Create Memories with August's NaBloPoMo

Create Memories with August's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?

MNEMONIC

Bullet journaling changed my life. I used to struggle to remember blog post ideas. I would scrawl them on post-it notes or leave them as a memo in my phone. Most of the time, I would remember to scour all my various hiding spots for ideas before I sat down to write for the day. But sometimes I found a great post idea many weeks too late to be worth writing.

And then I read that post on bullet journals, which are an offline, paper memory system. I write down what I need to do, want to remember, or possibly write. It all goes into one notebook which never leaves my side. When I wake up in the morning, I'm looking at my current page, and when I go to bed at night, I have my ideas all lined up in a single space. Random songs I hear in the supermarket that I want to download later, books I want to read, or long-term projects I want to get to one day: it all goes down in the notebook.

Memory issue solved.

This month, we're going to take a look at our memories: how we remember what we want to remember, and how often we're dipping backward for post ideas rather than processing the present or looking to the future. But moreover, we're going to talk about the methods -- such as the bullet journal -- we use to remember, and we'll hopefully be able to crowdsource advice that will help us feel organized as we head into a new school year.

(I still live life by the school calendar, don't you?)

The theme and writing prompts, as always, are there as a guide if you want some structure to your month, though you can always sign up for NaBloPoMo and chart your own path.


August's NaBloPoMo

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts August 1 and runs until August 31. Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll. Cheer them along and they'll cheer you on too. You can sign up for August's NaBloPoMo until August 5th. You can grab the official badge here and upload a link to the badges you make.

It's as simple as that: post daily on your own blog. That's it. You can get fancy and cross-post your blog posts onto the NaBloPoMo site. If you need daily inspiration, bookmark the NaBloPoMo prompts page for August, which already has all the prompts for the month posted so you can plan ahead.

NaBloPoMo is what you make of it. At its core, all you need to do is post daily on your blog. The point of NaBloPoMo is not to be restricted by the theme, but instead to either take it or leave it. If you'll do better blogging every day based on what's happening in your world, throw aside the daily prompts.

Sign up for August's NaBloPoMo and let's help each other remember.

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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