I made the decision not to do Blogtober, after two months of seriously considering it and points where I actually thought I was going to go ahead and start writing out the posts I had planned. Coming up to the week before October 1st it suddenly dawned on me how much pressure it would be to get the rest of the posts planned to make sure I had a blog post for each day of the month.
It’s a lot of work and with a large task usually comes pressure to succeed and deliver. I work full-time, have a house to run along with hobbies that exist outside of blogging and for me I just knew that it would be too much for me. At first I felt like it was such a big deal and that I would be really missing out on growing my blog which led me to feeling a bit down about blogging and all that it entails, but then I remembered why I started blogging. For me. This pressure that I know a lot of us feel, we don’t have to let it get to us and get us down and make us feel bad about our blogs.
If blogging is your full-time job and you really want to participate in Blogtober then I think that’s brilliant. If blogging isn’t your full time job and you want to do Blogtober then that’s brilliant. If blogging is or isn’t your full-time job and you want to do Blogtober but know you won’t be able to fully commit then don’t worry. There are plenty of bloggers not doing Blogtober, your blog isn’t going to fail simply because you’re not posting every day in October.
If like me, you’ve been considering Blogtober but have had doubts, worries, thought that you might just go ahead with it anyway even though you have real concerns that it might be too much, then don’t do it. It’s not worth it for your own mental health, stress levels or anything tbh. If you’re still really keen then why not post an extra day each week if you have a set schedule? Come up with your own little catchy name for your extra Autumn/Halloween/October themed posts perhaps?
Of course if you still really really want to try Blogtober then by all means do but know that if you have a day or a few days where you cannot post, it is not the end of the world and you do not need to apologise to anyone be it on social media or in real life. Too many times I have seen people apologising for not getting a post up, it doesn’t need to be done. You don’t need to stress yourself out, people understand, especially other bloggers, which let’s face it are probably 80% if not more of your readers anyway!
The reasoning behind this post is that I have felt the pressure, felt down about something that I love doing; my blog. Feeling down or stressed out isn’t nice and I know to people who don’t blog that it might seem trivial, but blogging is hard work and means a lot to people. It’s not just a hobby for some, it’s their livelihood. Even for those like me where it’s just a hobby, it’s still hard work and I take it seriously and put a lot of time into my blog because I want it to be successful, who wouldn’t? If you’re ever getting stressed out about blogging then take a step back, remember why you started blogging and try to get back to that, your blog is for you. It should make you happy.
Thanks for reading ♥