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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

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31 Blog Post Ideas For Blogtober

Hi everyone! Blogtober is a few months away & I decided I’m going to participate this year. I’ve already been typing away & brainstorming content & it is definitely a lot of work! Coming up with topics takes a lot of brain power. Since other bloggers may be wanting to challenge themselves to this month long, 31 post extravaganza, I am going to be nice & share a few blog post topics you can choose from. After all, this isn’t a competition & simply a fun way to celebrate the fall / spooky season. So, here are 31 Blogtober Blog Post Ideas to help you spark some spooky inspiration…

1. Share Local Folklores, Haunted Locations & Stories

2. Blogging Routine & Set Up

3. Fall Makeup Favorites

4. Fall Look Books / OOTD

5. The Blogtober Tag

6. Favorite Halloween Movies / TV Shows

7. Favorite Fall Memories

8. A Personal Ghost Experience

9. Fall Clean With Me / Declutter

10. Monthly Favorites

11. Blogging Advice / Things You’ve Learned

12. Personal Stories

13. Fall Music Playlist

14. Work Out Routine

15. Why you love / hate Halloween

16. Fall Self Care Routine

17. Favorite Video Games To Play

18. A Blogtober Recap

19. Share a Fall Themed Experience / Travel Destination

20. Why You Started Blogging

21. How To Decorate For a Halloween Party

22. Monthly Goals

23. Share a childhood memory

24. Write a fictional scary story

25. Fall Date Night Ideas

26. React To Reddit Creepy Pasta

27. Life Update: Fall Weekend Plans w/ photos

28. Fall Clothing Hauls

29. How To Be Minimalistic During Halloween

30. Decorate Your Home For Halloween

31. Sustainable Alternatives For Halloween

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your Blogtober planning. Let me know, are you participating in Blogtober this year?

-B