Monday, 13 November 2017

My Experience Doing Blogtober

Hey everyone! So last month I wanted to participate in Blogtober, and I didn't quite make it (okay, I  failed) but I still learnt a few things from it, so it's not necessarily a complete fail in my eyes. First of all, I'd like to share with you how and where I went wrong with Blogtober.

If you didn't already know, Blogtober is when a blogger posts every day throughout October. It's usually Autumn or Halloween themed, but you can post about whatever you want. So that's 31 days full of content. It's a great way to boost your blogs content before you start thinking about Christmas content (or Blogmas if you participate!) and the year comes to an end.

I went wrong in a few ways when planning Blogtober:

  • I didn't plan ahead. I kind of jumped on the bandwagon a little too late with Blogtober, so I only had a week or two before it started, and life being life made me super busy in that time. I didn't even realize it was the 1st of October until the next day. Not a great start, hey?!
  • Not having a pre-made list of Ideas. Not only did I not plan, but I didn't think to write out a few ideas before I started either, so I was constantly having to think up ideas last minute.
  • The times I did manage to plan ahead, I only wrote one post. I wasn't spending the short amount of time I did have in the best of ways. Instead of sitting down and writing out a couple posts over a few hours, I was worrying about multiple things at once. Flicking between writing, social media, Spotify (I need background noise to write), and sorting out an image for the post just doesn't work. I end up spending too long on social media or deciding if I should move the image an unnoticeable amount to the left or not.

I know pretty much where I've gone wrong, so I kind of know what I want to change for next Blogtober.

  • Start Planning early. And I mean early. I might even start planning in August if it means I can absolutely smash Blogtober! Having a list of ideas, getting any materials needed for the posts, writing up any posts possible well in advance will probably save me down the line and I forget it's October again.
  • Spend my time wisely. Whenever I plan to start something like Blogtober or really taking my blog to the next level, Life always hits hard and changes that plan. Either being dragged out of the house day after day or having a low spell, something always blooming happens. I'm surprised I'm even writing this to be honest! 

Have you ever done Blogtober? If so, what are your tips?

Thanks for reading,
Bella xo

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