Friday, October 10, 2014

October Blogging Prompts


At a loss for blogging ideas? One way to engage your readers is with seasonal content.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction – and if your niche is writing, marketing, or consulting – there’s always something to write about.

One of my favorite things about writing is that you can take one topic and spin it numerous ways, so it reflects your interests and expertise.

With that in mind, here are topics you can use to generate blog ideas in October ... or just use these writing prompts to jumpstart your creativity for your writing.

Autumn – How does the change of seasons impact your business? How does the change of seasons impact your writing? What are some fun fall-specific activities that interest you and how can you share them with your readers? October means football, fall fashion, hay rides, apple picking, fall crafts. There’s something seasonal that relates to your business that you can share on your blog. Do some brainstorming to discover what it is.

Fall Food – When all else fails, seek a food holiday. October is both National Dessert Month and Vegetarian Awareness Month, and there are a host of other daily, weekly and monthly food holidays. Do you write food mysteries or have a foodie blog? Do you write content for a restaurant or edible product? Perhaps you just like to eat…  Check the list and see how to spin it for your specialty.

Halloween – Didn’t see that one coming, did you? (joke) Write about anything and everything Halloween-related from food, d├ęcor and costumes (human and pet) to family adventures and activities. Also, most people associate October with the color orange. Fiction writers, interview an author. Share a funny or scary story. Or, even better, tips for how to write one.

Bonus: If you are a fiction writer, you can also use these topics to stimulate ideas for your stories. Send your characters out on an autumn adventures. You don’t even need to use the story in your final manuscript. But let your characters have a little fall fun. You never know where an adventure will take you.

In a perfect world, we have all the time in the world to write our blog content in advance. If you’ve already written all your October posts, just file this for next year. If you haven’t, hope these ideas will get your creative mind rolling, so you can create some awesome October blog posts!

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Debra Eckerling is the author of Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages. She's a writer, editor and project manager/goal coach, as well as founder of Guided Goals and Write On Online, a live and online writers’ support group. She is an editor at Social Media Examiner. Debra is also a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting and social media.





8 comments:

  1. Thanks for a fun and thought-provoking post, Debra. Of course, living in the Southern Hemisphere means I'd have to adapt these to our seasons, but that can work. Right now, according to the calendar we're heading out of Spring into Summer in sunny S.Africa - but don't you believe it. The weather man has lost track of the days and right now I'm dressed for cold and wet! But therein lies its own story, right?

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    1. That would definitely make a good story, Shirley. Even though your autumn is different, see what things that are typical and/or traditional for this time of year. Then find ways to incorporate them into your blog content, so it's timely. God luck and have fun with it!

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  2. Thanks for the ideas and prompts. When I get stuck, I find things like this really useful. And I LOVE this time of year.

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! I really love brainstorming and coming up with ideas that can spark other ideas... Enjoy!

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  3. Deb, thanks for the autumn blogging ideas. Even the change in colors can spark ideas.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Karen. Great point about the colors. Writers just need to look around. ideas are everywhere! Whether you use them for fiction or non-fiction is up to you!

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