The date today is October 14th, but I'm scheduling this post to appear on November 1st - thus starting into National Blog Posting Month 2009. I'm planning to write at least a week's worth of posts ahead of time, so that I'll have a chance of sticking to a schedule, because from back here it looks like November is shaping up to be a pretty rough month. It feels kind of like cheating, though - does it really count as NBPM if I'm not writing all the posts during the month?
On the one hand, it does kind of defeat the purpose of NBPM. The idea is to write one post per day, not just have one post appear every day. From that perspective, it looks very much like I'm cheating. >_>
But I've said this before, and it bears repeating: I'm not blogging so that people will read what I write, or for an annual event. I blog for purely selfish reasons. I need to keep in practice with writing, or I'm afraid that I'm going to forget one day, and lose a valuable skill. I've also found that a blog format is a great way to get my thoughts on a subject in order, and simultaneously put them on the Internet for future reference. Finally, as with my post from May about my research project, putting something on this blog occasionally saves me a lot of breath explaining things to people.
In that case, why go through all this rigamarole? Why bother with NBPM, when I could spend my time on other things that I desperately need to finish? Honestly, I just think it'll be fun. What other reason do I need?
(random parting thought: scheduled blog posts could be a really neat twist to a murder mystery :o)