First things first.
What is Blogtober?
It is a blog writing challenge in which participants post a blog every single day for the month of October. It’s meant to jump start inactive blogs (not that would apply to ME at all….) and encourage more consistent content creation. I’ve also seen suggestions to read a new blog post every day or follow a new blog every day. That sounds like a great way to grow your personal blogging community.
Now, you might be thinking to yourself,
But Jessica, you are an unproductive slug-muffin.
Why are you doing Blogtober?
I’ve been doing some soul-searching recently. The last time I’ve been consistently productive was during my school years. I’ve always filled my school planners meticulously and (nearly) never missed a deadline. I had a 4-year plan (revised every semester of course) and knew what I needed to be doing and when. And believe it or not, I followed it.
Things got a little hazy after graduation. Got married, moved into tiny apartment, started working two part-time jobs, adulting, yadda-yadda-yadda. Ever since then, I’ve found myself stuck in patterns of survival. Adding two kids to the mix did not magically fix things either. Who knew?
I find that I do much better in structured environments. I’ve tried building my own structure, creating plans/schedules/bullet journals/etc, but I’m really really good at ignoring rules I’ve made myself. I need external structures to keep me in tow.
At least I think so. This is an experiment after all. We’ll know by the end of October or December if it’s worked.
As a part of this ‘productivity experiment,’ I also plan on participating in NaNoWriMo and Vlogmas after Blogtober. I think the phrase we’re looking for is, “Go Big or Go Home.”
Does this mean you’ll be posting 31 blogs this month?
No. No it does not.
As ambitious as I am, one thing I am working on is setting realistic goals. I’ve found that goals that are too easy don’t motivate me. But of course, goals that are too difficult set me up for failure and perpetuate the cycle of self-loathing those with depression are all-too-familiar-with. So this experiment is really practicing the precious balance between challenging and not-too-challenging.
Part of that will mean taking weekends off. That equals 23 blog posts this month, which will more than quadruple the number of blogs I’ve posted in an entire year.
As I continue on this life-long search for productivity, I’m learning the importance of mental health breaks and how taking time to slow down can actually speed you up in the long run.
I also know life can be a b*tch.
Just this morning one of the kids threw a 75 minute tantrum and the dog pooped on all three playroom rugs. But hey! That’s nothing compared to the slightest inconvenience when my meds aren’t working.
So as I learn to forgive myself for not running at 100% capacity 100% of the time, I’ll schedule in some downtime to keep myself sane.
What will Blogtober look like for FirstDraftLife?
Here are the rules I’m giving myself:
- One blog post every weekday.
- Each “day” ends at 2 am the following morning, ie. Monday’s blog can be posted at 1:15 am on Tuesday and not be considered late.
- Stock photos.
- While I have specific topics planned out for each day of the week, I reserve the right to change my mind and post whatever I want on any given day.
- Three forgiveness days in which I can skip a day if I post two the next day or over the weekend.
I will also award myself BONUS POINTS for the following:
- Any posts above 23.
- Posts uploaded by 7pm.
- Using photos I’ve taken myself.
- Following the topic schedule.
- Finding, reading, subscribing, and commenting on new blogs.
What will I do with these bonus points? WHO KNOWS. But they sound fun so I’m gonna use them.
But Jessica, aren’t you bad at following your own rules? How will you keep yourself accountable?
That’s where you come in!
Yes. You. The one reading this post. Right now.
But what can I do?
What’s a better motivator than public humiliation, ammirite? Comment down below or find me on Twitter to let me know you’ve seen my public declaration of finally-doing-the-things-I-say-I’ll-do.
But don’t stop there!
Let me know what your goals are for this month as well. We can be
shameaccountability-buddies! I get so encouraged seeing other people going out and smashing their goals and I love playing cheerleader. We can do this together! TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK! (See? I’m a great cheerleader already).
I’d love to get in touch and get to know you. Because what’s the point of blogging if it isn’t growing a community of like-minded crazies?
I wish you and myself good luck. See you tomorrow!