Things can get crazy around the holiday season, and your blog might suffer the consequences. You might be struggling to come up with appropriate topics, pressed for time, and unable to write in-depth blog posts. Or maybe you’re just not bothering because you think people won’t read your blog over the holidays anyway.
But you don’t have to let your blog go dark during the holidays. These five seasonal ideas will give you something to blog about that’s fun and interesting for your readers, and easy for you to write.
12 Days of Insert-Relevant-Topic-Here
Using this themed topic can give you two weeks’ worth of posts or more, depending on your blogging schedule. Everyone’s familiar with the Twelve Days of Christmas, so pick something that’s related to your blog and give this classic holiday idea your own twist.
For example, small business blogs can run 12 days of offerings and highlight a different product or service each day. If you’re a mom or dad blogger, you could run 12 days of kids’ wish lists, or 12 days of family-friendly holiday activities. Just about any blogger can find 12 tips related to their industry and turn them into a series.
Origin Stories for Favorite Holiday Customs
People love to learn new things. Why not take your favorite holiday custom(s) and find out how they got started, and then let your readers know about the origins of these traditions? With so many celebrations around this time of the year, there are plenty of holiday origin stories, such as the history of the Christmas tree, to be shared.
If your blog tends to share personal stories, you can even tell your readers about some of your own family traditions and how they got started—and invite people to share their personal holiday customs in the comments.
Over the holidays, there are plenty of people looking for gift ideas, from the “perfect” gift for a certain type of person, to last-minute gifts for late shoppers that won’t force them to take out a loan. Your readers will appreciate a post full of gift-giving ideas—and if your blog happens to relate to your business that sells great gifts, you can even work in a plugin for your products or services.
Here’s a helpful hint for gift-giving posts: If you don’t do so already, consider selling gift certificates for your small business. They make excellent universal gifts, and are often impulse purchases that can sell briskly during the holidays.
No matter what type of blog you run, you can’t go wrong with this post idea. Plenty of people enjoy trying out new recipes—especially drinks and desserts. So round up some holiday recipes from around the Internet, or share your own traditional or family recipes with your readers.
Your Year-End Recap
The holiday season is a time to look back at the year that’s come before, and look ahead to a fresh new year. Writing a recap post is a great way to demonstrate how your blog has grown over the past year. You can hit some of your personal highlights, link to favorite or popular posts, and update readers on where you’ve been and what you’ve done.
Close out your recap post with your plans for the next year, and let your readers and subscribers know that they can expect more great content from you. Happy holiday blogging!
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