note: “holoblomo” stands for Horribly Local Blogging Month, my response to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that happens every November. The NaNoWriMo challenge asks writers to compose 50,000 words in a month; I chose 10,000 as my goal. Enjoy.
So here we are.
I guess that’s it. Horribly Local Blogging Month - or HoLoBloMo - is finally at an end. With this post, I have met my challenge of writing a daily post throughout November and hitting 10,000 words, and since I hit 13,612 words yesterday, I did it with at least a 36% word bonus to boot.
Have we learned anything?
I’ve learned that chest colds can take an entire month to run their course. But I suppose that lesson would have been learned regardless of HoLoBloMo.
And... hmm. I can’t think of anything else I learned that I didn’t already know.
Wow. Maybe nothing has been learned. Well, let’s look at the tote board:
Number of posts from October 31, 2010-October 31, 2011: 66
Number of posts from November 1, 2011-November 30, 2011: 30
So, wow. HoLoBloMo produced almost half a year’s worth of posts... and more important, half a year’s worth of topics to write about. No wonder my muse seems out of breath and looks like crap.
Number of words from October 31, 2010-October 31, 2011: 50,082 (an average of 4173 words a month)
Number of words from November 1-November 29, 2011: 13,612
Okay. Now it seems a bit lamer, but HoLoBloMo still brought you around 3.25 months’ worth of words. But it’s quality, not quantity, right?
Weight fluctuation between October 31, 2010-October 31, 2011: gained and lost and gained a few pounds
Weight fluctuation between November 1-November 30, 2011: lost 3 pounds
This may have had less to do with HoLoBloMo and more to do with my cold and all of the tea I have subsequently been tossing down my gullet, but so far it’s the most impressive statistic.
Even with the weight loss factor, I don’t know if I could do another HoLoBloMo next year. Oh, sure, I do love how catchy HoLoBloMo sounds, and it’s been good to challenge myself. But for all of the time, effort, and energy I put into it, I’m not sure how valuable my final product is. I just have a lot more of the same things I always write, and now they’re all old and archived. Maybe next November I should aim a little higher.
I’m still not going to tackle NaNoWriMo, but maybe I could create Horribly Local Monologue Month (HoLoMoMo) or Horribly Local Short Story Month (HoLoShoStoMo)... I could even really shake it up and try to write a full length play in 30 days, but the catchiest name I could come up with for that -- November Drama-Comedy Month (NoDra-CoMo) -- sounds more like a TV network promo during sweeps.
And as we all know, a catchy name is everything.
Anyway, a huge thanks to all of you who took the daily ride with me. Exit to the right of the vehicle, and make sure you haven’t left any personal items behind.
And that’s a grand total of 14,091 words.
Yes indeed. Welcome to me.