To the best of my knowledge there are no traditional closing ceremonies for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). No choreographed dances, no waving of flags, no parades.
Which is fine. NaBloPoMo is not the same as the Olympics, or is it?
No, it most definitely is not. Here’s why.
1. NaBloPoMo is about twice as long as the Olympic Games.
2. My NaBloPoMo experiences were not featured on television. But that was not for lack of trying.
3. No one had to pay higher taxes just so I could participate in NaBloPoMo.
4. People pretend to care about swimming and gymnastics for a few weeks every few years, while people pretend to care about blogging every day. As if I’m going to believe that all of a sudden you’ve always been a fan of swimming.
5. Enormous demands were not placed on the host (me) to be a perfect shining city of gold that has no problems.
Because you didn’t ask, and for the sake of transparency, here are some reasons that show my actions during NaBloPoMo were quite different from the actions of a certain U.S. swimmer at the 2016 Olympic Games who will remain nameless because I don’t want his name on my blog.
1. At no time during my NaBloPoMo experience did I lie about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up the things my stupid drunk self did.
2. None of my behavior this month resulted in the removal of my sponsorships. And that’s not just because I don’t have any.
3. My NaBloPoMo posts did not cause the public to lose faith in me as a role model.
4. At no point during this month did it become clear I would never be as good as Michael Phelps. If you’re wondering, that point came many years ago.
5. My actions did not prompt anyone to call me an ’embarrassment’, an ‘oaf’, or a ‘dumb almost-Michael Phelps’.
6. And lastly, none of my posts this month became a trending topic on twitter, nor was a clever hashtag created to talk/rant/complain about me. Really bummed about this one.
If you’re thinking this post is just a not so subtle way of revealing my thoughts on the Olympics and a certain swimmer who again will and must not be named, think again. As in think that again. As in keep thinking that, because that thought is correct.
On a very similar topic, NaBloPoMo was a treat. I successfully posted something every day of this month. While I am looking forward to getting back to the normal once a week schedule, it was interesting putting something out there each day. I created most of the posts prior to this month, so as a whole my NaBloPoMo experience was relatively stress-free. I’m not sure if I will ever do something like this again, but I am very happy I got to share so many things with you all.
Before you head elsewhere, I would really appreciate if you would stop to comment on what you liked most from my NaBloPoMo efforts. Thank you!