How NaBloPoMo Panned Out Week 1

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I’ve written and published more posts this week alone than I did last month – yay me?

I wish I could tell you I was teeming with ideas, and wrote amazing things. Hahahaha!

November 1 was the first day in five that I parented solo. The twins suddenly became really clingy. After the heady first few days of NaBloPoMo, I literally had my hands/ arms full of babies. It’s like they’re out to sabotage my NaBloPoMo efforts! Kids. 

So, here’s how  NaBloPoMo week one panned out.

Day 1
Decide to sign up for NaBloPoMo at 10.00pm my time. Enthusiastically write first post.

Day 2
Miraculously find time to write two posts! Feel good. Feel focused. Ooh, take photos of kids for an easy Wordless Wednesday post. All pumped up to check out other NaBloPoMo bloggers. Read and comment. Still feeling good. Children surprisingly co-operative and non-needy. 30 days? I can do this!

Day 3
Why does solo parenting suck the hardest midway? Why do these children eat all the time? Ooh, everyone’s asleep, decide to reply to blog comments. Read more blogs! Write one more post for the week – I rock! 

Day 4
Try to do allthethings with one hand. Wish fervently Malaysia wasn’t this hot, or I can finally put to good use all those slings I bought for babywearing. Remind self that have never successfully worn any babies. Congratulate self for typing out Twitter replies with two fingers. Realise there are 26 more days to go. Wish I’d made a plan of some kind – like, plan a theme, or write down ideas for posts. Have no ideas. Write incoherent, rambly post for day 6. Congratulate self for getting ahead.

Day 5
It’s 6.00pm and haven’t written a word, replied to any blog comments, visited any blogs in reader or NaBloPoMo blogroll. Feel like a bad daily blogger. Play Candy Crush. 

Day 6
Drink two cups of coffee. Surf Facebook, trying to get blog post ideas. Check out BlogHer writing prompts. Write nothing. Eat gummy bears. Play Candy Crush. Babies still firmly attached to me. Husband gets home from business trip. Resist urge to chuck all the children at him and run off to Starbucks to write. Instead, sit down and write this post one-handed. Congratulate self once again for getting two posts ahead. Look at Feedly and see 55 unread posts. Feel guilty. Eat more gummy bears. Do not know how to end this post. Oh wait, what about Day 7? Never mind.



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 worldโ€™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 She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Womenโ€™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 doesnโ€™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 8, 2014 Janine Huldie

    Again I just give you tons of credit, because I know I just wouldn’t be able to keep up with this myself, especially this past week where my kids were home more then they were in school, between days off and being sick. So hats off to you and don’t be so hard on yourself, you are doing amazing in my book ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      It was hard, I won’t lie. But I’m task-oriented, so I HAD to keep on task!

  • November 8, 2014 alexandra

    BEST POST EVER!! Because it proves NaBloPoMo: to be a writer, we have to be in the discipline and habit. Whether writing online, in a journal, or just taking notes. But always with the writing. I have notebooks, lots of them, that I keep in my purse, the car, by the computer, and in the kitchen, where I write down prompts. When people ask if I have writer’s block, my truthful answer is no, because I have 5 years of prompts in 5 notebooks all around me. I love that you found the minutes to write, every day this week. I do.

    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      I think you’re amazing, A! I don’t really have that discipline, so doing NaBloPoMo has instilled some of that in me. I have you to thank, because I wouldn’t have done this if you hadn’t talked about it.

  • November 8, 2014 Greta

    Ha! I love you. You truly picked THE most challenging time for this. You’re going for sainthood or superhero status, I’m sure of it. I have no doubt that you’ll complete 30 days. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      I know, my timing is impeccable, isn’t it?

  • November 8, 2014 Kerstin

    I love reading your words every day! And gummy bears work well for squishing guilty feelings about not reading blogs, but I think ice cream works even better ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      You know I never say no to ice cream! And thank you for reading daily.

  • November 9, 2014 Robbie

    go you! I signed up on the 1st when I was SHOCKED to realize that Halloween was over. I have no plan, no theme and no time but I am pushing thru as you are. I have to redefine my purpose in doing this which is to write DAILY…quality may be sacrificed.
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      As a friend said, it may be the opportunity to write through the lame! Good luck to you!

  • November 10, 2014 Tamara

    I have a short attention span lately, and gummy bears and computer games just sound really good!
    I think you did beautifully, despite solo parenting FOUR Kids! Heck, it’s impressive solo parenting one kid. Heck, it’s impressive completing blog posts in a week.
    Tamara recently wrote…Do You Remember Your First Time?My Profile

    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      I seem to perform best under pressure! With help from gummy bears, of course.

  • November 10, 2014 Bev

    I think it’s pretty damn impressive that you have been keeping up…and I think your posts are great regardless of having a plan or not!
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Bev. I do think that’s a tad generous (and way TOO kind) of you to say so. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 11, 2014 Laura

    Well, *I’m* impressed. Also, I laughed at Candy Crush. Sometimes you just need to do something mindless. I totally get it.
    Laura recently wrote…Why I’m Not Doing NaBloPoMoMy Profile

    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      Yes, the mindlessness is rather nice and needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 11, 2014 Jin Ai

    It takes a lot of bravery and discipline to attempt this, so hats off to you!
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      And a touch of insanity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 11, 2014 Julia

    I’m finding the hardest part to be finishing a post. I have about a dozen unfinished posts in draft that I just can’t seem to get right. Also love gummy bears.
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      If I don’t finish a post in one sitting, it usually never gets finished. So I HAVE to write it all out before I edit, or nothing will ever happen!

  • November 11, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Impressive. Solo parenting and writing a post every day – You rock!
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    • November 15, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you Rudri.

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