5 Things I’ve Learnt From Blogging Every Day in October

30/10/2019 Blogging 13

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?

13 Responses to “5 Things I’ve Learnt From Blogging Every Day in October”

  1. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

    I love this post, and it’s a lot of what I’ve also experienced/learnt back when I started blogging, and tried to put out an infinite number of posts, haha. Posting so much is not necessarily a bad thing, and there are bloggers who can do it, but yeah, it was never sustainable for me either. And, to be honest, I’d rather put in more hours into creating a post than put something together quickly – which would happen to me if I was pushing myself to post more. Either way, I definitely relate to being a mood writer (and reader)! I’ve been scheduling waay ahead of time so I can take weeks off from writing blog posts if I feel like it. 🙂

    • Laura

      I feel exactly the same: I’d rather put more time into creating posts I love than keep putting things together quickly, just for the sake of it. Thankfully I’ve really enjoyed writing all the posts I wrote for Blogtober, but I think in the long run I’d probably just end up writing any old post, just to have posted something.
      And wow, that’s so organised having posts scheduled way ahead! I wish I was that organised, because it would be nice to be able to take some time off when I’m not feeling like blogging 🙂

  2. Mimi

    Hey Laura,

    wow congratulations of doing it 🙂 It’s awesome! I really enjoyed your blogposts and to be honest, I didn’t know that Blogtober exists until I read about it on your blog. I may participate next year, too. There’s no official Blogtober website or something, right? It’s something every blogger does on their own, isn’t it?

    I am glad that you learnt so much from your daily blogging and that your statistics increased 🙂

    Hope you enjoy NaNoWriMo next month 🙂

    Kind regards from Germany,
    Mimi

    • Laura

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog posts! It was a fun challenge to do, so I would really recommend giving it a go next year (although I think there’s a similar thing in December called Blogmas, but I don’t know much about that?). I don’t think there’s an official site like there is with NaNoWriMo, you just do it on your own.
      I hope you enjoy NaNoWriMo too! Best of luck with it, and thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Angela

    I don’t think I could have 31 straight days of posts, so congrats to you! It was fun reading all your posts this month. I agree, bloggers have to find a schedule that works for them. Some bloggers post quite often, almost every day or even multiple times a day. That seems overwhelming to me. I’m at about 3 times per week, which is working nicely.

    • Laura

      I’ve seen bloggers who post multiple times a day, and I have no idea how they manage that! Once a day was tough enough, and I only did it for a month.
      3 times a week seems like a good amount. I’m probably aiming for something like that now Blogtober is over 🙂

  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Congrats! I think I’ve blogged every day for a month twice. It took me several months to prepare for it because writing a post takes me forever. I agree that posting every day is not sustainable for me. I don’t know how some people do it.

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Congratulations! The thought of blogging every day for a month fills me with dread but I do think it’s a good challenge to take part in. I’m especially impressed you did this on the back of a blogging slump but I suppose knowing you need to post each day kind of motivates you to get typing and can probably help shift the slump. It wouldn’t be sustainable to do forever, especially as some posts you say you had to write on the fly but you’re right that it’s good to prove to yourself you can and it shows that even when you’re feeling uninspired you can think of something to blog about. Gives you more confidence in your abilities, I think.

    • Laura

      I definitely think that knowing I had to post every day motivated me, and it did pull me out of my slump, which I’m so glad about. It definitely isn’t a sustainable pace in the long run though!

  6. ShootingStarsMag

    Congrats! I don’t think I could blog every day for a month unless I had it all pre-written and scheduled ahead. hah I do want to try and have more posts on the blog though – it’s been kind of hit or miss. I have some things that are ready to post, and others that I need to work on. I definitely need to get better with scheduling posts because that’s the biggest help for me – especially with this busy time of the year.

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      I definitely need to get better at scheduling posts too. I almost never schedule posts ahead, but it definitely is a big help when I do!

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