- What went wrong
- Blogtober reflection questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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. 💜