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Blog Exercises: Prepare for Summer

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.It’s Editorial Calender check-in and check up time.

May is the shift from spring to summer. From blossoming flowers to green leafed trees casting shade, the weather is changing, bringing warmer days to the northern hemisphere and colder temperatures down under. For those of us living in the Pacific Northwestern United States, we are experiencing record high temperatures and trips to the emergency room for sunburns and heat exhaustion are on the rise as we cope with a sudden summer before we’ve even had spring. It’s a time for change, too fast for many.

Summer brings out parades and princesses such as the Southern Bell Princesses of Mobile, Alabama - photograph copyright Lorelle VanFossen.

Summer brings parades and social activities outdoors. This Southern Bell Princess chats with a child during a festival in Mobile, Alabama. Photography Lorelle VanFossen.

While many consider the move from winter to spring to be about renewal, May is also a time of change and growth. Most of the baby animals have been born and are starting to find their own way in the world. Plants are blossoming everywhere bringing their sweet scent to freshen the air. Lawns are starting to be watered and mowed. It’s time for spring cleaning, sweeping out the dust and spider webs, cleaning windows and hanging clothing out to dry in the fresh air. People are shedding the layers of clothing for layers of sun lotion on bared skin in their desire to increase their Vitamin D and seek darker skin tones.

May is a time of health, energy, vitality as we move into the next season in the northern hemisphere. For those in the southern hemisphere, it could be the opposite as people start to hunker down for the chill.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Consider this seasonal shift and how it relates directly or metaphorically to your blogging topic. Your blog exercise is to write an article about the changes in the season, specifically from spring to summer.

It is also time to focus on summer activities to add to your editorial calendar for the summer. What’s on your schedule for the next few months worth blogging about?

Camping, outdoor adventure, or vacation time on the horizon? Do any of these events align with your blogging subject matter? Remember your blog is part of your business and business-related expenses may be written off on your taxes. Consider mixing fun and work together this summer.

Many conferences and conventions are scheduled during the summer. Go through your lists to ensure you cover them and plan on attending as many as you can.

This is also time for many local groups and associations to hold fundraisers and special events. Get involved by blogging about them and helping these groups promote their activities. Consider investing a little more networking time with these groups as well to expand your social horizons.

Take time to look back over the past five months at your editorial calendar. What did you schedule that didn’t get done? In addition to spring cleaning, finish the incompletes on your calendar.

Here are some of the articles I’ve covered so far in these Blog Exercises to help you with your editorial calendar and blogging about timely and topical events and activities.

Remember to cite this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task here and get a better understanding of what you are up to on your site. If you would like to take a moment to spread the word about these blog exercises and how they are helping you, it would be appreciated.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles. You may join us at any time to improve your own site.

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  1. Mariz
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    I don’t know why but some of the blogs I handle encounter some probs too during May, I’m looking into their analytics now and I’m puzzled. I’ll take your blog exercises! 🙂

    • Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      Not sure what you mean or how to respond to that statement, so I hope you will be more forthcoming. Thanks.

  2. Sally
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Indeed, the month of May has a lot of topics to use in the blog as you exercise. Aside from May is the season of spring to summer. For some country, the month of May is their election day. They can use their blogs to give others a tip who to vote during election days.

    • Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Luckily there are many activities every month and season. I forgot we have an election day here today in May as well. Not a big one but important to those involved. Good point. Thanks.

      And in the future, could you please use your name and not a spammy site name in the comments. I know that’s not your name but my comment policy is clear that in order to allow your comment to exist on my site, you must have a human sounding name. It would be nice to feel like I’m talking to a human and not a bot or advertisement. Thanks!

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