Content Ideas for July

Content Ideas

Sweet, sweet summertime! July means enjoying favorite vacation spots with family and loved ones. Beautiful beaches, cool mountains, lazy rivers, historic places, or whatever your pleasure, a blog post sharing some great vacation spots is sure to spark responses from your readers. Why not stage a contest for the most unique vacation spot among your followers? Give away a favorite book or resource for the winner, or even a pair of designer sunglasses! Entrants can submit a photo and brief description (consider setting a word limit) of their most unique and memorable vacation spot.
Or consider a post detailing your top 5 vacation destinations with an explanation of why you chose each one. Your relaxing expose’ will provide an enjoyable lazy read and ignite the imagination of your followers. To help get you started, here’s a list of my top 5 in order of preference:

  1. Dauphin Island, AL – Best family vacation ever
  2. Tennessee River – Most relaxing getaway ever (cruising the river)
  3. Gatlinburg – Great Smokey Mountains National Park – I always love the mountains!
  4. Myrtle Beach, SC – Great memories of early family vacations / my honeymoon
  5. Washington, D.C. – The Nation’s Capital – History/Patriotism

My choices are somewhat prosaic; yet, they are the sites of my most memorable vacations. What makes your favorite spot special?

Holidays

 

July 4: Independence Day

July 4 is considered the birthday of the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson facilitated a committee that crafted the Declaration of Independence from June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and other representatives from the thirteen original American colonies approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom from British rule for the 13 colonies. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

July 5: National Bikini Day

Two piece bathing suits existed long before 1946. They covered most of the body and showed only a brief strip of midriff. In the 1940’s, a beautiful woman was labeled a “Bombshell.” Some called them “Nuclear.” Two French clothing designers created two-piece bathing suits. One was called the “Atome,” and the other “Bikini.” Both suit names were in reference to Bikini Island, where the United States tested atomic bombs. The name Bikini was the most popular and stuck. The Bikini was first modeled on July 5, 1946, at the Piscine Molitor Swimming Pool in Paris, France. It was made of 30 square inches of fabric. Since then, the amount of coverage has continually shrunk.

July 11: World Population Day

Best estimates indicate the world population could reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, and over 11 billion by the year 2100. Many wonder if this population level is sustainable. With all the issues relating to these billions upon billions of people, World Population Day was established by the United Nations to raise awareness. Organizers commonly host events relating to population growth, the importance of family planning, poverty, maternal health, and human rights.

July 20: Moon Day

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 moon expedition was launched from Kennedy Space Center. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at a spot planners dubbed “Tranquility Base.” Just hours later, Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and uttered his famous statement: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

July 25: National Parents Day (4th Sunday of July)

In 1994, President Bill Clinton proclaimed the fourth Sunday in July as National Parents Day. This is a special day to honor your mother and father, and it’s a time to celebrate the family structure and family values. It is not a day for giving gifts. Save that for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The best way to mark this day is by spending time with your parents. Let them how much they are loved and appreciated.

Birthdays

  • July 3, 1962: Actor Tom Cruise

  • July 6, 1946: 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush

  • July 6, 1946: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone

  • July 8, 1839: Businessman John D. Rockefeller

  • July 9, 1956: Academy Award Winning Actor Tom Hanks

  • July 13, 100 A.D.: Roman Emperor Julius Caesar

  • July 13, 1942: Actor Harrison Ford

  • July 14, 1913: 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford

  • July 17, 1976: Singer, Songwriter Luke Bryan

  • July 20, 356 A.D.: Alexander the Great

  • July 21, 1951: Actor, Comedian, Robin Williams

  • July 21, 1899: Author Ernest Hemingway

  • July 23, 1989: Actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

  • July 26, 1964: Actress Sandra Bullock

  • July 29, 1883: Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini

  • July 30, 1863: Businessman Henry Ford

  • July 30, 1947: Actor, Bodybuilder, former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • July 31, 1965: Author J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter Series books)

Additional Topics

 

July 2 is World UFO Day.

They are out there. Or at least, some believe they are; whoever “they” are…. According to the World UFO Day website, the celebration of all things unidentified, object, and airborne started officially in 2001. Most UFOlogoists believe the existence of intelligent beings from outer space dates from long ago. Holiday organizers implore you to use this day to “encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history.” Umm…..OK.

July 6 is International Kissing Day.

Pucker up for summer lovin! Originally known as National Kissing Day in the United Kingdom, this holiday was invented to remind us all of the simple pleasure of sweet kisses. Of course, before celebrating this day with someone, be sure you have permission!

July 28 is National Talk in an Elevator Day.

We don’t do it. We look at our phone, at our feet, or at the stain on the floor. We do practically anything to avoid making eye contact with our fellow elevator riders, much less speaking a word to them. Not today. Not on the last Friday in July. Throw out this unwritten rule and strike up a random conversation with a stranger while sharing a small space for a short time.
What topics or events grab your interest? What’s happening around where you live? Are there current events or movements that will impact your business or attract customers? What great topics can you discover that get your ideas and pen (or keyboard) flowing? Share them! Enjoy the summer sunshine, drink plenty of water, and as always, keep writing!
 

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