Do You Blog During the Holiday Season?

One of the points of tension for many bloggers is whether or not they should blog during some of the major calendar events, like holidays and other such days.

In a nutshell I’ll just lay it out there and say that I’m a fan of simply doing what you’ve committed to do in terms of your own goals and sticking with them throughout the holiday season.

In other words, I’m all about low-stress during these particular times and not having the mental battle or anxiety of whether you should or shouldn’t spend time on your digital property.

The point is that you should be committed to your goal way before the actual holiday seasons arrive. Pre-plan your strategy and then feel good about it.

If you’re planning on blogging or spending time online then you’ve already (probably) booked out some alone time to do just that. If you’re not writing during the holiday season then you’re already booked up anyways!

Personally I make every attempt to write every single day as part of not just my “job” but also as an act of commitment to my craft. I’m not the world’s best writer and even though I’m not shooting for that title I do want to get better and the fine art and discipline of daily moving thoughts into a concise expression of words is part of that practice.

That means, for me, that I’m writing every single day of the year. It’s my 10,000 hours, so to speak, and I’m not sure I’m there yet.

So what did you commit to? What will you commit to during the next holiday season?

  • Chase

    For our team, we’ve got a “Best of 2011″ post that’s scheduled for Monday. Other than that, we’re taking the week to spend with our families, plan for 2012, and recharge. Sometimes you just need a break to be more creative. :)

    • John Saddington

      love the “team” … just hearing that makes me smile.

  • Blane Young

    A scheduled blog post published today and I am currently working on some posts right now for early next week – does that count?

    I liked the perspective about honing our craft, it makes it feel less like “work” and more like “art”.
    Thanks for sharing and blogging today!

    • John Saddington

      where have you been bro….?

      • Blane Young

        I know, I know.

        But alas, I am back!
        Recently I have stepped away fom tech blogging, since I am now working with college students in DC but I am still a tentblogger fan!

        • John Saddington

          cool man! just haven’t seen you around these parts in a bit.

  • Michael Hyatt

    I’m taking the week off. I’ll still write every day, but I am working on my book. I find that traffic is pretty dead during the week, so I haven’t found it worth the effort. I like taking a break and then hitting it hard the first week of January.

    Thanks for all you do, John. Your blog is one of my daily must-reads! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • John Saddington

      Thanks michael! I appreciate you a ton!

  • Ron Dawson

    Excellent question John. And your point is dead on. What is the goal of your blog? (By “your”, I mean the proverbial “your”, not you John. :) Newspapers don’t stop circulating during the holidays, so if you’re blog is about delivering daily news, then do so during the holidays too.

    I may save some of my choicer blog posts for after the holidays, but I will at least try to have something on the same schedule I’ve always had.

    • John Saddington

      hey buddy, how are things?

  • Dave Anthold

    I am taking the week off and planning for 2012 as well as some other items surrounding my blog. I will post a couple of items, but other than that, I am taking a break.

    • John Saddington

      how’s that planning coming?

  • Teressa Morris

    I only blog twice a week right now as I am still new to all this. My readers expect a post on Mondays and Fridays, so I made sure to post a very small blog today so they wouldn’t be disappointed.

    • John Saddington

      teressa…….. small at least for now…..!

  • Brad Kinder

    I didn’t commit to writing new posts during the holiday, but I did use this time to showcase some of my favorite posts and some of the most popular. I might choose to use new content next year.

    • John Saddington

      this is a decent strategy as well and a lot of people do this. heck, i’m thinking about doing it.

  • sandeep Kumar

    I think best approach you have already mentioned in your Post John.
    Plan your activties before going for holiday or vacation.
    Draft your article so that you just need to do one click ‘Publish’ during your holidays.

    • John Saddington

      thanks sandeep!

      drafting and saving for later use is crucial!

  • Jay Schwartz

    Artists create when the mood strikes. When the mood doesn’t strike, artists practice … and sometimes from their practice, the mood strikes. So my answer is ‘yes’ I’m meeting my commitment (and New Year’s resolution) that I made to myself last year to stick with it. Moreover, since blogging makes me happy – then why not enjoy it during the holidays, as well? I’ve taken a break from my regularly scheduled work, though. Happy Holidays!

    • John Saddington

      thanks jay! you too! enjoy it! we’re almost done 2011…!

  • Ryan Imel

    I like blogging over weekends and holidays, whenever I can. Sometimes I’ll prep something ahead of time, of course, but in general I see weekends/holidays as a time when anything published will stand out even more than it normally would. And if you view your writing as any form of entertainment (which I’d like to think) then blogging during holidays is sort of like theaters staying open. That’s how I tend to think about it.

    • John Saddington

      i love that ryan. definitely a form of entertainment here!

  • Simon Burns

    I hit it hard the week before Xmas, got the whole team to get posts all scheduled ready so we could relax over Xmas/New Year.

    Problem is I got the bug for messing with the site and ended up doing a complete redesign and rebrand, just can’t leave it alone :)

    • John Saddington

      ah.. i know how you feel…! was it a success?

      • Simon Burns

        Yeah I think so, the site is looking a lot better, and more in line with other app review sites, so hopefully it is onward and upward!

        • John Saddington

          sweet! rock it!