How a Blogger does NaNoWriMo


I want to keep the momentum from Blogtober going and NaNoWriMo seems the best way to do it. However, I don’t want to write a novel. I didn’t do any prep work for the challenge. I didn’t do any prep work for Blogtober either and that turned out successful. So, what is an unprepared blogger to do?

First, I scoured the internet today looking for blog posts on how to blog NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much. I discovered that there is something called National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) where you post every day of November but that seemed redundant to Blogtober.

I found another article about how to write your NaNoWriMo novel on WordPress but it was mostly about different plugins to use. Also, the article is from 2013 so I would definitely check if the plugins still work before counting on them.

Then I came across DIY MFA’s blog post on five tips to rock NaNoWriMo. In one of the sections of her post she writes about being a NaNoWriMo rebel. She wrote that, “NaNoWriMo serves as motivation. It’s an exercise in goal setting and in meeting those goals.”

2020 Blogging Statistics

Readers love mini-blog posts

Short form “Facebook-like” updates make for the most memorable writing with readers. Short form posts, like mini-blogs range from 300 – 1,000 words.

Search engines (Google) love long form content

Search engines like Google, look for 1,000 + word articles. An article from Contentfly that “blog posts that are over 3,000 words in length tend to receive the most internet traffic.”

How to blog NaNoWriMo

2019 NaNoWriMo Facebook Cover

NaNoWriMo challenges you to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That comes out to about 1,667 words a day. What do you know. 1,667 words is in the optimal range for long form content.

I will…

  • Update old posts with fresh research and material
  • Hit my 50,000 words in November goal by updating old posts to be in the opitmal long form word count range.
  • Publish short 300 – 500 word posts about the old post I updated and key info from them

What do you think of my NaNoWriMo challenge? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below.


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