As many of you know, November if National Novel Writing Month – or more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month with a total of 50,000 words by the end of the month. I have no intention of participating in NaNoWriMo (at least not this year! – more on that in future posts). However, Everyone’s posts and tweets about what they are planning to write has gotten me motivated to do SOMETHING writing related in November. I took this inspiration from NaNoWriMo and decided to create a blogging challenge – and that’s how Book Blogvember was born!
What is Book Blogvember?
Book Blogvember is a blogging challenge that I’m hosting during the month of November. You might be thinking, “But doesn’t something like that already exist Jade?” and I would have to agree, “Yes, something LIKE this already exits.” The two blogging challenges I was able to find include #blogvember and #nanoblogmo. Although I couldn’t find the original announcement posts for these challenges, from what I could gather neither of these really fit what I want to accomplish in November. Plus, I wanted something more specific to the book community – hence why I stuck the word “book” in front of “blogvember”. Not very creative, but it works! I also toyed with the names of NaBloWriMo for national blog writing month and NoBloCha for November Blogging Challenge. I think Book Blogvember has a much better ring to it, don’t you think? 😛
I personally enjoy challenges that are fairly open ended. That way I can take the basic premise and make it work for me. A great example of a challenge like that is the 2015 365 Days of YA reading challenge I participated in. I want everyone to be able personalize this challenge. So there is only one real guideline for this challenge:
What this might mean to you:
- Post on your blog every day in November
- maybe you write every day
- or maybe you just write on the weekends!
- Write a blog post every day
- but don’t necessarily post one every day
- If you’re really behind on book reviews (like me), try to write one book review a day
- if you don’t have a blog, this could work on any reviewing platform
These are just a few options, but hopefully you get the idea! Book Blogvember is meant to be very flexible. This way you can use it as motivation to get done what YOU need (or want) to get done in the month of November. Ideally, what you write is generally related to book blogging or reviewing, but other types of posts are welcome as well! Do what you want 🙂
What is Jade doing?
My main motivation for this blogging challenge is that I’m currently extremely behind on my book reviews. The further behind I get, the less motivated I am to write them – which has become a never ending cycle. Some people might just move on, skip a few reviews or something, but that’s not me. I still WANT to write these reviews, but currently the “to write” pile is SO large that it’s really daunting. This stack of unwritten book reviews is also getting in the way of other content I want to write. I have ideas for discussion posts and other personal posts that I want to write, but I don’t feel like I can because I’m so behind on the book reviews.
So here is what I’m planning for my Book Blogvember challenge:
- Write rough drafts of 30 blog posts over the month of November – Writing the first draft of a post or book review is always the hardest part for me. I’m someone who loves to edit! Once I have something written, it’s easy for me to go in and make it publish-ready. So my main goal is to simply DRAFT 30 posts. Being able to actually polish and schedule these posts would be the cherry on top, but I’m not holding my breath (I prefer to make attainable goals 😛 )
- Get through book review backlog – The majority of the 30 posts I draft will be book reviews, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Luckily, I’m not 30 books behind on reviews so I will have to (get to?) draft at least some posts that aren’t reviews.
- Post at least 3 times a week – I will NOT be posting every day, which is one of the reasons I wanted to make the guideline for this challenge so open and flexible. I’ve always had a personal goal of posting 3 times a week. Some weeks I’m successful, but most weeks I’m not. For the month of November, I would like to actually succeed at this goal! I’ll probably shoot for posting every other day, but making my goal be posting 3 times a week gives me a little wiggle room (because I know myself and, again, I like to make attainable goals).
- Create a schedule buffer – By writing all month but NOT posting every day, I’m hoping to create a scheduling buffer. I’ve wanted to have a scheduling buffer for a long time, but haven’t ever been successful. I think having posts scheduled in advance will help me be more consistent in blogging. I feel like once I get there, keeping up with the blog could be much less stressful. Hopefully drafting 30 posts in the month of November will give me that buffer I’ve always wanted – especially with the holidays coming up in December!
#bookblogvember Twitter Chat!
To go along with hosting my first ever challenge, I’m going to host my first ever Twitter chat! Join me on Friday December 2nd at 6PM PST (which is 9PM EST) and we will chat about your Book Blogvember journey. There will also be a giveaway at the end of the Twitter chat. I will choose one person to win a signed copy of Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I’ll select the winner from tweets using the hashtag #bookblogvember. Go ahead and use this hashtag all month on Twitter – more tweets equal more entries in the giveaway (even if you can’t attend the chat!).
Care to Join in?
A blogging challenge would be no fun if I was doing it all by myself! Everyone is invited to join in – just take the main goal of the challenge and tweak it to make it work for you. To join in the challenge, all you have to do is create an announcement post outlining your main goals and how you are going to make this challenge work for you, then add a link to your announcement post in the linky below!