As you may know, I’ve been taking part in Blogtober this month, and so have posted a blog post here every day in October. Tomorrow is the final day, and I already have my final post ready, so I think it’s safe to say I’ve been successful!
Back at the beginning, I wasn’t entirely sure that I would manage it… I was going into this challenge off the back of a terrible blogging slump, and so the idea of having to post every day for a month was overwhelming. But I wanted to take part anyway, and just see how well I could do. I could hardly end up posting less than I had been doing during my mega-slump, so what did I have to lose?
Well, I not only managed to successfully do it, but I also learnt a few things, so I thought it would make a great penultimate Blogtober post to share them!
So here’s 5 things I learnt from blogging every day in October:
I can do it…
The biggest thing I learnt is that I can blog every day for 31 days, which is something I wouldn’t have believed. So hooray for that!
It was a struggle at times, especially on days when I hadn’t written ahead, and then had got home late from work and had to put something together. But I found that most days I could squeeze in time to work on a blog post, and that’s something I now know about my own schedule. So now I have no excuses for going days without posting!
…but it’s not long term sustainable.
Just because I now know that I can blog every day for a month doesn’t mean that I’m going to keep on doing it indefinitely. One thing I’ve learnt is that for me, that pace isn’t sustainable. I’ve had days where I’ve felt burnt out, and having to sit at my keyboard and type has felt like a huge chore, and I don’t think it’s healthy to go through that on a regular basis.
I now just want to find the right balance of posting frequently, but not so often that I’m struggling to keep up. I want to take advantage of my new zest for blogging and keep up some kind of momentum, but I definitely want to find a more relaxed schedule.
I’m a mood blogger as well as a mood reader.
One thing I hadn’t realised when I started Blogtober is how much of a mood writer I am. I’m aware that I’m a huge mood reader, and don’t always want to read certain books I’d planned to read, but apparently I’m the same with writing blog posts!
Before the start of Blogtober I had planned ahead what I was going to be writing every day, but often I would sit down to write and just not feel like the idea that I had planned out for that day. So I did have to do a bit of switching around so that I could write what I felt more inspired to write. As much as I would love to have a strict blogging schedule going forwards, I think I need something a little more flexible!
Posting regularly does improve your stats.
So this is kind of a well known fact about blogging, but throughout Blogtober, I’ve seen it first hand. During my huge blogging slump my page views and number of comments had plummeted, and really, it’s no wonder. If people are coming to your blog and finding nothing new to read, of course they’re going to leave quickly.
However, with posting every day there was always something new for people to read, and I could really see the difference in my stats. I know stats aren’t everything, but it has been motivating to see them going up, and it’s just another reason why I want to keep up some kind of momentum. I’m definitely interested to see how they level out once I revert to posting a few times a week instead of every day.
I would like to vary my content a little.
One thing I’ll definitely be taking forward out of this Blogtober is that I’d like to diversify my content a little. I’ve always had ‘writing’ and ‘lifestyle’ as categories on my blog, but to be honest, I’ve only really been talking about books lately.
And I adore talking about books! But at times during this month, I’ve found myself feeling stuck and wondering what more I actually had to say about books. I really enjoyed the odd times I would veer away from that and talk about blogging or Disney music, and so I’d like to do more of that in the future.
Don’t worry, the books aren’t going anywhere! There might just be other stuff on here too.
So have you ever taken part in Blogtober or another blogging challenge? How did you find it, and what did you learn? What’s your current blogging schedule?