Last week’s Photo Challenge got me thinking about how much I love the summertime. For many of us, the summer means extra time outdoors, time with friends and family, and traveling adventures. These summertime experiences are great fodder for seasonal post ideas. If it’s summer where you are, consider these summer-themed posts for your blog.
For parents, summer usually means that the kids are home from school, which makes summer the perfect time to blog about your family adventures. Taking a special trip to a park or zoo? How about a family reunion or get together? Taking pictures of these family outings is a great way to document memories and keep your out-of-state friends and family updated on your lives. Similarly, consider a summertime project for a family blog where your kids can learn about the internet, blogging, and making a website.
Summer for students may mean a special internship, project, or travel plans. If you’re embarking on a new summertime adventure, keep a weekly log of your experiences. This way, you can go back and write a summary piece on what you learned from your latest job or volunteer opportunity. For travelers, you can even share with others how to travel on a student budget or develop a personal travel guide.
As the weather warms up, there are often more outdoor festivals and activities. At the beginning of the summer, plot out which events you’d like to go to so they’re on your radar. When the time comes, try live-blogging any festivals or conferences that you go to. Live-blogging means publishing new blog posts while at an event. For example, if you go to a local WordCamp, you can post reviews and notes from each session you attend throughout the day. Live-blogging is great for connecting with other bloggers and bringing traffic to your site. To make the most of your live-blogging experience, make sure you publicize your posts through Twitter using the relevant hashtags and tag your posts.
If you like to relax and enjoy those lazy summer days instead, why not try to make a summer reading list and review each book on your blog? Whether you’re a beach bum or a camping addict, bring a book with you, take notes, and let others know if it’s A+ beach reading material or if that novel was better off left at home. You can even do this with movies, local summertime events (such as a music series), and art shows.
Do you have any summer blogging tips? Do you cover different topics seasonally?