As you likely know, November was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Well, the fabulous Raimey Gallant put together something called the NaNoHop or the NaNo Blog and Social Media Hop. The idea was that all the authors who wanted to participate could list all their social media, blogs, FB, twitter, etc. and then follow one another on each of these formats. Over 400 authors of all levels of experience joined in. I won’t lie, it was a lot of work to follow so many people in so many arenas! Especially the blogs where you have to sign up for email, then check for a confirmation email, then accept the confirmation. It was pretty time consuming.
That said the benefits have been amazing! Not only did I grow my list of subscribers to my blog from less than 20 to just under 100, but I also discovered TONS of great blogs about writing, mental health, LGBTQ, and so much more! I have already learned a lot about novels that I didn’t know before. I’m pretty well versed in screenwriting rules of thumb but sadly lacking in novel writing know-how. That’s all changing and it’s made an instant impact on the novel I’m working on now, THE ANOMALOUS ADVENTURES OF JAMES AND MAX (a YA comedy).
Raimey even arranged for awards for about a dozen people ranging from full manuscript coverage, to chapter one coverage, to query letter feedback. While I didn’t win in the actual sense of getting a physical prize, I feel like I did win because of the great contacts that I’ve made. I have some real connections with a number of the other authors and I’m still just getting to know them all.
It’s been so encouraging to write more when I see the struggles and successes of my fellow authors! There have been great blogs about knowing the proper word count for your genre (something I’m ashamed to say I didn’t research even though it seems so obvious now!), when and how to do query letters, the struggles of meeting word counts and daily goals, and of course the personal touches where you get to know the writer behind the blogs. It’s been a truly amazing experience! I’ve gained tons of new followers on Twitter, my FB Author page, Instagram, even my YouTube channel that I haven’t started using just yet (stay tuned, Vlogs coming soon!).
I’m really grateful to Raimey and to everyone else who signed up for the hop. It feels great to be in a community of people who are in a similar place to me. It inspires me to see the triumph stories and gives me compassion for myself and others when I hear about the trials as well.
A few of the blogs that I’ve really gotten into are:
There are literally hundreds more! I won’t list them all but I will try to highlight some more as I get to reading them. Too many to read all at once and still get my own writing done, but it’s a nice problem to have! So far I’m taking time every Sunday to catch up on the weeks blogs. I don’t get to all of them but it let’s me get to many of them without interfering with my own writing. If I haven’t gotten to yours yet I promise I’m working on it, but feel free to leave me a message below telling me your name and I will look you up!
What are some blogs that you love? What sorts of blogs are you drawn to? Poetry, Mental Health, Stories, Writing Tips, Parenting? I would love to hear from you. Are you a NaNoHopper? How has it been going for you? Meet me in the comments section and let’s chat!