Joining the National Blog Posting Month for the Month of November #NaBloPoMo #BlogHer

NaBloPoMo 2011NaBloPoMo. When I first saw bloggers starting to post about this earlier this week I didn’t know what it stood for or ever think I would jump in on the fun. Honestly I thought the abbreviation sounded pretty crazy. NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, is an event hosted by BlogHer for the month of November that focuses on a new theme each year. This year is focusing on “Writing When You’re Stretched for Time” and there are daily prompts, or topics, to write on this topic. I like how they are a way to get my brain thinking outside of the box and often outside of my comfort zone and it leaves the length of the post up to me. If I am really tight on time the questions can be answered in just a couple of sentences and other days or questions may influence something grander.

If you’re interested in joining in on the blogging fun today (November 5, 2011) is the last day to be added to their blog roll, but you can do as little or as much as you are able. I am always overbooked and overstretched, so I think this may be just what I need to kick my butt into gear, build my confidence, get creative and an opportunity for you to get to know other aspects of me better.

Since it is already Saturday I have a few days to catch up on, so I will keep it brief while getting my creative juices flowing for the prompts to come! Feel free to chime in on the comments on what your answer(s) would be to the daily prompts or link up to your NaBloPoMo article for the day.

November 1, 2011
What is your favorite part about writing?

I love that I have a place to write to and express myself with adults! Being a WAHM means that I have days or weeks (especially when things are hectic) where I feel like I don’t get any good adult conversation. I am sure many of you know what I’m talking about. Yes, I talked to the cashier in the checkout lane and waved hello from a distance when I spotted an acquaintance down the way. And sometimes as a mom I forget that I drink “water” and not “wa-wa”, or I am allowed to watch something other than the preschool programming on T.V. Writing is an escape where I can put my grown up pants on, keep on top of my adult vocabulary and feel like my voice is being heard.

November 2, 2011
If you knew what you would eat next would be your last meal what would you want it to be?

Gosh, is there any question? Chocolate. The darkest I could find. And if you’re picky and say is has to be a savory meal, I would have to sit and think a lot longer. I love to eat so it would be hard to choose, but perhaps some sushi. My family’s favorite sushi restaurant in Japan serves an a-mazing nigirizushi with raw maguro (yellowfin tuna), avocado and mayonaise. I wonder how it would taste with some dark chocolate shavings on top?

November 3, 2011
Can you listen to music and write? What did you hear today?

I can, but my productivity changes depending on what I am listening to. Don’t get me started on the details with my background in music therapy as I have looked at research with song preference and behavior, but some songs can be distracting and others can get my creative juices flowing. So I can, but honestly the majority of the time I have a minute to myself to write I tend to turn off any media (other than the computer) and enjoy the rare, melodious sound of silence.

November 4, 2011
When you’re writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer?

Computer all the way. Don’t get me wrong I still have a need to jot down notes, to-do lists or other things by hand, but my blog writing is almost predominantly done on the computer. When I started out I did a lot more note-taking and handwritten tasks, but now that I have an iPad and technology at every fingertip, it’s easiest to just write directly at my computer. Although that has me thinking that it would be interesting to write an entire article by hand first. Heck, maybe scan it and post a handwritten article? That would be fun!

Actually, I would love to have a means (and I know there is something that exists) to transfer any hand drawn or text into a digital format. You techie, Photoshopping mamas know what equipment I would use to do this?

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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