30 days of NaPoWriMo
These images are snippets from the 30 days of poems:
The challenge is over and I did it. It’s time to reflect on how it went.
Three things I learnt:
- Reading the blog posts on NaPoWriMo.net has enabled me to learn so much and the prompts have challenged me to try things I wouldn’t have thought to do myself.
- I found posting every day a real challenge with my schedule, however, I was late only twice. I’m really proud of what I achieved and can see the possibilities if I make time for my writing.
- Posting daily has increased my followers and engagement. I hadn’t expected so much support – in fact, I feared I’d scare people off. In addition, I have discovered new bloggers to follow.
Here are some statistics for you:
Most liked poem: Day 15 – Grim Reaper (20 likes)
Most commented on poem: Day 11 – Flipped (5 comments)
Most viewed poem: Day 12 – Haibun (32 views)
Increase of followers
It was so unexpected and I wish I’d paid attention to how many followers I had before I started. Each day, I have gained a few new followers. Now, I have 100 plus!
Wattpad – Poetry Collection
I have been adding the poems to a book on Wattpad to create a collection. If you’d like to read them all in one place in full, please click here.
Would I do the challenge again?
I think I will give it another go in future but don’t think I will do it every year. Poetry isn’t really my forte although I think it is a useful learning tool for any writer as it encourages you to think about your use of words and the English language.
I am relieved the challenge is over and the pressure of a daily post is off. However, I am delighted at how much I produced and proved to myself that if I make time each day I can make progress on a project. I want to apply that logic to complete another novel. Novel writing has taken a back seat since starting my CIPD course at work so once that is finished in June, I am going to get back into novel writing.
I was pleasantly surprised by all the support from other poets and NaPoWriMo participants. I didn’t feel like I was doing the challenge alone. The increase of followers and engagement was unexpected but I am so happy to have connected with you all. Thank you – it helped keep me going.