Blogmas is something I want to do every year, and I feel like many many other bloggers feel the same way, however it sometimes feels totally unacheivable and very unmanagable for those of us who lead busier schedules. Whether thats because you’re in school, work or just generally very busy around the holiday season, it often makes Blogmas somewhat unnatainable. For the past two years now, I’ve failed at doing blogmas properly, which has been really annoying, and so I’m determined that this year I’ll make it work, even if it is the busiest December of my life and I’m probably revising for my year 11 GCSE mocks as we speak. I’ve decided that to help other bloggers like me, who want to do blogmas but aren’t sure how to keep it going without letting it take over our lives, by giving out my top tips for keeping up to date with blogmas!
If you start writign early, the chances of you succeeding at blogmas are going to be much higher than if you write the post on the day it will be posted. Yes, it’s going to be super hard work, but if you’re in school I’d reccomend using October half term for the majority of writing time, and you’ll also be able to take pictures then during the day when theres natural light, instead of when you’re home from school and it’s almost dark! I’m about three days into my half term and I’ve written five almost six of my posts already, and I’m hoping to get at least double that done by the end of the week. Yes, it’s stressful to have to do this on top of all the homework you get and everything, but it’ll help you succeed much more. The same applies for if you’re in work, and you’ve got holidays or shifts you don’t have to work; try devote as much of your time to blogging as you can/want to.
I’ve got to plan blog posts, but thats just me. I think planning blog posts really helps you get an idea of what you’re going to write, but it doesn’t have to be stupidly in depth plans. One or two bullet points is fine, so long as it’s a starting point. This will help you ensure you’re producing the same quality content you usually would, but more often.
I carry a notebook with all my post ideas in it basically everywhere I go, which allows me to jot down post inspiration if I get any. I also use notes on my phone to write post ideas down, and I gather my inspiration from everywhere – pinterest is a good resource for this.
By plan everywhere, I mean that you should probably carry planning notebooks and things with you, not literally crawl up a tree and plan a post there for the hell of it – but, if that’s what you want to do, then I’ve got no objections!
DO COLLAB POSTS
Collaborative posts seem to come my way so much more around the festive season as people are looking for post ideas and posts to fill their 24 day schedule! This isn’t a bad thing, and you can use it to your advantage! I love doing collab posts, they’re super fun and it allows you to add some more diversity to your blog which is always so exciting! I’m currently doing four collab posts, but thats just as of October; I’m hoping to get some more in. Plus, collab posts help keep your morale high as you know the stress is real between you and other bloggers, but it’s always worth it at the end when you’ve got 24 posts on your blog!
PROMOTE YOUR WORK
I’m always promoting on twitter, and using RT accounts to do so is super usefull. I think promotion is way more important around this time of year, as otherwise your post might just get lost in the abyss of blogmas posts. I love to use twitter, but instagram stories is good too, and group pinterest boards! If you didn’t know, I have a blogRT account on twitter called @EveryBlogRT which you can follow here, which does what it says on the tin: RTs every blog! I’m sure this will become even more necessary during blogmas, so make sure to tag me for retweets! There are of course some other, amazing retweet accounts but make sure to hunt around on Twitter and find your favourites and pop them all into a big list for when you want to promote your writing! Also remember to support other bloggers and RT their blogmas posts, it makes you look nice and supportive in the community and reading other blogmas posts always gets me feeling super festive!!
TAKE TIME FOR READING OTHER BLOGS
This follows on from my last point a bit; if you take half an hour out of your evening to read other bloggers blogmas posts from that day, not only will it put you in the festive spirit, but it’ll definitely create engagement for your blog too. I always love to check out bloggers that comment on my posts, and I guess it varies from blogger to blogger but I like giving back to people who support my blog.
Not only can you use my tips to try help you with blogmas, but to handle the stress of blogmas, or any other christmas activities, you can try the Vie Healthcare Stress Relief Patches!
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So, those are my tips for managing blogmas around your life, as hectic as it may be, and making a positive impact during blogmas all the while producing good, quality content! Blogmas may be stressful but it doesn’t have to be something you don’t want to do; I think it’s such a festive thing and I love seeing my wordpress reader filled with new and exciting Christmas posts daily! Just remember, you can definitely do blogmas without letting it take over your entire life and ruin December: I’m loving blogmas this year. Maybe consider using stress patches to help you out around blogmas too! Will you be using any of these tips during blogmas or next year?
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