I’ve spoken about the power of scheduling your posts before, and as we’re getting closer to the holidays season, it’s more important to look into it than before. Maintaining your blog during the holidays can be really tough, especially if you’re planning on visiting family or having family come over.
Separate Your Worlds
Blogging can be really consuming, and I don’t mean just because of the actual time spent on it. It can be extremely consuming by making you constantly worry about what task needs to happen next. The last thing you need to be doing during the holiday season is being so consumed by your work that you don’t actually get to spend quality time with the family.
You need to know how to separate your personal life from your “blog life” sometimes. It’s very hard for a lot of bloggers because our blog life IS our personal life, and vice versa. But, I’ve found that I’m living more for the Insta-story or Snapchat than I am for myself. That made me cut out a lot of the snapping lately.
It doesn’t mean I don’t want to share things, I just don’t want to detract from the purity of the moments I’m enjoying in life by interrupting them. I’m not a fan of staging events or moments for the camera, so I have to be careful when I interrupt family moments with my phone.
Consider that in your life too. You can certainly share a few snaps of your Thanksgiving dinner table, but it might not be a great idea to dominate your night with your phone. Draw a healthy boundary and see how it changes your night’s dynamic. I find myself cherishing and remembering those moments a lot more.
Don’t Be Afraid Of a Break
You don’t need to be ON all the time. News/media outlets have that ability because of the vast number of people they employ. As bloggers, we’re typically one person doing many things at once. Because you’re only one person, it’s reasonable to call for breaks and let your audience know that you might not be as available during the holidays.
This season, I’m planning on taking a step back from publishing through the holidays and enjoying life in its purest sense. So, let me take this moment to let you know you might not see as many blog posts through the end of the year. You’ll be busy enjoying the season with your family anyway. 🙂
Schedule Anything Else
Since I don’t want to completely abandon my blogging efforts, I’m pre-scheduling any posts I can. This means, that any point I have a break from day-to-day tasks, I’m sitting down and writing out any blog posts I want to touch on. I’m putting the topics and drafts into my editorial calendar and scheduling out any social media messages ahead of time.
Point is, don’t let the blog overwhelm you and overtake the authenticity of life. You need to strike a balance and know that at the end of the day, your blog will be there whether you missed a few posts or not. 🙂
Have a great holiday season ahead!