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#Blogtober lets be realistic….

A couple of weeks ago, I had the grand idea of taking part in #Blogtober for the first time.

For those who aren’t aware of what Blogtober is, it takes place in October and bloggers the world over, publish a post every day for the entire month as a way pushing your content further and picking up new readers.

Considering this is my first post of October and its now the 5th, we can all agree that my Blogtober efforts have failed, spectacularly.

I didn’t do any prep for it, because, well, life. 

I didn’t plot out our plan any posts for the next month.

October crept up on me far quicker than expected, I thought it was weeks away not a handful of days.

I hadn’t really considered how big an undertaking it is. Pledging to post every day for a month and actually doing it are too very different things. My whim of saying “I’m going to do Blogtober” didn’t take into account how much time I’d need to dedicate to completing the challenge. 

As the 1st October rolled around, and I still hadn’t written a single word, I accepted that it was not feasible and completely unrealistic because, well, life.

Now, I’m going to admit that when I missed posting on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October, I did start to feel a bit guilty. I felt guilty that I hadn’t even attempted to start the challenge, that I hadn’t put any effort in to get my shit together on my blog. 

A completely ridiculous sentiment.

I had to have a word with myself.

I shouldn’t feel guilt over something I started for fun, that is essentially, a hobby.

I also need to be bloody realistic about how much I can do and how much spare time I actually have (not a right lot).

Why was I even pledging to post every single day? It sounds like hard work, it doesn’t sound like much fun and it sounds like I’m just going to be stressed out my box for the entire and what would I actually get out of it by the 31st? Probably more grey hairs and I don’t need that kind of negativity.

Realistically, I was NEVER going to be able to manage posting every day. 

At the moment, I have four books that I’m yet to review. I’m in the middle of two news investigations for work that have had me going around in circles for weeks that are due to air this month. I’m spend half my week living 130 miles away from home. My spare time, down time and time at home are really precious.

Why would I add to my already lengthy to do list unnecessarily?

Realistically, I’d have to cut down on sleep.

Taking all that into account, I have don’t have to feel guilty about completely failing at Blogtober….it really is okay not to take part in these things.

So, I’ve come up with my own rules for Blogtober. 

I pledge to post consistently this month. That might not necessarily mean posting more often!

I pledge to catch up on my book posts.

I pledge to stop feeling guilty about not posting.

I pledge to be realistic in my targets and to never again say to myself “I’m going to take part in a month of blog activity’.

For those who are doing Blogtober, good luck, enjoy it, I’m looking forward to seeing your posts!

radiosarahc View All

Journalist, writer, traveller, music lover, collector of hats, news addict, bookworm

10 thoughts on “#Blogtober lets be realistic…. Leave a comment

  1. I am not taking part in blogtober before. I have done 7 posts for 7 days of stationery week before and it takes a lot of planning. I just don’t want to put that pressure on myself, as I would only just be annoyed at myself if I failed. Being realistic is so important. I think you can still do blogtober if you post more than usual. Thank you for sharing.


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  2. I am not participating in blogtober either but try to post daily year round. However, I am retired and have the time to do so. If I don’t want to post one day, or I want to take a vacation I do so. It is a hobby and I don’t monetize so it’s simply something I do for myself. Don’t even give it a second thought. I love your posts and look forward to reading them. Quality over quantity, right?

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  3. Every year I have the good intentions of doing blogtober as October and Halloween are my favourite times of the year, but I find it more exhausting taking on all that work and I’ve found that posting so much content at once tends to bring engagement down and posts end up lost. Much happier doing fewer posts and enjoying blogging than stressing out.

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