Been watching the news lately? It’s time to blog the news and current events for August in our Blog Exercises.
For some communities, August is the start of the harvest season, a busy month. For other communities, it is the quietest month. Some societies practically close down their towns to vacate for cooler locations, getting out of the boiling heat of the city.
For parents and families, this is the last chance to get out and away on vacation, getting everything done before the school season begins.
All of this activity does not mean the news stops. Nor should you.
As part of our monthly current events Blog Exercise, consider looking for news associated with summer and your community. This is also a time of fairs, festivals, and community events. Is there anything in the local news that will connect with your audience?
Sometimes it is the festival that is worth reporting upon. Sometimes it is the silliness behind the festivals and regional events that is newsworthy.
My community of North Plains, Oregon, has an annual festival event called “The Elephant Garlic Festival.” With the theme motto “Fun Stinks,” this is a fantastic community event featuring local bands, a garlic food competition, huge library book sale, tons of activities for kids, and a huge arts and crafts fair featuring local artists. We haven’t missed a year since we moved here, but this year, everyone is missing the fun.
It seems that politics and bureaucracy got in the way of two groups wishing to control the garlic festival in the area. The “Elephant Garlic Festival” lost this year and the Garlic Out-West festival replaced it, at least as far as we know. Instead of “Fun Stinks” they are going with “It’s Chic to Reek.” That’s a lot of stink from both ends when the community suffers stinky fools.
Look around your community for this month’s current events blog post for something to blog about for August.
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