I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to every single person who read, liked, commented on and shared my Blogtober posts. While it may seem like a small thing to many people (particularly those of you used to daily blogging – a feat I greatly admire) it’s been a huge achievement for me, and knowing that people found my posts informative and enjoyable brings me so much joy.
I’ve learned a lot from doing Blogtober. First of all, that it’s actually quite stressful, and a lot more planning goes into it than I initially thought. I’m a total perfectionist when it comes to, well, everything, and I often found myself waking up early and staying up late just to retake/re-edit photos, rewrite posts and mess around with photo edits on Canva to pair with my accompanying tweets. Again, it may not sound like much, but for someone with M.E., this is a real challenge and, with me being the fool I am, I dived into it feet first.
So, I figured I’d answer a question that some (or none) of you may be wondering – why didn’t I post every day? Surely that’s the point of Blogtober? Well, there are a few reasons for that. I actually didn’t settle on doing Blogtober until we were already half way through September – I’d toyed with the idea of doing it a while ago, but didn’t make my mind up til much later, so I was already way behind when it came to planning posts. The aforementioned perfectionism also played a part, as I hated the idea of stressing over posts every single day. Honestly, combining that with my anxious nature and chronic fatigue, I think I might have actually keeled over doing this, and that’s not a good look.
Truthfully, though, the main reason I didn’t want to post every day was because I didn’t want to become stale. I have a lot of ideas that I’m working on behind the scenes, but I also have many concepts that I end up sending to the bin folder because they’re either too clunky, too boring, or simply not informative. My goal with my blog is always to share my thoughts in a helpful and enjoyable way, and I didn’t want to find myself posting just anything for the sake of daily blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not saying that everyone who daily blogs does this – I’m solely talking about myself and my own tendencies. I didn’t want to find myself with an empty list of ideas come November 1st, and I certainly didn’t want to re-use any kind of posts (there’s only so many nail varnishes I can recommend for one season!).
After Blogtober, I’ve decided to give #Blogmas a miss this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved planning and writing within the framework of a theme, but I’d say it needs more time and attention than I can give it right now. However, if I do decide to attempt it next year (or Blogtober again – or both!) I’ll be planning it many months ahead. Who knows, by then, I may actually be able to post every day! Here’s hoping.
Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing my thoughts on Blogtober. I’ll do my best to stick to a frequent upload schedule – I have some exciting things planned for the next couple of months – but I’ll be taking a short break for the next week or so. As much as I’ve enjoyed posting three times a week, a gal needs her rest! Sending good vibes to you all,