blogging & seasonal content: trying something new this year 🍄

Hey guys! Welcome back to Maggie’s Doodles! After reading this post of D’s, I had some new ideas on how to approach seasonal blog posts! So I’m gonna share that with you today!

The last two years on Maggie’s Doodles, I loved doing Inktober, and then adding Doodletober to the mix! However, both times I dipped out in November and somewhat disappeared in December. If I was around, my posts and blog presence was… burnt out.

I was there, but I didn’t feel like I was haha

While I do really enjoy those creative October series, I wouldn’t say it’s worth it to me to not enjoy blogging the next two months. Especially since fall comes so late here in Georgia, so October is basically late summer here haha! I didn’t have much blogging energy to actually enjoy posting during my favorite time of the year.

I didn’t realize I’d burnt myself out. I kind of thought both years that I had too much happening emotionally to enjoy creating in November and December, which may be true, but I don’t know how differently I would have felt if I had made my October series smaller or more manageable.

Another thing that kind of led to my burnout each time was that I spent the months of September putting *hours* ✨ into the October series, then sat back and tapped out for October haha. I was (accidentally) like: my work is done for the year, enjoy this series! 🤣

I just remembered something else: by committing to posting every day in October, at some point in the creation of that series, I didn’t want to make 31 individual posts. Or I got tired of a new post every day. But I didn’t wanna drop a series or project once I’d started it, so I stuck it out, and it just took the fun away. Endurance and perseverance are necessary qualities to have in different situations, but not for me with creativity.

The thing is, I do love pouring every last ounce of my energy into a project I’m passionate about! The problem comes when my motivation runs ahead of my creative inspiration, because they’re not connected, and I thought for a while that they were.

So I’m going to try creating seasonal content differently this year! I know it’s going to go a lot better, and I’ll enjoy posting at a more comfortable pace. 😍

Right now, my main ideas for seasonal posts are: fall doodles in October, fall photography and thankful doodles in November, and some Christmas-y posts (maybe doodles or photoshoots) in December. I’m going to take those with me as we enter each month and see what I’d like to do once I’m there! I could do more or less than what I originally thought, based on the other content and ideas I have each week.

How about you?
Are you doing Inktober or Blogmas?
Do you have fun with seasonal content,
or does it end up being too much?

Let’s chat!

11 thoughts on “blogging & seasonal content: trying something new this year 🍄”

  1. That sounds fun! Good plan.

    I have 20+ blog posts planned for December- I’m sure that will be…interesting brain space wise. I mean, the busiest month of the year, blogging every day, what could go wrong? XD I’m really excited for it though.

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  2. I hear you about burnout. I used to blog daily but now I blog Friday Sunday and Monday. I do enjoy it plus it gives me the freedom to paint and create. Then I use the artwork that reflects where I am or was during the week. I am still learning and growing. I’m trying to figure out how to grow my following. I paint cool flowers. I don’t think people know about me.

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    1. That’s great! I’m glad you’ve found a posting schedule that works better for you. I’m currently deciding what my weekly schedule will be, and I’m thinking an average of 3 a week 😊 Yes keeping your content current with your interests is great! I love when my blog reflects me currently. I’ll check out your blog!

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  3. I’m so excited for your content! I’m actually glad that you’re not necessarily planning on posting every day. I think that will be good for you and it will make for more interesting posts.

    I’m planning on doing blogmas, but I might alternate it between blogs? I haven’t fully decided yet.

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    1. Aww thanks! 😍 Yeah I won’t be, I’m thinking about posting Monday Thursday Saturday most weeks, then changing it a little if I have extra posts! (Namely… Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge photography 😏✨) It will be a lot better!
      That sounds fun! We’ll see what I come up with for Blogmas 😎

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  4. “The problem comes when my motivation runs ahead of my creative inspiration, because they’re not connected, and I thought for a while that they were.”

    I relate to this way more than I should. I’m so happy to hear you break down your thoughts on this and super excited for your seasonal content this year! I’m hoping to do both Inktober and Blogmas this year to sort of mark graduating highschool 😂 but I’ll probably lose interest halfway.

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  5. Totally relatable! I’m doing NaNoWriMo posts, but I’m not doing Blogmas. I don’t have time for both. And the NaNoWriMo posts are already planned so it won’t be a ton of work. I’m also trying to have a lot of guest posts, interviews, and collabs.

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