For Canadians, that is. I was of two minds about what to write this year, considering current Internet trends. Should I do like so many other bloggers, post up a holiday notice and go enjoy a day with my family? Or should I treat the day in a business-as-usual manner? After all, the virtual world is international.
It’s a tough call.
Alright, let’s be honest, though. As I write this post, it’s actually October 4 and we haven’t even made our Thanksgiving plans yet. I’m going to timestamp this post for automatic publishing on the 13th and take Thanksgiving Day off anyways. You wouldn’t even notice I was gone if I didn’t tell you.
But many bloggers don’t seem to do that type of thing. I see plenty – plenty of blog posts on various holidays go up that just cheer for the occasion, wish readers well and that’s it.
Why? Why do people post up holiday wishes when so many other people don’t observe the same holiday?
“Well, it’s just a nice thought, James. It’s kind. It’s… well, it’s a holiday!”
Okay, I get that. Why not write a post that says, “Hey, Happy Thanksgiving,” at the top and then continue with the rest of the post?
I don’t understand why I should post that I’m off having turkey with the people I love and resting on a well-deserved day off while so many other people are just having a regular day. It’s not Thanksgiving for all my readers. Not everyone even believes in Thanksgiving.
So what purpose does it serve to put up a notice that I’m not around?
“Well, it shows that we have certain beliefs and respect them.”
Alright. So you post all your holiday notices, I’ll post mine and the other guy will post his. That’ll make for a nice mess, hm?
Oh, and while we’re talking about respect of beliefs, should we get into respect for other people’s beliefs? Don’t they matter? Why don’t we post nice wishes on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the day Zwarte Piet arrives?
“Well, James, really. Now you’re going overboard. There’s a holiday every day of the year somewhere.”
Exactly. The Internet could become a fiesta of holiday notices of all kinds from all over. Finding out which blog is up and running on specific days could become a nightmare. Granted, it isn’t yet, but more people from all sorts of countries in the world are coming online every day.
Every. Single. Day.
Back to posting notices, shall we? I’d like to know why a public worldwide demonstration of a holiday observance is a necessary thing. Can’t we celebrate quietly without telling people we’re celebrating? Are we that egotistical that we believe the whole blogosphere cares we’re off having a turkey dinner?
Does it make us feel more important about ourselves to distinguish that we observe certain holidays or uphold certain beliefs? Does telling everyone make us a better person than the next guy who doesn’t?
Hm. Yes. Things start to get a little nebulous, don’t they? Where does self-respect start and end? Where does respect for others pick up and leave off?
“Well, you shouldn’t ignore holidays, James…”
Of course not. I don’t. But I don’t feel the need to scream from the rooftops about the holidays I observe. It’s just not necessary. It serves no purpose. There is no benefit to readers or to the blogger. None.
We have blog post timestamps, people. Use them.
“Oh, come on, now, hey. Look at your own blog, James. You shut down last Christmas, you hypocrite.”
Yes, yes we did. Truthfully, we just used Christmas as an excuse to take a break from blogging. We took advantage of the situation for ulterior motives. We didn’t shut down because it was Christmas. Harry doesn’t even observe the same kind of Christmas that I do.
Anyways, today’s holiday up here in the Great White North is about giving thanks, so I will.
I give thanks that the Canadians are outnumbered online, because that means I won’t have to see a whole bunch of Happy Thanksgiving wishes plastered all over.
I give thanks that I can carry out my personal holiday observance in an intimate setting while life goes on around me.
I give thanks that I can respect myself by observing my holiday and respect others not observing the same holiday on the same day.
I give thanks WordPress (or whoever) invented timestamping so that my blog doesn’t have to shut down while I’m away.
I am curious about how others feel regarding holidays and blogging. I welcome people’s thoughts, so please feel free to share them (without setting our blog on fire, hm?)
Should bloggers post holiday observances and absences? Is it right to do so when we have technology that lets us sidestep that hitch in regular posting? Do you consider it fun or boring when holiday notices go up? What do you do when a holiday comes around?
There’s a ton of conversation to be had here, and I think it’ll be an interesting. I’ll add my thoughts to the discussion too.
Tomorrow. After I return from my holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.