Wednesday, 24 October 2018

A year of blog post ideas and inspiration

A year of seasonal blog posts and inspiration

If you are looking for ideas to fill your blog editorial calendar for the foreseeable future then look no further - here you can find plenty of ideas to inspire you with seasonal themes that will suit blogs of any niche. There are plenty of blog post prompts and inspiration for Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Christmas themed blogging. I hope that you find them useful!


Spring blog post inspiration


* A list of ten things that you love about Spring - a great way to make you feel happy and positive! 

* Share a garden update at the start of the year - what is growing at the moment, can you spot any signs of Spring?

* What are your garden plans for this year? You could also write about growing things on the windowsill, your allotment, or a garden of a friend or family member that you love.

* Do you have a vegetable patch? What will you be planting and growing this year?

* Share some photos from a walk that you take regularly, for example the school run or the walk to work, and notice the changes. This is a good one to update throughout the year as we go through the seasons.

* Do you Spring clean the house? Why, or why not?

* Do you have any Spring cleaning tips or hacks to share?

* What other things do you Spring clean? For example, do you Spring clean your blog, your calendar, your business?

* What is going on locally? Share details of Farmer's Markets, open lambing at local farms, Easter Egg hunts. If you visit something you could write an individual review, or list a roundup of activities, perhaps themed by type, location or audience.

* Share a Spring or Easter themed craft - whether it's something to do with the children or making some seasonal decor for your home.

* Share a seasonal recipe or two using fresh ingredients to suit the season.

* How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Share an update, and if they've fallen by the wayside make plans to get back on track.

* Look ahead to the summer holidays, what do you have planned? What are you most looking forward to?

* Have you made any seasonal purchases lately? Share your favourites in a blog or vlog.

* Do you pack away your warm jumpers and coats for the winter? What new seasonal clothing have you bought so far?

* Share some Spring flowers that you've bought recently, great for some pictures for social sharing too.

* Does what you eat and drink change as the weather gets warmer? What are you looking forward to eating or drinking this season?

* How does your routine change as Spring arrives? Do you spend more time outdoors, find it easier to exercise, go to bed later?

* If you've been having a Spring declutter or clearout, share some of the treasures that you've discovered while you've been hunting through the basement or attic, like old school work, sticker collections, or other sentimental items.

* How do you know that Spring has arrived? For me I think it's the smell of freshly cut grass and a feeling of warmth in the air!


Summer blog post inspiration


* Share your favourite summer recipe - a barbecue staple, a refreshing drink or your best summer cocktail. If you have published posts already over the last few years you can create a roundup of themed summer recipes to get some new views back to your older content.

* Share a garden update, a balcony update or even a windowsill update with pictures of what you can see from your window. What has changed recently, what is growing, do you have a beautiful tree or flowerbed to share or is the garden full of summer toys.

* Summer home decor picks - a good place to add some affiliate links if you have any, perhaps choosing items along a theme like the beach, nautical, sunflowers and so on. You might have review items to include that would fit well with the theme.

* Write about a summer walk somewhere, and contrast it with a visit at different times of the year. For example a summer walk along the beach, a summer walk through some local public gardens or through the forest. What is special there at this time of year? Take lots of photographs!

* A summer activity list - a list of all the things that you want to achieve this summer. Also a great resource for bored children during the holidays!

* What happens in summer where you live? Are there any special events locally? Share a list of local activities like pick your own or car boot sales, or showcase something bigger like the International Bognor Birdman or the Eastbourne Air Show. If you write about an event, make sure to share your post on the appropriate Facebook page or with the Twitter account.

* Write about some of your favourite summer memories from childhood. What do you do now to create fun memories with your children, are they the same things or different? 

* Summer tips and hacks - How to keep babies cool, what to pack for a picnic, what you need in your hand luggage on a flight and so on. Everyone has advice to share!

* Free summer holiday fun - How to find out about free local activities and some ideas for things that you can do at home to save money on expensive day trips.

* What has been the summer craze where you live? There always seems to be one or two, whether it's loom bands, fidget spinners, Lego cards or Pokemon Go! Have your children been obsessed by anything recently?

* How has the last school year been for your child? What did they achieve, what milestones did they reach, what fun things did they do? How do they feel about moving on to the next year, especially if they will be starting at a new school.

* How does your routine change over the summer - do the children stay up later, do you eat dinner outside, does what you eat change? Do you enjoy being more flexible, or do you prefer the routine of term time?

* Carry out an interview with your child at the end of the school year, perhaps comparing a photograph of them on their first day with one taken on the last day. This also makes a good vlog and creates great memories to look back on.

* Are you going away on holiday? Write a preview post about where you are going and what you hope to see and do. You could ask other bloggers for their tips about a particular location to make a helpful crowd sourced post.

* Write a review of your summer holiday destination. Include useful information to help people that might be planning their holidays, and remember to re-share in January when people are booking for next year! It doesn't need to be a press trip as people will value your honest opinions and photographs. If you managed to save money when booking share your tips, and write a list of packing essentials.

* Blog a summer craft, either for kids or for yourself. If you have blogged about a few you can combine them into a summer craft round up post.

* Make a list! Choose ten (or more!) things that you love about summer, about the warm weather, the light evenings, about the school summer holidays, favourite summer foods, favourite places to visit locally.

* A review of a local attraction, with plenty of factual information and perhaps a video.

* Summer garden ideas and inspiration - some things you've done to make your garden pretty, share a Pinterest board if you have one, reviews of garden equipment that you've purchased like play or cooking equipment.

* A summer holiday travel wishlist - where would you like to visit in the summer holidays? For how long? Or do you prefer to travel out of peak season?


Autumn blog post inspiration


* Before the memories fade, it's a good opportunity to reflect back on the summer. You could share some of your favourite summer photos, and remember some of the fun things that you got up to. This could be done as an interview with children, asking them about the things that they enjoyed the most.

* Did you travel anywhere for summer this year? Now is a good time to think about what you enjoyed, what you didn't, and make your travel plans for next year.

* As the children begin a new school year it's a good opportunity for a catch up. You could write about how the children have changed since last September (perhaps along with some photos to compare) and what you hope the new school year brings for them. This could be done in an interview style, asking questions about their favourite school subject, what they hope to be when they grow up, and so on.

* Do you have any school tips to share with new school parents? Essential items for schoolbags or perhaps some packed lunch ideas, as well as helping children settle down and make friends.

* Has September brought a new change in routine now that the children are back at school? Do you have a little one that has started school for the first time and you finally have some extra time to yourself, or are you back at work after a summer break? How do you feel about it?

* I always find September a good time of year for a new start and new resolutions. Do you have any goals that you want to accomplish before the end of the year? Similarly it's a good time to catch up with those New Year's Resolutions and see how they are going!

* One of my favourite things about going back to school was always new exercise books and new stationery. You could do a roundup of the favourite things that you've bought for your children (or yourself!) this new school year, or a round up of new bits that you've spotted.

* As the evenings start to draw in it's fun to think about making your home more cosy for winter. You could pick out some seasonal decor for your home, like cosy throws and comfy cushions with an Autumnal theme.

* You could also do some seasonal wardrobe picks and share some of your favourite Autumnal clothing pieces.

* It's a great time to share Autumn recipes, using seasonal ingredients, that are warm and comforting, for example my Spicy Butternut Squash Soup. If you have published several on your blog over the years then you might want to consider publishing a round up so that readers can easily find them all in one place.

* Similarly, what are your favourite Autumn ingredients for cooking and baking? We have an apple tree in the garden, and I love trying out new apple recipes. Many years I manage to grow a pumpkin, and I love making pumpkin soup.

* Before the weather gets too cold, plan a visit out and about to see the beautiful natural Autumn colours. Write about a family or solo trip to the forest, and collect plenty of fallen leaves to use for crafting when you get home.

* There are lots of other natural things that you can use for Autumn crafting - like conkers, acorns, pine cones. See what you can come up with, and share the results on your blog. It's also a good opportunity for a round up of Autumn crafts, either sharing your own or choosing posts from other bloggers to share.

* Write a list of your favourite things about Autumn. You also could ask friends and other bloggers for their own favourites to add to your list. Great to look back on too when the cold dark evenings are in full swing!

* Think back to some of your favourite Autumn memories. Did you have any back to school traditions, a place that you always visited as a family to collect Autumn leaves, or a favourite meal or drink that you enjoyed with family or friends.

* I'm not a coffee drinker but I've noticed that everyone seems very excited about the yearly launch of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, are there any other seasonal releases that you look forward to?

* On the 5th November in the UK we celebrate Bonfire Night - you could write about Bonfire Night memories and how you celebrate with your children.

* You could write a round up of firework displays in your local area to help people planning trips out (you could share it to local Facebook pages or groups), or write a review of a display that you've been to. You could share safety tips, or tips for visiting a fireworks event with young children.

* Also in Autumn comes Halloween, do you mark the occasion with your family? Do you go trick or treating or host a party at home? How do you carve your pumpkins? Share some of your favourite Halloween memories and traditions.

* Do you decorate your home for Halloween? Share some of your ideas, or share photographs of houses in your area with the best decorations.

* If you are hosting a Halloween party, share some Halloween party food and costume ideas. This could be homemade, or things that you've picked up or spotted in the shops.

* If you have published lots of Halloween posts over the years you could consider a Halloween round up to bring new eyes to older posts.


Winter blog post inspiration


* What do you love about winter? A great way to share some positives if this isn't your favourite season.

* What do you hate about winter? What can you do to make yourself feel better about the parts that you don't like?

* How do you know that winter is on the way? What are the first signs?

* Where is your favourite place for a frosty Winter walk? Share some photos!

* Share a recipe for your favourite winter meal or comfort food, using seasonal produce if you can.

* Share your favourite warming winter drinks, whether a classic hot chocolate or something a little stronger.

* How do you make your home cosy for winter? Do you change your decor to match the season?

* What are your favourite winter outfits - share your cosy knitwear picks.

* Do you decorate your home for winter, not just Christmas? Share your ideas and inspiration.

* What are your winter family traditions?

* Share some favourite winter family films to snuggle up together with, or books that you enjoy reading at this time of year. What other hobbies do you associate with winter? For me it's a jigsaw puzzle or two!

* What is your winter travel wish list? (you can see my winter travel wishlist here!). Where would you love to visit that is especially beautiful during the winter.

* Share your favourite winter memories - is it just me, or did it snow every year when I was little? I have many fond memories of being taken to school on a sledge and building enormous snowmen.

* Tips for keeping warm, both at home and out and about.

* Write a winter themed poem or short story to share on your blog.

* Share your top winter gear picks for the family - snowsuits, wellies, hats and so on.

* Cheer yourself up with some sunny memories - share some pictures from your last summer holiday and share plans for the next one.

* If you have a few winter themed posts from previous years then combine them into a round up - for example crafts, recipes, days out.

* Did you write any blog posts over the last year that could do with an update? For example a home renovation project, moving house, a new addition to the family - share how you've been getting along.

* Write about a television series or two that you've been binge watching lately under the blankets.

* What do you do in that period between Christmas and New Year? Do you stay at home eating chocolates, or is it a time to visit friends and family or get out and about in the fresh air.

* What are your New Year's resolutions and goals? How did the ones from last year go? What could you change this year to improve your success?

* Do you have any New Year's decluttering or organising tips or hacks to share?

* What were your top performing blog posts of the last year? Why do you think they were so popular? How could you replicate their success for the future?

* What were your favourite blog posts from the last year? Why?

* What projects do you have lined up for the year ahead? A list of unfinished craft projects, any DIY that needs to be done around the house?

* Looking a little way ahead, perhaps you have some Chinese New Year or Valentine's Day posts that you could start to write and schedule in for January - recipes, crafts and so on.


Christmas blog post inspiration


* What are your Advent calendar traditions? Pictures, chocolates or larger gifts? Does everyone have one, or just the children?

* Ten (or more!) things that you love about Christmas

* Review a local Christmas attraction - whether it's a big trip to see Father Christmas or just a visit to the local garden centre. Share information and tips with readers that may be planning their own trip either this year or in the future.

* Do you have a real tree or an artificial one? What are your reasons?

* Share your favourite seasonal recipe using seasonal ingredients if possible.

* List your favourite Christmas songs, you could even embed the videos from YouTube and share your reasons for choosing them and what they remind you of.

* Favourite Christmas films - both recent ones and ones that you remember from when you were little, ones that you want to share with your children.

* Give readers a tour of your Christmas tree and share some of your favourite ornaments and decorations, what is the story behind them?

* Do you keep the same Christmas decorations from year to year or do you like to keep update with new themes and colour schemes?

* Share a Christmas craft or two. If you've shared several in the past you might have enough for a round up.

* What Christmas traditions do you remember from childhood?

* What Christmas traditions have you started with your own children? You can readabout our traditions here!

* Ask a family member or friend to write a guest post with their own Christmas memories. My Mum wrote about her memories of a 1950's Christmas.

* If you've been blogging for a few years, link back to some older posts. For example you can see the evolution of our gingerbread houses over the years.

* There are plenty of controversial Christmas topics that you might have an opinion on, so keep an eye out in the news and parenting groups to see what people are talking about. For example, do you limit the presents that you buy for your children or do you go overboard? How do you split present giving between family and Father Christmas?

* How do you spend Christmas day? Snuggled up in onesies, out for a bracing winter walk, driving around between different relatives?

* What Christmas crafts do you remember from your childhood? I remember spending hours creating elaborate card and tissue paper decorations for our front door!

* Interview your children with some Christmas questions, for example 'what time will you be getting up on Christmas morning' and 'what do you think Mum or Dad would like for Christmas?' Share their answers, and then tag some other bloggers to join in asking their own children. Really fun to look back on each year!

* What are your Christmas Eve traditions? What do you leave out for Father Christmas?

* Who are your fantasy Christmas dinner guests and why?

* Does the Elf on the Shelf visit your family, and do you love or hate it?

* Gift guides - the possibilities are endless. Ideas for yourself or other family members, gifts for a particular hobby or interest (for example, gift ideas forcrafty Mums), gift guides with a particular theme (for example Minecraft or Pokemon). You don't need to feature review products, and in fact it's better to include items that you already own so that you can recommend them honestly. It's also a great way to add some affiliate links.

* What are your favourite seasonal treats, foods that you only buy and eat at Christmas?

* Do you make a traditional Christmas cake? How do you decorate it?

* Do you have any special Christmas memories? For example, have you spent Christmas in another country, or done something out of the ordinary at Christmas time?

* Can you share some Christmas tips or hacks to help others? Perhaps adapting a traditional Christmas dinner for young children, how to save money on food, drink or presents, dealing with spending Christmas away from home

* The Nativity play - are your children taking part? Did you have a star role as a child? Do you prefer a traditional Nativity or one that retells the tale from a different viewpoint?

* Ways to keep children happy when travelling if you will be spending time visiting friends and family

* Christmas cards - do you send them? How do you display the ones that you receive?

* How do you decorate your home for Christmas? Subtle or over the top?

* Are there any places near you to visit to see some awesome decorated houses? Take the reader on a tour of your neighbourhood through photographs and video.

* Do you have any older posts that can be combined into a roundup? For example Hama beadChristmas crafts for children or Christmas jigsaw puzzle inspiration.

If vlogging is more your thing then I have also put some ideas together for festive videos which you can find here - Vlogmas inspiration

You can also find more niche specific blog post ideas here - Blog post ideas for Craft Bloggers and Blog post ideas for Travel Bloggers.

Photo credits - tulips by Steve Enoch, sunflowers by Marco Secchi, autumn leaves by Hanne Hoft Bidtnes, winter trees by Atle Mo, Christmas foliage by Annie Spratt, all via Unsplash

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