As everybody and their mom bloggers know, November is known as NaNoWriMo (try typing that 5 times in a row) or National Novel-Writing Month. It’s that time of year when struggling writers can connect with other struggling writers, bonding over too much coffee and not enough time to re-write the damn draft. It’s when people start sounding a bit mad if you don’t know where they’re coming from:
‘I need to know what he drinks in the morning, it’s vital.’
‘She has got to die, it’s so sad but it’s has to be done.’
‘I’m just about ready to throw a dragon in there, it’s so boring.’
‘I am going to remake the werewolf!’
Madness. Sheer madness.
But, as I’ve recently discovered, there’s something else in that word-caped horizon and it’s name is NaBloPoMo. Perhaps November should also be called NaConAbbMo as well (full points to whomever gets that). NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month, hopes to inspire one post a day for the entire month of November. It’s a worthy event, perhaps even an essential to the blogger out to make a name and brand out of their little domain. In WordPress, people who took Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 can segue seamlessly into this new write-a-thon.
Let’s admit it though, writing a post a day isn’t hard. Writing a good, readable post though, now that’s a toughie. Some of us don’t have enough time for that, and even if we did, what the heck would we write about? Over at BlogHer, they do give you little prompts to help you along, but sometimes it’s not just the kind of inspiration you’re looking for. Even us non-NaBloPoMo writers struggle with finding something to post weekly.
So, during one of my seemingly fruitless searches for inspiration online, I finally decided to look for my writer’s spark in the month of November itself. Lo and behold, my search turned up dozens of nuggets, leading me to run off to PicMonkey and come back with a commemorative button.
Apparently, November isn’t just for writing your (excellent) novel or reviving your blog. It is also known as:
- Manatee Awareness Month
- World Vegan Month
- Greens and Plantains Month
- Families Stories Month
- Banana Pudding Lovers Month
- National Candle Month
- National Fragrance Month
- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
It’s my month and I didn’t even know it! Bring on the peanut butter!
And not only that, there are more obscure observances out there that need to be known. Read on for more!
Let’s start off with the official observances:
- Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day
- Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day (U.N. and WHO) (Lesson: Making sugar-laced foods and feeding them to other people does not constitute kindness)
- Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day (U.N.) (I seriously wonder what this entails.)
- Nov. 20 – Universal Children’s Day
- Nov. 21 – World Hello Day and World Television Day (Say hello to your television? Say hello while watching television?)
- Nov. 26 – International Day of Cats (U.N.)
And now, the fun stuff:
- Nov. 02 – Zero Tasking Day
- Nov. 04 – Use Your Common Sense Day
- Nov. 09 – International Tongue Twister Day
- Nov. 11 – The start of Split Pea Soup Week
- Nov. 15 – Clean Your Refrigerator Day
- Nov. 20 – Absurdity Day
- Nov. 21 – The start of Peppercorn Month
- No. 22 – Cashew Day (My favorite nut!)
- Nov. 25- 26 – Buy Nothing Day
- Nov. 28 – French Toast Day
- First Saturday Of The Month – Book Lover’s Day
- Second Friday After Thanksgiving – International Sweater Vestival
Evidently, there’s no lack of subjects for us to choose from, foodie or otherwise. There are more things to be celebrated out there, so go on, be inspired!