Thursday, November 17, 2016

Social Media Tips for the Holidays

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Let’s face it, the holidays are fun, but they’re also hectic.

It's important to not abandon our social media profiles and blogs during the holidays, but we also need to work smarter, not harder.

By planning out some holiday social media updates in advance you save your sanity and keep the momentum going. 

Here are some ideas for fun social media updates:
  • Share your favorite holiday recipe and ask your friends/followers to share theirs. 
  • Ask your followers to give you tips on sanity savers during the holidays.
  • Share a crazy holiday faux pas and ask others to share theirs.
  • Share some of your favorite holiday reads.
  • Ask for decorating ideas.
  • Share a holiday tradition and ask for others to chime in.
  • Ask about favorite holiday movies.
  • Share your favorite Christmas carol and ask your friends to share theirs. 

I think you get the idea.

Tips to Organize Updates & Get Them Ready to Go
It's as important to have the updates easy to access as it is to have them ready in advance. For me, I like to use a combination of ways to keep them organized. 
  • Set up a folder on your desktop and label it holiday updates.
  • Inside the folder, I have several subfolders: 
    • A Word document of text updates, complete with links if I want to send them to a specific blog or site.
    • A Word document with quotes that I might want to use on a meme.
    • A folder of images (make sure they're legal to use. If you're not sure here's a link to a blog post about finding legal images.) I think would make good memes.
    • A folder of finished memes ready to share.
    • A calendar/schedule for sharing the memes. This can be in a Word document, spreadsheet or another type of file.

By already having these updates ready, you can relax and not have to spend valuable time creating them.
You can also plan some blog posts in advance. The holidays are a good time to plan a giveaway. You can also plan a holiday cookie recipe exchange and a holiday potluck recipe exchange for your blog. The easiest way to do this is through a Meme. I use Linky to do all my memes. Here's a blog post to Get Started with Memes.
Now it’s your turn, share some holiday conversation starters, and blog post ideas.
Don’t forget to join the conversation!

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for SouthernWriters Magazine and the Senior Editor for Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. Don't miss her new book from Worthy Inspired, WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES.

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