Here’s some help to plan your blog posts for 2016

As this week (between Christmas and New Year) can be a quieter time for businesses, it offers a great chance to think about your marketing for the coming year and especially your blog posts. Just before Christmas I flagged up some areas of your business you might like to have a think about over the Holiday; now, here’s some more specific help!

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Although I can’t help you with specific topics without knowing what your business or other activity is all about, here are some calendar dates for each month that might trigger some thoughts for you. Linking a blog post to a particular holiday, anniversary or awareness** day is a good way to make your post topical.

Some key dates for blog posts throughout the year

New Year – January 1st

Epiphany – January 6th

Burns Night – January 25th

Australia Day – January 26th

Chinese New Year – varies, February

Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Shrove Tuesday – varies, February or early March

St David’s Day – March 1st

Holi Day – varies, March

Mothering Sunday – varies, March

April Fools’ Day – April 1st

Passover – varies, mid-April

Easter – varies, late March to mid-April

ANZAC Day – April 25th

St George’s Day – April 23rd

William Shakespeare’s birthday – April 23rd

Beltane, Celtic Festival of Fire – May 1st

May Day Bank Holiday – first Monday in May

Election Day in the UK – usually first Thursday in May

Spring Bank Holiday – late May

Unofficial start of summer – June 1st

Queen’s official birthday – usually mid-June

Father’s Day – 3rd Sunday in June

Summer Solstice – around June 21st

Gay Pride Day – last Sunday in June

Canada Day – July 1st

Independence Day USA – July 4th

Eid al-Fitr – usually mid July

Bastille Day – July 14th

Eisteddfod – early August

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – mid to late August

Notting Hill Carnival – August Bank Holiday weekend

August Bank Holiday – last Monday in August

Labour Day – first Monday in September, USA and Canada

Back to school – early September

Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) – usually mid September

Yom Kippur – late September

Harvest Festival – various dates in September

World Teacher Day – October 5th

Canadian Thanksgiving – second Monday in October

Columbus Day – second Monday in October

Halloween – October 31st

All Saints’ Day – November 1st

Guy Fawkes Day – November 5th

Diwali – late October or into November

Guy Fawkes Day – November 5th

Remembrance Day – November 11th, and Remembrance Sunday – mid November

USA Thanksgiving – fourth Thursday in November

St Andrew’s Day (Scotland) – November 30th

St Nicholas’ Day – December 6th

Hanukkah – usually early to mid December

Christmas – December 25th

More date resources to use for your blog posts

National Day Calendar (as long as you don’t mind the noisy pop-up ads)

Days Of The Year – some weird and wonderful ones

National Awareness Days ** – where you can also register your own

Office Holidays – dates when businesses are likely to be closed, around the world

What other dates should we include to help trigger blog post ideas?

Please share your favorites!