I'm taking part in the Blogtober Challenge with a whole host of other bloggers. Here I explain all about Blogtober and what it involves!

Blogtober – Day One – The Introduction!

I’m not entirely sure what made me think that taking part in Blogtober would be a good idea! And yet here I am on the first day of October, nervous and excited about taking part! If you are new to my blog

If you are new to my blog then here are a few facts about me to introduce myself:

  • I’m Alex and I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger
  • I’m a lover of craft beer and great food
  • My favourite people are my husband Scott and my daughter Lily
  • Autumn and Winter are my favourite times of the year
  • I’ve been working hard on my ‘winter body’ all year πŸ˜‰ – more than prepared for the jumpers and layers!
  • I’m very creative and crafty. Aside from writing this blog I also knit, crochet, upcycle, and love interior design
  • My dream is to move to Scotland or Sweden and build our own eco-friendly home

 

I'm taking part in the Blogtober Challenge with a whole host of other bloggers. Here I explain all about Blogtober and what it involves!

So what is Blogtober?

Blogtober is essentially where bloggers post a new blog post for every day of the month of October. It’s similar to the Vlogtober videos you might have seen on YouTube but is (obviously) written posts.

Now you might be wondering “What’s the big deal about that?”.

Well, Blogtober (and blogging in general) is not a quick and easy process.

Every time I create a blog post it takes a lot of time to get it finished before posting. You can see my post here on the Ultimate Blog Post checklist and it’ll be pretty clear what I mean.

So that means that for the month of October I need to do everything on that list 31 times over (not to mention actually thinking about ideas). As you can imagine then, Blogtober is a pretty intense challenge!

So why take part in Blogtober?

Well, I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge ha!

I like to push myself constantly to try new things and this past six months I have seen my blog, and myself, go from strength to strength.

I have the quote below printed out above my desk – and it’s something I truly believe.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is often the best way to grow, I’m hoping that by doing Blogtober this year I will push myself to grow and develop.

It also means all my lovely readers get TONNES of content to look at for this month!

I'm taking part in the Blogtober Challenge with a whole host of other bloggers. Here I explain all about Blogtober and what it involves!

What are the rules?

There are no rules to Blogtober other than creating new content every day of the month. That means people can get as creative as they want to with their posts.

Who else is taking part?

Here are a few other fab bloggers who are taking part in the Blogtober Challenge:

Katie:Β www.creativetravelguide.com

Β And that’s it…

I’m really excited to be this! If you are a blogger do feel free to join in too! And if not I hope you pop by each day to see what new content I have coming up on the blog πŸ™‚

Also you will be able to find lots of content on social media using the hashtags #blogtoberchallenge and #blogtober17 πŸ™‚

Alex

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51 Comments

  • Reply Heraa October 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    When Alex first popped up the idea of Blogtober, I was quite excited but it gave me chills too like how would I be able to write so much up every day but it sounded quite challenging so I said let’s go. And here I am πŸ™‚ Kuddos to Alex for such great idea 😊❀️

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Heraa – can’t take all the credit. Lots of people taking part now which is exciting πŸ™‚

  • Reply Travelquartz October 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Hi, happy 31 days of October :), i agree that life begins outside the comfort zone, it will be fun . Thanks and best wishes !!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Looking forward to seeing what everyone posts! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lyf&Spice October 1, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This was a crazy idea, and am now happy to be a contender in the challenge! Credit goes to you for coming up with it. I liked reading those little fun facts about you that I didn’t know earlier. Cheers!!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Aditi πŸ™‚ I can’t take the credit as blogtober is something I saw people doing last year but wasn’t blogging myself then! πŸ™‚

  • Reply DIGTIAL TRAVEL GURU October 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Thanks Alex for organising a fantastic challenge to do in the group, I am so excited to do it and I am sure it will be so much fun. Loved the fun facts about you section on your post. This is all our 1st post lol 30 to go let’s do this πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Haha ONLY 30 to go! We can do it together lovely! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply lexieanimetravel October 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

    This is a wonderful idea of you, I’m so excited for the success of all the participants πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s content πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks me too!

  • Reply Helene October 1, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Great quote!:) I believe that with all my heart too! So happy to be participating in this challenge with you, I think we’re all going to have a great time (and suffering a little bit:P) <3

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks lovely πŸ™‚ yes definitely fun and suffering ha!

  • Reply Rahat Arora October 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Hello, Alex since October is full of Indian festival, so i took this as the blogger festival. Thanks for starting such a lovely challenge.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Yes definitely a festival! Hard work too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lucie Aiston October 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    This is definitely out of my comfort zone but I’m really looking forward to the challenge!! #Blogtober17

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Me too! I’m equal parts nervous, excited and plain terrified ha!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Same Lucie πŸ™‚ I’m sure we can do it!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Same Lucie πŸ™‚ I’m sure we can do it!!

  • Reply Fee - One of Each October 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely to meet you. Looking forward to reading more through #blogtober17 πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      You too Fee πŸ™‚ xx

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      You too Fee!

  • Reply Laura October 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I’m taking part! Beginning to question my sanity as realised that 30 posts is usually enough content for 10 weeks! Oh… and I’m working away for a full week so will need to schedule/link up from a random place that may or may not have wifi! But it’s nice to get to know some new blogs!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Oh gosh you’ve made me realise that now too ha! Good luck though πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kim Carberry October 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    hehehe! I have been working on my winter body all year too.
    Good luck with Blogtober….I am ready for the challenge! x

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Kim πŸ™‚

  • Reply Clare October 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Autumn and Winter lover right here too. They are just the best times of the year I am a sucker for those cosy Autumn days and of course Christmas! Lovely post and your blog theme/layout is so clean and pretty #goals. Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚ #Blogtober17 x

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Aw thanks Clare so nice of you to say! xx

  • Reply Jaymee (@_TheMumDiaries) October 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I took part in blogtober last year it is lots of fun!
    I would love an eco home! but for now this one will have to do! Can’t wait to read more!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Jaymee xx

  • Reply Michael October 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. I like it. Here’s to reading more throughout Blogtober.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Michael πŸ™‚

  • Reply Noel October 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    An eco-friendly home sounds like a great idea. Mine is an indoor rainforest. Good luck to us for this challenge and our dream homes.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Wow that would be awesome!

  • Reply Katie October 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I love your quote! We decided to move abroad and it is completely our of our comfort zone but wow it has been amazing! and the same goes for the blogtober challenge, it gets you into such good habits for future writing too. Can’t wait to read all your awesome content coming up!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      I’m so in awe that you’ve moved abroad – so brave and exciting!

  • Reply Raimy October 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Haha!! I love autumn and winter for the wooly jumpers and plenty of layers too!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      One of the many amazing things about this time of year!

  • Reply Becki October 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I’m a newbie convert to craft beers and ales – I’m not one for the fruity ones is what I’ve figured out! Good luck with Blogtober πŸ™‚

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Becki! Ah see i’m a lover of the fruity ones πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kimberly Kruty October 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I didn’t know you were a fan of craft beer ! We definitely have that in common lol. I’m glad you came up with this challenge and I can’t wait to read more of your posts for it !

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 2, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Thanks Kimberly! Yes I LOVE craft beer and I’m trying to try new ones every time we travel. It’s not always possible but it adds an extra dimension to any trips we take πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tyra October 2, 2017 at 5:18 am

    My favorite season is Autumn too! The air feels good, the trees are pretty, everything is chilled haha. I’m completely agree with the fact that we need to push ourselves out the comfort zone and this blogtober sure is crazy way to do it. I wish us both luck!!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Autumn is the best for sure! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Reply Janet Yarwood October 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Winter woolies are the best! Good luck with the challenge

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Janet – I need all the luck I can get!

  • Reply Teya October 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Alex, I’m so excited about this challenge. Game on buddy, game on!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Me too! Let’s smash it!

  • Reply Saffron Baker - PixieBowUK October 3, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Fab idea ! Will look forward to seeing your posts! Thanks again for your help over on the Facebook group ! X

    • Reply bettertogetherhome October 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Saffron! and no problem!

  • Reply Mandi October 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for linking up with #Blogtober17, it certainly does ensure you are super organised, I am looking forward to finding out lots more about you and your blog.

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