October 29th 2018
There are lessons to be learned from every experience, so here is what I learned from blogging for (almost) 31 days straight~
Taking on a blogging challenge like Blogtober or Blogmas is a large undertaking. Last year, I took on Blogmas and it was a huge undertaking but I found it to be incredibly rewarding. This year was my first year doing Blogtober and it proved to show many challenges that I did not expect when diving in. I expected it to be exactly like Blogmas, but I have come to realize that both are their own beasts. Here are a few things Blogtober has taught me
- Fall weather is unpredictable- I had some really great post ideas that never got made into a reality because the weather was just never conducive to my schedule. However, it taught me to think on my feet and create content regardless of the weather. (It also taught me the value of pre-planning when it comes to weather sensitive events)
- Always leave wiggle room in your posting schedule- I found out after I had already created a Blogtober schedule that I was going to Florida. As a result I sort of had to fumble through my schedule as I moved and bumped and removed post ideas in order to make room for the new event.
- Give yourself 2-3 days after an event to write about it- I work and have a pretty healthy social life so sometimes I can’t get on the computer to write as much as I would like. So if I go to a haunted house on Friday, sometimes it isn’t possible for me to write about it for Saturday. So I realized that my magic number of days to wait to post is 2-3 unless something is really topical. That way I can ensure that content doesn’t look rushed and all of my pictures are in and ready.
- Pre-writing is key- I would not have survived this challenge if it weren’t for the fact that I scheduled posts that were easy to pre-write. Posts like my favorite Halloween books or movies didn’t require fall weather or fall activities in order to get finished. I am always sure to put in posts that aren’t heavily reliant on the season so I can schedule them really far in advance.
- Remember that this is about the fun- The biggest thing I learned is to not take this too seriously because I am doing it because it is fun. I wouldn’t keep doing these daily blogging challenges if I didn’t find them extremely fun and exciting. So never lose sight of the fun of the season when trying to do a blog challenge.
Overall, I found Blogtober to be a rewarding experience and I am so happy to have gained a few more Earthling followers in the process! Thank you to all of you who have supported Blogtober so far and I can’t wait to create even more content through the end of this year and beyond!