Monday, November 01, 2010

NaNoWriMo-PoMo: Your input appreciated

Three Novembers ago I finished the first draft of my novel thanks to NaNoWriMo. Sure, the first draft was just the beginning, but you can't reach the end if you never start. The energy of thousands of writers convening in November to write, write, write is contagious and I hope it will infect me completely with a first draft of my next book completed by November's end.

One of my 101 things to do in 1001 days was to participate in NaBloPoMo, where you post on your blog daily during the month of November. I've always wanted to do it but now that November is upon me I hesitate. . . post every day? Will I have something interesting (as I deem it) to share daily? I respect both my time and yours who are awesome enough to visit my end of the blogiverse to post things just for the sake of posting. . . so I've decided I will participate in NaBloPoMo and see if I do have things I'd like to share daily for a month. I'm not sure if I'll update on weekends, but my goal is to see if I can post every weekday for the month of November. But, I'm not going to force it. If the best thing I can think to share is the color of my toenails or the details of my morning breakfast (typically eggs, sunny-side-up) - I promise, I'll refrain.

I have one request of you if you'd be so kind to oblige. I've been blogging for over six years. Some of you are long time readers, some of you are new, and while my stats indicate a fairly steady number of readers over the years, most of you have gotten quiet over the years. . .  which is cool, I'm honored you read whether you chime in or not, but today, I had one request- is there any particular thing you enjoy reading on my blog? Is there any topic that you think I should write more about, less about, continue writing about? Any suggestions for writing ideas (or just saying hi!) would be much appreciated and your comments will certainly give me the motivation to reach this goal. :-)


Anonymous said...

delurking to say hi!!!! write about what you want and i will read!!!

Anonymous said...

Just write about everything and anything. I'll keep reading!:) Pixie
P.S. I love hearing about the little one:)

J said...

The baby! Write about Waleed :-D

Aisha said...

Anon- thanks for the comment, and delurking :)

Pixie- smile on my face to hear from you- feels like I've known you forever :) Thanks for the input

J- thanks and will do, lol :)

Anonymous said...



Sunny said...

Gosh, I am not going to be much help. I enjoy your "voice" so much -- it's not so much what you say, it's how you say it! Good luck on your NaMoWhateverIt'sCalled, wish I could play along too but I can't add another task right now or my head will explode. :)

Fruitful Fusion said...

I've been following your blog for a while (on google reader). I love your down-to-earth, day-to-day kind of posts. I love the giggles, reading about your little one and your experiences as a mother, lawyer, teacher and writer!

kmina said...


I love reading both about major (like mum kills kid over farmville) as well as 'minor' subjects (toenail colour can positively boost your sunny outlook on life, so why not cover this topic?).
OK, to be frank, I am a bit partial to W posts. Hope it helps.

You asked be a while back if I had a PhD. I don't, although my MA thesis was a pretty good start and most certainly there were quite a lot of things left for me to say. But I fell out with my professor and the academic milieu left me rather sour, plus I had to earn a living, so I quit bothering with this. I have no regrets, I continue reading on this particularly obscure interest of mine, I am happy when I find something new, I just don't share it with the rest of the academia. And amazingly, the world did not stand still, as I initially thought. ;-) That is good news for the world.

Break over. ;-)
Best to you,


bongiamma said...

heya aisha! im delurking too! love reading all your posts, especially loving the waleed related posts at the moment. am 31 weeks pregnant currently too! :)

deepbluesea said...

I've been reading your blog for a few years now...there is just something about the way you write that makes me want MORE! Detailed, interesting...and it makes me feel as if I was actually there to experience it. Although you are older, married and a mom (i'm twenty..a medical student and not married hehe) I still find your blog so much fun to read. Perhaps because you are honest and raw? I may not experience the same things as you but they give me insight on what the future may hold inshaAllah. Its your perspective on the world as an Muslim American-Pakistani that is fun to read because that is what I can relate to you most with. The way you write letters to your son every month is so adorable. InshaAllah when I have kids I want to be able to do the same :) Whatever it is you choose to write on, I assure you that your devoted fans will always be here, eagerly awaiting your next post :)

Tracy said...

You know I've gotten quiet in blog comments over the years because I'm not quiet at all via E-mail. LOL.

Agreed with "Sunny" who said it isn't exactly the subject matter, but the voice that makes reading you so pleasant.


Aisha said...

J- hi, lol

Sunny, aw thanks- likewise for your blog- I think you could write about paint drying and I'd read (though I appreciate that you write instead, of your cutie kids)

Fruitful- thanks for delurking! I appreciate your words, they mean a lot.

Mina- thanks for sharing- you seem so content with the way things are and that has helped me in turn embrace my choice to stay home with W.

Bongi!!!!!! YEAH???? MUBARAK!!!!! You blogging about it? I have you on my google reader- are you still there because I don't ever get updates! Congrats :)

Deepbluesea- you just made me blush- thank you for your kind words.

Tracy, haha yes- true- get google reader!!! thank you for commenting :)

Anonymous said...


Write and they will come (er, read?) :). Seriously! You have an awesome 'voice' and I think the reason most of your readers are long term is because of your compelling writing. As a new-ish mom myself I love your W posts and also relate so much to your entries about being Pakistani-American. Write on!


bongi said...

heya, thankyou :) no my blog merely exists as a portal into other peoples blogs! but i'll keep you posted here :)

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