New Year, New Content Ideas for Your Blog

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new-year-new-content-ideas-for-your-blogThe new year is almost here! And in honor of that, we’ve got some fresh new blog content ideas for you to write about. As always, it’s a great idea to draw inspiration from the calendar itself — and yes, that means cashing in on the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. However, it’s far from the only topic you should discuss. Check out the rest of our recommendations and inspiration.

1. Industry Trends/Predictions for 2017

This first suggestion is actually a carry-over from December, but if you didn’t find the time last month, you may as well cash in now: [Tweet “Create a blog post where you highlight the changes you expect to see in your industry this year — whether it’s the implication of a new law that’s taking effect or an increasingly popular trend. “]— whether it’s the implication of a new law that’s taking effect or an increasingly popular trend.  

2. New Year’s Resolutions

You’ll find quite a lot of freedom and flexibility in this particular idea, even if it might feel a bit tired. Obviously you can discuss your own New Year’s resolutions — for yourself or your business. However, you can also suggest resolutions for other people. Another promising topic is the best tips and methods for keeping your motivation and momentum going, and keeping to goals when the initial motivation starts to wear off.

3. Strategies for Getting Organized

This idea is very closely related to New Year’s resolutions, but it also stands well enough on its own. With the new year, it’s a great time to start getting organized, de-cluttering your workspace and making plans for what you want to accomplish.  Share your favorite tips and tricks, or create a checklist, template, or calendar that your fans and customers can download and use to accomplish these goals.

4. Holiday Wrap-Up

Now that the holidays are finished, it’s a great time to post a holiday wrap-up: How did you celebrate? Share some photos, explain some of your holiday traditions. You might even share craft ideas or recipes if they’re appropriate.

5. Create a Poll

New Year’s is a great opportunity to solicit some feedback from your readers and customers. Create a poll and ask them a question — it could be something as simple as asking what they want to accomplish in 2017, or what new skill they’d like to acquire, or  what they would like to see you do in the coming year.

Holidays & Celebrations:

January is often thought of as a quiet month, a time to recuperate from all the stress of the holidays. However, that’s not to say there aren’t interesting things happening, from cause awareness months to silly, unofficial holidays and so much more.

First of all, January isNational Blood Donor Month, an observance that has taken place since 1970. It’s alsoGlaucoma Awareness Month,National Birth Defects Prevention MonthandThyroid Awareness Month. If any of those illnesses holds a special place in your heart, be sure to check out the respective foundations and consider how you and your followers can help.

Additional holidays include:

Jan. 1:New Year’s Day

Jan. 2:National Science Fiction Day: This unofficial holiday corresponds with legendary sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov’s birthday as well.  

Jan. 3:Festival of sleep day: This very-unofficial holiday has gained traction as a day to catch up on your rest after the holidays.

Jan. 9:Clean Off Your Desk Day: The second Monday in January is known as the holiday for cleaning off your workspace. This is a great opportunity to share decluttering and organizational tips.

Jan. 13:This will be the first Friday the 13th of the year, but it won’t be the last — you can also expect one in October.

Jan. 14:Dress Up Your Pet Day: There’s no question that the Internet loves photos of cute animals. If you have a cat or a dog who will tolerate it, why not snap a picture of them in their finery?

Jan. 16:Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 20:Inauguration Day

Jan. 24:National Compliment Day: This unofficial holiday is a great opportunity to pay someone a compliment and encourage them to pay it forward.

Jan. 28:Data Privacy Day: Celebrated in 49 nations, this international day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of protecting your data online, and a good launching point for data security best practices.

Jan. 28:Have Fun At Work Day: On a more light-hearted note, the 28th is also a chance to show off your silly side and show what your daily work process is like.

Jan. 28:Chinese New Year : The 28th officially kicks off China’s New Year celebration, which lasts into February. There are an enormous assortment of traditions and symbols associated with the holiday that you could dive into if you find them relevant. Also be warned: Chinese New Year may affect any business interactions with your contacts with China and in other Asian nations.

 

Awards Shows

January brings with it the return of award shows celebrating 2016’s best television programs and movies. These are great launching points to discuss the movies and television programs as well as the actors, directors, and other influential figures who create them.

Jan. 8:Golden Globes

Jan. 18:People’s Choice Awards

Jan. 29:Screen Actors Guild Awards

 

More January Events:

And, of course, there’s no shortage of other historical events that may be of interest to you:

Jan. 1: Paul Revere’s birthday (1735)

Famous for his midnight ride as recorded in the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, Revere was also a silversmith, weapons maker, and soldier.  

Jan. 8: Elvis’ birthday (1935)

Known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis remains among the most influential of pop icons. Jan. 27 also marks the release of his first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Jan. 11: Alexander Hamilton’s birthday (1755/1757)

Hamilton’s role in American History was often minimized thanks to the efforts of his political rivals, but with the success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, a new generation is discovering this fascinating and complex historical figure.

Jan. 12: Charles Perrault’s birthday (1628)

An author as well as a bureaucrat, Perrault is widely acknowledged as the creator of the “fairy tale” genre, though he wasn’t the first to use the term or collect old folk tales. Nonetheless, Perrault’s interpretation of the sales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Little Red Riding Hood are still widely known and were influential to the Brothers Grimm a century later.

Jan. 15: Elizabeth I crowned queen (1559)

The last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth was 25 at her coronation, and she ruled for 44 years. She remains a cultural icon as well as a fascinating historical figure, and during the Elizabethan period the literary arts in England flourished.

Jan. 15: The First Super Bowl (1967)

A decided departure from coronations and Revolutionary leaders, Jan. 15 is also the anniversary of the first Super Bowl. The 2017 Super Bowl will be the 51st anniversary — though it’s not scheduled until Feb. 5 this year.

Jan. 27: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday (1756)

Mozart was by all accounts a child prodigy who went on to become one of the world’s most prolific Classical composers, creating operas, symphonies, and chamber and choir music. His influence on classical music can still be felt today.

As always, these are just suggestions to get you started. If you have a great idea for an article or other form of content you’d like to make, go for it! And keep looking around you for inspiration — news articles, industry reports, and even pop culture are great sources of blog content ideas.

Good luck, and happy new year!

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