Monday, 31 October 2016

Blogtober 2016 Round Up

Some of you may not know, but earlier this year, struck with the realisation that I was only 13 months away from being 25, I decided to challenge myself to either do or learn something new every month. That's 13 challenges over 13 months, and so far I've tried my hand at Mandarin Chinese, calligraphy and baking, with some pretty mixed results. Long story short: Chinese and calligraphy were moderately successful, baking definitely was not! October's challenge was to participate in Blogtober, where I would write a blog post for every day of the month. A very quick glance at my blog will tell you that I wasn't successful in that endeavour. Although I didn't quite manage to post 31 times in October, I did manage to write 27 blog posts, including this one. For me, that's incredible. There are some months where I barely even manage 10, so I'm ridiculously proud of myself for doing what I did.
For my final blog post, I'm just going to link to everything I've written this month, and talk a little about some of my favourites.

My September Favourites
The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix
This was definitely one of my favourite posts to write as it gave me an excuse to reread one of my favourite book series of all time. Writing it reminded me of why I love the series so much, and how it was one of my big inspirations in my own writing when I was much younger.
The Circle by Dave Eggers 
Where I Am Right Now: Aylesbury 
Three Liquid Lipsticks: The Good, the Bad and the Patchy 
I am inordinately proud of that title.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho 
Current Favourite Blogs 
This was a great one to write, but one I was definitely nervous to publish. I absolutely love all of the blogs on this list, and it felt slightly weird to be telling them so!
 What's In My Bag? Burgundy Fossil Bag
Yet Another Beauty Haul
There's nothing super exciting about this post but I loved using this old jumper for a background.
Where I Am Right Now | Pendle Hill 
My Thoughts On KonMari 
 Bizarre Homeware I've Somehow Collected
This was tonnes of fun to write because I got to sit and think about how on Earth I ever got these things in the first place
How Much Is My Face Worth? | Autumn Makeup 
Nod by Adrian Barnes | An Emotional Review  
L'Oréal Clay Detox Mask 
My Week In Lipsticks
Friends With Benefits | Can It Ever Really Work?
This was super weird to write as it's new territory for me emotionally, and also the guy in question knows about my blog and occasionally reads it (Hi).
Two Months Until 2017 | End Of Year Goals  

And there you have it! That's basically what I've been doing with my time for the whole of October. Next month I'm writing again for my challenge, but instead of blog posts I'm going to be participating in NaNoWriMo, where the idea is to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Fingers crossed for me folks, this is going to be tough!


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