Day 14 of the A to Z April Challenge: N for November

16 April 2014

The options are endless for November. It’s the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of four months with the length of 30 days. November was originally the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar and hence November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning “nine”) when January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

Looking around to find out what earth-shattering news I could share with you about November, I discovered that it is National Blog Posting Month. Frequently abbreviated as NaBloPoMo, it is a month-long writing exercise that occurs each November. Seemed quite an apt topic to write about really!

First occurring in November 2006, NaBloPoMo was instigated by an American blogger who was inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which also happens every November, and thought that there should be a blogging counterpart.

NaBloPoMo participants cannot take days off or extensively modify their writing schedules, for instance. They must generate new material every day for thirty days. As a result, the drop-out rate is very high, with many participants giving up in the first few weeks. I wonder if the same has been true of the April A to Z Challenge?

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