30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is here! — Blog — WordPress.com


30 Days, 30 Posts: NaBloPoMo is here!

There’s a lot of buzz each November around NaNoWriMo — you may notice some of your favorite blogs dedicating themselves to churning out 50,000 words this month.

If 50,000 words seem like 49,000 too many or you’re more interested in blogging than writing a book, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — might be your speed: a challenge to post once every day for the entire month of November. No theme, no word count, no rules; just you, your blog, and 30 new posts.

NaBloWhatNow?

NaBloPoMo started in 2006 in response to NaNoWriMo; not every blogger has the time or inclination to write a book, but the idea of a challenge that forces participants to stretch themselves, grow as bloggers, and be part of a supportive community is undeniably appealing. As founder Eden Kennedy, the power blogger behind fussy.org, put it:

If there’s one thing creative people agree on it’s that the more you do something, the better you get at it. If you want to be a better writer, you have to write; if you want to be a better blogger, you have to post. And one way to break down the barriers between thinking about writing and actually doing it is by posting every day for a month.

NaBloPoMo_November_smallAs Eden’s readers jumped on board, the event spawned an online community that swelled to the tens of thousands and was acquired by BlogHer, which committed to providing a space to nurture and grow the event year-round. Now, BlogHer hosts NaBloPoMo 12 months a year, with each month organized around a theme — except November. In keeping with the original NaBloPoMo, November remains a free-for-all month (and the month with the most robust participation).

You don’t need to register with BlogHer to participate — although there are great reasons to, like the readership increase that comes with being part of a large community or the prizes. (And anyone, male or female, is welcome.) Just publish a post on November 1st, keep on going until the 30th, and bask in the glow of a challenge conquered.

Get posting!

Still on the fence? Don’t take our word for how rewarding it is — take a participant’s:

NaBloPoMo has not been as trying or as dramatic as a marathon, but I feel marvelous about it. I proved I can set and accomplish goals. I proved I’m a writer, because you know what writers do? They write, you guys.

I pushed my chair away from the table minutes ago to answer a text, and the motion of leaving my half-written thoughts on the screen felt real. Official. Important. Writing is a thing I do.

I’m creating my future.

Since there are no posting guidelines other than posting something, NaBloPoMo is a great time to write that post you’ve been mulling on for a few weeks, or to branch out to new post formats, topics, and mediums. Play! Experiment! Flex your blogging muscles. Elisa Camahort Page, one of the co-founders and COO of BlogHer, offers this advice:

Let go of the idea of perfection. You don’t have to publish a perfect post. You don’t have to have every day’s contribution be a finely-crafted 500-word essay. Maybe some days you post a photograph that expresses that day’s prompt. Maybe some days you report on a snippet of overheard conversation *without* adding voluminous commentary to it.

Exercise your writing muscle. Some days can be high weight, low repetition. Some days can be low weight, high repetition. Some days can be stretching… the key is to do it and free yourself from rigid expectations!

Have the motivation, but not the inspiration?

Posting every single day, even when you get to decide what you post and when, is challenging; in some ways, it’s tougher to come up with an original idea each day than to respond to a theme.

Luckily, there are lots of resources to get you to the “Publish” button daily:

Prompts and challenges: The Daily Post offers a daily blog prompt for writers, photographers, artists, and poets, as well as weekly writing and photo challenges; BlogHer makes your life even easier by posting the month’s worth of prompts in advance. When you’re stuck for a topic, try a prompt. If the day’s doesn’t speak to you, look back at the archives to find one that does.

Inspirational resources and advice: We’ve gathered our favorite resources from WordPress.com, BlogHer, and around the web in a new Blog Event Survival Guide. Along with even more post ideas, you can hone your humor-writing chops, learn to create an editorial calendar to keep you on track, see how bloggers with kids find time to write, and lots more.

Each other. Never underestimate the support of fellow bloggers! Be sure to register with BlogHer by November 5th to be added to the official blogroll, and tag your posts with “NaBloPoMo” so other WordPress.com bloggers can find you in the Reader (we’ve also added a NaBloPoMo category to our Recommended Blogs). Encouragement and engagement are the best motivation, so be sure to check out one another’s blogs — and leave a comment when you do!

Ready now? We thought so. Happy NaBloPoMo!

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Houston Food Truck Fest: Tickets – LivingSocial Fun & Events


Houston Food Truck Fest: Tickets

Stereo Live • Houston, TX

Saturday, November 9

what you get

$22 ($44 value) for Two Tickets

Live Music Provided by Beggars Inc

Signature $3 Sample Item Offered by Each Gourmet Food Truck

On Saturday, November 9, you can taste the best of Houston when the city\’s top food trucks converge on Stereo Live for the Houston Food Truck Fest. Featuring two of the best food trucks in the nation, according to The Daily Meal — Coreanos and Oh My Gogi! BBQ — and others like LadyBird Food Truck, chosen by CultureMap Houston as one of the best grilled cheese makers in the city, this is one tasty fest.

Don\’t worry about having enough room in your belly; you\’ll work up an appetite with free karaoke from Houston Karaoke, face, painting movies, and other activities. And there\’ll be a full bar available to those 21 and older. With this offer for two tickets, you and a food-loving friend can have access to it all! (Food is not included in ticket price so be sure to bring some extra cash.)

Houston Food Truck Fest\’s Website

fine print

REFUND POLICY: This event is nonrefundable. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss an event. In the event of a cancellation, your voucher will be fully refunded • Each voucher is good for 2 people • Voucher covers admission only; food is optional and an additional cost • The deal is valid only for tickets on the date[s] of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates • Purchaser may change the name of the individual retrieving tickets up to 24 hours in advance of event via the LivingSocial website event details section; no name-changes or alternate pick-ups permitted without notice at venue • Entire value must be used in a single visit

via Houston Food Truck Fest: Tickets – LivingSocial Fun & Events.

10 Things to Do Before Publishing Content


10 Things to Do Before Publishing Content

When it comes to online marketing, web content is king. The content of your website, article, or blog can cement or mar your reputation. While the desire to hit the submit button immediately after creating the content is very strong, particularly when you are trying to meet a tight deadline, it is advisable to read through your piece atleast once to ensure that it is completely error free.

Here is a checklist that will help you ensure that your content is as good as it can be.

1.       Give a clear message

What is the central idea of your article?  Do you say everything you need to say in a concise, clear and easy to follow way?  While writing, it may happen that you unintentionally veer off the topic. As a result, somewhere down the line, the content becomes irrelevant. Once you have finished writing and before hitting the submit button, take a small break and then re-read your content and edit it down to improve the focus and clarity of the piece.

2.        Target specific audience

Each article or blog post you write does not have to apply to your entire market. But it does have to speak to a relevant segment of your target audience. Think from the reader’s perspective to see whether the information you are providing would be of value to them. The tone of the content should also match your media persona or social persona, depending on where your content will be distributed.

3.       Use relevant keywords

Each piece of content that you write for the online media should be focussed around a couple of keywords to support search engine rankings. The keywords should be skilfully woven into the text such that they reinforce the subject matter of your article. Use SEO best practices and ensure the keywords are used at strategic points such as the title, para headings and in the body of the article.

4.       Link to additional content

To further support your SEO goals include links to the other content pages  you have created. For example, in a product description, you can give a link to your website for more information. These links will help drive traffic to your website.

5.       Give an attention-grabbing headline

Many potential readers decide whether to read your content based on the headline you have provided. If it catches their attention, they will in all probability read through your piece. A good headline can make or break your content so give a title which not only grabs attention but clearly summarizes the piece.

6.       Include an image

It may sound clichéd but a picture speaks a thousand words. Visual content helps you grab readers. If possible, use images, preferably of people, to maximize impact. Avoid using bland stock photography.  Also make sure that you choose photographs that are copyright-cleared and are available for commercial use.

7.       Format your content

Format content in a way that it facilitates reading. Make content easy to scan so that your audience can read it via any device including tablets and smartphones. This means use a lot of bullet points and bolding and also keep your content left-aligned.

8.       Review your content for grammatical errors

Word processors don’t always capture everything, and  besides you may also make the wrong choice of the options suggested, for example, while choosing between they’re and there. It is useful to re-read your content to ensure that it is consistent with grammar and style rules for whatever content outlet you are using.

9.       Incorporate a call to action

Each content piece that you create should include a call-to-action – for example, visit your site for more information or to purchase the product you have described, or sign up for a newsletter etc. Ensure that your article clearly directs reader to take the next step.

10.   Engage readers

This is all the more important when you wish to encourage readers to share or comment on your content. To take the conversation forward, include questions for readers to address. Also make sure to add social sharing buttons to make it easy for your readers to share your post.

via 10 Things to Do Before Publishing Content | Ocean Blue Communications.

NaNoWriMo: Because This Exists, and the World Needs Better


THIS IS AN AMAZING IDEA

Rachel Peterson: writer. reader. occasional wanderer.

This November, I’m trying National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 30 days, 50,000 words – that’s about 1,667 words per day. And I am terrified.

Generally, I write short form fiction and poetry. I’ve started countless novels, but they’re all currently lying about in various stages of abandonment. I have trouble finishing what I start, and I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t plan properly, or I get bored, or I don’t do enough research. But for one reason or another, I’ve never finished a novel. And I would really, really like to.

I owe this adventure mainly to a couple of very creative friends of mine. You can check out two of their blogs here and here. The point of NaNoWriMo is not to create a brilliant masterpiece or shining work of literary genius, although I’m sure some people will. It’s more about giving you the push…

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117 Most beautiful words in the English language


117 Most beautiful words in the English language – StumbleUpon.

117 Most beautiful words in the English language

Acquiesce Submit or comply silently or without protest.

Ailurophile A cat-lover.

Ameliorate To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory

Assemblage A gathering.

Becoming Attractive.

Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.

Brood To think alone.

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.

Callipygous Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

Cathartic Inducing catharsis; purgative.

Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.

Comely Attractive.

Conflate To blend together.

Crestfallen Dejected; dispirited; discouraged

Cynosure A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance A brief love affair.

Demesne Dominion, territory.

Demure Shy and reserved.

Denouement The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude Disuse.

Desultory Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous Filmy.

Dissemble Deceive.

Dulcet Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent Bubbly.

Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.

Effluence The act or an instance of flowing out.

Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir A good potion.

Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient A softener.

Ephemeral Short-lived.

Epiphany A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile At one time, for a time.

Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative Suggestive.

Fetching Pretty.

Felicity Pleasantness.

Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious Fleeting.

Frisson A moment of intense excitement.

Furtive Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour Beauty.

Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.

Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue To infuse, instill.

Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue A naïve young woman.

Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.

Inure To become jaded.

Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.

Lachrymose Given to tears or weeping.

Lagniappe A special kind of gift.

Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.

Languor Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure Free time.

Lilt To move musically or lively.

Lissome Slender and graceful.

Lithe Slender and flexible.

Love Deep affection.

Loquacious Talking or tending to talk much or freely.

Mellifluous Sweet sounding.

Moiety One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen A slip of the ear.

Murmurous Murmuring.

Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea A solution for all problems.

Panoply A complete set.

Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra A half-shadow.

Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora A large quantity.

Propinquity Proximity; Nearness

Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential Most essential.

Ratatouille A spicy French stew.

Ravel To knit or unknit.

Redolent Fragrant.

Resplendence Splendid or dazzling in appearance.

Riparian By the bank of a stream.

Ripple A very small wave.

Saccharine Overly or sickishly sweet.

Scintilla A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal Eternal.

Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Soliloquy The act of talking to oneself

Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous Whispering, hissing.

Talisman A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation Tinkling.

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vespertine Relating to, or occurring in the evening.

Vestigial In trace amounts.

Wafture Waving.

Wherewithal The means.

Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

Zephyr A gentle breeze.

Bonus Words

Updated: 12/10/2013
With thanks to the comment section!

Juxtaposition The state of being close together or side by side.

Velvet A very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.

Wafture The act of waving or a wavelike motion.

Callipygous Having shapely buttocks.

Malevolence Wishing evil or harm to another or others.

Quixotic Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Desideratum Something wanted or needed.

Abeyance Temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension.

Sovereign Having supreme rank, power, or authority.

Syllogism An extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.