Region History

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2011 – Year of the Wild

2011 saw the dawn of more firsts – the first time we partnered with another artsy Atlanta organization, the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the first annual, and hopefully not final annual, Evening of Writing Wildly, our own fundraising write-a-thon held at Oglethorpe University. We undertook more programs and events than we ever have before and raised more in donations than ever before (and placed third globally! Not bad for the 20th biggest region.) We were helped by two folks officially stepping up as co-MLs, bring our total to four – Mattkinsi, Tiakall were joined by Hype and Sushimustwrite.

The year started off with a few hiccups with the NaNoWriMo.org site redesign, but once things got rolling things really got rolling. Notable events from 2011 include the Matt Matt Miserable fundraiser (which worked far too well), the ARTC Partnership, continuing our Adopt a Day, Adopt a Newbie, and Ikea write in traditions, and so much more it’s hard to even list.

2010 – Year of the Prophet

2010 saw a new page turned in the life of the NaNoLanta region.  Longtime co-ML Jazzy focused on a new local region in the Cumming/Forsyth area, with MattKinsi and Tiakall heading up the region.  They brought on an assistant ML, Hype, to help coordinate the first (and maybe last) ever Great NaNoWriMo Book Drive.

There was an explosion in the number of participants in NaNoLanta – over 2000 participated, over half of whom were new to NaNoWriMo.  Incredible numbers.  Write ins were organized all over the Atlanta Metro region, often with four or five on the same day (and sometimes at the same times!)  We began to work more closely with other regions, and formed strong bonds with both Seattle and Quebec.

In 2010, NaNoLanta stepped up to a new stratosphere with it’s fundraising.  Although the 14th largest region according to number of active participants, we placed fifth in overall fundraising and won the Kodiak Bears Donation Derby for change in average donations from 2009. We also saw the start of our Adopt-a-Day program, wherein a wrimo (usually of NaNoLanta) would write up a peptalk for the day, and donate $10 in the name of the wrimo with the highest wordcount.

2009 – Year of the Panda

In 2009 the region expanded to have three co-MLs, mattkinsi, tiakall, and jazzyjinx.  With the additional organizational power, the region exploded with growth and programs.  We started our own website (which you’re reading right now), a regional chatroom, Twitter account and facebook page.  And, perhaps most importantly, decided on a name for our region, NaNoLanta, had a contest for a motto, “Writing on our Minds”, and adopted our very own mascot – the panda.

Where did the panda come from?  Our first annual Ikea write in.  They had cute little stuffed pandas for sale and it took off from there.  2009 saw the dawn of kick offs at The Varsity, the NaNoLanta Mentoring Program, and daily writing prompts posted on the forum.

WAR! It’s good for morale!

Every year we declare a war on at least one other region, to help boost our morale and give us all something to look forward to.

2011 – We have challenged Seattle to a rematch of average wordcount and Toronto to a total wordcount/donations war. We beat both for donations, but lost to both in terms of wordcount.

2010 – We took on a couple of big regions in 2010 – Dallas/Ft. Worth and Seattle.  We battled Dallas/Ft. Worth and lost word count by…a lot…but we won donations by…a lot…so it was a draw 1-1.  We battled Seattle for highest average word count and lost.  We blame their terrible weather – what else can they do but sit down in a coffee shop and write?

2009 – We had a battle with Denver for highest word count and highest donation total.  Atlanta won both – word count by only 200,000 words and donation total by 35 dollars.

By the Numbers – Words Written

2011 – We wrote 23,794,763 words and ended in 15th in the global word count battle.
2010 – We wrote 26,164,931 words and ended in 15th in the global word count battle.
2009 – We wrote 18,728,336 words and ended in 12th in the global word count battle
2008 – We wrote 10,950,215 words and ended in 19th in the global word count battle
2007 – We wrote 7,059,285 words and ended in 19th in the global word count battle
2006 – We wrote 6,690,822 words and ended in 19th in the global word count battle
2005 – We wrote 2,165,752 words and ended in 26th in the global word count battle

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