The holiday season brings with it a time of joy and excitement. It can also be a time of stress and overwhelm, especially if you are a blogger! We all have extra chores and tasks to complete this time of year – shopping, cooking, time with family.
However, it is important that you don’t neglect your blog for the entire month of December. On the flip side, you also don’t want to get so stressed out with blogging work that you cannot enjoy your holidays.
Below are a few tips to consider when planning out your blogging tasks so you can balance work with play during the season!
1. Have a plan.
Blogging blindly is always a bad idea! Things come up, you don’t have time to post, and before you know it, your blog has sat with no fresh content for weeks. Develop a plan for what you want to accomplish, blog-wise, before the holidays get here – or start now if you haven’t already done so!
2. Avoid taking on too much.
If you work with brands doing reviews or giveaways, the holiday season is a GREAT time to get boosts of traffic for these. However, you don’t want to commit to so much that you cannot get away from your desk and spend time with your loved ones. Only take on opportunities that will be a fit for you and your blog – and are worth the time you spend on them.
3. Use an editorial calendar.
Along with planning what you want to do with your blog during the holidays, map out your content on a calendar. Getting to see the month in advance lets you know what you need to complete, and by when. This can allow you to get a jumpstart on the posts you will write during the holidays.
I would be lost without the WP Editorial Calendar plugin, as I put EVERY single post that I need to write into it.
4. Take breaks often.
Because there is so much to do in the holiday season, you can quickly burn out if you are forcing yourself to do too much. Blogging is one area that can be very prone to sending someone into a state of overwhelm. Even if you want to do a marathon on content writing on the weekend, split it into manageable chunks so that you don’t hate your blog and your computer once you are through. Every 30 minutes, get up and stretch, have a snack, watch TV with the family – something that will allow your brain to rest for a short time.
Following these tips should help you prevent overwhelm when trying to maintain your blog through the holidays. Above all, your focus should be spending quality time with those you love!
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