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Things to consider before taking on a blogging challenge

If you’ve been in the blogging world for any amount of time, it’s likely that you’ve stumbled across someone talking about or taking part in blogmas or blogtober, a month-long blogging challenge that requires you to post every day for a month (obviously). I’m not quite sure of the technicalities of each one (like if it’s critical that all blogmas posts have to be Christmas related) but you get my gist. Thousands of bloggers take part in these challenges every year and I tip my metaphorical hat to anyone that even attempts it.

I no longer take part in blogging challenges like these because personally, I don’t find any benefit from doing them. I blogged every day in June a couple of years ago and swore I’d never do anything like it again, only to find myself swept up in the blogtober hype a few months later and doing that one too.

But after that little foray into the world of blogging challenges, I don’t think I’d ever do one again and I wish I had taken more time to consider it before I jumped into it both times because I learnt a lot from doing them. They’re big challenges. They take a bloody lot of hard work, effort and dedication there’s no two ways about it.

So if you’re thinking about embarking on a blogging challenge this year and you haven’t done one before, here are some things that might be worth considering before you do.

Do you have enough ideas for the whole month?

Coming up with 30 or 31 ideas in a short space of time is really hard and definitely something to consider before you start. If you tend to only post on your blog twice a week and only really come up with enough ideas for that amount of content (which is fine), then 30 different posts is going to be tough.

I’m not saying you’re not creative and have the ideas there but when the pressure is on to come up with those ideas, that can be when we struggle to think of them the most (like when you’re trying so hard to think of an actors name and as soon as you stop thinking about it, that’s when you remember).

Quality over quantity

Will all your posts be of their highest quality, even though you’ll be posting every single day and won’t have as much time to dedicate to each one? If I’ve learnt anything over the last year, it’s that quality over quantity is key.

Are you doing it to increase your stats?

Which leads nicely to this point, quantity doesn’t always equate to higher stats. Is your aim for doing a month long blogging challenge to increase your page views or your followers? If it is, maybe consider researching other techniques to increase your views and your following before doing such a big challenge. I talk about increasing your following in my eBook!

Is it going to affect you mentally and drain you? Is it worth it?

Blogging can be stressful at the best of times so it’s worth considering whether the extra stress of making sure you get a post up every day is worth the potential strain it may have on you mentally. Of course this isn’t the case for everyone and some people post every day anyway, challenge or no challenge and it has no impact on them mentally at all. But I remember it did for me, so I can only assume it will for others too.

Are you doing it because your blogger friends are doing it?

Are you doing it because you really want to do it? Or are you only doing it because your blogging friends are and you want that camaraderie with them over it? Will your quality suffer if you feel like you’re only doing it ‘for the sake of it’?

Will you be disappointed and frustrated with yourself if you don’t complete it?

And finally, this is something that will be very individual to each person but I know for a fact that if i hadn’t have completed blogtober when I did it, I would have beaten myself up terribly because of it. Fortunately that’s not the case now but back then, I was incredibly hard on myself. When we set out to do something, not completing it can sometimes have a really bad, negative impact on our state of mind. If that’s you, maybe have a think before diving into it.

Have you ever taken part in blogmas, blogtober or any other blogging challenge? How did you find it? Did you complete it? Did you run into any problems? Let me know!

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

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  2. This is an excellent post!
    I found that Blogtober was a lot of fun, and it’s the first (and only?) time I’ve completed a challenge haha. I did get a lot of extra traffic, but only a little of that stuck around.
    Cora | http://teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Interesting thoughts! I’ve heard people who have had a lot of extra traffic and others who haven’t but it’s interesting that it was only temporary for you. Definitely something else to consider!

      1. Yeah – it was nice for a boost, definitely made it seem worth it at the time and I found some excellent blogs, but not much of the traffic really stayed around after October ended.

  3. I took part in Blogmas in 2017 but I despised the pressure I put on myself. If you can produce loads of quality content then kudos to you, but I personally struggle to write a bulk load of quality posts

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com x

    1. At least you gave it a go and learnt from it! x

  4. I’ve never felt the need to take part personally for all of the reasons you mention.
    I wouldn’t want to churn out substandard posts for the sake sharing a post.
    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    1. I totally agree with you!

  5. I haven’t done a blogging challenge before b/c I know I wouldn’t have the time to write 30 or so posts & it would be too stressful as well.
    I do admire anyone who does a blogging challenge b/c I know it’s not something I could do

    1. I feel exactly the same 😌

  6. I firmly believe (for me) that challenges would kill my creativity as I never find I work well with less freedom or flexibility but I know others who relish them and their content thrives x

    1. I’m in the same boat as you in way x

  7. I don’t think I could ever take part in a blogging challenge ever. I honestly think I would despise blogging so much after it.

    Rebecca Elaine x

    1. Haha I totally get what you mean!

  8. This is such a good post – it’s definitely a side of things that no one mentions when they plan these big sessions. I’d rather plan about 10 weeks with 3 posts a week than use up all my ideas – and probably put myself under loads of pressure with reviews – just for the sake of getting them up quickly. Totally think I’d burn out. I’ve only ever half-considered them before but having read this, I’m certain it’s not something for me. Great post!

    1. I totally get what you’re saying!

  9. I think this post offers such good advice for those considering blogging challenges. I’ve been blogging since 2015 and I’ve never taken part in a blogging challenge because I know I couldn’t hack it. I think I’d struggle with coming up with enough ideas, and even if I didn’t, my perfectionistic personality would come out and stop me in my tracks within a couple of days. I truly admire those who are able to manage it, and I think some bloggers are able to do it fantastically, in such a way that their quality doesn’t suffer under the quantity at which they’re posting, but I know personally I’d never be able to do it. I think the pressure to take part is sometimes a lot, especially if you’re involved in the blogging community online, so I love that this post sends the message that it’s okay it you sit them out.

    1. Great comment and I totally agree. It also heavily depends on people’s circumstances like if you work full time and have a family chances are, it’s not going to be a good idea x

      1. Yeah, that’s definitely true, too!

  10. Something tells me you don’t like blogging challenges 😛 though, quite frankly, the idea of having to come up with so many ideas in such a short amount of time does stress me out to even think about 😛

    1. I don’t not like them, they’re just not for me personally 😌

  11. This is a really great post darling, I think it’s gonna help out a lot of bloggers with advice 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    1. Thank you!

  12. I only do blogmas, I’ve done it twice, but I don’t necessarily listen to the only blog about Christmas rule. It is harder to blog each day, but I have enjoyed them. I couldn’t do more than that one per year though

    1. I couldn’t think of 24 different things to write about Christmas?! I’d get so bored!

  13. I never do these challenges. It’s better for me to blog when I can or I want to or it sucks all the fun.

    1. Think that’s the same for a lot of people!

  14. I’ve attempted it before and I found that I became resentful of the challenge for taking the fun out of blogging. It became more of a chore for me than I wanted writing to be. While the camaraderie is a complete benefit, I became one cranky blogger! Great post!

    1. Haha! Well at least you’ve lived and learnt ✨

  15. I admire any blogger that does any of those challenges. I know full well that I would never be able to commit to that. It’s far too much pressure for me to put on myself when I don’t need it.I really don’t know how people do it!

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. Same really, I’d get bored of talking about Christmas too 😂

  16. I did Blogtober in my first year of blogging back in 2016 and while I managed to complete it I wouldn’t do it again. It did help my page views considerably and I actually did gain quite a lot of followers, but the content definitely isn’t my best work. I’m not saying I hate it, but there were multiple occasions where I was up till nearly midnight writing because I was just trying to jam in a post. It did teach me a lot about blogging and I am grateful for that, but never again!
    Beth x

    1. I’m glad it taught you a lot, that’s the main thing I guess!

  17. Back when I was staring, my idealistic and naive self thought I could handle it. I blogged everyday for two weeks straight and that’s when I crashed.

    I was so drained to produce so much content that I failed to take in to consideration how my audience would receive it.

    Looking backing it was definitely not brightest hour.

    Views come and go but a true following needs a lot of work and most importantly good content.

    Thank you for this blog post. It is a great reminder of what has been. 😊

    1. You’re so right, you can’t build up a good strong following from a month’s worth of content 😌

  18. kelsey says:

    Great post. I definitely don’t have enough ideas to do posts for ever day, I would definitely get burnt out too. Interesting to hear it doesn’t increase stats as that would be the only reason I consider doing it!

    1. Yep! I’ve never had it increase my stats and heard the same from a lot of people who did Blogmas last year!

  19. Great post! to be honest for me, there was never any appeal to do these sorts of challenges, and this post literally just solidified that for me hahah. I agree with all the things you’ve said above, and I already know, without actually doing It, that doing something like blogmas would hinder rather than help me and my blog. It just seems way too stressful

    1. Totally agree with you, I don’t think I did it because I really want to either!

  20. Course it takes a lot of time and you 100% get tired in the end, but sometimes people do challenges just for fun. Others do it because they want to check themselves. Doable? Let’s try! That’s how they think.
    They say: “Try once and you will now how it goes”

    1. Well yeah, obviously people do just do it for fun but for some people it’s still worth considering these things. People can do what they want 😂

  21. Great tips, I honestly don’t think I could ever do any of these blog challenges of blogging every day. I got worn out blogging 3 posts a week for 2 months, and the thought of posting every day for one month sounds like it would totally drain me. If I ever did it, I would have to pre-write all of the posts at least 4 months in advanced or something. I’d rather write quality posts over quantity though.

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    1. I’ve always done that – schedule the posts in advance. I don’t know HOW some people can just whack out a post the day it’s due up!

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