Friday, 4 November 2016

What Did Blogtober Teach Me? + Life Update

As you might have noticed I didn't quite reach my goal of completing blogtober, I knew that blogging everyday was going to be tough so I'm not really surprised that I didn't complete it. I was disappointed at first of course but looking back now I'm really proud of myself. Before blogtober I couldn't even remember the last time I had blogged for a few days in a row, let alone weeks on end, so blogging everyday for 18 days is a pretty big accomplishment for me. In the end it was my health that got in the way of me completing it, which is no surprise, but I had expected it to stop me at about day 5 so I think I've done pretty well. I thought today to mark the end of it I'd take a look at what blogging daily taught me and there is also a little (or rather, big) life update at the end of this post too.


photo credit: Makeup Savvy

Blogging daily has allowed me to work out how I can blog without being in tons of pain for days on end after, as that's usually the case when I sit up at my desk to blog. My laptop table that I can use in bed was the reason that I got so far, without it I would have failed far sooner. I'm not 100% comfortable when using it but it's a huge improvement from sitting at a desk and having to take breaks every 10 minutes. If that was the only thing I took away from this experience then I would still be happy but it definitely wasn't the only thing that blogtober taught me.

Blogtober helped me see where I wanted my blog to go in the future, throughout this year I've been feeling pretty neutral towards blogging and I'd lost the motivation and inspiration that I had when I started nearly 5 years ago. Having to come up with ideas daily meant that every post had to be about something that I genuinely cared about or it would show in my writing and I would not even want to write the post. This means I've now got a better idea of what kind of posts I like to write and what topics I want to explore more, I'm excited about blogging again.

I always thought that daily blogging was this impossible task that was reserved for full time bloggers but it turns out that once you're a week or two into it things start to become easier. I have as much time to spare as a full time blogger but my health and disability means it isn't all usable time so I was sure that this was going to be an incredibly difficult task. It definitely was tough at times but once I had gotten into a routine I found that brainstorming ideas, producing content and photos and writing the posts wasn't as hard as I had first thought. I never in a million years thought that I would be able to do daily blogging but blogtober showed me that if I put my mind to it, I can actually do it.


Now, on to my big life news... I have finally moved from Hertfordshire to Hull! I've been talking about this on and off for a while but a lot of things got in the way of it actually happening but I'm now all moved and settling in nicely. For those of you who don't know I've been in a long distance relationship for nearly 2 years now and we both felt it was the right time for me to make the move and it really was the right time as I couldn't be happier. I'm looking forward to exploring Hull more and hopefully going to some of the Hull Bloggers events round here. Where I used to live was a very small city so I think it's going to take a while to get used to living somewhere a lot bigger!

I've got a new desk and space to blog now so hopefully once I've organised myself completely I can start blogging consistently and take my blog in a new direction!
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