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 should know better than to think I could ever have an original idea.
Yesterday, I received a comment on “nanowrimo nononono” from Noisy Quiet that I will paraphrase here:
Once upon a time, a woman... decided she could never fulfill NaNoWriMo's requirements, but she figured at the very least she could blog once a day for the month of November, so she "invented" NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) as a joke for her and her friends. But her joke caught on... Last year she turned over the reigns to another organization... and NaBloPoMo is now hosted at BlogHer.
Oh well. 5 whole days of feeling original isn’t bad. And I’m grateful to know the truth, even if it is a tad disappointing.
Still, even with this nugget of information, I’m going through with my own HoLoBloMo, and while I was tempted to officially register at BlogHer as a participant of NaBloPoMo, I realized something:
I can’t be part of a NaMo because my Blo is HoLo, and also not a blo.
translation: I can’t be part of a National Month because my Blog is Horribly Local, and also not a blog.
(Of course, my blog not being a blog could change my challenge name yet again, to HoLoBlo-No-BloMo... but that would be a bit much.)
My HoLoBloMo does have the unique feature of aiming for 10,000 words and keeping track of the count, so I guess that’s something I can call my own. And I suppose that finding out that my idea was not as original as I thought it was did provide me with fodder for 1/30th of my challenge... so I really can’t complain too much about that.
But I don’t know... is it a sign that I found out about my unoriginality on the day Andy Rooney, the special guest star of “web...blah...log: the musical!”, died?
And that’s -- not counting Noisy Quiet’s comment -- 2391 words.
Yes indeed. Welcome to me.