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Nablopomo Wrap-Up

Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month, or nablopomo as it is often called. Here are some thoughts.

The Good

It forced me to post every day. Being forced to post every day is a mostly good things, as long as you can reject the temptation to make pro forma posts. I have made very few of these. I was actually thwarted in one of my attempts. I wanted to do a live journal poll ( a pretty trivial exercise) for my November 27th post. Unfortunately, there are bugs in the poll posting that made the exercise non-trivial to the point of impossibility. I made an actual substantive posting instead.

Posting every day forced me to think of themes and ideas.One promising idea was that of "outtakes" that I introduced here. I didn't do all the outtakes I had planned on, and will probably continue this in subsequent postings.

The Bad

I miss the old Nablopomo site. There was some criticism of using Blogher as the sponsoring site, since that is dedicated to female bloggers. Cherie at C'est Moi Trois posted an entry critical of this decision.She writes

It's like a woman going out for a night on the town with the girls, and
turning to her guy and saying, "Come along ... if you want." It appears
that it's an invitation that many men have been quite willing to refuse.

She has a point.I felt a little uncomfortable about registering at a site for women bloggers. But I was able to get past that and register. The men who didn't are either way too fussy about that  sort of thing (and I'm pretty fussy myself) or didn't want to do Nablopomo badly enough.

My biggest problem with the blogher site was that it's mission is something other than nablopomo. Most of the announcements of postings were comments on a single blog entry, and got scrolled off the page pretty quickly. That would have been a problem for me if nablopomo had been hosted by the High Explosives and Babes In Bikinis blog.

I'm not sure why the old site was not available. I suspect there might have been monetary issues that made the server or domain unavailable. I hope that gets straightened out by next year.

None of the above complaints should be taken as a disparagement of Melissa Ford, who has taken over the hard work of running Nablopomo from her perch at blogher.This can't be an easy task, and I am grateful to her for taking it on.

The Completely Coincidental

In addition to being the last day of  nablopomo, November 30th is also Jacques Barzun's birthday. Wishing him happy birthday in my closing post for nablopomo has become a small tradition for me. If you are unfamiliar with the man, I would highly recommend his From Dawn To Decadence and House Of Intellect.

Thanks to:

I'd like to thank Suzanne Stauss and LatinDancerCJ for their comments here. CJ is the "Cherie" mentioned about and you can get to her blog by clicking the link. Suzanne, if you are reading this, feel free to put a link to your blog in the comments section if you wish.

And again thanks to Melissa Ford, who did a much better job of running nablopomo than I ever could have done.


Thanks for the thanks

I have really enjoyed your posts this month. I agree with you about BlogHer hosting NaBloPoMo, not that I haven't enjoyed seeing a lot of women's blogs, I just would like to have had more of a male presence. Anyway, thanks for the shout-out.
My end of the swamp is:

Re: Thanks for the thanks

Thanks for the kind words, Suzanne. I added a link to your blog in the post.