This year seems like it has been flying by even with all the craziness because how it October in a few days! Many of you have probably heard of Blogtober and if you are a blogger maybe considering doing it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this Blogtober is a challenge that many bloggers do during the month of October where they challenge themselves to write every day usually something that is fall-themed. Bloggers do this every year and as much I think it could be fun to participate I don’t think I could ever get in the right mindset to participate in this challenge it would be a lot of work and I don’t think I could ever come up with thirty fall themed blog post. Even bloggers sometimes need a break from writing to avoid writer’s block but you have very little time for that when you are writing every single day because you have to constantly be thinking of what’s next? I love participating in challenges and I have participated in quite a few because it’s important to step out of your comfort zone to grow but this one I will never have an interest in doing and today I am going to talk about why.
Planning topics is hard work- I really respect bloggers who participate in this challenge because I struggle with coming up with a week’s worth of blog post ideas and then motivating myself to write them so I don’t understand how someone could do it for and entire month even if this is only for a short time. Writing a blog post is more than just writing a post but it’s also writing, editing, creating images, and promotion. Sometimes it takes me up to up eight hours just to write one blog post because I am a perfectionist and always see ways I can make posts better so can you imagine if I put pressure on myself to post every day? I would become anxious and you may not hear from me for a good year after the challenge because I would either burn out from blogging or not even get a quarter of the way through it.
It’s Spina Bifida Awareness Month!- For those of you who don’t know Blogtober falls in the same month as Spina Bifida Awareness Month and although I could try to do this challenge that is not why I started this blog. I started this blog to bring awareness to Spina Bifida and disability in general and it’s more important to talk about that than any challenge ever will be. I have had so many people read my blog tell me they didn’t even know Spina Bifida was a disability until they stumbled acrossed my website which shocks me so many people haven’t heard of it because it is the most common permanently disabling birth defect which affects approximately 166,000 people in the United States. If it’s really true that so many people don’t know Spina Bifida exists it’s more important than ever we educate them so they can understand as best they can how it impact those living with it.
Quality won’t be as good- Some bloggers can write quality blog posts every single day and never burn out from it but I am not one of those people. Some days I struggle to just get one blog post out because sleeping is hard with chronic pain and if tried to write every day the quality of my post would be lacking big time because I just wouldn’t have the energy to write anything so I would whip something stupid up that had no thought behind it. I am a big believer that you shouldn’t write a post just to get one out because posts will do so much better when you focus on the quality of them, not quantity. At the end of the day, no one cares how many post you have but the quality of them because if you are constantly posting stuff you whipped up in five minutes your readers will see that and you could struggle to get growth! If I decided to write posts every day that is what would happen I would be writing just to get one out and wouldn’t put any thought into it so the quality wouldn’t be good at all.
Chronic pain is unpredictable– As many of you know, I struggle with chronic pain and get frequent migraine attacks and some days are really hard where I just want to die while other days are slighly easier and you don’t know what kind of day you will have until you start going about your day. There are days I am in so much pain I can’t write at all while others I feel like I can crank out ten posts so, it doesn’t make sense for me to commit something I might not be able to follow through with. My pain is unpredictable and although I may be feeling great right now I may be feeling terrible tomorrow and in bed the whole day so a commitment like this just doesn’t make sense because there is a good chance there will be days I can’t even force myself to write a post.
Blogtober is a great challenge for bloggers to participate in especially if your new and need more content on your blog but for me personally I don’t need to because I have well over two-hundred posts and it’s more important that as advocates we educate people on our disabilities so more people at least know it exists. I think this challenge could be a good idea for new bloggers in helping them grow their audience but for me personally, it would be more stressful than enjoyable. My writing has gotten better since the day of launch but I still wouldn’t say it’s strong and taking something that is already weak and making me do it more when I don’t have to will only make me lose focus and not want to do it anymore. I need a break from writing every once and a while and when you write daily you have very little time to take breaks. Maybe one day I will feel confident enough to participate in one of these challenges but for now, what I am doing is doable and makes me happy. I would hate for that to change! Are you participating in Blogtober?