Time is weird. It’s easy to blink and realize there are only six weeks left in the calendar year when in your mind, it’s still somewhere around August.
But on TikTok, influencers are ahead of the curve. Holidays and major milestone dates tend to collapse together, with Christmas starting the day after Halloween and the new year starting … well, right around now.
The New York Times reports that eager TikTokers are already urging their followers to start getting into the 2024 grindset, identifying goals and pathways to accomplishment.
“Instead of a resolution, which tends to feel more nebulous and vague, I wanted people to start thinking about what areas of their life contribute to their own well-being,” creator Jodie Taylor told the Times. “When you start goal planning on Jan. 1, by Jan. 2, you’re not really going to see much progress.”
Why it matters:
If you’re waiting until the week before a holiday or major annual milestone to publish seasonal content, you’re behind the curve.
Long gone are the days when the official Christmas season starts on Black Friday. Social media loves to go big when it comes to decorating, cooking, contemplating and otherwise celebrating holidays of all kinds.
This gives you a much longer creative runway for publishing holiday-related content. But it also means your social media planning needs to be in place long before the calendar might indicate.
The seasonal rhythms of social media matter a great deal. Keep those editorial calendars in tip-top shape and be ready to jump on trends in the moment, no matter what the actual date indicates.
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