And… that’s a wrap! #Blogtober18 has officially finished for this year. If you’ve not heard of #Blogtober before, essentially it’s a month of themed blog post prompts that you are encouraged to join in with over October. The whole thing is brilliantly supportive thanks to its lovely host Mandi from Big Family Organised Chaos, who encourages lots of interaction through a month-long bloggers linky and Facebook group.
This was my first year joining in with #Blogtober and I have loved every minute of it, even if I was a bit of a benchwarmer *coughs* for the majority of the time (I was there in spirit).
Now, as always, with this type of thing there were the super bloggers who stuck with the programme. There were the few that tweaked it round the edges. And those, like me that flew by the seat of their pants and hoped for the best. If you are in the latter, then you’ll probably recognise the 7 inevitable stages of #Blogtober18.
On the cusp of October, you remember that ‘something big and bloggy happens’ but you can’t quite put your finger on it. It’s definitely something for bloggers and you swear blind that it’s Halloween themed. You spend a day trailing through all the October 2017 Facebook threads because you won’t give up until you find the evidence.
You’ve found it. You’re the winner. It was #Blogtober (you knew it had something to do with Halloween – ‘see’ you tell everyone) and there’s no way October is going to start without you being there too. You join the Facebook page, visit the hosts blog, follow everyone playing and read all the rules twice to make sure you know what’s going on. Oh you eager beaver!
Even though it’s already the 1st of October and you have only just found out what the daily prompts are, that’s not going to stop you. In fact. Nothing will stop you completing this year’s #Blogtober18 because you, my friend, are keen with a capital ‘K’. You carefully pick through the easiest looking prompts to see if you can speed write a few posts now, in advance, just to be on the safe side. Because you don’t want to fall behind, right?
Your first week’s posts are mostly written and published! Whoop whoop! Everything is going great and you can’t wait for week 2 to roll on. In fact these prompt are blooming marvellous you declare. They’ve given you a little spring in your step and your posts per week go from ‘when you can remember’ to ‘every day’. You can be found on Twitter drumming up more bloggers to join in with the fun that is #Blogtober18.
It’s not that you don’t want to join in with the same gusto that you did in week 1, but suddenly life has got in the way, a lot. There’s half term to plan for, parents evening, spellings to accomplish and homework that needs your undivided attention. Something’s got to give and the only thing that can is #Blogtober18. You make a plan to squeeze in a few blog hours at the end of the week… except Riverdale is back on Netflix.
#Blogtober18 is back on your radar as things settle down. Except you’ve lost your way a bit. Without a doubt you are still writing a whole tons more posts than usual, thanks to the added motivation. Except your brain is as wilted as a flower and try as you might, you just can’t write what you are supposed to be writing about in the prompts.
And then suddenly, without warning, October has come to an end quicker than you can scream ‘trick or treat’. Sh*t you curse to yourself. And it all started so well. Never mind… there’s always next year right?
*This is a tongue-in-cheek post. I learnt a huge deal from being part of #Blogtober18 and can’t recommend it enough to anyone keen to give it a go for next year.