Monday, November 5, 2018

Get Your Social Media Ready for the Holidays

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I know it's just the beginning of November, but the holiday season is just around the season.  I'm not advocating rushing the season, but if we take time to get ready now, it can cut down on the stress that can come during the holidays. 

So now is the perfect time to get your social media ready for the holidays.

Update Images
The first thing you want to look at your cover photo on the different platforms. Consider ways you could enhance it to give it a warm, holiday feel. 

There are several ways to create cover photos for your social media accounts: Canva, PicMonkey and iPiccy are my favorites. Here’s a screencast I shared, Step-by-Step Instructions for Adding Text to Images using PicMonkey.

The dimensions for cover images vary from network to network so be sure to do some research. 

Beyond changing the look of your platforms by changing your images, you’ll need to plan ahead for social media updates. And yes, I'm working on new holiday headers for all my pages.

Plan Updates
Let’s face it, the holidays are fun, but they’re also hectic. By planning out some holiday updates in advance can 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.

Remember that by planning these in advance, you can have a list ready to go and not have to spend valuable time creating them.

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 computer 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.

Plan Blog Posts
You can also plan some blog posts in advance. The holidays are a good time to plan a giveaway. You could also plan a holiday cookie recipe exchange or one for a holiday potluck recipes.

Now it’s your turn, share some holiday conversation starters, and blog post ideas.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!


Time saving tips to get your #blog & #socialmedia holiday ready - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. One year, I was working on a script for a ladies Christmas tea at our church. I asked for readers to share their unusual or funny Christmas traditions. The response was terrific and I chose three to use in the play.

  2. I love this, Edie. I'm not very good at sharing things on social media during the holidays. I love your suggestions and your conversation starters. Thank you for sharing!

    I normally take a blogging break for most of December through the time my kids go back to school so I can focus on family and holiday activities/preparations. Having these ideas laid out in advance will be helpful. Thank you so much for sharing!

    By the way, is there a way to schedule Facebook posts for my profile and author page? I've used Hootsuite in the past, but that doesn't work anymore.

  3. Thanks for the video with step-by-step instructions. Very helpful! :)

  4. Thanks Edie, sharing with my Word Weavers group!

  5. Wonderful ideas! Thanks for the tips!