Every year I celebrate January 11, the birthday of WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg. The first week in April, I celebrate CSS Naked Day, a day to turn off the CSS designs on your websites world-wide to pay tribute to web designers. Later in April is the Day of Blog Silence, honoring the victims of violence with our blogs. May 30 is the birthday of WordPress. August 2005 is the birth month of this site.
There are anniversaries and historical dates every day, and many of these are related to your site topics. Celebrate them.
There are calendars referencing dates in history for all types of industries and specialties. Check with industry leaders, associations, and organizations representing your specialty. Can’t find one, make your own list. Research the dates and anniversaries relevant to your specialty.
Google Calendars used to be widely available from individuals and businesses that created calendars for their interests or industry. You can still find them, but it takes a little hunting.
In 2012, The Czech Republic Expats blog covered holiday events in Prague and the nation to help those living there and not familiar with the language or holidays know when the fun and festivals (and bank closures) were scheduled. That’s a brilliant way to help a specialized audience by blogging a calendar.
Comedian, Ted Greenberg, paid tribute to strange holidays, recognizing the International Stuttering Awareness Day, National Nut Day, National Mole Day, TV Talk Show Host Day, Take Back Your Time Day, and other odd United States holidays throughout the year.
The third Monday in January, January 21, 2013, for example, is called “Civil Rights Day” in the United States by law, but the country honors it as Martin Luther King Day, paying tribute to black history and the Civil Rights movement throughout the country. The US state of Idaho calls the day Idaho Human Rights Day, paying tribute for the same reasons but honoring it as a state holiday, not just national.
On my Family History Blog, I’ve started publishing anniversary and birthday tributes to my ancestors. It’s fun to pause for a moment and look back through history to identify where my family was, what they were doing, and think about their intimate family gathering together to celebrate the day, or maybe the person being alone and away from family. How did they celebrate and honor that moment? How do I honor the anniversaries, birthdays, and other personal memorial days in my life?
Everyone celebrates in their own way, and so can you on your own blog.
Anniversaries mean different things to different people and industries. Find ways to connect to your past. Honor the one year or five year anniversary of a specific or popular post that meant something to you. Create an anniversary for the day you met an influential friend or attended a special event. Find a way to honor the past.
Put the anniversary, birthdays, and special events on your editorial calendar with notes and deadlines to remind you to research and write before the event. Consider using the future posts feature of WordPress to publish these ahead of schedule. See How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress on Learning from Lorelle Teaches and Working Ahead – Future Posts with WordPress for more information on this feature.
Have a sense of humor. While the site is out-dated and funky looking, check out HOLIDAYS 2013 (Official): Daily, Monthly, Weekly, Bizarre, Crazy, Unknown, Silly, Strange, Weird, Dumb, Odd, Wacky, Wild, Traditional, Respected Observances, Awareness Days, Theme Days & Celebrations. from BrownieLocks. There are some funny holidays listed there.
Here are a few more resources of holidays around the world to help you get started.
- Bermuda’s Public Holidays in 2013
- 2012 – 2013 bizarre holidays, wacky holidays, obscure holidays, fun days. by Holiday Insights
- South Africa 2013 Calendar | South African Holidays 2013 | 2012 School Calendar
- List of American Public holidays for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 dates – Providence Holidays | Examiner.com
- Directory for Weird, Wild & Wacky Holidays! Fun Holidays, Funny Holidays, Unusual Holidays-
- Australia Holidays and Annual Events
- Holidays and observances in United States in 2013
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