Do You Blog During Holidays?

Another Yuletide has rolled around and bloggers around the world are forced to ponder the age-old question: should I blog on a major holiday?

The issue is one of engagement. In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for eating, Christmas a time for sharing gifts, St. Patrick’s Day a time for drinking (green) beer, and Valentine’s Day a time for… well, you get the picture! Plus, most people are at home or out and about rather than at their desks catching up on their favorite feeds. You have to wonder who has time to visit your blog, right?

On the other hand, a holiday is an ideal time to speak to your specific subject matter in a more universal context. For example, on 10,000 Birds, I’ve used Thanksgiving to trot out Thrilling Turkey Facts and Christmas to explore the Birds Of The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Not only are these posts appropriately festive, they draw in new readers every year. I wish I could say as much for my Arbor Day post!

So what about you? Do you blog on major holidays?

7 Comments

  1. December 24, 2009 at 8:52 PM | Permalink

    Yes, I still blog on holidays. I tend to do lighter posts and save topics that require more effort for days when more people will have time to read.

  2. December 24, 2009 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    Absolutely! There are many people who find comfort on the internet because they have no family affairs to attend. Gotta write for them!

  3. December 25, 2009 at 12:06 AM | Permalink

    What April said. (Plus, I am almost one of those people myself!)

  4. December 25, 2009 at 7:10 PM | Permalink

    Well, I don’t mind blogging on a holiday, especially if it’s our first white Christmas in 83 years. Someone has to shout that from the rooftops! (OK, it’s not all that, but it’s cool if one scours the record books like I do.)

  5. December 26, 2009 at 5:36 AM | Permalink

    I thought about it yesterday, and had something pretty nice that I had wanted to share, but then the unexpected happened. My 9 month old twin grandson ended up in a nearby children’s hospital and was placed on oxygen and IV fluids. Poor little chap. He is doing a bit better by now,we hope. It had been my thought to post something after the festivities had calmed, for exact reason given,some do not have celebrations to attend and this is something they look forward to. Once I can get to my desktop, the quicker model, I shall post what I had planned on. It was a brilliant opportunity and I grabbed it~

  6. December 27, 2009 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    I slow down on the posts but my co-host and I found time to podcast over the holidays. We do our end of the year show. < —-Gratuitous plug

    Have a listen. No one has figured out the trivia question yet.

  7. January 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM | Permalink

    I generally blog while I’m home, but not in the 3-4 days that I’m away at my family’s home for Christmas. This is less about whether anyone will read it and more about whether I have the time. I do generally make sure that I arrange for a scheduled post to go up on Christmas Day containing an image as a sort of online Christmas card/greeting. If I was more organized about it, I’d also schedule something to go up on the 26th or 27th, but that pre-Christmas rush always seems to overwhelm me.