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I Wasn’t Going to Do Blogtober This Year. But Now I Am!

I had been thinking about taking part in Blogtober this year, but decided against it. However, two days ago I changed my mind!

Autumn leaves

What is Blogtober?

Blogtober is a challenge that many bloggers take part in during the month of October. The one simple rule is to publish a new blog post every day in October, totalling 31 blog posts! Many bloggers choose to post Autumn / Halloween related content, but this isn’t essential.

Last October, I accidentally took part in Blogtober! How is this possible? Well, I had only started my blog in September last year and I set myself the challenge to publish a blog post every day in October. This was before I had even heard of Blogtober!

Reasons why I wasn’t going to do Blogtober this year

I liked the idea of following on from last year and posting every day in October again. I knew this would be a step up from last year though, mostly in terms of the time commitment. This time last year I was writing much shorter posts, without giving any thought to formatting, SEO, images or social media. Therefore I was able to churn out most of my October posts within an hour or two, and sometimes even less. Since then, I have gone back and updated many of those posts.

I knew that taking part in Blogtober would be a good thing for my blog, but I wasn’t sure if it would be the best thing for my life in general. I have several other projects and goals I am working on at the moment, and I felt that Blogtober would completely take over. Also, I thought I would be likely to burn out if I tried to complete a blog post every day.

I knew that if I did take part in Blogtober, I would need to write shorter, simpler posts so that I could realistically get one completed every day without burning out. However, I didn’t want to compromise on the quality of my blog posts, and I felt that the topics I usually write about deserve sufficient time and thought to be put into them. I didn’t want to rush my blog posts, or post things just for the sake of it.

This is why I decided that maybe it was in my best interest not to do Blogtober this year, and just to carry on posting at regular intervals as usual. 

Why I changed my mind

I realised that if I were to take part in Blogtober, the most time-efficient way would be to have a theme – something that I could do every day and write about, that would only require a short post but would be valuable. I thought of a few ideas, but none of them were really things I wanted to do this coming month.

Then I thought about being very cliché and writing Autumn / Halloween related posts. At first I thought, ‘That would be a waste of time, I could be writing about much more deep and meaningful things than that’. But I gradually realised that I could make this theme fit with my current goals, projects and principles in unexpected ways.

Therefore I have decided that I WILL be taking part in Blogtober after all! My challenge will be to do something Autumnal or Halloween related every day, and to blog about it.

Chinese Lantern Plant

Reasons why it is a good idea for me to do Blogtober

It will help me to lighten up and enjoy life. 

I can be a very serious person sometimes, and I become so engrossed in all the things I am doing to get where I want to be in life, that I forget to just enjoy the moment and have a good time.

I love Autumn, and every year I say to myself that this Autumn is going to be the most ‘Autumny Autumn’ yet – “I’m going to go for lots of walks in crunchy leaves, drink warming spiced drinks and take part in lots of Halloween activities.” But it never quite happens. The season goes by in a blur and although I have moments of Autumnal-ness, I often feel as though I didn’t quite make the most of it.

By doing something Autumnal or Halloween related every day, I will really get into the spirit of the season. I truly believe this will be the best October yet!

It will make a good monthly challenge

If you visit my blog regularly you will know that I like to set myself a challenge every month. Blogtober will form my October challenge!

Behind the scenes, I will also be carrying on with my Using Up Challenge that I have been doing since June. That challenge is still going well, but I don’t have much more to report on it at the moment.

It means I can write short posts

Each day I will simply write about the Autumnal / Halloween thing(s) I have done that day. This shouldn’t take too long, and should be fairly simple to write… or so I think!

I can adapt to my schedule

I don’t have to spend a long time on this challenge every day. If I have a busy day, I can do an activity that doesn’t take very long, such as making an autumnal drink. It won’t take long to write a post about that.

It will help me connect to other bloggers

I am hoping that my readers will enjoy the short, light-hearted posts I am planning to write. It will also provide an opportunity for me to connect with other bloggers who are taking part in Blogtober, especially those that are also writing Autumnal themed posts. We can take inspiration from each other, and celebrate each others progress through the month!

If you are a blogger and you are taking part in Blogtober, let me know in the comments!

It will help me socialise in real life

I have a tendency to be quite a solitary person, but I am determined to bring a social aspect to this challenge. I could easily do many of the autumnal activities on my own, but that would be kind of sad and lonely. Therefore I will try and make it as social as possible. I will plan ahead to go to Autumnal events and places with people, and I will incorporate Autumn themed activities into my day-to-day social interactions. I will also share and tell people about the things I have been doing.

This will help me with my goal of overcoming social anxiety and becoming a more confident and sociable person in general, by bringing excitement and variety into my social interactions.

It will help me to switch things up and break my routine

I have been feeling a bit stuck lately in certain aspects of my life, and I’ve found that sometimes the best remedy for stuckness is to do something COMPLETELY different! Even if it seems unrelated to the problems I am trying to solve. Blogtober will provide a fun distraction from the things that were getting me down, and will bring me opportunities to try things I have never done before. 

It will also switch up my blog. A lot of my posts have been quite serious, so it will be an interesting experiment to see how I get on with writing more light-hearted posts, and whether my audience enjoys them.

It will give my blog a boost

I am hoping that by posting every day, I will see a boost in traffic to my blog. This is especially true if I share my posts on social media and connect with other bloggers who are doing Blogtober. I hope to post lots of Autumnal photos on my Instagram too, which is a platform I have neglected lately.

Wild Rosehips

What kinds of activities will I do?

During the past few days I have been doing lots of planning for Blogtober, and I have come up with a huge list of Autumnal and Halloween themed activities to do this month! I am very excited about it. I am not going to share all my ideas in this post because I want to keep them a surprise! However, I will reveal that my list includes a few classics such as walking in crunchy leaves, putting up Halloween decorations and carving a pumpkin!

I will do at least one different Autumnal or Halloween themed activity every day, but I can absolutely do more than one if I want to, and I can repeat activities throughout the month.

I have made a rough plan for what activity to do each day, but that is only a guide. Some activities will require planning in advance, such as attending events or visiting attractions, especially if I organise to go with other people. However I will also be spontaneous. I will look for ways to incorporate the theme into my days, whether I am at home or out and about.

Keeping it Sustainable

I do my best to live a sustainable and environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and I plan to stick to my principles and make this a sustainable Blogtober. Here are some of the ways I hope to achieve this:

  • If I buy anything, like decorations or costumes, I will buy them second hand.
  • I will take things like decorations back to charity shops when the season has ended.
  • I will stick to a vegan diet when it comes to Autumnal drinks and Halloween treats.
  • I will include some activities that help good causes.
  • I will stay as local as possible, and share lifts to Autumnal and Halloween events.
Pear tree with pears

Will I be posting any other blog posts in October?

I will exclusively post Blogtober themed posts in October, but I will still carry on working on other posts behind the scenes. If I manage to complete any, I will save them to publish in November.

Here’s to a fantastically fun, Autumnal and spooky Blogtober!

I’m really looking forward to this challenge, and I hope you will enjoy reading my posts. If you haven’t already, please feel free to subscribe to my blog so that you can keep up-to-date with my Autumnal activities! 

Are you a blogger taking part in Blogtober? Let me know in the comments. I would love to connect with you!

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8 Comments

  1. Good luck to a good Blogtober….

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you!

  2. I love this. I will try this as well. Is there an actual way that I need to get involved or do I just do it. Love Raheela

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      All you have to do is write a blog post every day in October – it doesn’t necessarily have to be Halloween themed! If you do try it then let me know and I will make sure to check out your posts 🙂

  3. Awesome… can’t wait!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Me neither!

  4. I’ve never done Blogtober but this has me thinking about ways I could incorporate a theme that would also help me reach my non-blogging goals – maybe fitness or health-related. Don’t know if that’s too cliche though. Thoughts?

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      I don’t think that would be too cliche – if anything, me doing Halloween related posts is cliche but I don’t think it even matters! Maybe you could set yourself a health or fitness challenge for the month, and write a short post about your progress each day? That would be a way of holding yourself accountable and making sure you commit to the challenge, so that you are more likely to achieve your goals!

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