Blogmas Day 1 || Plans & Thoughts For This Blogmas

I love blogging all year round however, Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year for blogging. Why? Because not only is it a cosy and cheerful time of year, it also means Blogmas. This is my third year doing Blogmas now and I love it more each time. Even though every year I get extremely stressed from it, it's stress I enjoy. I love putting a post out every day and always having something to write about.

I could never pull it off all year round as I'm pretty sure I'd burn out if I tried to blog every day, work on Bleet and actually have a full-time job that pays me. However, I prepare myself all year for Blogmas and I am ready for the challenge.

I have learnt a lot during my past Blogmasses, which makes each year easier and more exciting. For example, I have learnt that I don't have to make every post Christmas related. I know a lot of people do, however when I did this the first year it just made me kind of resent Blogmas and Christmas because I felt uninspired by the end of it and I also felt like I was only writing what others were writing. So now, Blogmas for me just means that I post every day throughout December with some Christmas content mixed in.

Another thing I've learnt is that I don't need to buy everything in order to write about it. The first year I spent so much money on Blogmas that by January I had really screwed myself over financially, which again made me resent Blogmas. I felt like I never wanted to do it again. Until I realized that I could do wish list and feature type posts showing products that I like the look of, rather than buying them all. Obviously, if I am reviewing a product, I need to buy it and try it, but if I'm not why can't I just share it on my blog in case any of my readers like the look of it too?

Also, this one might seem a bit obvious to some people but it took me a while to learn this. PLAN. Plan out your content and get writing them as soon as you can otherwise you'll find yourself falling behind and stressing out. The first year I found myself falling behind and it made me feel horrible because I ended out putting out content that not only did I not enjoy writing it, but I also wasn't happy with the quality of it.

I think it's safe to say that my first Blogmas didn't go so well, it made me fall out of love with blogging for a while too. I swore I'd never do it again, however by summer I was already planning Blogmas 2017 - I felt like I wanted another go at it and I'm glad I did because although the second year was still stressful, I loved it. Plus, I had other things going on in my life at that point and having Blogmas gave me something else to focus on and work on.

I'm really looking forward to Blogmas 2018, it's going to be a bit different and hopefully a bit more personal as I feel myself wanting to open up more and chat about things, instead of just featuring my favourite products. I've been feeling a lot more chatty lately and like I want my blog to be somewhere I can share my thoughts, so I'm hoping that Blogmas will have a lot of those kinds of posts mixed in too.

I'm also working with a few amazing brands this Blogmas! More than any Blogmas in the past, so keep an eye out for those posts, as I'm very happy to be working with them and I really hope you like the posts too.

Okay, this is getting a bit long now... I could chat forever but I'll end it here as I'll be seeing you again tomorrow!