Do you sometimes find yourself at a loss for what to write about? Those days are going to be a thing of the past because with our massive list of unique holidays, celebrations and month-long observances, you’ll have more than two years worth of topics to write about daily!
Sometimes, coming up with topics to write about is the hardest aspect of blogging. We all get a touch of writer’s block from time-to-time. When the writing blues strike, one thing I recommend is taking a look at the unique holidays and observances that happen in a given month. I mean, who doesn’t love National Doughnut Day?!
Crafting content around unique holidays is a great way to add evergreen content to your site. Wacky holidays, celebrations, and month-long observances generally happen every year (leap day excluded), so you’ll be able to refresh, republish, and reshare your content year after year.
Because these funny national days come around every year, I recommend writing posts that are as evergreen as possible so you can either republish or reshare them year after year after year. One super easy way to do this is to keep the year out of your post. For instance, just say that January 30 is croissant day, not January 30, 2018.
Some unique holidays you can have fun with on your blog and produce really creative content. Some days are more somber and may not fit all blogs. Whatever you do, don’t try to force something when it’s not a good fit just for the sake of new content.
Unique holidays and SEO
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is incredibly important if you want your blog to rank in Google. With some solid keyword research, you might even find yourself ranking well in the search engines for some unique holidays and observances!
For instance, a quick look at my preferred SEO tool, Keysearch, shows that “Houseplant Appreciation Day” might be easy to rank for on Google! It may seem random, but if your blog is on the first page of search results for any of these unique holidays, some awesome traffic could head your way every time that holiday rolls around!
Some terms are going to be easier to rank for than others. For instance, Houseplant Appreciation Day is going to be 100x easier to rank for than Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sure, Breast Cancer Awareness Month probably has 100x as much traffic as Houseplant Appreciation Day (at least), but the competition is going to be incredibly fierce and hard to tackle.
|Tip: The main keyword for most of these days is the actual name of the holiday/observance itself. This is what people are going to be Googling. Using a keyword research tool will help you find additional related words that you should pepper throughout your post.|
By the way, if you’re really confused by the concept of SEO and how to make it work for your blog, check out my e-course, Introduction to SEO for Bloggers ($19.99).
Monetizing holiday and observance posts
Many holidays and celebrations can easily be written about in ways that can be monetized. For instance, on Bubble Bath Day you could write about the best bath bombs you’ve ever used or your favorite bath wash. You could share a DIY for a bath bomb, or you could write about the subscription box that sent you some amazing bath products. Heck, you could do a round-up of the best loofahs, or write about how loofahs are breeding grounds for mold and make some alternative body scrubbing suggestions. There are 100 ways you could approach writing about any holiday, so do a little bit of brainstorming to figure out what will work best for your site.
Affiliate links are a great way to monetize blog posts about unique holidays and/or many observances, but if you plan ahead, pitch your post ideas to advertisers to see if you can get sponsorships to write about these wacky holidays and/or receive free products to feature! When reaching out to potential sponsors, don’t forget to tell them what you can do for them. How will your post help promote them?
For some of the monthly observances listed below, I’ve shared some ideas for affiliate partners to help you get the juices flowing for other partnership ideas.
Update your post each year
Moving forward, each year you’ll need to update your post to make sure it’s still relevant and that all links work, and then either republish it or start sharing it on social media again about six weeks prior to the actual holiday.
January Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of January.
National Bath Safety Month
This would be a great topic for mom/dad bloggers! Writing about tips for keeping children safe in the bath is practical AND easily monetizable!
National Hobby Month
Do you have a unique hobby? You get bonus points if you have a hobby that you can introduce to your readers with monetized content! For instance, if you knit, you would want to introduce your readers to the best yarn and knitting needles. If you’re a board game junkie, share some of your favorite board games and why they’re favorites in your house.
Hot Tea Month
Calling all tea lovers… January is your month! Share your favorite tea with your readers, or the best mugs, infusers, or teapots.
|Affiliate partner ideas: If tea is what you want to write about, ShareaSale is the best affiliate network to check out. Just a sampling of the tea-centric merchants they work with includes Art of Tea, Simple Loose Leaf (a tea subscription service – which would be another great post idea as there are quite a few tea subscription boxes), Teabox (another subscription service), Teatulia, The Tea Spot, and so many more.|
National Oatmeal Month
Who knew that oatmeal had its own month? Recipe bloggers could share a round-up of recipes they’ve written previously using oatmeal, or perhaps develop a new one. Beauty bloggers can share tips for using oatmeal in homemade beauty products.
National Soup Month
Sharing some favorite soup recipes is a must during National Soup Month, don’t you think? In addition, soup mugs, soup spoons, and other recipes that can be made using soup would be a big hit!
Additional month-long observances in January: National Blood Donor Month, National Braille Literacy Month, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, National Birth Defects Prevention Month
Holidays in January
February Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of February.
American Heart Month
While January is typically resolution and fitness month, writing about American Heart Month is a great way to educate your readers about heart disease and encourage them to pursue healthy lifestyles.
Black History Month
It’s hard for me to recommend monetizing such an important topic, but one way you could do that is to recommend books written by and about prominent African Americans. Or you could highlight businesses owned by African Americans.
Great American Pie Month
Calling all recipe creators – Great American Pie Month is calling your name! Share your favorite pie – or create a new one!
|Affiliate partner ideas: You can easily promote the tools needed to make pies on your blog, like maybe pie plates and rolling pins from Macy’s or Sur La Table. You can also promote companies that will ship pies directly to people’s homes, which is perfect for the non-chefs among us! Harry & David ship pies, as does Collin Street Bakery and Dean & Deluca.|
Additional month-long observances in February: Creative Romance Month, National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month, Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month, National Cancer Prevention Month
Holidays in February
March Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of March.
National Craft Month
Calling all crafters, March is for you! Even if you don’t typically write about crafting, talking about this month may be a new way to add some fun content to your site!
|Affiliate partner ideas: Craftsy, via ShareaSale, is an amazing affiliate partner if you’re into crafting (or have an audience that is). They have so many different online classes and now you can even buy crafting supplies from their store. If you like writing about projects more than you enjoy making them, you might want to check out the Etsy affiliate program via Awin. Check out my post about getting started as an Etsy affiliate. Other programs you might want to check out include Cricut, Joann, and Michaels.|
National Women’s History Month
There are so many different ways you could approach Women’s History Month. Perhaps you highlight some prominent women on your blog or books about prominent women. There are so many great children’s books about prominent women in history and you could review or highlight some of those.
Save Your Vision Month
Whether you really love sunglasses, or perhaps you write about something where having appropriate safety eyewear is important, Save Your Vision Month could be a great way to add more content to your site.
Additional month-long observances in March: Music in our Schools Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Irish American Heritage Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, Red Cross Month, Social Workers Month, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, Brain Injury Awareness Month, National Nutrition Month, National Kidney Month, National Endometriosis Awareness Month
Holidays in March
April Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of April.
Lawn and Garden Month
Any topic having to do with gardening – produce or flowers – and lawn maintenance would be perfect this month!
|Affiliate partner ideas: You can link to gardening items that are available at so many different stores, like Walmart or Home Depot. Gardener’s Supply Company would obviously be a great fit, as would a company like Seeds Now, BloomingBulb, or Hoss. Don’t forget that you can also link to books about gardening and Amazon Associates is a great program for anything book-related!.|
Stress Awareness Month
Share some of your favorite tips for taking it easy. Maybe that takes the form of your favorite cocktail, tips for having a relaxing at-home spa night or reviewing a local nail salon.
Additional month-long observances in April: National Humor Month, International Guitar Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Kite Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, National Occupational Therapy Month, National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, National Cancer Control Month, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, National Autism Acceptance Month
Holidays in April
May Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of May.
Date Your Mate Month
This is certainly an interesting month to celebrate, eh? I recommend capitalizing on it by sharing some of your favorite date night ideas, or ways to increase romance in your relationship. Maybe you could share some recipes that are ideal for at-home date nights.
National Barbecue Month
Whether sharing your favorite barbecue recipes, barbecue tools, and accessories, or even grills themselves, National Barbecue Month is a great way to kick off summer!
Additional month-long observances in May: Foster Care Month, Gifts from the Garden Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Bike Month, National Blood Pressure Month, National Hamburger Month, National Photograph Month, National Recommitment Month, National Salad Month, Older Americans Month, Brain Cancer Awareness Month, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, Healthy Vision Month, National American Stroke Month, National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, National High Blood Pressure Education Month, National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month, National Mental Health Month, Arthritis Awareness Month, Hepatitis Awareness Month, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, Preeclampsia Awareness Month
Holidays in May
June Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of June.
I’m not sure of the background for Aquarium Month, but it seems like you could approach this from a couple of different angles, including your favorite museums to visit or how to create and maintain an at-home aquarium.
Hey, it’s one of my favorite months! Use Candy Month to talk about your favorite sweets, create crafts using candy, share a new candy-filled recipe, or maybe share a specialty product, like kosher candy.
National Safety Month
There are so many different directions from which you could approach National Safety Month. For instance, maybe you want to write about ways to keep babies or pets safe or precautions you take before beginning a DIY project.
Additional month-long observances in June: Dairy Month, Gay Pride Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, National Adopt a Cat Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, Rose Month, Turkey Lovers Month, Mental Health Month, National Cancer Survivors Month, Cataract Awareness Month, Men’s Health Month, National Scleroderma Awareness Month
Holidays in June
July Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of July.
National Ice Cream Month
I don’t know how many angles you can take writing about ice cream, but hey, it’s ice cream! You can’t go wrong trying to find a way to highlight this sweet and icy treat on your blog.
|Affiliate partner ideas: Believe it or not, there are actually a few companies you can partner with to monetize posts about ice cream! For instance, eCreamery is one of the largest online ice cream shops and they have an affiliate program with ShareaSale! Another option is partnering with WisconsinMade.com, who ship a couple of different ice cream brands. If you don’t want to write about shipping ice cream, another approach you could take is by writing about ice cream makers, which are readily available at stores like Target and Kohl’s.|
National Picnic Month
Whether you write about what to wear to a picnic, what to take to a picnic, or the world’s best picnic basket, there are plenty of ways to write about (and monetize) National Picnic Month!
UV Safety Month
I’ve written about UV safety a few times, but never from the standpoint of UV Safety Month. I’m kind of a nut about sun safety! A few ways to write about this month include how to protect sensitive baby skin from harmful UV rays, the best moisturizers with UV protection, awesome sunscreens, or ways to protect your eyes from UV rays.
Additional month-long observances in July: Dog Days of Summer, National Blueberry Month, National Anti-Boredom Month, National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, National Hot Dog Month, Eye Injury Prevention Month, National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
Holidays in July
August Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of August.
Family Fun Month
During Family Fun Month you could write about any activities your family enjoys doing together. Maybe you have regular game nights or waterparks you enjoy visiting together.
National Golf Month
Whether you want to write about golf apparel, golf shirts, or golf vacations, this is your month to shine! My only question is why National Golf Month occurs toward the end of golf season?
|Affiliate partner ideas: Some of the biggest golfing brands have affiliate programs, like Callaway Golf, Nike, and TaylorMade. You could recommend fun golf gift ideas, like Putter Pong, a golf-inspired tailgate game, or Swingshot, a camera that records and analyzes golf swings. Depending on your audience, you can promote a golf vacation at Sandals & Beaches Resorts.|
Additional month-long observances in August: Admit You’re Happy Month, National Catfish Month, National Eye Exam Month, Peach Month, Romance Awareness Month, Water Quality Month, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, National Immunization Awareness Month, Medic Alert Awareness Month, Gastroparesis Awareness Month
Holidays in August
September Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of September.
Baby Safety Month
While you could approach Baby Safety Month from the standpoint of writing about everything baby safety-related, you could also break it down into smaller topics, like ways to keep crawling babies safe (something I’m personally dealing with now), baby sun safety, or keeping babies safe when they’re with babysitters.
Fall Hat Month
There are a lot of unique holidays each year, many of which I’d never heard of before composing this post, including Fall Hat Month. It seems a little strange but hats can definitely make for fun blog fodder!
|Affiliate partner ideas: There’s really no shortage of stores that sell hats! Lids is a great choice if you’re looking for sports caps, as is Fanatics. Preston & Olivia has some gorgeous Instagram-worthy hats, as does Shopbop.|
Additional month-long observances in August: Chicken Month, Better Breakfast Month, Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Honey Month, International Square Dancing Month, Little League Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Courtesy Month, National Piano Month, Self Improvement Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Month, Leukemia Awareness Month, Lymphoma Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Pain Awareness Month, Healthy Aging Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, Sepsis Awareness Month
Holidays in September
October Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of October.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
There are so many different angles and ways to cover Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Brands release so many products just during the month of October, and many of them can be promoted using affiliate links.
Like Ice Cream Month and Candy Month, I am all about Cookie Month! It’s a great month to showcase your best cookie recipe, cookie crafts, cookie cutters, or, my personal favorite, mail-order cookies. Mail-order cookies make awesome gifts for new parents, birthdays, or new homes.
More month-long observances in October: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eat Country Ham Month, International Drum Month, National Diabetes Month, National Pizza Month, National Vegetarian Month, National Popcorn Popping Month, Sarcastic Month, Seafood Month, Liver Cancer Awareness Month, National Physical Therapy Month, American Pharmacists Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Chiropractic Month
Holidays in October
November Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of November.
Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Peanut Butter Lovers Month is a great time to showcase your favorite peanut butter recipes or maybe ways you can add peanut butter to DIY beauty products (is that a thing?) or activities you can do with kids involving peanut butter.
National Sleep Comfort Month
If sleep is what you love – and who doesn’t love sleep?! – National Sleep Comfort Month is the month for you. The sleep industry is huge right now, and there are many ways you could tackle this topic, from reviewing your mattress, comparing various mattresses, writing about sheets or pillows, or giving other tips for getting a good night of sleep.
More month-long observances in November: Aviation History Month, Child Safety Protection Month, International Drum Month, National Adoption Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Appreciation Month, National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Month, National Model Railroad Month, National Novel Writing Month, Native American Heritage Month, Real Jewelry Month, Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, National Home Health Care Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Holidays in November
December Month-Long Observances
Below are some of the topics that will be highlighted during the month of December.
Write a Friend Month
There’s nothing I love more than snail mail, and December is apparently a great month to not only reach out to long lost friends, but it’s also a great month to encourage your readers to do so. Loosely interpreted, I would think that you could encourage your readers to “write a friend” by sending holiday cards (and recommending your favorite brands), or perhaps you could share stationery picks that would make great gifts.
|Affiliate partner ideas: There are quite a few companies that sell both stationery and holiday cards, which will give you plenty of ideas for tackling Write a Friend Month. Some affiliate partner ideas include Minted, Zazzle, Paper Culture, and York Photo.|
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Chances are good that if you’re writing about toys and gifts in December, you’re not really looking for more content. There is more than enough to write about in December, but covering toys and gifts from the angle of “safety” is definitely a little different.
Additional month-long observances in December: Bingo Month, Stress-Free Family Holidays Month, Read a New Book Month, Learn a Foreign Language Month, AIDS Awareness Month
Holidays in December
These lists of obscure holidays, national days, and month-long observances were compiled thanks to the help of Holiday Insights, Holidays Calendar, TimeandDate.com, ChooseHope.com and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. If there are any mistakes or additions, please let me know.