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Blogmas 2017 in Review

Blogmas 2017 is officially over, and I have to say, I learned quite a bit! I thought it might be fun to do a review of my experience participating in Blogmas, what I learned, what I loved, and what I struggled with.

Blogmas is a Christmas tradition that some bloggers participate in where they post a Christmas or Holiday themed post each day from December first until Christmas. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun, and like a good way to get back into a rhythm with my blogging. I took a fairly long (in the blogging world) break after my Father died on September 25, and I believed Blogmas would be the ideal way to jump in with both feet.

“How hard could it be?” I thought? Hundreds of bloggers, probably more, do it. Surely I could too. I brainstormed ideas, and had many that I loved. Actually, I was bursting with ideas: gift guides on every subject imaginable, traditions, recipes, kids activities, and more. I made a list. I was excited!

Here’s where we come to the part about what I learned! First, most bloggers who participate in Blogmas start planning (and even writing) their posts months in advance. I literally decided to do Blogmas 2017 on November 29. Not my best work.

Second, I now more fully understand that writing, polishing, choosing photos for, and promoting a blog post every single day is EXHAUSTING!! Cheers to those amazing bloggers who can do it, but I fell a bit short. I published 17, not 25 posts. To be honest, while I wasn’t technically successful, I am really freaking proud of myself!! 17 posts in 25 days is definitely a record for me! My readership increased dramatically, and I had fun. I’m putting it in the “win” column regardless.

Third, it dawned on me that maybe December is not a great time for me to push myself  to post each day because…well…Christmas. Lots to do that had nothing to do with blogging!

Finally, I learned how much I love creating this blog. I adore you, my readers, and I am SO grateful for the support you have shown me here, on social media, and in the lovely emails you’ve sent me. It all means more than I could ever adequately express!

Blogmas 2017 was…an adventure! I hope you enjoyed the posts I created, and I hope that your Holiday season was magical!

Much love, P

 

 

8 thoughts on “Blogmas 2017 in Review

  1. Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve tagged you in my latest post about participating in The Mystery Blogger Award!

    -Em xo
    thisisemsworld.com

  2. Wow, you did awesome! I’d love to try something like this for next year. But I can definitely see the importance of planning ahead — I’m amazed you got 17 posts in 25 days, especially during the holidays! I’m going to go now and check out your other posts.

    1. Thanks so much! I was actually surprised when I went back and counted…I thought it was less! 😬 I’m proud of myself for trying! Thank you for reading, and for the encouragement! 💕

  3. I have to be honest, the idea of writing a post a day terrified me! So, I didn’t participate in Blogmas. It is now one of my goals for next year though! You did great! Wow, 17 posts is amazing! And thanks for the tip regarding starting early, I’m definitely going to use that one!

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