Blogmas Day 24: The Blogmas Experience

Hey guys and welcome to Blogmas day 24

Happy Christmas Eve!! Can you believe tomorrow is going to be Christmas day? I am so excited for it. The food. The presies. Oh it’s going to be fab. But, for me, this also marks the end of blogmas. I’ve consciously made the decision not to upload a post on Christmas day. I just think Christmas should be a day for family and friends and spending time with people. It’s not the time to be glued to your computer or your phone.

With that in mind, it’s time to reflect on my experience of blogmas. As you all know this was my first go at doing it and I wanted to share with you my take on it. Both the good and the bad just to give you a little bit of insight in case you’re maybe wishing you had done blogmas this year or maybe you did it and you’re thinking, “Never again.” But this was my experience of it and I really wanted to share it with you. I hope you like the post.

The Good:

Knowing I’m adding to the Christmas spirit

Buddy may have said the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. But, given that I can’t sing a note, Blogmas was my way of contributing to the Christmas spirit. I really think when you’re reading blogmas posts or watching vlogmas videos you automatically become more festive. Sometimes in the run up to Christmas, we get caught up in the other elements of our lives, like work or study, we can almost forget that Christmas is coming and miss out on the on the anticipation which, in a lot of ways, is the one of the best parts.

By taking the time to really focus on Christmas, you become much more aware of how magical it can be. It can be stressful but it can be sensational too. I love Christmas so much and by doing blogmas I feel like I’ve given something back to the holiday season that brings so many of us, including myself, so much joy.

Hopefully making people’s lives easier with the gift guides

I know for a lot of people gift giving can be a real nightmare. What to buy? How much do you spend? How to present it? Will they even like it? That’s why I’m such a massive fan of gift guides. They’re incredibly useful and I really enjoyed making mine. It was a chance to just nosey at all the lovely stuff on offer this year and, rather selfishly, think, “I’d want this, this and this,” and then share that information in the hope that you guys would find the perfect gift for someone.

I think the perfect gift can speak a thousand words. For me though, it’s not about the most expensive or luxurious item. It’s not about how much you spend. It’s about the thought you put in and what you want the receiver to feel when you give them that gift. So if I have helped one person find a great gift for someone they love this Christmas, I’m happy.

A considerable achievement

I know I’m blowing my own trumpet here but I am incredibly proud of myself for taking on and successfully completing blogmas. Knowing that I was able to get this all done whilst juggling full time work and some huge exams, I think I have earned a wee pat on the back from myself. I would say as well to anyone reading this who did blogmas or vlogmas this year, be proud of yourself. Doing this, it’s not easy and I believe in giving credit where credit’s due. So if you did do blogmas or vlogmas this year, then congratulations to you. You did it!!

The Bad:

A lot of work

There’s no denying completing blogmas is a lot of work. The writing. The research. Taking the accompanying pictures and designing images. The social media scheduling. There is so much to it. So much more so than people realise. There were times when I hit a wall and thought, “Meh, do I really want to do this?” but I am so glad I soldiered on with it because I’m so happy with it and no one can take away from what I’ve achieved.

Having to write about things I wouldn’t usually write about

Blogmas was definitely a challenge. A lot of the stuff I would usually write about on Made with Love is quite serious and I wanted to use Blogmas to continue addressing those serious issues but I wanted there to be some elements of fun in there too. I wanted to do the gift guides and the playlists and stuff. But writing this type of material was very different for me and writing it I did feel like the words didn’t come to me in the same way they did when I was writing about the more serious topics. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed writing the more light hearted, festive posts but I found them much more difficult to complete. On reflection, that’s quite odd in a sense because you would think the more serious stuff would be harder to write about. But I suppose the more passionate about something you are, the more words for it you will have.

Blogging felt like working

Blogging for me is a hobby. It’s something I do to help me de-stress. I’m not currently making any money from my blog or anything like that and, for that reason, I think it’s really important that I enjoy my blogging. But there were times throughout blogmas where blogging really began to feel like work. I’d have to force myself to sit down and write and I’d begin to feel resentful primarily towards myself rather than my blog or blogmas. I began to wonder why I had set such a mammoth task for myself when there are full time bloggers out there who wouldn’t even take on blogmas. I never wanted blogging to feel like a chore and there were times through blogmas when it did. There were times when I genuinely considered pulling the plug on blogmas. But again, I’m so, so glad I didn’t because I’m so happy with the finished result.

Would I do it again?

Yes, I absolutely would BUT I would give more thought to my life circumstances first. Doing blogmas alongside work and study is tough and I always strove to make sure none of those things suffered. Earlier this year, I had to take 2 weeks off of work as a result of burnout (although this was well before blogmas). But my point is, I know first-hand the implications of over stretching yourself. @Batmom85 (go follow her over on Twitter, she’s fabulous) said something very powerful to me once. She said, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” and it’s absolutely true. You can’t give to the world if you have nothing to keep yourself going. That’s why the message of Made with Love has always been and will always be just how important it is to love and look after yourself. Once you’ve got that bit down, you can go out into the world and give so much more love than you ever thought possible.

That guys is why my wish for each of you this Christmas; that you each take the time to love one another but, perhaps even more importantly than that, to love yourselves too. You are unique. You are beautiful and you deserve all the love and joy in the world. Each and every one of you.

So thank you for sticking with me through this blogmas journey. I will be back with you in the New Year. Until then may you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a magical New Year. God bless, guys.

With love this Christmas,

Hannah

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful post! I didn’t do blogmas this year, because I am still trying to find the perfect balance between work, blogging and everything else. I really loved reading different gift guides, there were so many kinds in blogging community, from travel, books, make up, clothes, cheap, expensive. I am sure everyone could find something from them.

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    1. Thank you so much for checking out my post. It means the world. If you aren’t already following the blog, please do. I’m so close to my December follower goals and your support would mean so much 🙂

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      1. I followed you! Good luck on reaching your goal!

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      2. Thank you so much!!!

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  2. Bill Fonda says:

    I’m glad you had fun, but the stuff about it feeling like work is why I didn’t do it. I wrote every day in July just to do it, and there were days I definitely felt like I was forcing something out.

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    1. It’s not easy Bill, that’s for sure. But thanks for checking out my post. As ever, your support means so much 🙂

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  3. I’ve followed you! Great post! I didn’t do blogmas this year as I knew I wouldn’t be able to produce quality content for that long whilst revising at the same time! I’m so glad you felt you spread the Christmas cheer! I totally agree with not being able to pour from an empty cup, blogging breaks are always good! X

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    1. Thanks so much Chloe. You’re right blogmas sure wasn’t easy. I hope whatever exams you were revising for went really well 🙂

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  4. Bee Halton says:

    Happy, New Year 🙋🍀🐝!!!

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