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9 Easy Steps to Plan Your Blog for the Holidays

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 9 Easy Steps to Plan Your Blog for the Holidays by Pink Fortitude, LLC for A Dish of Daily LifeThe second that Halloween is over, the blogosphere will be lit up like a Christmas tree.  Figuratively and literally!  Don’t stress out and don’t try and keep up with the blogger next to you.  Here are 9 tips to help you plan your blog through the busiest time of year.

9 Tips to Help You Get Your Blog Through the Busiest Time of the Year

1.  Look at your calendar in the big picture.  Not only for your blog, but for your life.  What are your activities? What’s going on?  If you look at the big picture and then break it down into week by week, it’s easier to manage.

2.  What blog posts can you write about that coincide with those activities?  Do you participate in a cookie exchange every year?  Plan to share your family’s favorite recipe.

3.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the day after Thanksgiving and the following Monday) are two of the biggest days in retail.  Plan to work your affiliates either or both of those days, depending on your readership and what they would enjoy seeing from you.  You don’t have to wait until their sales are announced, go ahead and draft the blog post with placeholders for the affiliate links and pictures.  Then, when they announce their sales, all you have to do is copy and paste the code and you are all set to go – no scrambling!

4.  Gift guides are very popular, and a great way to use your affiliates to create some income.  Even though a lot of bloggers post gift guides, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity for affiliate income.  How will yours be different?  How will you make yours stand out?

5. Plan your break. If you take a week or two or three off from blogging at the end of year, let your readers know and prepare for it.

6.  Hit up Pinterest and see what is trending.  When you are stuck for ideas, Pinterest is great to help you brainstorm!  Look back through your own boards, your group boards, and search through Pinterest for some new holiday ideas.

7.  Look back through your old posts.  Can you recycle any of them?  Can you create roundups of anything you have done in the past?

8.  Plan for something extra.  There will always be an invitation to participate in a “something” that you weren’t planning on, whether it’s a holiday link party or blog hop or house tour. It’s always good to have some content in your back pocket in case of a blog emergency!

9.  Finally, remember the reason for the season.  Whatever holiday you celebrate, remember that this time of year is to reflect on your religion, your family, and peace on earth.

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What about you?  How do you handle planning for the busiest time of year?


Holly Bertone, PMP is an author, blogger, and breast cancer survivor and advocate. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC and Editor in Chief at the inspirational blog The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. Holly holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Holly is an Ambassador for the Tigerlily Foundation,was accepted into the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Speakers Bureau, and was named a 2014 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.  She is passionate about reaching out to breast cancer survivors, and also volunteers for organizations supporting our military veterans. In her free time, she loves to garden, hit flea markets, antique stores and yard sales, and drink a cup of coffee on her back porch. Holly is married to a retired Green Beret, is a stepmother, and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Quinn Caudill

Tuesday 27th of October 2015

Thanks for sharing these great tips Michelle. I need to implement the schedule for the holidays and year round. Always feel like I am herding cats. This will be my first real holiday season blogging full time. Thanks for sharing with us again at #ThrowbackThursday. Hope to see you again this week. BTW do you mind giving me some advice on affiliate links. Send me an email if you get a chance. Thanks Quinn [email protected]


Sunday 25th of October 2015

Great tips. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

Sunday 18th of October 2015

Very good tips! I know that I need to sit down this week and make a plan for the rest of the year for my blog.


Monday 19th of October 2015

Hi Jamie - Thank you for your kind words! Planning is the key to sanity! Hugs, Holly

Michelle Nahom

Sunday 18th of October 2015

I'm going to be doing the same! Holly had some great tips for us!

Bev Feldman @ Linkouture

Friday 16th of October 2015

Great tips! My goal is by the end of the month to have my content calendar planned for November & December. I've done gift guides in the past, and I think I can use some of my previous posts for those.


Monday 19th of October 2015

Hi Bev - I'm in draft mode right now, I have some placeholders and some ideas, but every little step is one step closer right?!?!? Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Holly

Michelle Nahom

Sunday 18th of October 2015

That's such a good idea, Bev! I think I am going to use my upcoming trips to plan my calendar out...I'm just not there yet. Right now I am just trying to plan my next few weeks because I am going to be so busy.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

Friday 16th of October 2015

This is a wonderful guide to prepare me for the holidays regarding my blog! This is the first year that I'm actively working my blog as my career, and I was wondering how to go about the holidays. It was overwhelming, but thanks to your tips, I've made two plans for posts, that I hadn't even thought of! Thank you! Pinning!


Monday 19th of October 2015

Hi Joanna - Oh my goodness, you totally made my day, thank you so much and glad the tips were helpful! Hugs, Holly

Michelle Nahom

Sunday 18th of October 2015

I think most of us struggle with how to handle our blog around the holidays. I am not usually scheduled ahead so this is something I am working on as well. Holly had lots of great suggestions though, and I am putting some of them into action these next few weeks because I am going to be traveling.