For someone who hasn’t written a huge amount for their blog lately, Blogtober probably seems like a stupid undertaking. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t questioning myself whilst I write this. However, I do actually have a number of reasons for committing to one post per day, for the next 31 days…
The lack of content on my blog, Instagram etc. is all down to a loss of motivation. When I do write on my blog or post on Insta, I really do enjoy it. But, I’m also the queen of procrastination and so when I get home from work, my default behaviour is to cook dinner, watch just one episode of something on Netflix….and then fall into the trap of finishing off that boxset. Before I know it, it’s 11pm, I need to go to bed and the motivation that I need to pull out my laptop and write a post just hasn’t appeared.
When I look at my blog, it’s something that I’m proud of, but why don’t I have that motivation to push myself further on here? There are so many people on social media who are absolutely smashing it with their blogs and content, and it’s their success that is motivating me. They juggle a number of different projects and work so hard, and it pays off. So, I guess the competitive side in me is asking myself why I’m not doing the same. I’m not saying that competition is a reason for writing a blog, but it’s something that helps to drive me forward.
Following on from the above, I think it’s a lack of goals which has also dried up my motivation. I had set myself some goals on Instagram but for multiple reasons I’m not achieving any of them. A majority are my own fault, but I am also going to blame some on the pesky Instagram algorithm. For someone who hasn’t blogged frequently in a while, setting myself the goal of writing 31 posts is probably a bit ambitious. But, if I can pull Blogtober off, then I’ll really feel like I’ve achieved, and that achievement and sense of accomplishment will help to push me forward. It’s not something that will be hampered by some algorithm, it’s entirely in my hands.
I enjoy a challenge. I face challenges every day at work and it’s what keeps things interesting. So, why not bring that sense of challenge to my blog? Blogtober seems like as good a challenge as any.
Backlog of Posts
I have SO many posts that I have planned to write and never got around to posting. I went to Berlin last November and got a load of content to write a post about eating gluten-free there. But for whatever reason, I never did anything with it. Now, I have no excuse. As long as the content isn’t out of date, then I’m going to work my way through the backlog. The aim is to have my list of ‘posts to write’ emptied by the end of the Blogtober. Not sure what I’ll be writing about in November, but that’s a challenge for future me!
Overall, I want to fall back in love with my blog. I don’t think that Blogtober will make it feel like a chore, I think it will actually drive me forward and spur me on to keep on going. I don’t want my blog to be something that I dip in to now and then, I want it to be something that I’m truly proud of. So, let’s do this…