For a good part of this past year, I've been questioning whether I ought to sign up for Yuletide 2015. Given that I've always fallen firmly into the Yuletide Is A Way of Life camp, this may shock some people, although I've had some helpful discussions about the idea with various friends already.
Part of the problem is that I had such an amazingly productive year in 2013. Last year I felt some pressure to live up to that standard and, although I did end up writing quite a bit, also ended up rather burned out as a result. There's also the fact that I'm working full time now, which means I'll probably have a lot less time and energy to spend on Yuletide.
Another factor, odd though this may sound, is the multitude of amazing fics
I got as gifts last year. I couldn't be more grateful; they really were all amazing. But I know that I won't be able to pay all of those generous authors back this year, much though I would like to. Not to mention the fact that so many of my requests got filled - what am I going to request this year? I honestly feel a little abashed by it all.
Having said this, failing to sign up for Yuletide would almost certainly be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Despite my protestations, I've been keeping a running fandoms/requests list, seemingly out of habit. I know if I didn't put my sign-up in, I would spend the rest of the season feeling bitterly left out, not to mention regretting breaking my streak (which is broken already, but what can one do).
So, for the moment at least, my resolution is to have a much more low-key Yuletide experience this year. I will not
write an epic letter and I will not
post it several weeks before sign-ups open. I will not write epic treats. I will consider myself to have done my duty if I write more than 1k for my assigned recipient - and I will default if I feel that I need to. Everything else is Optional.
Also I will lower people's expectations. That's what I'm doing now. Is it working?