Have you heard of a Family Christmas Blog? Many families do printed family newsletters to send to family and friends at Christmas time. But what about something a little more updated, a little more flexible and fun? Try starting a family Christmas blog.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – Choose a Host
There are many great places on the web that will host your family Christmas blog for free. Some services to look at are Blogger, WordPress, and TypePad. I like using Blogger, because it’s very simple, yet flexible to use. Any of these popular blog hosting options are worth a look, though.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – Set the Theme
All major blogging services include theme templates to set the look and feel of your blog. To find the perfect theme for your family Christmas blog, though, you might have to do a little searching of the web. There are lots of free blog themes out there, and you are sure to find several Christmas blog themes, too. Just be sure that when you are searching for your theme, you search for one that matches your blog host.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – Make it a Team Sport
One of the best advantages of having a family Christmas blog, is that you can invite family members from all over to take part. For blogger users, it’s as simple as adding potential authors e-mails in the right box, and they’ll be able to post their own additions to the blog. Different hosts have different methods, but most offer team blogging. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in your Family Christmas Blog, whether they live down the hall, or around the world.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – Keeping it Private
Even if you are very excited about the idea of a family Christmas Blog, you may have some concerns about privacy. This can be especially important if you have children who are posting to your blog. Most blog host will allow you to set specific people (via e-mail) who may view your blog. This will help keep private information in the family. If this is important to you, check for this option when selecting a host for your family’s Christmas blog.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – What to Include
This is the perfect place to talk about what you have been up to for the last year. More than that, you can include pictures, holiday plans, and discussions of next year’s plans. Don’t forget to turn on comments, so your family and friends can discuss your updates and plans with you — and each other — as they read.
Creating a Family Christmas blog – Beyond the Season
If you have had fun with your family while working on your family Christmas blog, there is no reason to stop now. Maybe change out the theme, if you chose a Christmas one originally, but keep on posting. Encourage others to keep on posting, too. That way, by next year, there will be much less you’ll have to catch up on.