Blogtober recap: Why I won’t be doing it again

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Introduction 

Woo! It is the final day of Blogtober, and with this post, I have posted every day in October! While I am proud of myself for completing this blogging challenge, I am glad it is over. 

Participating in my first ever Blogtober was exhilarating, challenging, fun, but it did feel overwhelming at times. 

This blog post will share my honest thoughts on my Blogtober and why I won’t be doing the same schedule ever again. I didn’t want to focus solely on the positive side, as I think it is valuable to know how different people handled Blogtober. 

Statistics 

Analytics
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I really should have recorded certain statistics at the end of September. I’ll make sure to note them down for next month. Starting with WordPress, I have gained approximately 43 new WordPress followers in October. 1,162 views, 475 likes and 251 comments. With the most popular blog post being, my first Blogtober 2021 – what to expect

For Twitter, my main social media platform, I gained 72 new followers, 22.7k tweet impressions, 194 mentions, and 3,188 profile views in October. 

What went wrong 

This blog section will talk about what went wrong during Blogtober and mention what I can do moving forward to help with my blogging journey. Even if you fail, you can gain experience and knowledge through your attempts. 

What went wrong
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Unrealistic expectations 

Before I started Blogtober, I had this false reality in my mind that it would be like Blogmas 2020. My scheduled content would be published; I’d create pins for Pinterest and get into the festive spirit by reading content created by other bloggers. I’d post on Instagram and jump into the blogging community on Twitter. 

That didn’t happen with Blogtober. 

What I didn’t take into consideration was that during Blogmas 2020, we were in the middle of another Lockdown, which meant I didn’t have to factor in social occasions or as much work as it was slow. 

Blogtober consisted of work, social events, blog posts, personal commitments, more work, and keeping up with blogging. With so much on my plate, something had to give. I didn’t have the time to participate in the blogging community as much as I wanted. Even now, I have comments to go through, and I still feel like a bad blogger for not reading many Blogtober posts.

I set unrealistic expectations as I balanced my time based on my experience with Blogmas 2020.  

Schedule 

While I had a clear schedule for scheduled and drafted blog posts before Blogtober started, I didn’t schedule anything else before the first week of October. No Tweets, no pins, no Instagram posts, I didn’t schedule any of those, which meant I was constantly playing catch-up (and still am) on each platform. 

I went one or two days not posting at all on Twitter, and don’t get me started on Pinterest. For my personality, I need to schedule a time to do different areas of blogging preparation, not just blog posts. 

Motivation 

My emotions were up and down in October, which meant I didn’t have any motivation some days. I would drag myself out of bed late, start work late, then get to blogging duties late, and then go to bed later, then the cycle repeats itself. 

Blogtober reflection questions 

I wanted to ponder some questions about Blogtober and share the answers with you.

Blogtober Questions
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What would I do differently? 

If I ever do one of these challenges again, I will not be posting every day. I think I would up my game and post three times a week, as this would give me time to engage in the community, share my blog posts more and read content created by other bloggers. 

Do I hate Blogtober? 

When people have a negative experience with something, such as Blogtober, you might automatically assume they hate it. That is not the case here. I don’t hate Blogtober; I just think I should have handled it better. I needed to plan more than my blog posts, and I should have scheduled time to cover other areas of blogging. 

Do I have a favourite Blogtober post? 

From my personal Blogtober blog posts, I have three main favourites. 8 ways to celebrate Halloween as an adult, as it was fun to write and got me into the Halloween spirit. I also love how I found my first year of blogging blog post, as it commemorated my one-year blogaversary. Finally, I love my 5 reasons why introverts need time alone, as it has been in my drafts folder for so long; plus, it was very close to my heart. 

Would I post every day again? 

Nope. 

What was my favourite part of Blogtober? 

My favourite part of Blogtober occurred before and during Blogtober. Writing varied content. I wrote 31 blog posts, each one different from the last, and it was fun delving into various topics, and in some cases, writing something honest that made me feel vulnerable, such as my World Mental Health Day 2021 blog post. 

What was the worst part of Blogtober? 

While I LOVE comments, both receiving them and posting them on content created by other bloggers, they have been challenging to keep up with during Blogtober. I still haven’t caught up with comments. I have comments waiting to be approved on my blog, and I have a list of blog posts I want to read. As many of you know, I like to leave long comments on blog posts, which takes time, time which I didn’t have in October, unfortunately. 

Summary 

Overall, I am glad I challenged myself and participated in Blogtober, but I don’t think I will be doing a ‘post everyday’ schedule again. In comparison, Blogmas 2020 was fun, but I think it was because it was an escape. I couldn’t be festive with friends and family due to the pandemic, so I read content and participated in the blogging community more in Blogmas to feel festive. Blogtober didn’t have the same effect, as I was juggling more social events and work. 

If I ever do Blogtober or Blogmas again, I will be doing it my own way and not posting every day to allow myself time to share, comment and engage with other bloggers and their content. 

Moving forward, I will be focusing on quality weekly blog posts, which I will mention in my November plan blog post. 

Let me know if you participated in Blogtober in the comments, mainly because I will be scheduling in time to check out other people’s content in November. 

Also, let me know how you found Blogtober this year? 

Congratulations on reaching the end of Blogtober! I hope you have a lovely November. 💜

20 thoughts on “Blogtober recap: Why I won’t be doing it again

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  1. First, congratulations! You did it! It is tough to post every day. Glad to hear some new people discovered your awesome blog this month!

    I didn’t participate in Blogtober. I love this time of year, and actually had two weeks off work so I would have had the time. I just can’t come up with enough content ideas to do it.

    I will, however, be doing Blogmas again. For some reason, I have no shortage of Christmas ideas.

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    1. Thank you! I am so proud of myself for completing this challenge.

      I hope you enjoyed your two weeks off of work?

      I can’t wait for your Blogmas content! I think I will be posting more for Blogmas, but I won’t be posting every day. 😊

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  2. I was thinking of doing Blogmass in a hope to gain 1000 followers by the new year , probs wont happen but I’ve worked out I’ll need 20 followers a day to reach 1000 so when you break it down its not that much.

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  3. Well done!!! I participated in Blogtober but I couldn’t keep up and had to quit midway because I was feeling overwhelmed with work and every other thing around me. Plus, I had only found out about Blogtober days before October so I was not prepared AT ALL which meant I had to write literally everyday which was so stressful but I would be more prepared next year definitely!
    I really enjoyed your posts!✨🤍

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    1. Thank you!

      You did what was best for you, and that is what is important. 😊 I don’t think I could have done Blogtober without pre-prepared content.

      I can’t believe you wrote as many posts as you did, especially when you had to write them each day! Well done! 👏

      Thank you for your comment.

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  4. Huge well done for completing the challenge.

    I totally understand the points you’ve raised. I felt the same. It was getting to the point where I wasn’t enjoying churning out content, but I’m happy with what I did post.

    We can only do our best, considering other commitments in life.

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    1. Thank you! 😊

      I am proud of the content I produced; I just wish I had scheduled in other areas of blogging. I am glad you did what was right for you. 😊

      Here’s to continue doing our best in November. 😊

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  5. This was a really interesting breakdown of how it all went for you; I typically don’t take part in these monthly events)challenges as there’s no way I would be able to post daily. If I was to participate I’d just do themed posts on my normal schedule so that I don’t overwhelm myself. It sounds like you learned a lot from it though so that’s really valuable. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I don’t think I’ll be posting every day again. Doing themed posts on your normal schedule is such a good way not to feel overwhelmed!

      I did learn a lot! Thank you for your comment. 😊

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  6. I didn’t take in consideration balancing this with my life outside of blogging. i forgot the world has opened up more and i was pretty busy with social gatherings / work. i was also going through grief of losing my dad so i considered this challenge as a distraction. but i don’t think i’ll post daily ever again. i think i’ll still do some fun festive content but keep it to a balanced schedule next time – like 3 – 4 posts a month or something.

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    1. I didn’t take the outside world into consideration at all either. It is a learning curve, which I am glad I experienced. 😊

      I am glad you were able to use the Blogtober challenge as a distraction. 💜

      That is a good idea! I think I will stick to a balanced schedule as well. Thank you for your comment. 😊

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  7. Hi TYD,

    Well, you may not feel like doing it again but, ‘Well done!’ for doing it this time. I truly do admire those that participate in Blogtober and Blogmas – primarily because I know that there is no way that I would ever be able to do it (even going back to posting once a week you’ll still be posting way more often than time constraints allow me to!) 🙂

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Hello Richie,

      Thank you! I do feel quite proud of what I’ve achieved, and it was a great way to learn.

      If I had to create content like yours every day, I wouldn’t be able to do it! You write such detailed, well researched and informative posts that would be so much harder to do each day!

      I appreciate your support! 😊

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