Sharing the Wealth (of experience)
As I write this, the number of people signed up for SoFoBoMo 2009 is approaching 300.
It occurs to me that this year, some number of SoFoBoMoers (we need better word that than!) will have already done a book in a month (and thus have a wealth of experience from last year to share), and that an even bigger bunch will have no experience.
I really hope that the folks who were successful last year will make some serious effort to share their experience so that the newcomers can learn from the mistakes we all made (and laughed about) last year. One of the things I really liked about last year was that the whole thing had a strong community feel, and one way to preserve that into the future is to make a tradition of the more experienced folks being open and sharing their hard won bag of tips and tricks freely.
So, please – blog like crazy. And don’t forget to start blogging about it all BEFORE your official start day. If you’re pondering projects, share that thought process – there are a lot of first timers out there who are wondering how in the world they’re going to figure this stuff out. Every time you share a little bit of your process, you’re helping out people who are trying to find the trail. Blog early, blog often, and remember that just because it seems obvious to you (because you figured it out last year) it isn’t yet obvious to a whole lot of newcomers to SoFoBoMo!