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Blogtober 101: The Do’s & Dont’s + Post Ideas

It’s that time of year again where bloggers take part in the daily 31 post challenge in October & honestly – the sooner you prepare the better. I personally, will not be participating this year but you can always reminisce on last year’s posts. Since many bloggers take part in this posting challenge, I wanted to share some insight to Blogtober including a few do’s & dont’s as well as post ideas.

What Is Blogtober?

During the month of October, bloggers in the community share a blog post every single day for 31 days. Seems like a lot right? It definitely is! Although I successfully completed the challenge last year, it was a lot of work & took early preparation. Typically, bloggers will post Halloween or fall related content [ but you can of course post whatever you’d like ]. And if you are someone who finds the idea of posting daily for a month to be rather stressful, there are no REAL rules. You can create a schedule that works best for you. This year, I plan to post once or twice a week in October, sharing Halloween & fall content as well as my usual intentional living posts. Last year, I shared a recap on my first Blogtober, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.

Now, that you’ve decided to participate in this challenge, the preparation is where the real fun [ or stress ] begins. Here are a few suggestions to make your Blogtober experience more of a breeze.

Prepare Early As Possible

Last year, I started writing fall content in July! In reality, 31 posts [ if you fully commit ] is a lot of content to write! I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed & stressed. The only issue I had with this was I would sometimes re-read a post a month later & not be satisfied with the idea. So, keep that in mind as well. You don’t want to write all of those posts months in advance & then want to start from scratch. Be sure the ideas you have will fit your future self. Anytime I had an idea, I would write them down & then schedule it accordingly. This year, I’ll be re-sharing a few old posts that needed edited & revamped. So, if you do run out of ideas, you can always look back at old posts for inspiration.

Guest Post & Collaborate With Other Bloggers

To help lessen the load, why not connect with other bloggers in the community. Open the floor up to collaboration or guest posts. This is a great way for other bloggers to expand their audience as well as give your typing hands a break. One of my favorite posts I did last year was share other blogger’s ghost stories / encounters. Whether you believe in the unthinkable or not, it was tons of fun to read through these stories & befriend other bloggers in the community. If say, a blogger has traveled to Salem Mass. & you haven’t yet – you can have them share their experience in a spooky travel guide. It’s always interesting to see other people’s takes on the season / holiday [ especially from those living all around the world ].

Get Outside Your Niche

Blogtober is the perfect time of year to get outside your comfort zone / niche. It’s a great time to experiment on topics you usually wouldn’t write about & to just have fun with it! I personally love sharing Halloween themed tags or share my favorite Halloween movies / tv shows as well as my general love for the spooky holiday. I love branching out from the usual decluttering posts, & sharing more about myself. It’s a wonderful way to connect more with your audience & allow them to see the writer behind the blog more authentically.

Have Fun!

Most importantly, these challenges are supposed to be fun & a way to connect with the writing community. So, don’t stress too much on being perfect or posting daily. My favorite part of Blogtober is meeting new bloggers & widening my audience. Be sure to support those who are participating by commenting on their posts, sharing them on social media & even advertising them in a future blog post. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be participating in Blogtober this year!

Post Ideas….

Before I go, I wanted to share a few blog post ideas to get you started. Also, be sure to check out last year’s 31 Blogtober Blog Posts for even more ideas! Also, if you have topics to share, be sure to include them in the comments below.

Local Haunted Spots & Their Origin Stories

Spookiest Places From All Over The World

The Blogtober Tag

Top Halloween Themed Movies / TV Shows in 2022

Halloween Costumes Throughout The Years

Halloween Through The Decades: Share Your Childhood Memories

Monster Mash Bash: Fall / Halloween Recipes

Share A Personal Ghost / Scary Story

Couple, Family or Single Costume Ideas

Why You Love / Dislike Halloween

If you decide to choose any of the topics suggested above, be sure to link back to this post!

-B

41 thoughts on “Blogtober 101: The Do’s & Dont’s + Post Ideas”

  1. Ooh I love this! I won’t be participating in blogtober this year because of everything else I’ll have going on – but I definitely want to do it at some point! I love the idea of branching out – I know my blog isn’t very personal but I’d love to add an extra dimension to it – so I might try something new with fall content during October! Thank you so much for sharing, I know people participating in blogtober will find this so helpful x

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  2. Hi Bee,

    I have to say that the prospect of taking part in Blogtober would fill me with dread – I’d be happy to get out 31 posts in a year let alone in a month!

    That said, for anybody that is looking to do it, I think that your tips would be really useful. In particular, I suspect that a good deal of advance planning is vital. Good luck to all the brave souls that are planning to take part.

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  3. These are great tips and suggestions. I did Blogtober a few years ago and I definitely agree you need to plan ahead and be really organised because it is a lot of work. So rewarding though at the same time.

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  4. Gosh I can’t believe we’re all starting to think about Halloween and Christmas and things like Blogtober already – where has this rubbish year gone? I wouldn’t do Blogtober – I think I did back when I first started blogging though. I always love reading everyone’s posts though!

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    1. i know right?! time is seriously flying by. i feel the same way – it was fun as a new blogger to meet other bloggers but now, I just don’t have the time. i’ll enjoy reading everyone else’s though for sure.

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  5. I think I’m planning on doing Blogtober this year. It was a struggle last year because I wasn’t fully prepared but great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I’ve never done Blogtober before, but this post is helpful for those planning on doing the challenge! I will be writing Halloween/Fall-themed posts in October, so your post suggestions are helpful!

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  7. I’ve got my posts all planned out and now I just need to finish writing them lol! I just started blogging at the beginning of this year and I’m super excited to participate in Blogtober!

    I was worried that writing out of my niche (I’m a mom blogger) would be a horrific idea, but I love what you said about this being a time to branch out and connect with others 🙂

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    1. that’s awesome! blogtober is a great way for new bloggers to meet other creators and test their craft. i did it last year and it was a lot of fun. i’ll be on the lookout for your posts.
      yes – i think it’s a lot of fun to get out of your niche and expand your thoughts and ideas. good luck!!

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  8. So I literally stumbled into the concept of Blogtober a few days ago. I had NO idea. I look forward to participating although I’ve done little to no planning for this fun event. Thanks for sharing about it and encouraging bloggers to participate.

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