NaBloPoMo FAQs

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about NaBloPoMo




When is NaBloPoMo?
Originally, NaBloPoMo (aka National Blog Posting Month) was only during the month of November. NaBloPoMo has since grown, and now every month is a new NaBloPoMo challenge. November is still considered the "big" month and often has prizes and giveaways, but you can start a NaBloPoMo challenge on the first of any month.
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What do I have to do to join/participate in NaBloPoMo?
Post in your blog every day for a full month. - That's it! There's nothing else to join and nothing else to do!

During some months, like November, prizes may be awarded. To be eligible for prizes (during a month that has prizes) you must also add your blog name and URL to the Blogroll (link on the right.) But adding your name to the Blogroll is never a requirement for doing NaBloPoMo. Adding your name to the Blogroll is optional and is something you can do "just because." (During a prize month it's something to do "Just because... you want a prize!) If you want to participate and aren't interested in prizes or if no prizes are offered that month, or if you don't want to list your blog for some other reason, just post every day for a month. That's all you have to do!
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Is there a daily or monthly word count requirement?
Nope. The only goal is one post (of any length) each day for a full month. You can even post a picture. That counts too.
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Do I have to be a member of BlogHer to participate in NaBloPoMo?
At the time of this writing, you do not have to be a member of BlogHer to participate in NaBloPoMo, and you can add your name to the Blogroll without being a BlogHer member.
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Can men post on BlogHer?
From a NaBloPoMo Newsletter by Melissa Ford:
"...yes, yes, 1000 times YES, guys are welcome to blog on BlogHer -- not only on NaBloPoMo, but anywhere on the site... [NaBloPoMo] is still the blog project you know and love; just in a different space."
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Since it's called "National" Blog Posting Month, do I have to live in the USA to participate?
NaBloPoMo is open to everybody everywhere, but there might be restrictions on BlogHer prizes based on residency.
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What's a Blogroll and do I have to sign it?
The Blogroll is a list of blogs participating in that month's NaBloPoMo. If you'd like to list your blog, sign up! (Link is on the right.) Listing your blog on the Blogroll is not a requirement for participating in NaBloPoMo, but during a month when prizes are offered, that's the only way to be officially considered for a prize. At the time of this writing, BlogHer seems to close the Blogroll sign up on the 5th of each month, but that could change. You can also visit the Blogroll to find other blogs participating in NaBloPoMo. It's a great way to find new blogs to read.
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What if I miss a Blogroll's sign up deadline?
If you miss a Blogroll sign up deadline (or don't want to list your blog on the Blogroll), you can still participate in NaBloPoMo, you just won't be eligible for prizes during a prize month (like November). NaBloPoMo is meant to be a personal challenge you set for yourself. You don't have to do anything! - Except try to write a post a day for a month! A new Blogroll is started each month, so you if you miss one month's sign up, you can sign up the next month! Remember, signing the Blogroll is not a requirement for participating in NaBloPoMo (unless you want to be eligible for prizes during prize month.) You can participate in NaBloPoMo whether or not your name is on the list.
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How can I find my name on the Blogroll?
If you've signed up for the current month's Blogroll, it could take a few hours for your blog to show up on the list. To find your blog, go to the Blogroll list and use your browser's FIND function to search for the name of your blog. A shortcut for this, if you're on a PC, is to hold down the CTRL and F keys on your keyboard, (CMND/apple and F keys on a Mac) then type in the name of your blog and hit the RETURN/ENTER key. This will search the current page.
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Can I post at my own blog? Or do I have to post at BlogHer? Or Both?
You only have to post in one place, but you can post in more than one place if you'd like. Your blog is fine. BlogHer is fine. Crossposting at both is fine. If you're blogging during a month that has Prize Giveaways (Usually November), make sure the blog you list in the Blogroll is posted in every day since that's the one they'll check to see if you've met the daily writing requirement.
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Can I list more than one blog in the Blogroll?
Yes, if you'll be blogging every day for a month in each of them. But they'll each appear as separate blogs in the list, not as a list of blogs under your name.
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How can I have posts from different blogs count towards the full month's total?
To be eligible for prizes (during a month when prizes are awarded), BlogHer's judges need to see all your daily posts in one place. If you're blogging at different blogs each day, consider cross posting your daily posts (or snippets of them with links to the full posts) at a separate blog that you create specifically for NaBloPoMo, or cross post your posts (or snippests) at BlogHer. If you plan to use BlogHer to gather your daily posts, use your BlogHer Profile Page's address as your URL in the BlogRoll.
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Can I use a private/protected/non-public blog for NaBloPoMo?
You can use any blog you'd like for NaBloPoMo. During a month when prizes are awarded, if you're randomly selected to win a prize and your blog is private, you may be asked to grant temporary access to a BlogHer staff member so they can verify that you've been posting every day. Once they've checked, you can revoke their access.
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I understand that I don't have to post at BlogHer to participate in NaBloPoMo, but if I want to post on BlogHer, how do I do that?
See BlogHer's Using This Site page.
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What's a "Daily Writing Prompt?" Where do I find them? And do my posts HAVE to be about them?
A writing prompt is a suggested theme or topic to blog about. At the time of this writing, a new NaBloPoMo writing prompt is posted each weekday (link to  Daily Writing Prompts - aka Weekday Writing Prompts - is on the right.) Writing prompts are completely optional and are offered as tools to help motivate your daily writing. If you want to write about something different, you may. You can write on anything at all. It all counts! You can even write about past writing prompts!
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How come there's no writing prompt today?
At the time of this writing, the writing prompts at BlogHer are only posted on weekdays.
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Do my posts HAVE to be about the monthly theme?
No. Monthly themes (and writing prompts, and Blogrolls, and badges...) are there to help motivate you and facilitate your reaching your goal, but you're not required to use any of them. You can write about anything at all.
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What are NaBloPoMo Badges? Do I have to use them?
NaBloPoMo Badges are little buttons or signs for your blog that say you're participating in NaBloPoMo. They're completely optional. Some people like to put one in the sidebar of their blog to let visitors know they're participating in the monthly challenge. Sometimes there are even "I did it!" (or "I failed!") badges available at the end of each month.
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Where can I get a NaBloPoMo Badge? Can I make my own? Do I need permission to use one?
A new NaBloPoMo badge is posted each month (link to NaBloPoMo Badges is on the right) but any badge at all (or none!) can be used, including one you make. If you go to the badge page for a specific month, and scroll through the comments, you may see links to badges that individuals have made for themselves and participants. You can use one of those too, or share a link to one that you've made. No permission is required to put a NaBloPoMo badge on your site. If you'd like to use one, go for it!
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What if I miss a day?/Can I schedule posts ahead of time?
Previously, NaBloPoMo was pretty strict about this. No missing days. The goal was to blog daily, not to write 30 posts all at once and post them whenever! However, the rules seem more relaxed at BlogHer and it seems like you can get your thirty posts in any way you'd like, including scheduling posts ahead of time and back dating posts for dates you've missed. * Note: If you're blogging during a month when prizes are awarded (usually November), and your blog is randomly picked to receive that day's award, your blog will be checked on that day to see if you've blogged every day up until that point to be eligible for a prize.
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I missed a day/started late. Now what?
At the "old" NaBloPoMo, you'd be out. Which is not the end of the world. You could always try again the following month! At BlogHer, however, the rules about NaBloPoMo seem to be more relaxed. Just make it up as soon as you can. However, if you're blogging during a month when prizes are awarded, if your blog is checked on that day (and you're missing a day of posts for that month) you won't be eligible for that day's prize. (You might still be eligible for prizes awarded later that month if you make up the missing day(s). I'm not sure.)
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There's Prizes?
Originally, NaBloPoMo was only during the month of November. Now it's expanded and every month is a new NaBloPoMo challenge. However, November is still considered the "big" month and will often have prizes. To be eligible for a prize your blog must appear on that month's Blogroll and you must post every day during that month. The rules and prizes may change and it's possible prizes may someday be awarded for other months too, so when in doubt, check BlogHer's NaBloPoMo page for more info (link on the right.)
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Where can I read posts written by other NaBloPoMo members?
You can look at this month's Blogroll (link is on the right) and pick blogs at random, or you could read posts that BlogHer members have chosen to share on BlogHer's NaBloPoMo page (link is on the right.)
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How can I get my posts to show up on BlogHer's NaBloPoMo page?
Log into your BlogHer account, then following Melissa Ford's instructions below:
Just click Create a Post at the top right of any [BlogHer] page, and make sure to select NaBloPoMo under Blogging & Social Media to add your post to [BlogHer's NaBloPoMo] section.
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How can I receive BlogHer's NaBloPoMo email Newsletter?
Signing up for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo Newsletter is a good way to keep up with NaBloPoMo news. On the Newsletter Sign Up page (link is on the right) you'll see options to receive other BlogHer mailings and Newsletters as well. If you only want to receive the NaBloPoMo newsletter, check that option and leave the others unchecked. You do not need to be a member of BlogHer to receive their Newsletter(s).
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I've done NaBloPoMo before, but my profile and all my old posts are gone! And the site looks totally different! What happened?!
On November 1st 2011, the old NaBloPoMo site (hosted at Ning) was closed. NaBloPoMo is now hosted at BlogHer's site. Profiles and posts created at the old site were not carried over to BlogHer.
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Do I have to write a whole Novel in one month?
That's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month. - See the History of NaBloPoMo for more information about the similarities of these two names.
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Who's in charge of NaBloPoMo?
At the time of this writing, Melissa Ford runs NaBloPoMo at BlogHer. For a brief history of NaBloPoMo, see the History of NaBloPoMo.
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