Bloggers’ Secret Santa 2017

Aside from taking a breather from school and inhaling yummy food, I always thought that Christmas is all about giving and joy and celebrating life and all its good things.

Perhaps this year has been meh or really really awful for you. And I get it, the horrible stuff are pretty difficult to ignore. I know that firsthand. But it’s important to remind yourself that there are still reasons to keep smiling and forge ahead with resilience. This is Ash’s aim for creating Bloggers’ Secret Santa.

It was one of the highlights of my Christmas last year. So imagine my surprise when I received a message from her asking me if I can help out on this year’s Bloggers’ Secret Santa.

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So okay. To those who aren’t familiar with Secret Santa, it’s basically being randomly assigned a person and giving them a gift anonymously. In this case, your Christmas gift is the inspiring words you’ll write to a fellow blogger.

And hush, you. Yes, you, you self-doubter. Your words are inspiring. Don’t say it’s not. I’ve seen what you can do. And even if I haven’t, I believe in you and your kindness. Okay? Okay ❀

Bloggers' Secret Santa

HOW EXACTLY ARE WE DOING THIS, KATE?

I’m so glad you asked. Here’s what you’re gonna do:

  1. Fill in the super short form I have at the end of this post.
  2. You have until Thursday, December 14th 23:59 GMT to sign up and take part. The next day, your names will go in a random name generator thingamabob and you’ll receive an email telling you the person you’ll be the Secret Santa to. It’s kinda like in Hunger Games except, you know, there’s no killing.
  3. Please don’t tell anyone who you got. Because where’s the suspense in that, amirite?
  4. From the time you know the person you have, you’ll be required to make a post of over 500 words for them. This is where your mad blogging skills comes into the picture. The post is basically an appreciation post for all their awesomeness and hard work. (In my case, it’s an opportunity to fangirl on someone hekhek)
  5. Add your own unique spin to the post! If you want to sing them a song, make them a ppt of their awesomeness, GO DO IT! It’s fun and makes them feel special πŸ™‚
  6. That said, you can title the post however you want. Just include the name of the person you have so they can find it easily. Or, you know, link to their blog!
  7. You can start publishing your posts on Monday December 25th 0:00 GMT. Use the tag #BloggersSecretSanta on your blog and all over social media so once everything’s published, we know where to find your awesome and inspiring post πŸ˜‰
    (you can even check out the tag on Reader right now to see all the awesome posts made last year!)
  8. And the most critical part: add all of the dates to your calendar! Especially if you’re forgetful like moi, you’ll really need it.

I think this is a great way to spread the love and happiness this holiday season. And, as Ash brilliantly said in her post last year, we’re all a big happy blogging family, yes? YES? Yes.

So whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you’re still very much welcome to join. It’s also a great way to make new blogging friends, especially if the person you get is someone you barely talk to. And I would totally appreciate it if you spread the word about this (by reblogging, tweeting, etc) so we can all have fun together!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate on asking me. πŸ™‚

Happy Weekend, you beautiful unicorns!

kate

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47 thoughts on “Bloggers’ Secret Santa 2017

  1. Wowowow!! This is so fun! I found this through my sister Kathryn’s blog, (BloomingwiththeWildflowers) and Kate, THIS IS SO FUN AND AWESOME AND COOL AND AAHHH! I’d love to take part!! Sign me up! ❀ 😁
    -Lauren ❀ ❀

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  2. Awe this sounds absolutely lovely! I think I remember you doing this last year, it was so nice to read everyone’s posts so I’m super excited for this year’s postsπŸ˜„πŸŽ„

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    1. Awww it was Ash from Call Me Ash actually hehe πŸ˜€ But yes! I absolutely love the idea behind it and I’m so thrilled I get to be in the backstage of it this year πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing everyone’s post this year too!

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    1. Hi Ana, thanks for taking part! You’ll be receiving an email telling you who you got on December 15th. By then, you’ll have 10 days (before publishing your post on December 25th) to check out their blog and what they post about and their awesomeness so hopefully that wouldn’t be too much of a problem πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Yashvi! Thanks for taking part 😊 The sign up will only be until 14th of December since I’ll be drawing the names on the 15th. Once you get the name of the person you’ll be Secret Santa to, you’ll have around 10 days to make your post and start publishing it on December 25 😊

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    1. Thanks for bringing this up 😊 The creator’s point for making this last year was so bloggers could meet new bloggers and build new friendships. So if you’ll have someone you don’t know, you’ll have around 10 days to check out their blog and what they usually post about and what makes them awesome so hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem 😊
      I’ll see if I can quickly scour last year’s Bloggers’ Secret Santa to find a case like this…

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            1. I just checked and I don’t see your response. It’s supposed to confirm and show you a “Thanks for responding” page after. If it still doesn’t work out click here. It will direct you to the form’s page itself. Also, I wonder if you placed https:// on your blog’s address? I tried putting mine without that and it didn’t accept it ^^’
              If it still doesn’t work, please let me know πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, this is an absolutely wonderful idea! Spreading joy and love is what Christmas is all about. πŸ’– I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to participate, with exams coming up and other things I haven’t had time to do because of school, but I wish you the best of luck with it!!

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