It’s Tuesday 31st October, 2017 and that can only mean one thing; it’s the end of Blogtober and I officially completed the whole challenge!
Although to some it may not sound like a big deal, Blogtober has been incredibly hard and challenging – and I’m so proud of myself for completing it. I managed to write an impressive 31 posts over the month of October, writing them amidst a house move, work and a busy schedule. In all honesty I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but now that I have I feel really pleased.
For my final Blogtober post I want to reflect over the month of October and Blogtober and share my personal highlights with you, as well as a few things I have found challenging and what I have taken away from it all.
Well, where do we start?
This month has been so incredibly busy that it has literally flown by for me. It only feels like days ago that it was September, it’s all very surreal.
But I guess the biggest thing that happened to me this month was buying our first ever home and moving in to it. This actually distracted me from Blogtober and gave me content in equal measures. I posted a few mini vlogs about the move and the decorating process. Decorating Our New House; A Mini Blog was probably my favourite post out of the three. And of course there were some hauls in there too (I’m looking at you Moving House: A Homeware Haul.)
There were some days that I found it incredibly hard to come up with inspiration, and I really had to push myself to come up with ideas. Posts such as Baking: A Simple Autumn Apple Strudel were bourne of this creative process. And actually, upon reflection I feel really proud that one creative project inspired me to be creative in other areas of my life too. It just goes to show what you can achieve when you put your mind to it/when you’re under crippling amounts of stress. (I joke! Kind of.)
One of my favourite posts from this challenge was Autumn Appreciation Post because I really liked the photography and the words contained in it. I adore Autumn and this was a really fun piece to put together for me. I actually shot all of the photos on a lunch time break at work in a local park – this was a great example of prioritisation and maximising my time.
I also enjoyed writing the A Trip To The RSPB Lodge post. I spent a lot of time thinking about the photography for this one. It was also just such a lovely day spent with Gareth and my family. Days out posts are always my favourite to write as they help me to remember happy times and this was certainly a real highlight of the month for me. As silly as it sounds I was so excited to discover our local RSPB reserve has Fly Agaric mushrooms.
October also saw us visit Foxes Farm yet again for the annual Pumpkin Patch. This was such a fun event and the perfect photo opportunity. I love to celebrate Autumn as best as I can and this is about as Autumnal as it gets!
And in true Autumn style we also celebrated Halloween at a Halloween/Fireworks Night Event! This was a lot of fun and again, spent with Gareth and my family. It’s so important to spend time with your loved ones.
Taking a look back at my October Bucket List post, I can see that I also completed all 12 of my goals for the month! I am happy to report that I attended all of the events I really wanted to attend (pumpkin picking, Halloween event, funfair) successfully moved house, enjoyed eating a toffee apple, completed Blogtober, took lots of Autumn walks, passed my theory test (yay, me!) bought a winter coat, did an Autumn photoshoot (which you can see here!) and started exercising. Okay so the last one, I didn’t exactly get around to doing what I intended, which was to start running again (it’s been hard to juggle everything) but I have started to walk four miles a day to the train station and back. And that’s a good place to start so I’m calling it a success.
So what have I taken away from Blogtober?
Well, I have learned that consistency really is key, prioritisation is super important and that sometimes you need to think outside the box. As I have already said, Blogtober was a really difficult challenge for me but it did show me that there really is no excuse to not blog or stick to a schedule. In the past I have skipped days or even weeks due to “writers block” and, whilst I do still think there’s some weight to that argument, I don’t think I could (in good conscious) use it as an excuse anymore; I have essentially pushed my way through 31 posts facing writers block!
Anyway, it’s been a ride and I fully intend to celebrate my completion of this challenge (and a fabulously successful month) with dinner and a date to the cinema tomorrow!
Have you taken part in Blogtober? If so how did you find it?