Looking back on #NBI2015

May is now over, which means that this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative has also drawn to a close. When I first joined, I didn’t know where I would fit into things since I wasn’t really a newbie blogger nor a veteran, but mostly a lapsed blogger. I was struggling to post even once a week, and sometimes I would only manage once a month. “Reliable” is not my middle name when it comes to blogging. But since I join NBI on May 7, I managed to write 12 posts between then and May 31. That may not seem like a particularly large number but that averages to about 4 a week, a significant increase over my usual posting schedule. I’m not certain if I could keep that pace up since I was pretty tired of writing by the end. Which is not to say I didn’t enjoy it because I certainly did. Anyways, now I know that posting two or three times a week would definitely be doable and I wouldn’t look like such a slacker.

Part of the problem I’ve had is figuring out just what I’d like to write a post about. I have all these ideas when I’m not writing, but it seems as soon as I actually sit down in front of a keyboard, my mind goes blank. So I’ve begun a list on my phone that can be added to whenever I think of something, and I can check things off after I’ve written them. It’s great because I keep my phone with me almost all of the time. I make lists for grocery shopping all the time, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before. Thanks for Syp from Bio Break for that fantastic tip.

Over the course of the month, I also found a whole bunch of blogs to add to my Feedly and to my blogroll on this site. Feedly looked so bare before since most of the bloggers I used to follow have stopped writing, so it’s great to see some new material every day. Even if it took me half of the month to catch up on everyone’s posts because lord, you people post a lot! (Not a bad thing of course.) I’m making it my goal to eventually add all of my fellow “graduates” for this year so I’ll have even more to read.

Speaking of which, here’s a list of said graduates:

So I therefore declare NBI2015 a huge success and I look forward to joining again next year as a sponsor/veteran. I hope to see all of this year’s graduates there too.

Lastly, I’d like to thank all of the veteran bloggers and committee members that created and supported NBI. You guys did a great job and I’d give you all cookies if I could.


  1. Congrats on graduating from NBI this year! Any writing is good writing, to be honest.

    I do something similar by making a list of topics that I want to remember to write about. If I don’t list it, I’ll forget it! Just find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. You’ll be surprised at how much writing you will create over time. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ve discovered this last month that my lunch hour at the office is a good time to get some writing done, so I’m going to try to stick to blogging then. That way I have a consistent writing schedule for 3 days a week.

  2. I commend you on getting through all those posts. I can barely keep up with a few recent posts each day.
    The idea list was a real good idea, one I picked up too. Looking forward to what you come up with.

    1. Thanks. 🙂 It was a little difficult sometimes because there were so many things I wanted to post. It’s a good thing I suck at writing poetry because there would have been no time for me to fit the Poetry Slam in as well.

  3. Ugh, your website just ate my comment.

    Anyway, short version: I think writing 4x a week is actually super much! Also, I’ll add you to my permanent blogroll so I can keep up to date with your writing. 🙂

    1. Sorry about that. 🙁 If I knew what exactly happened, I’d try to fix it.

      Four times a week sure seemed like a lot when I was writing it! But I was determined to keep up with the Talkback Challenges and the Screenshot Safari. I’m glad that you like my writing so much, and I’m enjoying reading your blog as well. 🙂

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