Month by Month Blog Post Ideas: Part 2 of 2

Welcome to Part 2 of 2 of Month by Month Blog Post Ideas.

Did you miss Part 1 of these Blog Tip? If so, just click here.

As I said in Part 1, you should always have a list of resources that can nudge your imagination.

Your resources should be topics you can go to time and again to mine for ideas when your imagination is on strike and/or your brain is tired.

One of these resources should be the Monthly Tie-In because every month of the year is special for something: holidays, retail sales of certain items, commemorative days, etc.

You can do a Google search of what a particular month is noted for or use my list that follows as a resource. Take my topics and add to them. There are many things about each month that's special and that "specialness" may also trigger a memory of an experience you had about that event.

Not on the list below are each month's birthstones, astrological signs, and flowers as well as books with subject matter that can tie in to special celebrations and events. The list below ranges from the whimsical to the comical to the profound. Most days have several "national whatevers" attached to them, and just about every day of each month is some national commemorative day.

Some dates change every year so look up the event for 2020 to find the specific date.

My Resource List of Monthly Tie-Ins: July - December

July
  • World UFO Day
  • 4 - Independence Day in the U.S.A.
  • International Kissing Day
  • Slurpee Day
  • World Population Day
  • 14 - Bastille Day
  • National Lottery Day
  • World Emoji Day
  • National Hot Dog Day
  • Pioneer Day
August
  • Campfire Day - First Saturday
  • International Hangover Day - First Saturday
  • National Girlfriends Day
  • National Mahjong Day
  • National Mountain Climbing Day
  • National Coloring Book Day
  • National Sisters Day
  • Purple Heart Day
  • Book Lovers Day
  • National Tell a Joke Day

September
  • National Lazy Mom's Day
  • National Read a Book Day
  • Labor Day in the U.S.A.
  • National Teddy Bear Day
  • National School Picture Day
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • Uncle Sam Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day
October
  • Canada Thanksgiving Day
  • National Boyfriend Day
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Golf Lovers Day
  • National Coffee with a Cop Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • National Dessert Day
  • National Grouch Day
  • Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
  • Black Poetry Day
  • Mother-in-Law Day
  • Halloween
November
  • All Saints Day
  • National Authors Day
  • National Housewife's Day
  • National Sandwich Day
  • National Doughnut Day
  • U.S.A. Veterans Day
  • National Men Make Dinner Day
  • U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
  • World Kindness Day
  • America Recycles Day
  • U.S.A. Thanksgiving
  • National Cake Day
December
  • National Pie Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • National Day of Giving
  • National Cookie Day
  • International Ninja Day
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
  • National Guard Day
  • National Cupcake Day
  • Bill of Rights Day in the U.S.A.
  • Crossword Puzzle Day
  • Chanukah
    You will too if you always know what to blog about!
  • Christmas
  • Kwanza
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Eve
Takeaway Truth

As I've said before, to be a successful blogger, plan in advance.

Once you have some idea resources lined up, you'll never dread blogging day again.

Amazon Prime Benefits You Should Know About

This morning when I was working out, I had YouTube on. I watched 10 Hidden Amazon Prime Benefits by NextTimeTech.

Absolutely watch his video. He lists the direct links for each of the 10 benefits he discusses.

I'm going to share 4 benefits that I haven't been using that I plan to adopt immediately. I'll admit up front that I use Prime mostly for Prime Video, Prime Music, and the free shipping.

I do take advantage of Amazon Household meaning another adult in my household can share my account. I never thought of that as a hidden benefit, but others might not know about it.

The benefits that are available that I haven't used—which means I'm not getting the most out of my Prime membership—but plan to start using are:

Twitch, owned by Amazon, this website offers video games and what they call Twitch Loot, free stuff that changes weekly. Video games are offered free. If you have a gamer in the family, you'll want to explore Twitch Prime.

Prime Wardrobe is like StitchFix and the other popular subscription online shopping websites. Simply fill out your profile, select 8 items, and it's shipped quickly to you with a prepaid mailing label and box so you can return any you don't like. No subscription fee. Pay for only the ones you want.

Prime Reading is a no-brainer. I knew about this but have been so busy buying books I hear about that I forget the ones I can read for free. This is different from Kindle Unlimited.

2 Hour Grocery Delivery is available in my area, and I'm going to start using it. If you're in a metropolitan area, it's probably available to you too. Just fill in your zip code to find out.

Takeaway Truth

If you'd like to know more about Prime Member Benefits, visit Prime Insider for a complete list.

Get Latest Version of Kindle Publishing Guidelines

Did you know that you can download and/or print all of the latest guidelines for Kindle Publishing?

Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines: How to make books available for Kindle devices and applications, Version 2019.2, is a 114-page guide, a PDF file.

It covers everything from inserting images into a text-heavy ebook to using all of the various Kindle Publishing in-house platforms.

Thought there was only one way to publish a book with Kindle? Think again.

There are many ways like Kindle Create, Kindle Gen, Kindle Comic Creator, Kindle Kids Book Creator, etc.

Download your copy today and learn all the ways to make your book into an ebook for selling on Amazon Kindle.

Takeaway Truth

Kindle Publishing really is the guide you need to read to make the most of publishing for Amazon Kindle devices.

Puppy Sitting Takes a Toll

All of my good intentions about blogging went out the window when my daughter's puppy entered the house.

Yes, Darling Hubby and I are once again puppy sitting. This stint started Friday morning and continues until Sunday afternoon.

Freddie is a golden doodle which is half golden retriever and half poodle. Fortunately, his hair is just like a poodle's—no smell and no shedding for this fur baby.

He has the best of both breeds, but his love of rain and jumping in puddles must come from the retriever part of his DNA.

Freddie is so smart. At only 5 months old, he can walk correctly on a leash, sit when his human stops, and start walking again upon command.

The only negative, if you could call it that, is that he has boundless energy and wants to play all the time. 

Takeaway Truth

So I didn't blog because the dog ate my energy. 

6 Ways to Create Compelling Blogs

The goal of a blogger is to create compelling content that educates and entertains.

Bloggers want to keep readers coming back for more—especially if the blogger works hard at creating captivating blog posts.

6 Ways To Create Compelling Blogs

1. Write with a compelling voice that makes the reader feel as if they're having a great conversation with the writer.

If you talk to the reader, not talk at them, they're more likely to read the post, not just skim the copy. Like Jared Polis said, "For me, blogging is just like talking."

2. Punch up the copy with something unexpected.

Something unexpected might be a quote that emphasizes the point, like the quotation from Jared Polis that I used above. Or it might be something that makes the reader think like what Warren Ellis said, "I think blogging is a muscle that most people wear out."

You could use a startling statistic or fact, anything that amuses the reader or inspires deeper thinking.

3. Use numbered lists.
Number those items!


Readers love this because psychologically they feel as if they're getting step by step help in an area—and they really are. People like reading lists for information.

4. Use metaphors and similes that speak to the audience's cultural experiences.

I often use a baseball metaphor because I love baseball. Just about everyone understands a reference to "hitting a home run." Sports allusions are great for male readers, but female readers understand them too. Sports are part of our cultural background. Don't be afraid to use sports, literary, political, or whatever-floats-your-boat metaphors and similes.

5. Reference what others have done. 

Why re-invent the wheel? Point your readers to other blogs that contain information that will help them. Acknowledge the body of work that has already been created. Give links if possible. Honor your fellow writers.

6. Feel free to blog about subjects many others may have already addressed.

Different writers can, and do, present the same information in many different ways.

Maybe you've read 100 articles on writing, but article number 101 is the one where you really "get it."

The way you write about something may be the way that speaks to someone who desperately needs to understand the information you offer.

Takeaway Truth

To be a blogging success, keep these 6 tips in mind as you plan and write your posts.

Month by Month Blog Post Ideas, Part 1 of 2

What I hear most often from bloggers is that they can't keep coming up with ideas for a blog post.

Here's another tip to help you with this so you don't have to get a headache dreaming up ideas.

Today's Blog Post Tip

Always have some resources that can nudge your imagination. By this, I mean a specific list of something you can go to time and again to mine for ideas when your imagination is on strike.

One of these resources should be the Monthly Tie-In because every month of the year is special for something: holidays, retail sales of certain items, commemorative days, etc.

You can do a google search of what a particular month is noted for or use my list that follows as a resource. Add to it. There are many things about each month that's special and that "specialness" may also trigger a memory of an experience you had about that event.

Not on the list below are each month's birthstones, astrological signs, and flowers as well as books whose subject matter can tie in to special celebrations and events.

My Resource List of Monthly Tie-Ins: January - June

January
  • after Christmas sales
  • New Year's Day
  • resolutions
  • self-improvement of every variety
  • review some of the latest books about diet, fitness, vacation planning, self-improvement
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • starting new projects in the home, work, hobbies, etc.
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day
February
  • Chinese New Year
  • Black History Month
  • Library Lovers Month
  • Valentine's Day and everything involving love, romance, relationships, marriage
  • President's Day in the U.S. may spark ideas of past presidents, history, accomplishments, quotations, speeches
  • Baseball spring training starts. Whether a fan or not, did you play baseball as a kid? Got memories to share?
March
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter
  • Daylight Savings Time starts in the U.S.
  • spring begins
  • Mardi Gras 
  • Girl Scout Day
  • International Women's Day
April
  • April Fool's Day
  • spring flowers
  • allergies
  • World Health Day
  • World Earth Day
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Autism Awareness
  • National Walking Day
May
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Star Wars Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Police Officers Memorial Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day
June
  • National Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • National Pen Pal Day
  • Flag Day
  • Bastille Day
  • Summer begins
  • D-Day Remembrance
  • National Cancer Survivors Day
  • Father's Day
  • Old Maid's Day
  • Graduations of every type
That should get you started. Next week, I'll post another list for July through December.

Takeaway Truth

Having a resource that generates blog post ideas each time you go to it makes blogging more enjoyable.

Our Dog's Favorite TV Show

Frosta toasting the New Year (just water).
I just read a post by Connie Vines on Romance Gems that made me tear up because it brought to mind our amazing dog, Frosta.

She was a miniature poodle and was the 7th birthday gift of our youngest daughter.

Darling Daughter of course named her. She wanted to call her She-Ra, Princess of Power, after her favorite cartoon heroine.

I cringed. "Here, She-Ra."

One of She-Ra's Power Princess friends was a superhero chick named Frosta. I thought Frosta could kind of be nudged into Frosty, an appropriate name for a white poodle.

So the compromise worked, and Frosta became a part of our household. She was the smartest dog I've ever seen and had a vocabulary the equal to a toddler's. Bed, cookie, walk, ride, sit, stay, heel, lie down—dozens of words and hand signals.

Frosta's Favorite TV Show

I'd always read that dogs don't really "see" television because their vision process "works" differently than ours.

However, one day I was flipping channels, with her lying next to me on the couch. The theme music came on with a boy calling, "Lassie." I had landed on a cable station that showed the really old black and white Lassie TV show.

Lassie barked and came running. When Lassie barked, Frosta jumped up, off the couch, ran to the TV cabinet, and looked up at the TV.

As long as Lassie was on screen, Frosta gazed raptly at the TV. I told my husband and daughter about it, and they laughed. Hubby said it was a coincidence.

A couple of days later, the same thing happened when he was flipping channels. I decided to conduct a Lassie experiment.

I placed a footstool in front of the television and turned it on at the scheduled time. The minute Frosta heard the theme music, she came running. She jumped onto the footstool. Tail wagging, she barked when Lassie barked. Then she sat on the footstool and watched the entire 30 minute show.

I'm ready for my close-up.
It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen—until I said, "Lassie," and Frosta would bark and wag her tail.

After a few days, I always placed the footstool in front of the TV and turned it on so Frosta could watch her show. I took a picture of her on the footstool, watching Lassie. I guess the picture is in one of the dozen boxes of photographs. I'll have to look for it.

Takeaway Truth

"A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad." —Robert Wagner, Actor