogging Scoops of JoyMy Profile

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Maureen! I didn’t think I could do it either, until I did.

  • November 30, 2014 tracy

    OMG never doing this again! xo

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Famous last words? LOL

  • November 30, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Yay, you did it and seriously not sure how, but my proverbial hat is totally off to you. By the way, my kids are home from school the last two weeks of the year, so I am also taking a much needed break, as well. πŸ˜‰
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      I don’t know how I did it either!
      My boys have two weeks off school from 12/20 too, so the timing is just right for me too.

  • November 30, 2014 Bev

    Woohoo, we did it! I would do it again, just NOT in the month of November since I had shows and sales to prep for. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts this month and glad it helped you to get back into blogging!
    Bev recently wrote…12 handmade gift ideas for himMy Profile

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Congratulations to you! I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again, but if I did, yeah, maybe not November πŸ™‚

  • November 30, 2014 Clare

    I am nearly done! Congratulations on completing the month, especially with two new babies!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Clare, well done to you too!

  • November 30, 2014 Kim

    You are amazing!!
    You know, NaBloPoMo appeals to me in the get-the-creativity-flowing sort of way. I definitely feel like the more I write, the more I have to say. (Does that make sense?) BUT – I have a hard enough time managing to post 1 or 2 times a week – after setting a goal for 3X. I just don’t think I could do it. Yet.
    So proud of you! YOU DID IT!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      I know what you mean! I definitely didn’t have problems figuring out what to write, it was more, finding time to do it. I am glad to get back to posting once or twice a week.

  • November 30, 2014 alexandra

    You did it, and I feel the same sense of accomplishment. I did it! And I learned, not every post has to be 1500 words. I can do something I”m proud of in a style that is new to me. I also loved finding new people from the blogher blogroll. For one month, I can do it. I’m so glad you did it…

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thanks to you, I DID IT!!

  • December 1, 2014 Arnebya

    I’m glad you have a sense of accomplishment. And I think promoting NaBloPoMo posts is dependent upon the person. I didn’t do much of it. In fact, some of my posts were only a few sentences. It’s definitely something I could have done better (better being relative to what “I” feel about the experience).

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      I don’t think I pulled off any spectacular quality stuff, but I’m glad I tried.

  • December 1, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Good for you, Alison Lee.
    I couldn’t/ wouldn’t/ NO WAY in HELL do this.
    It would be difficult to come of with posts w/ substance for 30 days in a row.
    but as always, you did. xx
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      I wouldn’t say each and every one was a post of substance, so thank you for your kindness. πŸ™‚

  • December 1, 2014 Tamara

    I’m not relieved, because I enjoyed your posts, but I’m glad you are relieved!
    I am generally happy with three posts a week, but with the holiday, the sicknesses, and more, I had trouble with that in November. Every day? Impossible.
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      You’ve had a bit of a crazy month, eh?

  • December 1, 2014 Stacey

    Wow! Job well done!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Stacey!

  • December 1, 2014 Tracie

    I enjoyed your 30 days of posting. But you are right that it is impossible to write every day and promote those posts well. Whew. I like letting a post sit for a couple of days to give it time to be seen. People just don’t have time to read every blog every day.
    Tracie recently wrote…The Last Thankfuls Of NovemberMy Profile

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Yes, my thoughts exactly. I felt that it was a shame that some of my better posts (in my mind) had to be pushed down because of the new ones that popped up every 24 hours.

  • December 1, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Congrats, Alison. I stand in admiration of everyone who participated in NaBloPoMo. I do have a question – Did this exercise fuel your need to write or inhibit it?
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Rudri.
      I think that the pressure of blogging daily did fuel my need to write, provided the motivation I needed to actually sit down and do it, rather than think about doing it, and not.

  • December 1, 2014 Amanda

    I love that you did it. I feel like i got to know you better. Love to all your babies. Enjoy the deadline free (or deadline light) weeks ahead.

    xxoo
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for coming along for the ride! I loved reading you daily all month.

  • December 1, 2014 Greta

    I love this so much. I never had any doubt that you were totally nuts for wanting to do this, or that you could do it.

    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, friend. I’m so proud of you for completing the craziness too!

  • December 1, 2014 Robbie

    I am relieve we made it to the finish line but a little bummed that it is over. Go you!!!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      You’re bummed, I’m glad, lol.

  • December 1, 2014 Nikky44

    The daily email notification of a new post certainly didn’t bother me. It’s the opposite. It helped me commit to it for December.:)
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Nikky. Good luck for December!

  • December 1, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Congrats on completing the challenge Alison!! I wouldn’t do this haha – I don’t have the attention span or time. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment and have a great one! -Iva
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Iva! I don’t think I’ll do this again, lol.

  • December 1, 2014 John (Daddy Runs a Lot)

    It’s easy to “do what the Empress tells me to do,” because, well, she’s awesome. But, yeah . . . trying to blog every day, for a month, when I’ve tried it, it turned “blogging” into a chore, and that, well, that made me angry and sad.
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Blogging should be fun! I did enjoy it, mostly, but I definitely can’t do it for more than a month.

  • December 2, 2014 Natalie

    Great job gal! I couldn’t have done it!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Natalie! It was really hard, lol.

  • December 2, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    Hey! I’m still here. I love what you write! πŸ™‚

    And I think the art of writing daily was more important than promoting for one month. Great job – what an accomplishment!
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      It definitely is about the writing, less so about the blogging. At least, that’s what I got out of it.

  • December 2, 2014 Tonya

    I am so proud of you! I only blogged four times in the month of November. I really need to do NaBloPoMo next year. Maybe.
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    • December 2, 2014 Alison

      No harm in trying! πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2014 allison

    We are definitely on the same page and I am relieved I am not the only one to have these feelings. It was too much for me and I don’t have babies anymore. It also got my juices flowing, which has been a gift, but that is enough for me. Thanks for this!
    allison recently wrote…Why I won’t do NaBloPoMo againMy Profile

    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      Yes it’s definitely enough. How many times have I blogged in December, 8 days in? ONCE. πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2014 Susi

    Simply amazing! I can’t even imagine…
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    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Susi! I can’t quite imagine it either, 8 days later. πŸ™‚

  • December 3, 2014 Chris Carter

    I am seriously in AWE of you Alison, that you would even embark on something so difficult and time consuming and ENERGY consuming all the while living the height of motherhood with your BABIES and older BABIES!

    BRAVO my friend. BRAVO!!!!

    (LOVE the interview! lol PERFECT!)
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    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      It’s because I’m a blockhead! LOL.

  • December 3, 2014 Keely

    I’ll never tire of saying it- you’re amazing. Also, have we not discussed how much I love the fact that it’s snowing on your blog? I LOVE the fact that it’s snowing on your blog.
    Keely recently wrote…Tree-Getting. And Book-Selling.My Profile

    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks. You can make it snow on yours too!

  • December 3, 2014 GiGi Eats

    30 posts in NOV !! That is crazy & awesome! I could never do that! I would stress out for sure! So I am very impressed πŸ™‚
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    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Gigi! I didn’t stress it at all, though I did hit the wall at day 10 and considered giving up altogether. πŸ™‚

  • December 3, 2014 Elaine A.

    GIRL. I have NO idea how you did this so shortly after birthing TWO little babies. I’m in AWE, truly! Go you! Glad to know you got some good positives out of it!
    Elaine A. recently wrote…How To Take Holiday Family Photos Without Really Trying*My Profile

    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      I managed somehow! πŸ™‚

  • December 9, 2014 Roshni

    Well, congratulations for taking up the challenge!! It’s awfully brave of you!
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    • December 9, 2014 Alison

      Brave or stupid? LOL

  • December 10, 2014 julie gardner

    I can’t imagine posting every day and my children are old enough (almost) to raise themselves.
    You are my hero.
    Forever.

    • December 10, 2014 Alison

      YOU, you are my hero. xo

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