It’s the first day of Blogtober today and I can hear you all asking “What is Blogtober?” so today I will be sharing the answer with you, why I am taking part and what I am going to be doing for Blogtober.
Blogtober is a blog challenge that a lot of bloggers will be taking part in. It is essentially a challenge to write a blog post a day for the whole of October, some bloggers theme their posts while others just up their posting schedule to get a post in each day.
I wanted to take part last year but was still figuring out my schedule and the sort of posts I wanted to write for this blog and didn’t want to jump into anything too suddenly without giving it much thought.
The first blog challenge I took part in was the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge which I had prepared for, thought about and really enjoyed. Since that challenge, I have tried to post every day and have pretty much succeeded (I think I have missed 3 posts since April).
Despite blogging pretty much daily I have decided to take up the Blogtober Challenge alongside my usual posts as I want to push myself a little bit and see if I can complete this. I have also decided to incorporate a theme for this blog challenge and hopefully get a little bit more understanding of myself out of it along the way.
I had originally planned on a theme of “Things About Me” but couldn’t really think of 31 things to write about that could cover a blog post a day and in all honesty, I was a bit stuck for ideas. I happened to be listening to The Minimalists Podcast (episode 197 – Successful People) where Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus were chatting to Alex Banayan and they were all chatting about finding the thing that you are passionate about and how to go about it. Alex bought up that passion was a pretty intimidating word and it should be re-framed as enthusiasm. The whole conversation was really interesting and I really would recommend that you have a listen to the podcast to understand the full concept. Alex spoke about how excitement can be mistaken for enthusiasm and then spoke about how to find what you are most enthusiastic about then introduced the 30-day Challenge.
The 30 Day Challenge is what I am going to be undertaking here on the blog for the next 30 days and is pretty simple in its concept. There are 3 questions
- What made me feel enthusiastic today?
- What drained me of energy?
- What did I learn about myself today?
And these 3 questions need to be answered each day, which seems pretty simple in theory, but as Alex said in the podcast, by the 6th, 7th and 8th day you will start to struggle to answer them, then, by the end of the 30 days there should be a pattern emerging from which you can see what you are most enthusiastic about and where your passion lies.
Why have I chosen this for Blogtober? I chose this because I am interested in the outcomes and what I can learn about myself, what I should be moving toward and focusing on and what I should be spending less time on. I also chose this as my Blogtober theme as, should I undertake this on my own I don’t think I would last a few days let alone a full month so I need to be accountable somewhere, Blogtober seemed like the perfect time to set myself this challenge.
Are you taking part in Blogtober? If so, let me know in the comments, I’d love to support you through this crazy month of blog posts!!!