On Blogging, NaNoWriMo, and More

If you’re not reading the webcomic The Oatmeal, you’re missing out. Not only is the comic’s creator Matthew Inman very creative and clever, but his comic has an aesthetic unlike any other. Yesterday, he published a comic titled “Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web.” It’s a bit longer than most of his comics, but no less funny.

As someone who works from home and tries to blog five times a week, a lot of what he said hit home, particularly his response to positive and negative feedback (if you read my post on dealing with negative criticism, you’ll see why I liked Inman’s latest comic).

So in addition to freelance writing and blogging and all sorts of other projects, I’m also participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. The weekends have been particularly hard for me to stay productive. As a result, I’m two days behind. But I have a couple of free weekends coming up, and I’m not going anywhere for Thanksgiving, so 50,000 words is still very doable.

But as we enter that swampy middle of the month (and our stories), it helps to stay driven and patient. That’s why I’m glad that I found this comic, “Brick by Brick” on the NaNoWriMo subreddit. For those of you who are doing NaNoWriMo, or are just pursuing some form of art, it’s a good message to keep in mind over the long term.

That’s all for now. Back to work, everyone.