All right, I admit it. I really got a lot out of posting everyday in November. And I obviously haven't been keeping it at all up in December without the motivation of saying to myself, well, it's part of NaBloPoMo, I really should think of something to say and then go ahead and say it.
The really good part of the whole experience was of course the experience itself. Blogging really is different if you do it everyday. An added bonus was that it seems to have started me out on a mini-winning streak, which kind of makes me feel guilty (I feel guilty when I win things, like I've won victory at the expense of all those who didn't win, strange I know), but it's also sort of nice to be a winner.
Two things I won for the posting everyday. A randomly drawn gift of some beautiful soldered pendants with vintage photos. Which I will post about as soon as I have a photo of them (it's always something with me and my camera, and right now I have the camera and cord but not the adapter to plug the cord in). And some crib bedding, not randomly drawn, but specifically for me having announced my, erm, current condition before anyone else in the month. That one I felt the most guilty about as I hadn't even intended to announce in November. I had intended it as a Halloween post, but there was someone I wanted to tell in person before he read it on my blog. My Dad, to be precise (Hi Dad!), as it seemed a bit, well, a lot, tacky for him to find out he was to become a grandfather by reading my blog. So, I talked to him early in the morning (like 3:30 early) on the 1st, and then posted later that day. And won a prize that I didn't at the time know about.
But as I have said, the streak continues. The latest is a bet made with Thor about the gender of our baby to be. The prize, the loser pays for a luxury dinner in Vienna (where we'll be over Christmas). Is it wrong to bet on such a basic thing? Whether it is or not, I can afford to be Machiavellian about it. Because the ends have justified the means, as I've won. I've made reservations at La Ciel.
Alas, the winning seems to have taken away my stellar blogging everyday record. Here's hoping that a public announcement will make the winning streak end so that I can go back to earning things through effort.