Monday, November 30, 2015

Coming Soon: 12 Days of Blogmas

Last year, I came up with the great idea to host a 12 Days of Blogging Christmas event. It was fun but didn't go quite as I had hoped. Life got busy and I found that blogging took a back seat to the stress of work and deployment. This year, I was talking to my friend Nora about topics for our blogs for December (something we do often). I was telling her about my 12 Days event from last year and we decided to bring it back. This time, I've got help and we've already got everything planned and ready to go! In fact, there's already a growing Facebook group of other bloggers that are interested!

Not sure how a blogging event works? No worries - I'm about to share all of the details of our event with you below! You can technically join the fun without ever joining the Facebook group but the group will give you some added benefits, including daily reminders and share threads! Plus, I'll be using the group share threads to share across social media in December!


The 12 Days of Blogmas event will take place from December 9 - December 24. There will be a prompt for each weekday of the challenge. The prompts are based around the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and can be found below with a small description. Each day, you'll create a post for your blog based on the prompt of the day. Then, you'll come back to The Coastie Couple or The Petite Mrs to link up your post. After linking up, you'll be able to check out other blogs who are participating. We do expect you to share the love with fellow bloggers that are participating in the event.

You can find graphics and other goodies for all of the prompts in the Facebook group, but I'm also going to list them here for those of us that don't want to add another group to our list.

Day 1: Holiday Tradition 
(December 9, 2015)

It's the first day of blogmas, so you only have to share one thing today! Share your favorite holiday tradition with us. Maybe it's wearing matching pajamas or baking cookies for Santa. Whatever the tradition is, we'd love to hear about it! Remember: traditions are something you do year after year.

Day 2: Random Acts of Kindness
(December 10, 2015)

We're big believers in showing kindness to others - especially around the holidays. Today's post is all about showing kindness! There are several different directions you can take with this post - including sharing things you've done for others or things others have done for you! Remember, it's the second day of Blogmas so you need to share two things with us for the topic!

Day 3: Signs of the Season
(December 11, 2015)

What are the things that signal the holiday season for you? Is it the appearance of the Starbucks red cup or is it the lights downtown? Use your senses to share three ways that you know the holiday season has arrived! (Throwback to elementary school: Your senses include sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.)

Day 4: Holiday Quotes
(December 14, 2015)

It's time to dig out your favorite books, songs, and movies for this prompt! Find four quotes that represent the holiday season to share with the rest of us! Don't forget to share where we can find the quotes!

Day 5: Golden Memories
(December 15, 2015)

The holidays lend themselves to many memory making opportunities. Today, we're asking that you reflect on your past. Share (five) favorite memories with us in a little trip to the past today.  

Day 6: Holiday Movies
(December 16, 2015)

I love holiday movies! Today's post will probably be one of my favorites. It's time to create a list of your top six holiday movies. I can't wait to see which ones we have in common!

Day 7: Winter Activities
(December 17, 2015)

Build a snowman, sip hot chocolate, make gingerbread houses...the list of holiday activities is endless. We want to hear your top seven winter activities. Hopefully, you inspire us to try something new!

Day 8: Holiday Food & Drink      
(December 18, 2015)

The holidays bring lots of fun food with them. Get in tune with your stomach today and share your favorite foods or drinks with us. You could even describe your perfect holiday dinner if you'd like! Creativity with the prompts is highly encouraged!

Day 9: Holiday Songs
(December 21, 2015)

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells... I can already hear the holiday music starting in my head. Take some time today to figure out which ones are your favorite. I'm looking forward to creating a new playlist from all of the great suggestions!

Day 10: Facts About Me
(December 22, 2015)

At this point, we've learned a lot about each other but I know there's still more to learn. It's time to share a little bit about yourself with our "facts about me" prompt. It's time you shared a little bit about the blogger behind the blog!

Day 11: Holiday Photos
(December 23, 2015)

Maybe they're old photos. Maybe their new ones from your trip. Either way, we're looking forward to seeing what holiday photos you choose to share with us!

Day 12: Holiday Wishes
(December 24, 2015)

The year is almost up and Christmas is coming. Take a few minutes to share your holiday wishes with us. Maybe it's something you hope happens (no family drama) or a wishlist item you hope is under the tree. We're looking forward to seeing your twelve holiday wishes!


There you go - your prompts for the 12 Days of Blogmas!

Afraid you won't be able to remember them all? Don't worry - there's a few things you can do to help you remember!

1. Pin this post to your holiday pinterest board.

2. Print out our Editorial Calendar that lists all the prompts and even gives you a brainstorming section!


3. Join our Facebook group where we'll be posting the prompts and share threads daily.

4. Sign up for daily email reminders.

We're really looking forward to this event. I hope you'll join us in this awesome event that will benefit your blog a lot!


23 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to reading your posts through the season! How exciting

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  2. This is so cool! I can't wait to read more about the way you celebrate!

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  3. I like the random acts of kindness I think it is important to give back to those who truly need it.

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  4. This is such a great idea. I wish I had the time to commit to doing it!!

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  6. What a fun idea! I love to see the traditions of others, and this will be a great way to have a peek into what others do!

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  7. This sounds like a lot of fun! I'm a little iffy on a few of the prompts, but I think I'm going to try this!

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  8. What a great idea to motivate lots of people to write. Love it!

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  9. Oh I love this, and the meaning of each day can totally be manipulated into lots of different types of blogs!

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  10. Sounds like fun! I hadn't heard of blogmas till today, only vlogmas, but makes sense now I think about it!

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  11. Blogmas was new to me until today! What a fun idea!

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  12. Sounds fun! I struggle with following prompts, but it's occasionally nice to have them!

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  13. I'm totally jealous that I'm not doing this! LOL! In the best way of course! I can't wait to follow along!

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  14. I wish I had known the Blogmas was like a cool thing! Now, I'm behind. Lol.

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  15. I just launched a 12 Days of Blogmas yesterday so I can't wait to see your series...because I love all things Christmas!

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  16. This is a great idea! It helps with any writers block and it is a great way to support all your fellow bloggers.

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  17. Awe...what a cool concept! I especially love the prompts for days for Holiday Movies and Holiday Photos.

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  18. I participated in NaBloPoMo and posted almost every day of November. I may try Blogmas because there will be prompts, but I don't know if I can keep up with it again.

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  19. I think I will participate! Looks fun, sounds fun and will push my butt LOL!

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  20. Looks like fun. I'll follow the prompts.

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