This month I am participating in NaBloPoMo which is a commitment to post every day for a month. This kind of event is to help get the juices flowing, keep fingers typing and reinvigorate a blog. While I do not think my blog will ever require daily posting, it’s nice to jump in to a challenge. Over the past year that I have been blogging, my desire to write has increased. I think I have improved with my story-telling and worked on my relating humor in typed format. However, there is still room for improvement so that’s why I am doing NaBloPoMo. Also, one of my blogging goals is to write ahead so I am not scrambling to post. The theme for this month’s challenge is about connection. There is a list of prompts for each day of the week with free days on the weekends. I will try to at least blurb regarding those prompts even if I decide to stray. Wish me luck!
I decided not to blog over the holiday weekend because my wife and I were both off from work and my mother was visiting. I wanted to be in the weekend not trying to spin a tale. I missed a few days of prompts so I am going to play catch up right here.
Day 1: July 1st, 2015 – Do people generally understand what you’re trying to say?
I did post on July 1st but it was a post I already had in mind so I did not use the prompt. It was about connections though I didn’t intend for it to fit in quite so well with the theme of the month. You can read that post here. I did find the prompt fitting for my post because I was trying to make sure people understood where I was coming from on some heavy topics being discussed openly on social media in the form of memes, status updates and tweets. Most of what I say is fluffy and humorous so I hope it comes across that way. I can also be mildly sarcastic which is hard to write but people seem to get it.
Day 2: July 2nd, 2015 – Do you write only for yourself, or do you use your blog to try to connect to other people?
My blog started as a way to connect to the LGBT parenting community and vegan parents AND EVEN the occasional beautiful unicorn that is a LGBT vegan parent! There is not enough information out there on having babies in same-sex relationships so our community’s storytelling seems pretty important and timely. We also had no idea how long our baby making journey would take. I had heard it can be stressful so I wanted to have an outlet to pour out some feels. We were super lucky and we got pregnant on our first try but I have kept the blog alive. I want to eventually include more vegan driven posts to connect with vegan families as well. The group of moms (and dads) that I have interacted with since I started blogging are fantastic. I hope to meet most of them in real life so our babies who are all amazingly around the same age can meet!
Day 3: July 3, 2015 – Tell us about a time when you were deeply misunderstood. How did you fix the situation?
That hasn’t quite happened yet on my blog. In real life it happens especially when I have to make the obvious joke. Who can leave those hanging out there? I can not! Sometimes people don’t get it but I amuse myself and that’s what matters some days. With blogging though I tend to go back and edit. If I reread a post even a week later and I think there is some ambiguity, I will edit it. If I am ever deeply misunderstood, I hope to be able to explain what I mean effectively. If my writing is ever offensive to someone, something has gotten lost in translation.
Days 4 and 5: July 4-5, 2015 – Free Days
I had a wonderful weekend with my wife, baby and mom. I rode a giant ferris wheel, made vegan brownies, laughed, rested and smiled really big. It was a success.
Day 6: July 6, 2015 – Which post have people connected with the most on your blog?
I wasn’t sure so I consulted WordPress. It is the post I wrote on the delivery of our daughter. I just sat here and reread the whole thing (noticing some edits that I could still make). That entry took me a surprising long time to write. There are so many things that happen during that sort of moment. It would probably take a book chapter to write. My guess on why it was so popular is because all of our friends and family wanted to see if I fainted or not!