Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Anyone wanna venture a guess as to what this week is?

National Breastfeeding Week?  No, that was last week.  National Scrabble Week?  Actually, yes it IS National Scrabble Week!  But while that surely deserves its own post, that's not what we're talking about today.

No, today we are talking about a week you probably thought you'd forgotten about.  A week as fundamental to your being as International Whistlers Week, or Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week.  A week that has ruined you for all other weeks.

It's NaBloSoFroDraWe!!!!!!!!!!

That's, uh, National Blog Something From Draft Week for you newbies, or those of you who don't have photographic recollection of a made-up blog holiday you might have read about once or twice, long ago.  (I'm thinking about shortening the name to make it easier to remember, since even I have trouble keeping the abbreviation straight.  NaBlo and FroDra are my two best ideas thusfar.  What do you think?)

The brainchild of wannabe-seminal-blogger Bone back in 2008, NaBloSoFroDraWe is the perfect cure for what ails ye bloggers during these dog (and often blog-less) days of summer.  Don't have any ideas for a post?  No worries!  Just reach back into your drafts, pull something out, then copy and paste for all the world to read.

Perhaps it's something you started but never finished.  Now you don't have to finish it!  Just click and post.  Maybe it's a personal post you're afraid could cause a schism between you and a family member.  Well, chances are you're gonna have a falling out someday anyway, so why prolong the inevitable?  Just. Hit. Publish.

In previous years, it has been brought to my attention that some bloggers don't have anything in draft.  As someone who has 111 things in draft, that seems like a foreign concept to me, but I can respect it.

This holiday is for the rest of us.  Those of us who thought we were ready to post something but once we stepped up to the blog urinal and saw all those people standing around, we got a little stage fright and couldn't quite pull the trigger.  It happens.  But today is the day to shed those blog inhibitions and just let it go.

(You had to know someday I would manage to work in a writing/urinal analogy.  I'm only surprised it took me this long.)

Still, some will say, and even I have said, posts that are in draft are in draft for a reason.  Well, as the always eloquent Biz Markie once pontificated, "Don't give me that.  Don't even give me that."

Besides, remember our slogan: "Someday we'll look back on this and cringe."

For those who might be interested, I dug into my drafts and posted something over at Poetry Wrecks.  You know, since it somewhat resembles a poem.  And also because I haven't posted over there since early spring.

Later, we may analyze why suddenly my blog has become all about obscure holidays and asking questions which I pretend someone else is answering.  Or... we may not.

And hopefully I won't have any more brainchildren, at least not for awhile.

"Shake it out, shake it out / Shake it out, shake it out, oh whoa /  And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back / So shake him off..."


  1. NaBlo definitely. So it's like Festivus? Everything goes back to Seinfeld for you

    Can't keep up with your posting--bring on the brainchildren


  2. Your made-up holidays are the bomb!

    The blog urinal--I like it, in more than one way. For some reason, I periodically feel compelled to flush my drafts; not much refuse in the blog bowl.

    Ekim and I did play Scrabble in honor of the week, plus today's Scrabble tournament news was rather interesting.

    btw, I googled breast feeding week, suspecting that you were joking, and feeling mighty gullible, but alas, it's real.

  3. Why was I not informed of International Breastfeeding week?
    I like the idea of reposting an old post.

  4. This seems to come round faster every year! I'll have a look at my drafts folder and see if there's anything I'm not completely ashamed of. I appreciate NaBloSoFroDraWe (or whatever we're calling it now) though. It's helped me get back into posting during droughts in the past. You're right though - it isn't the catchiest abbreviation! How about NBFD week? Actually, is that any better...?

  5. I wish blogs had a "like" button, because I "like" this. :)

  6. I remember the good old days when it was National Blog Something That's In Draft Week. I can't keep up all the terminology changes ;)

    (I'm officially old after that statement, aren't I?)

    111 posts in draft? I think that should be enough for a post a day out of you for awhile :-)

  7. Pia - I didn't get the Festivus thing for a minute. Then I re-read the "for the rest of us" line. Yes!

    No other brainchildren in the oven that I know of. But I am available to do P.R. for any of your blog holidays. I mean, can you imagine anyone getting more excited about made-up blog holidays than Bone?

    Actonbell - Are you sure you meant "are the bomb" and not "usually bomb?" :)

    Me, joke? Why I would never!

    MarkD - That's all on me. I slipped up. I'll try and do better next year.

    J. Adamthwaite - Doesn't it, though? Also, I meant to say we have expanded it to International Blog Something, etc. day :) But then that would mean changing the whole sort-of-acronym, wouldn't it?

    OK Chick - That could probably be arranged, if I were a little less lazy.

    TC - Hey, there's only been one official terminology change... so far. And that's only because that one year I forgot what I had called it the year before.

    Speaking of more posts (since you brought it up), it seems to me like NaBlo etc. would be a great time for you to return to blogging!

  8. lol! I like NaBlo the best. And I must confess that I live in terror that I will accidentally hit "Post" instead of Save when working on one of my endless drafts. I break into a sweat just thinking about it...*double cringe*

    P.S. I definitely didn't cringe at your poem - it should never have been put in draft bin limbo ("DBL") to begin with. :)

  9. I'd never heard of that "holiday." Another notable day took place a couple of days ago: National Bad Poetry Day. :)

  10. I'm always publishing drafts... You have more celebrations than anyone I know, Bone.

  11. Sherri B - Sounds like you're just hankering to participate in NaBlo! :) Kidding, I do that, too. As if someone is going to be sitting there constantly hitting refresh on my blog and would read the post before I could unpublish it :)

    Thank you!

    Madeleine Begun Kane - Well, I may have participated in Bad Poetry Day unknowingly then.

    Sage - Thanks! I think. Just trying to nurture a false sense of excitement around here.