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The Daunting Task Of Blogging In December

Blogging Triumphantly In December

Fortunately for me, I can type out a blog post quickly and with ease.

However, December can be a bit of a challenge where blogging is concerned.

What is so challenging about blogging in December?

Well, for starters, I am not fond of Christmas (I recommend reading my blog post, The Christmas Madness Has Begun, to find out the reasons why).

It Is More Psychological Than Anything Else

While some bloggers are in a state of ecstasy for the month of December, I am doing my utmost best to remain sane.

I feel as though I am trapped in The Twilight Zone and I start counting down the days to January (It is akin to a prisoner anticipating the day when their prison sentence comes to an end).

During all that time in December, I am doing my unique set of mind games to cheer myself up; which, fortunately, helps me to focus my mental energy on writing (So far, I have managed to come out triumphant every Christmas Season).

Some Bloggers Are Known To Take The Entire Month Of December Off

Yes, there are bloggers who go on a hiatus every December (My educated guess is that they have chosen to spend extra time with their friends and family).

Also, if a blogger knows that they are not going to be truly happy during the so-called Christmas Season (especially if they are the type of person who hates Christmas), they are much better off taking the entire month of December off to recuperate and recalibrate.

I, on the other hand, will battle through the entire month of December (I have blogged every December and hopefully I will continue to do the same this December).

Some Bloggers Are Looking Forward To Blogging For The Month Of December

It should not come as surprise to you that there are bloggers who look forward to blogging in the month of December.

And, why is it that they look forward to blogging for the month of December?

Oh, they do it to participate in Blogmas; which requires publishing a Christmas-related blog post from the 1st of December to the 31st of December.

I hate Christmas; therefore, there is no way on Godโ€™s green Earth that I am going to willfully participate in this so-called Blogmas tradition.

If Blogmas is your proverbial cup of tea, I am happy for you.

Just leave me out of that madness.

While I do publish blog posts on Renardโ€™s World daily, those blog posts are going to be based on topics of my liking (And, I do not like Blogmas).

The Trick Is To View December Like Any Other Month Of The Year

If a person can blog from January to November as though nothing drastic took place in their lives, there is a chance of them making it through to the month of December.

To view December like any month of the year, you will have to do the following things:

  • Ignore the Christmas carols.
  • Ignore the Christmas decorations.
  • Pretend that Santa Claus is an eccentric fat old man with a white beard dressed in a red suit with hints of white and black shiny boots (Wait, on second thoughts, you will not need to pretend because that one is actually true).

Truthfully, it is we as a society who have made this so-called Festive Season what it is today.

Final Thoughts

The truth is that blogging in December does not have to be a daunting task.

You can maintain a positive mindset by doing the following things:

  • Making a conscientious effort to sleep well (Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to burn their candles at both ends; which results in them developing a poor sleep pattern).
  • Making a conscientious effort to eat well (It is a well-known fact that some people eat very little or not at all when they are depressed).
  • Listening to your favourite genres of music (It will help greatly in lifting your spirits).
  • Watching the types of movies that make you laugh (That, my friend, would help greatly in the area of lightening your mood).

When you do all of those things, you will be in the right headspace to blog.

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44 thoughts on “The Daunting Task Of Blogging In December

  1. I’m one of those who can ruin the season for myself by taking on too much – caroling, cards, over-decorating, even directing the Christmas program at my children’s school. (One year I wrote the play and four of the songs.) For years I was sick by Christmas day and could only sit exhausted as I watched everyone rip into the presents I had bought/made and wrapped. One year I wrote myself a letter and attached it to the November page of the new calendar, reminding me that it’s OK to say “no,” and that I should focus on celebrating Jesus, which I should be doing every day anyway. After that the season was more sane, but I still welcome the return of routine when January comes. Years ago January was a let-down to me, but now it’s a season with its own special feel.

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  2. I will be avoiding Blogmas like I do every year, as well as Bloganuary and any other month where one feels obligated to blog everyday. It’s not for me. Christmas is such a materialistic holiday now that I don’t care for it much either. I don’t blame you for not liking Christmas. The way people celebrate Christmas here is NOT what Christmas is about.

    We can’t really avoid the Reader when it comes to avoiding other people’s posts, nor can I unfollow people who participate in this Blogmas madness. If you happen to have a Chrome extension or something to eliminate the reader for the month of December, PLEASE let me know.

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  3. Blogmas! Would that like a blogging advent calendar? I hadnโ€™t heard of that before but the potential of advent calendars has an appeal; I like the short film ones I find, often by young creators.

    But I wonโ€™t be entering in any way myself. Apart from those three special days around Christmas, itโ€™s carry on as normal.

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  4. Christmas is overrated and so is Blogmas.

    Life is another day another dollar another blog post and just another day.

    Every day is a single day to me and each day has a predetermined schedule. It’s either 1, 2, 3 or 4 posts all reflective of time and nothing to do with seasonal events. Like you Christmas simply drives me insane. Suze and l might well be on the allotment on the 25th December attending to soils and beds hahaha and THAT shows how blogging and December doesn’t phase me.

    But then aside from the social calendar series l run, l am not blogging for social events. I watched the nonsense ongoing over Halloween with some of the social events going on there and some of it just cringeworthy.

    Don’t get wrong, l once took part in my own social seasonals in the Guy blog in December 2018 but l only did it once, once was just too much hard work.

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  5. Blogging in December should be whatever a person decides it will be.

    If blogging challenges in December create unreasonable stress – then don’t partake in them. If the Christmas season doesn’t hold anything for you or makes you miserable – then find a few key le to it it all strategies to cope with it and that work within some context of your blogging schedule.

    Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer here. Folks(bloggers) need to figure out what works for them individually. Often taking a break doesn’t hurt. In fact, it can help to refresh and recharge the creative engine.

    This is what I’ve found…..if I don’t blog daily or even take a break for a month or more…..the sun still comes up and the world still spins.

    The six or seven weeks leading up to Christmas is certainly “the season of excess” from a variety of perspectives. First and foremost is looking after oneself. It is impossible to fit it all in. Do what you can and forget about the rest.

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  6. Refreshing blog post Renard. Yes the December madness and drama is here and as a Blogger I would not want to get carried away by doing crazy things such as writing about Christmas, festive time and what to do this month because it is just useless, Christmas is a one day event and after that it is over so why bring a burden of load upon your shoulders, just keeping blogging as if Christmas is not in this month, lol๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

    Also, I love the point of spending time with family and friends , this is the time to reflect on the year and just appreciate the hard work of blogging and enjoy the time , resting is key but for me I will post blogs not regularly though.

    Have a great month of December ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ

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      1. That explains it very well! I agree with your father that Christmas is โ€œThe businessmanโ€™s holiday,โ€! It is a commercial holiday for most! I guess I like Christmas because I don’t care about all that crazy Christmas shopping…I simply love to enjoy some relaxing time by my small Christmas tree with my loved ones ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿคฉ

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  7. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠI love two words, especially, in your post, Renard: recuperate and recalibrate. Agree — there’s no right or wrong – folks should do what works for them and most of all, avoid pushing to post…just to post. The time to reset and fill up — as you said, “recuperate and recalibrate” is important. Cheers to you for a thoughtful post encouraging everyone to do their thing…๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. A very timely post, Renard. I’m not into Blogmas or extra posts related to Christmas. What I enjoy best is the festive time of the year which seems to evoke an elevated mood among our WordPress friends.

    I feel bloggers should do what they enjoy and not be pressured to the point that it becomes stressful.

    As I like to say different strokes for different folks.

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  9. 150% correct Renard.
    Treat December as if it were just another month & relieve oneself of creating stress that is NOT necessary.
    I can see why people DO take December off. Especially with family obligations & celebrating it can be overwhelming to try & post regularly….
    Solid post my friend…I hope you inspire people to relax during December ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ((hugss)) Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum an **purrss** BellaDharma

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  10. I’m really just looking forward to the break from work to relax and recharge. I do plan a couple of ‘fun’ blog posts over the next few days … but really just if something inspires me. Otherwise I’ll be posting my usual stuff. I can’t be bothered with all the tinsel that attaches to this time of year.

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  11. Hello Renard, considering those of us who do not hate christmas this much and will like to partake in the blogmas, how can we partake in it. Today is my first time hearing of blogmas though

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  12. Thank you for sharing your views on Blogmas. I do agree that it’s not for everyone, you give your blog the direction you want.
    I’m participating in my first Blogmas this year. Although it is different than my regular schedule, writing a blog post every day will help me spark conversation with my audience while building my writing inventory.

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