It’s the 31st of October and it can mean just two things; 1. It’s the spookiest day of the year – Halloween! And 2. It’s the end of Blogtober!
For my final Blogtober post I thought I’d reflect on the month gone by and write a little bit about how I found this years challenge.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Blogtober is not an easy challenge to participate in. Coming up with content every day for 31 days when you’re trying to maintain a normal social life and you work full time is exhausting. Much like last year there were many occasions when I felt like giving up (and very nearly did). I’m glad I stuck with it though and that I just about scraped it together for a second year.
Personal highlights of this years Blogtober were visiting Foxes Farm pumpkin patch which has become somewhat of a tradition for me. I had a great day out and I love the photographs I took. It was also just a fun thing for me to write about- days out posts generally tend to be my favourites. You can read about my pumpkin patch trip here!
Another favourite post was One Rainy Autumn Day because I put quite a bit of time and effort in to the photography and words (and particularly liked the photographs I took of the rat), A Few Beautiful Pieces From My Vintage Collection because again, I was quite proud of the photography that post contained and also because I really enjoy writing about my collections and Super Simple Halloween Eyeball Cherry Pie Recipe – just because it was such a simple idea that pulled together really well! I also enjoyed writing Growing a Pumpkin – Tips and Tricks because it was a completely new style of post for me and I still can’t quite believe I grew my own!
Finally (as always) I enjoyed putting together my annual Lush Cosmetics Halloween 2019 Haul! Who doesn’t love a Lush haul?!
I think overall I would call this years Blogtober attempt a success but there’s definitely a few things I’d do differently if I got a chance to do them again. Firstly, I would go on more days out; not only because days out posts are my favourites to write but because I feel I should have made the most out of my precious weekends and this month I really struggled with that. This month has been busy with work and seeing my boyfriend so by the time the weekend rolls around I tend to get lazy and want some time in bed to catch up on sleep.
The second thing I’d do is utilise my time better. I didn’t take my camera in to work with me once, despite knowing full well that to get the shots I needed to make my posts visually interesting I should be shooting every day. There’s a really lovely park near my work and I take my camera there every Autumn – but this year I’ve failed to do so which is a big shame! I did write some of my posts on my lunch breaks and some I scheduled a couple of days in advance – but there were times when I scraped something together when I got home after a full day of work (and you can tell, seriously).
Next year to get through Blogtober I will:
- Start writing posts in September.
- Come up with a comprehensive list of ideas before Blogtober begins.
- Utilise my time better.
- Put more effort in to every post.
For those who have been joining me on my Blogtober journey – thanks for sticking by and showing me some support. Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge this month! Now, should we all get started on Blogmas?!