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Reality of doing #Blogmas // Blogmas 2015


I started this month with the aim that I would take part in blogging challenge Blogmas, which is the concept of blogging every single day throughout the whole of December in the lead-up to Christmas. Sounds wonderful, right? But sometimes it's not and it can be quite hard to keep up with yourself!

I've put together some tips and tricks for anyone who is thinking of trying Blogmas, or just wants to know what it's like doing daily blogging, and how you can make your Blogmas run more smoothly.



~Blogmas is quite a challenge for those of us who have to work a lot or have kids, for example. I know it's not exactly a hugely time-consuming task and it is, after all, a self-inflicted problem but the guilt of promising readers Blogmas then sometimes having to let them down can be overwhelming.

I have to say, I changed the rules slightly on mine and ended up missing out blogging on Sundays. I work most days and I'm exhausted, meaning I often don't feel like blogging in the evening. This is a problem because that's my main time to blog. Instead I try and do it on days off, and schedule posts, however these days off become few and far between when you work in retail at Christmas! Despite this I have managed to keep to a schedule and worked out some tips to help me stay on track.
  1. Plan your posts in advance. I did my month's worth of posts in November so I had time to think about what I would be writing. I could even write a few of the posts before the month started and schedule them to be posted on certain days. this made life much easier as always had an idea for a blog post and didn't waste time trying to think up ideas!
     
  2. If you can't blog daily, keep it consistent. The idea of blogmas is that you are rewarding readers by providing daily content; almost like an online advent calender for the people who stumble across your blog. Don't beat yourself up if you can't blog every day but do keep a consistent pattern to keep people interested. If they know there will be a blog post every day or every other day, they will come back to catch up. People lose interest when the schedule is gone.
     
  3.  Comment on other people's blogs who are doing Blogmas. I love that if you type #blogmas into Twitter, loads of new content pops up for me to catch up on. It's a great way to connect with new bloggers, discover new brands and websites you love and just feel like you're part of a Blogmas community. If you do pop by another's Blogmas post, be sure to leave a comment and let them know.
     
  4. Post your Blogmas posts on social media. I'm trying to get into Facebook (it's not my best social media channel to be honest!) so I've been posting some of my festive posts on there. To my surprise, friends and family have shared a couple of the posts meaning my reach has spread quite far and I've gained new readers! Make sure you share all your hard work.
Have you tried Blogmas? Do you have tips to keep up with daily blogging?

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3 comments

  1. I've been doing blogmas and I am really enjoying it, but I have missed two days due to my laptop breaking and not being ahead of schedule and running out of time for the other one. I definitely agree planning is the best way to do things, all my posts are planned but as you can see this hasn't worked 100% for me. Good luck to anyone who is reading this and doing blogmas too :).

    Kristy | www.thevioletblonde.com

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  2. What a useful post! I've never tried taking part in Blogmas but maybe next year. I would definitely have to plan a lot of posts in advance as I wouldn't want to miss a day or just post something I wasn't happy with xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

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  3. Love these tips! I've done blogmas this year too and the only thing that has saved me was spending November planning. I don't think I could ever be a daily blogger, I need to keep up on quality instead.
    Great post! Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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