#Blogtober17 is officially over. It is the first of November. Today, I’ve been reflecting on the things I have learned about myself during the challenge.
In all honesty, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of daily blogging about prompts I had no control over. But I have come to the conclusion that daily blogging isn’t for me.
Here are five things I have learned during the month…
The art of writing and posting
I’ve never been a fan of posting on my blog daily. It has been known to happen but only for 3 days in a row. I do actually do some blog work on a daily basis but mostly it’s admin work. Throughout the month, I did seem to worry less about what I was actually posting (the posts turned into brain farts). I didn’t have a great deal of time to proofread and criticize my own writing. It hasn’t actually improved my writing though.
The frequency of my blog posts
If anything, the experience of posting daily for a month was exhausting. My brain was exhausted by the weekend. It made me realise that posting 3-4 times a week is the frequency I prefer to post at. Posting at this frequency gives me plenty of time to plan, write and edit. It puts less pressure on me if I don’t have to worry about publishing a post tomorrow.
Learning the skill of Time Management & Prioritising
I found I was prioritising publishing more than anything else. It didn’t help me manage my time efficiently though. I was churning out mediocre posts just to get them done. (Although, maybe, to some, I always churn out mediocre content!) I want to learn to manage my time better in the future. #Blogtober17 has made me realise that this is a bit of a necessity to be honest.
The Social Side of Blogging
I struggle with the social media side of blogging as a rule anyway. However, posting daily just increases the pressure on me. I’m looking forward to going back to posting on Social Media once every other day or so. I rather enjoy having a no pressure post in amongst my promotional ones. Connecting with other bloggers is also an important blogging tool. It stands to reason that the first people to talk to about your blog are other bloggers.
Personal Development and Growth
I actually spent most of #Blogtober brain dumping onto the blog. It’s helped me let go of some things, it’s put a little bit of me out there. I have also been inspired to continue some personal growth by starting a 101 goals in 1001 days (Day Zero Project). I’m still currently thinking of all of my goals but I’m about half way there.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mandi for hosting #Blogtober17. She has incredible determination to see it all through.