Before you think I am speaking in a foreign language let me explain. In the month of November writers and bloggers everywhere make a pledge to write every day. For writers the goal is to write a novel during the month. A pretty lofty goal but what a great way to get started. The official link for this is located here—National Novel Writing Month. It’s a great thing. I have dreams of writing a book but honestly—-I don’t know if that is ever going to happen. If it does I suspect it would be a collection of my blog posts that I edit a bit.
Since I just can’t quite commit (like Marc, Hilary’s husband of Dangled Carat fame—I have commitment issues) to a novel, I decided to link up with WordPress and BlogHer and do the NaBloPoMo challenge. National Blog Posting Month is a great way to hone the writing skills without committing to a full out novel. So here we go. Every day in November I will have a post up on It’s Just Life. No promises what they will all be about but trust me—they will be varied. I have a list of prompts a mile long and good intentions to match that. I am also linking up with YeahWrite –a new community I found through Rarasaur and her Nano Poblano 2013 group ! There are a bunch of great writers out there and these are some places where they shine!
The great thing is that it may just mean more Comments for a Cause donations for Allison Spruill’s mission trip to the orphanage in Honduras. (Read my post from November 1st for more info.) Just think. If she and her husband come to my blog every single day and leave a comment every single day in November that would mean 30 comments each, 60 comments total, for a total donation of $30 towards her trip. Now if she recruited 8 friends to do the same the total would rise to $150. Did I figure that out right? I need a calculator. But you get the idea! With a guaranteed post every day the sky is the limit. (Comments don’t have to be on posts written during the month to count, either. Trust me—-I have 5 + years of archives to go through.)
To say that I am excited is to put it mildly. I don’t have a good track record for sticking with things other than with my marriage and keeping this blog going. I know it won’t be easy but I am determined.
I found out about a new program through Amazon the other day and immediately signed up. They launched a new program called Amazon Smile which allows the shopper to select a charity from a vast list to donate to. Once you enter which charity you would like to donate to –each time you shop Amazon will donate 0.5 of whatever you spend to that charity. You will be shopping on the same site with the same prices but your spending is going to go to help a cause of your choice. You can change that charity at any time. I chose UMCOR for the present but I am sure I will be spreading the love around. Sure —it is a small amount but if you are like me you shop on Amazon a lot it adds up over time. To access the portal and get started you have to go to this link SmileAmazon.com. After the initial link up you will be directed there each time you shop if you have saved that info. Easy peasy. I would love for all of you who shop on Amazon to give it a try. The list of charities is endless and if you can think of it it is probably there already!