Reflections on Blogtober

Blogtober was great.

For those late to the party, Blogtober 2009 was, as far as I can tell, a scheme to get bloggers like me to post something on their blog, at least once per day in October 2009.

For the most part, it worked well.

It all started when one of the people I follow on Twitter mentioned something about Blogtober, and how they were considering taking part. Having not researched the concept any more than that single tweet (but having heard similar concepts before,) I decided to partake on this particular adventure, and post something every day in October, right here.

For what it’s worth, I think it worked quite well. If you take a scroll through the October archives you’ll notice everything from quick quotes, Youtube clips, and even the odd musing/ponderance post, plus a few shots from my iPhone camera roll thrown in for good measure.

I certaintly gained something from it: the ability to publish iPhone screenshots, via a service called Posterous. Posterous allows you to publish things to your Posterous blog or to Twitter/Facebook/Wordpress blog, all from a single email, and that’s what I’ve been using to put up screenies from my iPhone. Previously the way I had to publish iPhone screencaps was to email them to myself, or use the WordPress app itself – neither of which were exceptionally good. Now that I’m using Posterous, I can push content from my iPhone to pretty much any service I want, be it Twitter/Facebook or otherwise.
It’s pretty cool.

Overall, I enjoyed Blogtober. Sometimes finding something interesting to post was a little tricky, and there are still a couple of posts I haven’t yet published, but for the most part, I didn’t feel obligated to publish something every day (OR DiE!!), it was pretty much exactly how I imagined it – relaxed, pretty casual, and so on.

Blogtober’s now over, and as you can probably tell we’ve already returned to our normal programming (that is, nothing every day). I enjoyed posting stuff during Blogtober, so why stop?

Here’s to more stuff!

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