19 Oct 2008 @ 10:44 PM 

Welcome to my new project for November!

Let me give you some background on what I am going to attempt.  National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo) is an internet event that has been going on since 1999.  Basically, you sign up and, in the month of November, you attempt to write a 50,000 word novel.  I have always wanted to try this but have been way to intimidated.

National Podcast Post Month(NaPodPoMo) started last year as a response to National Blog Post Month(NaBloPoMo) which was a response to National Novel Writing Month.  Do you have all the acronyms down?  Well, try to keep up, ok.  Anyway, NaPodPoMo was the brainchild of Jennifer Navarette of the Morning Brew Cast and a social/new media dynamo here in San Antonio.  In NaPodPoMo, you are to create and post one podcast a day for the month of November.  Since I had been producing the Enlighten Up Podcast for awhile, I decided to give it a try.  It also didn’t hurt that Jennifer is a friend of mine, has willingly introduced me to all kinds of Social Media activities and she is my personal new media guru!  (She hates being called that!)

Last year I completed NaPodPoMo successfully, as the lovely badge on the Enlighten Up site shows.  The problem was that my podcast was usually once a week and I had a nice listener base who were used to that.  All of a sudden I started bombarding my listeners with a podcast every day.  I vowed that this year I would come up with something new and leave my successful podcast as it was.  Seems simple enough, right?

This year rolled around and I began hearing again about NaNoWriMo and was really wanting to give it a try.  Unfortunately, this was going to be a real challenge to complete and since it took me about 1.5-2 hours a day to produce a podcast for NaPodPoMo, I felt I had to make a choice.

That’s brings us pretty much to this week.  I have made my decision.  I was going to attempt NaNoWriMo.  Of course, if that was all there was too it, this wouldn’t be all that interesting of a blog post, now would it.  I assure you, there is more.

On Saturday, I went to the monthly meetup of the San Antonio Podcasters.  Of course, the subject of NaPodPoMo came up.  I sat there quietly, not wanting to be a drag when Jennifer mentioned to the group that last year people had done podcasts simply with a cell phone and a service called Utterli.  You simply call a number, talk and it posts the audio.  WhaLa!  A podcast!  You’ll notice in the column to the right is a little widget that will show the stuff from Utterli (called Utterz, believe it or not) as it comes in.  I’ll also try to post a little bit of info in the blog itself, probably some word counts and an occasional excerpt from the novel.

I think my chances of pulling this off are fairly small, maybe a 25% chance of success, but I am gonna give it a shot, anyway.

So wish me luck and stop by and check on my progress. If I seem to be doing well, congratulate me and root me on.  If not, maybe slide me a word of encouragement or two or even chastise me for not getting with it.


Posted By: Lans
Last Edit: 27 Dec 2009 @ 11:35 AM

Categories: NaNoWriMo, NaPodPoMo


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