I’ll admit, the title is fairly dramatic. I don’t actually hate Blogmas, I just have always hated the idea of me doing it… until now. I love reading some other people’s posts, and I think it’s a cute idea for a Christmas challenge. However, there were reasons why I objected to it in the past. I vaguely mentioned these in my introduction, but I felt that I should go into more detail.
I want to stress that these in no way apply to everyone. In fact, I couldn’t even give you specific examples of who I’m talking about – the last Blogmas was a whole year ago. However, in the (almost) 2 years I’ve been blogging, these are things that have put me off of Blogmas.
Some people do Blogmas really well. In fact, there are a lot of people who I really admire when it comes to this time of the year! However, I feel like there’s quite a lot of content for the sake of content going round. It’s understandable – Blogmas is 25 days of daily blogging about one particular theme, and it can be hard to keep that original when you’ve got such a tight subject matter. I just find that some people’s Blogmas content becomes flat and repetitive as they scratch around for ideas, and I’ve always been worried that would happen to me.
This year, I’ve sat down and planned everything from an early stage, jotting down ideas in advance to make sure that Blogmas was actually feasible for me. In fact, I’m currently writing this post on the 13th of September… Hi future Jas!
My issue actually isn’t with gift guides themselves. In fact, I’ve done a few gift guides in the past. I probably will throw at least one in this Blogmas series if I’m being entirely honest. However, my issue is with the gift guides that become excessive and more of the same. I’ve found people dragging them out in the past: you get the “for him”, “for her”, “for the girlfriend”, “for the pet”, “for the great-aunt”, “for the stranger down the street”… I could go on. One or two, I understand as they’re a great little Blogmas addition. However, the more you do, the more things can become tedious and excessive.
I have an idea for a gift guide coming soon, which is slightly different. I say slightly in Italics because it’s very likely that people have done it before, but I just thought it was a little different.
This is less something I’ve noticed about others, and more something that I’ve worried about for myself. I don’t know if it shows, but the whole process (Writing, editing, photos, tags and categories, scheduled tweets) takes me around 3-4 hours on a short post… Balancing blogging with Uni is hard enough, but balancing it with 25 days of daily content seems near impossible. Part of me worried that I wouldn’t be able to put the same amount of effort into my posts. I refuse to sacrifice the quality of my content, so it never appealed to me.
Like I said, I started writing these Blogmas posts in August, planning most of them 3/4 months in advance. This way, same effort and less stress.
I don’t necessarily do this “for the views” but it is annoying when you put work into something and no one views it. I usually post 2-3 days apart and that gives my posts enough time for them to reach the benchmark that I set for them. However, I’m worried that if I post everyday, people will be overwhelmed and none of the posts will do as well.
Honestly, there isn’t one. Just gotta make the best content I can and hope that people enjoy it enough to stick around (Please stick around!)
And there you have it, the reasons that I have hated Blogmas in the past. Please don’t incite any hate in the comments during this jolly time of year, but I would love to hear your own opinions on Blogmas! Especially since this is the first year that I’m doing it.
What are your opinions on Blogmas? Did you agree/disagree with any of my points? Let me know in the comments!
22 days til Christmas!