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At some point in our lives we’ll stop counting anniversaries and birthdays. The excruciating days will blend into weeks and morph into months that create distant memories that we tally off into years. Life will continue to evolve and as we pull over to the side of the road and utter, breathlessly, “How did we get here?” a car’s horn will blow or our pocket will buzz with a casual SMS from a distant friend, pulling us away from all memories and back what’s here and what’s now.

For the past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and all words are cast in clichés and prose.

stormtropper birthday balloon photo by kristina alexander

Four years ago this week, I stayed up way-too-late writing my first ever blog post and hitting publish.

Launching this blog was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It gave me a place to establish my voice and my personal brand, a platform to launch multiple speaking engagements, and been the link to a number of jobs (yes, the kind that comes with money).

It has also given me many late night sessions, freaking out about how to explain what the chaos I do here. It has given me endless amounts of jealousy towards all of the fashion and food bloggers in the world who can synthesize exactly what they write about in once smooth, succinct sentence. A luxury that I do not have, should not have here, and yet always want. (Sigh.)

This blog has given me friendships and access to some of the most inspiring people that I know. It has given me a place to tell the stories that I was born to tell and an outlet to let my creativity travel in a direction that I never knew was possible.

And it gave me the opportunity to come out as the person that I’ve been my entire life.

And where will it take me and where will I take it? Only the next chapter will tell.

Happy fourth birthday, lamiki! Thank you for joining me for the ride.

photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc

Writing Prompt: Princesses & Barbies

This year for National Blog Posting Month, I’m writing prompts for a small group of bloggers. Here’s tomorrow’s prompt, and here’s the list of all NaBloPoMo prompts before this.

Fallen Princesses, Jasmine, Dina Goldstein

Prompt #12 (Nov 13)

Dina Goldstein is most known for her series Fallen Princesses, which juxtaposes what happens after “happily ever after” with real life issues she saw were affecting women around her. Goldstein is back at it again with her latest series Dollhouse.

Choose one photo from her series and let yourself respond to it or tell us the story of what’s happening in that photo.

Rewritten Fairytales

National Blog Posting Month Writing Prompts: One through Nine

John writing on a typewriter

This year for National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo), I’m not writing blog posts, I am writing blogging prompts for other bloggers.

Each night between 8pm and 10pm I write a prompt and send it to the bloggers via text. We started with one blogger, then there were two. Last week it became three, and since my post went up on Thursday, we are up to four bloggers receiving nightly NaBloPoMo writing prompts via a private group message on Facebook. Oh, how technology has made distribution a lot easier.

Each night after sending the prompts to the writers, I’ll post the same prompt here on my blog (full list/archives). This will be the prompt that you should write about — and publish — the following day. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own blog, you’re more than welcome to take it. My only request is that you mention where you got the prompt and link to the post where you found the prompt. This is a kind of NaBloPoMo experiment, and I’d love to read the posts that you write.

If the prompt doesn’t inspire you, don’t worry about it. The only hard rule in National Blog Posting Month is that you write. Every day. 

Nine Writing Prompts

To catch up, here are the prompts for the first eight days. The first post (Nov 1), was a post about participating in the project and laying out individual goals.  (more…)

Remember that Time I Blogged Every Day for A Month

Printing press typsetting letters that spell blogging

Back in October 2010, a friend dared me to blog every single day. Friends like that who know how to motivate you the right way are priceless. That November and the following November, I cranked out 60 blog posts and put my blogging stats in a healthy upswing. That experiment led to a talk that inspired even more people to set out on their own 30-day blogging challenge.

Then the fall of 2012 rolled around. I started a very awesome and intense job (that has yet to be blogged about) and I stopped blogging. Last year I knew that I didn’t have the capacity to blog every day and I let NaBloPoMo pass. Then, this year rolled around and a blogging friend posted in a Facebook group that she was looking for her National Blog Posting Month blogging buddy. I jumped on it.

Yes, I will be your blogging buddy.

(Hat tip: blogging buddies are crucial for ensuring success.)

Then, the Patron Saint of Realism on my left shoulder spoke up, “Yeah right, Laura, you barely have time to make yourself dinner.”

And the Patron Saint of Opportunity on my right shoulder countered: “You can change how you write, how you blog. You won’t write about life or epic blog posts. Keep it to one paragraph responses about things you read, thoughts you have. Don’t synthesize or analyze. Report. Blog from my phone. Post photos. The way you blog — and can blog — has changed since two years ago.”

And the Realist shit on that response: “So, you’re going to blog for the sake of blogging instead of blogging to write about what really matters? Yeah, that’ll make you happy…”

She had a point.  (more…)

How to Blog Every Day: Video of my Talk and More Resources to Help you Blog

Laura Kimball (lamiki) speaking at WCPDX

We all need a little push to get the creative juices going and, you know, write.

Two years ago a friend of mine came up with a crazy idea to blog every single day. It was a way to get both of us writing on a consistent basis. And it worked so well that every November I commit to writing and publishing a blog post every single day.

That experiment worked so well for me that I talked about it at WordCamp Portland last month. And guess what? The video from my talk, How to Blog Every Day, is now available!

Video of my talk, How to Blog Every Day, at WordCamp Portland

The talk lasts about 36 minutes, and is packed with ideas to help get you writing—either every day or simply every week. I’m embedding the video and the slides for you below (feel free to download and share). Once you’re finished watching the video, be sure to check out the extensive list of resources that were published with the original slides.

There was some great un-mic-ed discussion at the end of my talk during the Q&A, so and I tried to repeat anything that was said off-screen, but I apologize if there’s something you miss!

Thank you to Blaze Streaming Media for recording the video!

Want to blog every day and need ideas?

Here are two ideas that will help get you writing:

The Daily Post A project from filled with ideas, prompts, and even writing challenges with the soul purpose to keep bloggers blogging.

Join a daily blogging challenge – Every once in a while an organization will start a month-long writing series where they will release prompts daily and invite bloggers to write about it. It’s a great way to give you ideas of what to write. You can either search out a new writing series or check out prompts from the archives of past writing events. For example, check out the prompts from Trust30 and Reverb11 to get started (links go to the archives).

If you’re interested in blogging every day this November (or any month), leave a comment with a link to your blog! I’m collecting a small team of daily bloggers and want to follow you, too! 🙂

Next up, the video from my presentation at WordCamp Seattle, How to Promote Your Blog Without Losing Your Soul.