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Why You Should do NaNoWriMo this Year, and Every Year

2013-Participant-Twitter-HeaderNaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated, is about writing 50,000 words of a novel in the thirty days of November. If you are able to do it, you are a winner. That, I think, is the beauty of it – you get to call yourself a winner without beating anyone, except your lazy habits.

But a question often asked from NaNoWriMo participants is why do you do it, if you get nothing out of it. So, I thought I would list down my reasons for doing NaNoWriMo this year, and every year:

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Saying it Anonymously Vs Saying it Openly

Which Way to goThere is no right or wrong way, it is simply the way you do it.

This is true about most things, and blogging is no exception. Most of the times, as bloggers, we are looking for the right way to blog. What is the right frequency of blogging? What is the best platform to blog? What is the best commenting policy? and the list goes on.

One question that often comes up is whether a blogger should blog anonymously, or should a blogger reveal all the details about oneself, or should some middle path be followed. Different bloggers offer different solutions to the problem.

But, I feel, that there is no solution to the problem that can be generalized. Only you can decide what is best for you, depending upon what is the reason behind your blog. For example, if you are blogging to become a problogger (if that is a word), then there is no reason you should blog behind a screen name; but if you are blogging to vent out some steam, and do not harbour any ambitions about becoming the most famous blogger out there, then blogging anonymously makes a lot of sense. (more…)

Who knew?

The last month was supposed to be a month of hectic blog advertising, campaigning and contests.  As planned, the month started on the right note with a 6000 Entrecard credits contest and an advertising space contest. But from then on, it didn’t go as planned, to say the least.

I could give many reasons as to why I could not proceed as per my original intentions. But then I am reminded of this line :

“One who wants to do something will find a way, one who doesn’t will find an excuse.”

Since, I don’t want to be the one to find excuses, I will move on…

Though the last month didn’t go as planned, a contest was still held. If the contest was held, a winner must necessarily be chosen. So, using the site random.org, a winner for the 6000 EC credits has been picked.

And the winner is Justin from Finish Writing.

Congratulations to you!