TIPS FOR HANDLING BLOGGING DURING THE HOLIDAYS + SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey everyone! It’s already deep into December, my favorite month of the year! The holidays are an amazing time of giving and joy, but sometimes it can be stressful to handle blogging during the holidays as we are doing school, planning for Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate), prepping for the new year, and so much more. Today, I will be sharing my personal tips for handling blogging during this time! I hope you find this helpful! I seriously cannot believe it is almost Christmas! You can also use these tips for anytime life gets busy! Hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: none of these photos are mine, credits to anyone who took these amazing photos!

Prioritize

The first tip is prioritizing. Obviously your health, physical or mental, should come before your blog. Choose things that you want to focus on this holiday season and leave out things that can wait. Blogging will feel much less stressful if you pick and choose what you want to focus on in the holidays.

Schedule Your Posts

This can be really helpful to me! If there is a day where I am not doing much and have time to blog, I will be able to produce more content. However, do not post them all at the same time! Schedule them a few days apart so you can get ahead of schedule and are staying consistent!

Set Time to Blog

Setting time to blog will be really helpful. I am sometimes the type of person to just blog whenever I want, but when I do set times to blog, it helps so much since I know I will be able to get everything done by then and it will help keep you on a schedule!

Take Breaks

Let me say it: It is 100% okay to take breaks! You should not feel guilty stepping away from your blog. I am planning to do so for Christmas and the following week, it will help give time for your life! And honestly, I do not really care when even my favorite bloggers take breaks as I know they are doing what is best for them! As I said before, your health should come first and don’t feel guilty about caring for yourself.

Plan Out Your Posts

Planning out your posts by the week/month is a HUGE lifesaver! Instead of having to think up of an idea every time you want to post, you will have them right there for you! I do it by the month but it really depends how often you post!

threw a Hanukah photo in here too! Is there anyone who celebrates?

I hope you enjoyed my top tips for blogging during the holidays/busy times. What are your favorite tips for stressful times? Let me know!

And for a special announcement…

Unless my plans change, I am planning a special series for 2021! It will be throughout January and possibly February! It will be all about getting into a healthy lifestyle! I will have things like fitness, eating, and just keeping a healthy, happy life! These posts will be once a week! I am thinking about names… Maybe “Live Your Best Life” or “Better You”? It is still in the works haha, but I hope you all are excited for it! I sure am!

Anyways, thank you all so much for reading! I hope you have a happy holidays, whatever you celebrate! And I hope you found these tips to be helpful for the holiday season and just life in general!

Thanks for reading!

💜 Arabella

Blog Posts I’m Loving Right Now

Hi guys! Today I decided to post several recent posts of other bloggers that I’m loving right now!

  1. Madi’s Post: Why You Should Never Be Afraid to Share Your Writing
  2. Allison’s Poem: Goodbye
  3. Starling’s Post: Good Enough
  4. Sadie’s Post: Tribute to the Man I Love
  5. Amie’s Post: Description Saturday #1
  6. Ariana’s Post: Inside/Outside Strength, Inside/Outside beauty
  7. Bekah’s Post: Be Kind // simple ways to show kindness
  8. Rebekah Leigh’s Post: I wasn’t a Failure

Go check out all these posts and the blogs!!!

Did you like this type of post? Have you checked out any of these posts or bloggers?

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I’m Back + Welcome to AWL 2.0!

Hi guys! Wow, that felt like a long break, even though I’m ending it early! While I was away, many things changed. So say your ‘welcome back’s, and read on. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Ok, ready?

I have changed the web address (you should see it, but if not: sparksofara.wordpress.com), and if all worked out you should be on it, and if you go to the AWL address it will say ‘we moved’. The posts are still here, so you can scroll through some cringe-worthy posts if you’d like.

If you haven’t seen already, the new name of our blog is Thoughts of a Fangirl! The button will change (and it is actually at least a bit good) and the button page is showing up now, good news.

And… in March (our 1-year-blogiversary) we will be starting a Blogiversary Month series! A post on March 1st should explain more about what it is. And, head over to my contact page if you’d like to collab with me! I have several dates available, so if anyone wants to do that, you may contact me or ask in the comments!

Also, the 50/60 (now 70!) follower Q+A should be posted soon, but it may have to wait til April, I’m not sure. Either way, you can still send in questions here. Also, how do you like the new header? I’m actually proud of it!! XD

To keep things entertaining, I decided to add on to my story, Star, from my intro to a collab blog I’ve joined.

Star

A short story by Arabella

I gazed out the large, round window next to my new canopy bed that Saoirse had set me up with. The dark, navy sky really made the bright stars pop out.

“Hey, Elle.” It took me a second to recognize the voice. Dara? Dara!

“Dara! What are you doing in my dorm?” I shout. She looks… hurt?

“I’m sorry!” she snaps. “It’s awful in my dorm! How can you get this when I get almost nothing!” I glance at her.

“Maybe because you weren’t the nicest to her.” I add.

“Well, I don’t care. I’m gonna give her a lesson!” She replies and pumps her first into her other hand.

“Ya know that if you do, you’ll make it even harder on yourself.” I advise.

“Ulch. Fine. But can’t I talk to her, then? Ask her for more?” she asks.

“No. One, that would be rude. And two, you’ll never find her! She’s all over the place!” I shout, a bit too loudly.

“Yeah, because she’s going on secret mission with the Findless without us? When she promised that we’d be able to start going out with her? And we haven’t been able to yet, after 3 weeks!” I look down at the ground. “Ugh, so she’s letting you and Amira on missions and not me! I thought I’d have fun here!” She sulks away, clearly upset after what just happened.

I look out my window again. This time a bright golden star reflects in the sky.

Suddenly, I gasp. The sign of The Star.

 

I quickly grab my hailer and hail Saoirse. She looks calm, and is smiling.

“What’s up, Elle?” She asks calmly.

“I saw the sign of The Star.” She gasps as soon as I finish.

“Oh no. Not again. Warn the others and bring everyone to my office as soon as you can.”

“On it!” I sprint as fast as I can to tell everyone. This is not good. The Star could attack at any moment if we weren’t careful.

We all burst into Saoirse’s office and she is already investigating.

“Oh, hello! I was just seeing if I could spot the star in the sky. But there’s no sign of it anywhere! Wait, Elle, maybe it could only be seen from east side because that’s where your dorm is. Let’s check the main hall.”

Right as we step out into the hall, a message beeps on our wristbands.

“Intruder” it reads.

We all glance at each other.

“Do you think it’s them?” I ask.

“I guess you’re right.” a cold voice says.

 

Do you like what I have so far? I haven’t had much time to edit it, but I’m still liking it. Also, some changes are still being made on the huge re-vamp and I’d love feedback! Thanks!

See you March {or likely before since I can’t bear being away for 6 days}.

 

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my new signoff! If I make it bigger, it gets blurry, but I’m working on it. 😉