Five weeks ago I had never heard of Blogtoberfest, not did I have any inclination that such a thing existed. I’ve been merrily blogging away for just over a year and had got involved in a few craft blog community things, though not as many as I probably could or should have.
At the end of September I was one blog post away from my 100th! I wasn’t sure how to mark it. Then I read that Anka at Happy Hang Aroundwas taking part in Blogtoberfest, hosted by Tinniegirl with the help of Curlypops. A commitment to post every day for the month of October. It seemed the perfect thing for me to mark my century and to fall in love with my site again, having been struggling to keep motivation going over the past few difficult months.
So there I was on 1st October, 31 posts ahead of me and a bit of apprehension (ok, quite a lot actually!). And here I am now, over 31 posts later very proud of myself. Not just for having completed it, but for keeping it going into November too, aided I have to admit by the fact I am on holiday!
I am particularly proud that there aren’t many ‘fillers’ in there. I like to properly write in each of my posts and share things with an explanation of what something is, how it came about, how I feel etc. I am always reluctant to post just a picture of something I like or that I’ve found without saying what, how, why etc. I know I’m too wordy to let things speak for themselves!
I feel I’ve got back on track with frou-frou, got excited about it again and clarified to myself what I want it to be. At times in October I found I was writing a bit more about me personally than I ever intended to, and that is still a little strange for me and I’m not sure about how I feel about that or how interesting it is for you to read. What it has done, however, is enabled me to write routinely about the little crafty things I do most days instead of saying to myself ‘I’ll wait until there’s more to see’, which is just a bit lazy really. This was really reinforced when Gillian left a lovely comment every time I posted about the circles scarf, following its progress.
Blogtoberfest also introduced me to many new blogs, many of which I will keep up to date with. 270 took part and as yet I have not worked my way through all of them, but I will eventually!
So what now? More of the same I guess. I would love to say I’ll keep up daily posting, but I know it probably won’t happen. Next week I’m back at work and have to really face up to the reality that I will probably be redundant by mid December (more blogging time?) and the stresses that will bring, or is already bringing.
For now I am going to wave goodbye to Blogtoberfest, but embrace what it has taught me and look forward to a happy bloggy future!
Hopefully see you tomorrow!