Blog views and other obsessions – realistic blogging goals during the holidays

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If you’re frustrated about having no time to blog, read blogs, comment, tweet and post on Facebook during the holiday season, relax. Holidays and other busy times in our lives have to take precedence over writing a clever post or spending a lot of time on other social media.

I say that but do I feel it? Ha! Not exactly! I had good intentions about reading, commenting, sharing and posting more this past week, but they all went out the window when I faced the madness of holiday preparations. And, because I’m in the habit of checking my stats all the time, it was hard to watch. I got a little salty mid-week, thinking about it, but why? I can’t explain it fully, but…

Here’s my statement of denial: I think I have a good relationship with my blog and the fact that I’m checking on WordPress and other social media is more because of a desire to interact with my blogging and cyber friends. It’s also a way to de-stress, so being able to walk the line between the real world and the blogging world is a positive thing. People who blog know this. Other people may think we’re a little bit crazy!

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But time is limited, especially now. And, as for stats, I know there’s a lot of end-of-year data out there, but you just have to let it go for the next week and not worry about how you measure up.

What do you do with your blog during the holidays? Do you take a vacation from it?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

34 thoughts on “Blog views and other obsessions – realistic blogging goals during the holidays

  1. It’s always lovely to receive comments on one’s own blog but I fully understand that we’re all madly busy at this time of year and so I don’t beat myself up if there are fewer comments. And there’s little time to read others’ blogs – but I’m glad I came by you today!

  2. I don’t really take a break from blogging, but I expect my stats to take a sharp decline. It’s not surprising–the holidays are about friends and family. I would be worried if people were compulsively checking my site during this time.

    Speaking of which, happy holidays to you! 🙂

  3. I went into December knowing I needed about double my average monthly views in order to reach my yearly goal. However, I didn’t really do anything to help that along, so this will be the first time since I started blogging that I haven’t had more views than the year before. It actually doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

    1. I’ve been about flat for the past 2 years and will probably be less this year, however I’ve made a lot more friends and get many more comments. So it doesn’t bother me much. I’ve also had several down months due to things going on in my life and the real world comes first. Thanks for stopping in, Stephanie. Hope you have a nice holiday!

  4. During the holidays, I don’t feel pressured to post. This year is especially busy for me, but I can’t not read other bloggers posts. 🙂 I’m addicted! Stats, smats…I don’t pay attention to those. As long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing, I’ll continue. Have a great Christmas, Barbara! No doubt, you’ll be cooking something fantastic. 🙂

  5. My pressure level is about the same all the time, but I don’t post weekly. My blogposts are lengthy and many require research so I write them over an extended period. As for the stats, I guess I don’t really have goals, but when they shoot up, I get a little inner boost and when they plunge, I kick myself for having checked. However, I can’t peg rises and falls to holiday times. Surprisingly, for example, my old blogpost about the Calabrian mafia can get a lot of hits on Christmas Day… Go figure. I’m sharing Christmas in Italy on Facebook, but there will always be those macabre people out there who don’t seem to go with the season.
    So, enjoy the holidays and congratulations on your blogging!

  6. I will be taking a short break, Barbara, from today until next week Sunday. Christmas is a busy time and then we are away for a few days which doesn’t leave much time for blogging. I am hoping to get most of my new book edited before returning to work on 7 January.

  7. I agree, Barbara. There are times when it’s difficult to fit everything in. This is one of those times. Do what you need to enjoy, but don’t stress. Best wishes for Christmas and 2019. N xx

  8. Like you, I sometimes find spending time in the blogging world a relaxing break from day-to-day stress. Other times, it adds to the stress, and then I know that I need to step away from the computer for a little while. Yes, our stats will go down this time of year with so many people taking a holiday break, but as you say, who cares? Merry Christmas!

    1. You’re right. Although blogging is very important to me because of the connections I’ve made, I know there simply isn’t enough time to get it all done during the holidays. Hope you had a nice Christmas with your little grandson. It’s so fun to have babies back in the picture. We have a grand nephew and another grand niece or nephew on the way! No grandchildren yet, though. Happy New Year.

  9. It’s a good idea to take a break during Holidays. I find less comments on my blog posts anyway and I heard blogger announcing their breaks. I might as well take a break when others are doing the same. I check my blog a little instead to reply to a few comments. Even though I don’t make a post to announce the break, I do let a few people know. Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Thank you, Miriam. I think we’re all in the same boat. There simply isn’t enough time during the holidays to pay full attention to blogging. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year!

  10. You write how I feel during the holiday season. In some ways I want to take a break, but in other ways I love connecting with my blogging friends during this joyous season. I never check my stats, I confess. But I feel guilty if I don’t immediately reply to comments on my blog (I now allow myself 2-3 days to do so) and I feel compelled to visit blogs and say hi. It’s wonderful to be part of this community, but it shouldn’t be stressful, either. Diana (D.W Peach) has advised bloggers to take several breaks during the year, and I think she’s right. Noel, Peace, Hugs to you, Barbara.

  11. I was definitely stressed this last part of the year because of challenges. The holidays are so crazy though and you’re right. We shouldn’t be pressured. I just don’t like taking breaks lol. ❤😁

    1. Oh I know, I don’t either, but I had to because I had so much to do. Now, even though I have to work this weekend, I don’t have any extra things to do, like cooking, baking, buying presents, wrapping, traveling, etc. Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

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