Should You Blog Around The Holidays?

Should You Blog Around the Holidays? via KLWightman.com
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With Labor Day meaning an extra day off for us nine-to-fivers, a tempting thought came across my mind: I should skip blogging this week.

But my conscience soon kicked in. “Don’t let your readers down. They’re counting on a post from you come Tuesday.”

Then I had an epiphany. Do my readers (that’s you!) count on a blog post from me around the holidays?

So I came up with a balanced compromise: I’ll write a blog post about this.

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What Writers Really Want For Christmas

Giving a gift to a writer is easier than you think
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It’s hard to please a writer, especially during gift-giving holidays. Writers have hard-to-match taste in literature and win any witty holiday card competition. It’s a challenge to chisel through that introspective exterior and get an answer on what to buy them for Christmas.

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The answer isn’t deeply hidden. In fact, what writers really want for Christmas often can’t be wrapped and tucked underneath the Christmas tree. Because what writers really want for Christmas can be found on the pages of our favorite holiday stories.

Enough Writing Materials

A stack of notebooks, boxes of pens, or a printer stuffed with enough paper and ink can make a difference between a focused writer and a procrastinating one. Writers already have enough excuses to put off writing that chapter, so a stressful lack of supplies shouldn’t be one of them.

A Support System

It’s not easy telling people that you want to be a writer. In a world where everyone says they want to publish a book, it’s hard for someone to take a writer seriously. Genuine support from family and friends keeps a writer positive and motivated to stick to their writing project.

Ask about their writing projects. Don’t make faces when they talk about writing. Be understanding if they need time alone to write.

Your Stories

Let’s be honest: many of the best stories are stolen.  So let your writer be a thief! Sit down by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and tell them your stories. You’ll have the writer’s full attention and eagerness to weave your tale into their next project.

Great Memories

Writers also enjoy writing about their life experiences too. So make some memories! Plan some fun activities out in the snow and inside where it’s warm. Stick to your holiday traditions—or add a twist to this year’s festivities. Be yourself and show off your personality when they’re around. Writers take note of every moment, be it large or small.

Because what writers really want for Christmas is you.

The Most Common Grammar Mistakes on Holiday Cards & How to Avoid Them

Grammar Mistakes on Holiday Cards
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It’s always fun to receive holiday cards in the mail, especially since no one really sends them anymore. But it’s just as painful to read the envelope or open up the card to find a glaring grammatical error.

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Some grammar snafus on holiday cards are simply popular misconceptions. Others will land you on the naughty list.

Don’t let your seasonal sentiment get overshadowed by a slip of the pen. Here are some holiday card tips to make sure you don’t get bogged down by any of these grammar mistakes:

Mistake #1: Holiday Apostrophes

Wrong: New Years Day, Seasons Greetings

Correct: New Year’s Day, Season’s Greetings

Remember: It’s the day of the New Year and the greetings of the season.

Mistake #2: Last Name Apostrophes

Wrong: The Green’s, The Harris’s

Correct: The Greens, The Harrises or The Harris Family

Remember: The last names are plural because a family is composed of more than one person.  The apostrophe suggests that one Green or Harris family member possesses something, which is not the case when addressing an envelope or signing a letter.

Mistake #3: Requesting a Response

Wrong: Please R.S.V.P.

Correct: R.S.V.P.

Remember: R.S.V.P. is an initialism for the French phrase répondez s’il vous plait, meaning “respond please.”  Keep it as “respond please” and not “please respond please.”

Mistake #4: Holiday Contractions

Wrong: Tis the Season

Correct: ’Tis the Season

Remember: ’Tis is a contraction of “it is.” An apostrophe acknowledges the combining of the two words, just like “it’s” is a contraction of “it is.”

What grammar mistakes have you found on holiday cards? Share the slip-ups below.