This year, I decided to do Blogtober. First, I’d like to point out that before Blogtober even began, I had no idea what blogtober was. I just remember scrolling past some of the blogs in my WordPress reader. I noticed people were talking about participating in blogtober. I then looked it up, and I quickly decided that I was going to participate in Blogtober. I was going all in this year, and I figured that Blogtober would be the perfect way to cultivate the habit of blogging every day.
Well, it is now November and blogtober is over. I am kind of sad about that. I have really enjoyed writing a new blog post every day. The challenge was thinking of new content to post. I had to exercise my creativity by looking for things around my house and in my life that I could write about. Amongst other great posts, I wrote about the books that I read, a wonderful horse that my daughter got for Christmas one year, and life lessons from playing the game Candy Land. Click here to see all of the posts that I’ve written for blogtober.
Participating in blogtober has been a great journey for me, as a person and as a blogger. As someone who has been blogging semi consistently for four years, blogtober has given me the motivation to write every day. Before blogtober, I was not publishing a post every day. During blogtober, I have been, and I have found that I can do it. I can write a post every day. I can write something … anything… every day. It is possible.
Sometimes it has been hard thinking of new content to write. Some days I would just sit in front of my computer, my chin in my hands, as I try to figure out what to write. Some days the topic comes to me instantly. Some days, it just doesn’t. When it does, then I am nothing short but thrilled. I run on a writing high, extremely pleased with myself.
When I don’t, then I will usually turn to Pinterest to find ideas. By typing in keywords such as ‘blog post ideas,’ I was usually able to find something to write about. Check out my pinterest board below, which contains many pins on some awesome blog post ideas that you can incorporate in your next post.
During blogtober, I’ve learned that it is possible to find things to write about. It’s funny, because I used to think that I had nothing useful to say. But as I go about my life, questioning everything, I realize that there is something that I can share with the world. I am not like everyone else. I am pretty unique. I have my own views on the way the world works. I can share that and hopefully people will listen to what I have to say. And if they don’t, then that’s okay too.
Another thing that I’ve learned from doing blogtober is that there is no blog topic that is too small or insignificant. Anything can be a good blog topic. In fact, just sitting here in my home, I can think of at least three things I can write about. I could write about how much I hate having carpet in the house. I could write about the five different uses of a coffee table. I could write about the different ways that you can wear a scarf to create the most fashionable looks. There are just so many things that I can write about. And that gives me so much joy, knowing the potential that exists from something as mundane as a rock or a scarf.
I’ve also learned that blogging is not as easy as people may assume. Many people might be under the impression that just writing a simple post, and then hitting submit is sufficient. But there is so much more to blogging. Just writing a 300-600 word post is not enough. You’ve also got to make the post look, well, pretty. You’ve got add some pictures. You’ve got to add a call-to-action. You’ve got to edit the said post.
And then, even after you’ve hit submit, there is still so much to do. You’ve got to create the necessary images to promote the post on social media. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ve also got to engage with the community. There is so much involved with blogging. As I sit here, I’ve got a running list of all of the things that I still have got to do to help build my blogging business. It is almost pretty overwhelming.
The most important thing that I’ve learned is that blogging revolves with the writer. Blogs should never be allowed to stay stagnant. Instead, we should be open to letting the blog revolve with the writer. Right now I am mainly blogging about multiracial issues, books, and social media. But five years from now, my life will be completely different. Who knows what I will be writing about then? I am excited to see where blogging will take me. I am excited to see where I will be as a blogger then. I hope that you join me on this journey.
And you, my dear reader, did you participate in blogtober? If so, what did you learn from doing blogtober?