Chiming again with my current experience, my calendar is wide open after being blocked lots of days for the last 2 months. But the difference this year as opposed to past years is that I’m not blocking weeks at a time. It’s 5 days then an open one, or 12 days and two open ones. Having experienced the slowdown in the past I used a different strategy and I’m getting a different result. I already have 7 reservations over the next 6 weeks and have had multiple other inquiries.
I don’t know if my strategy is the difference or Airbnb has changed theirs. I also have more reviews now than the last time I blocked off. This is a busy time of year for people driving through my town. In my experience mid Dec to mid January is every bit as busy as peak summer travel.