Blogtober: Why I’m attempting to blog every day in October

Blogtober - my blogging challenge

RECENTLY I’ve turned into a bit of a rubbish blogger. I don’t plan in advance, I don’t stick to a schedule, and there’s no way of knowing when I’m going to get something written.

I’ve had so many unintentional breaks from blogging because I agonise about what to write, what photos I should use, and if something is good enough to actually publish. After a week or so of not posting, I worry that I can’t just jump back into things without an explanation of where I’ve been (usually nowhere, just lacking in enthusiasm). That’s where I am right now.

So many posts end up in my drafts folder, never seeing the light of day because I’ve looked over them so many times and yet they still don’t seem good enough, or I worry about the reaction they’ll have.  If I write about a holiday, will people think I’m bragging? If I write about an outfit, will people wonder who I am to talk about fashion?  When I do finish writing something I spend ages faffing with the SEO (does it really make a difference?), adding key words and meta descriptions (no, I have no idea what that means), and blogging ends up not being so fun anymore.

Then the posts I write without really thinking, the ones that I just pour out in half an hour, end up doing well and striking a chord with other mothers – that’s really what I started this blog for, to show that we’re all in the same boat in drinking luke warm tea and finding porridge in our hair (just me?).

What I’m trying to say is that I’m in a bit of a blogging slump. I don’t know what to write about, I don’t know what people want to read about, and I end up publishing nothing. That’s why I’ve set myself a challenge of publishing a post every day in October – known in the blogging world as Blogtober. It’ll force me to write without hesitating, to document the little everyday things that I would normally bypass, and to finally hit live on some of the posts that have been hiding away. I’m also attempting to drink more water and less tea, but I’m even less likely to succeed at that.

Be warned, some days might be dull … but then that’s life! Now, to find 30 topics to write about…

Oh damn, October has 31 days. Who’s bright idea was this, anyway?!

2 thoughts on “Blogtober: Why I’m attempting to blog every day in October

  1. Good on you Alana! I hope it goes well. I often have days when life is busy or I struggle to be creative and end up not writing for the best part of a week. I did a similar challenge previously; not every day but five times a week minimum. I found the more I wrote, the more I wanted to write, and the more inspiration kept coming. As a journalist used to tight print deadlines, I also struggle sometimes without an urgent deadline. I wondered if you find the same. X

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