10 Blog Post Ideas to Engage Readers Blog Hop

This blog hop is dedicated to blog post ideas to fill your content calendar and engage your audience. We all get writer’s block, or as I like to call it, blogger’s brain, and that’s where these 10 blog post ideas and topic starters come into play. See how many you are currently using and how many new ones you discover. Then jump into the blog hop and add your link as directed below. It’s a fun way to engage and network with other pet bloggers.

How to write engaging blog post

FAQs

Read through your Facebook comments for your blog’s social media page. Take a peek at Instagram feedback on your posts. What blog comments seem to present themselves time and again? Start gathering a list of all the questions and pain points received by your readers. These make for awesome blog post. Each question can likely be turned into a topic for your core audience.

Pet Holidays

Even though a holiday presents itself on the calendar does not mean you should cover it if it does not make sense for your niche. For example, National Snake Day would not bode well for a hamster blogger and so forth. Use pet holidays to your blog’s advantage. If it’s National Puppy Day and you are a general dog blogger, consider a post on puppy training, plan in advance, promote early, and then jump aboard the appropriate hashtag the day of the holiday.

Product Comparisons

This one works particularly well if you are wanting to monetize with affiliate marketing. An honest look at how two products compare and contrast can really help a reader. You can link to the various products with your affiliate marketing accounts. Learn more about this during my Affiliate Marketing session at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference this April.

How To Posts

So you did a DIY post. Great…did you break it out step by step? Did you show video and pictures? Did you link out to the supplies and products with your affiliate marketing accounts? Whether it is a DIY craft or how to get your cat to use the litter box, there is something you know how to do that someone else does not. As a blogger, you need not be the one who knows it all; this is where knowing who to contact as a resource (or two) comes in handy. ”

Best Blog Posts

This is a favorite idea of many: What are the best blog posts you have read lately? Turn those into a roundup post. Be sure to properly link out and credit the bloggers you are citing. This is a good networking technique as well.

People in Your Niche

Interview someone. Consider doing the interview on a platform like Facebook Live and following it up with a blog post that includes the embed video from Facebook. The key is to promote the post and Facebook Live in advance.

MythBusters

I love mythbusters and I am not alone. Busting myths and dispelling untruths is a huge keyword search these days. Debunk in your niche. People love to learn what they have been doing is either right or wrong.

Go Back in Time

Share a historical perspective. When did cat litter first hit the scene? What mistakes were made along the way? When did ferrets become popular as pets? Great historical blog posts can perform well.

Gift Guides

It need not be a holiday season to put a gift guide together. People always want to know what to buy for a pet or a pet lover year-round. Think of “20 Summer Outdoor Games for Dogs” and include affiliate links to some of those products included.

Forthcoming Events

Tell your readers where you will be locally or perhaps feature local or national events that allow well-behaved pets. Oh, there’s a bonus 11th blog post idea: How to raise a well-behaved pet.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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How to Write a Knockout Blog Post

Having an idea for a killer blog post is the easy part. Writing a knockout blog post that touches on all the key elements from content to photography, promotion and inbound/outbound links is the more involved process. It sounds like a no brainer, the process for writing a knockout blog post, right? Even long-time blogging veterans may be surprised to find some tips and pointers to apply to future blog posts or updating older blog content.

How to write a knockout blog post

Pre-Requisite: Know Your Blog Audience

Something that we see time and again in the BlogPaws offices is a well-done post, but it is written to an audience that may not be the one best served by said content. Define your why and know your purpose.

No matter how long you have been blogging, each blog post should be geared to your target audience. If you are a cat blogger who writes about health and wellness, then articles about kitten training, cat litterbox issues, and senior cats and kidney disease are the types of content your audience wants. You know they want this content because you did your research prior to creating the blog.

Sometimes a blog post is geared for a specific portion of your blog’s audience. One of my consistently popular blog posts deals with torn anterior cruciate ligagments in dogs. That post is geared to a dog parent who either thinks their dog ruptured the ligament, indeed the dog is injured, or they want more information and options. Write to THAT audience for THAT post.

LEARN MORE: How to Serve Your Blog Audience

Develop the Content Idea

Our Director of Community Education, Aimee Beltran, suggests this system when developing content for a blog post:

  • Who is the audience?
  • What do they need to know?
  • What do I want them to do with the content? (Subscribe, share, etc)
  • How will the content be delivered? Blog post, social media post, video, ebook, etc?

Outline the Blog Post

As a second phase to developing the content idea, next you write an outline. This need not be a laborious process, but I could never do a blog post without some sort of outline.

Outlining helps hone your craft, tightens the focus, and like a map, it guides you to your destination. Some of the sections in my outline for a blog post include:

  • My topic or idea
  • A working headline, which I refine later
  • The problem it solves or addresses.
  • Why my reader should care. I ask myself “who cares” and until I can answer that, I won’t blog.
  • Sources and quotes/experts
  • Outbound and inbound links to include
  • Terms to rank for SEO-wise
  • Images I want to take and/or already have in my files

Your outline can be as simple as a one-page sheet of paper with subheadings on it or as intricate as desired; we all have different learning and planning styles.

Visual Asset Planning

A picture says a thousand words and a video says even more! Know what shots you want before you get the post started so that you can capture exactly the visual message you want to complement your prose. I take close to 2,000 photos a month on my iPhone, no kidding. I take candids of my dog, things we do together, places we visit (from PetSmart to the park, visiting friends), and I dump them onto my computer once a month. From there, I categorize and separate the images into files. I actually have files the likes of:

  • Body shots
  • Face close ups
  • Park
  • Dog with people
  • Sleeping

…and many more.

I do this so that whenever I am writing a blog post, I have an arsenal of photos from which to choose. Quite honestly, I have my own stock photos that I took! I edit the photos I love the most and might use, ditch the blurred ones, and then I clean my phone up, back up my files onto a hard drive and an online photo storage service, and I am good to go.

Videos I plan to embed into a blog post or those in support of my blog post I will use on social are a part of the visual asset planning process. It’s never one and done: If you blog it, use it over and over in a variety of ways. The same holds true for visual and video assets. More about that later.

Keyword Research

This is oh-so-important to your knockout blog post process. Keyword research does NOT mean keyword stuffing. The traditional definition of a “good” keyword is one that has low competition from other sites attempting to rank with traffic from the keyword along with a high number of monthly searches. Finding that balance is the sweet spot for bloggers.

Your goal with a blog post is to create an ultimate resource with both short and longtail keywords. Long tail keywords have long staying power if properly executed in blog post. Why long tail? Longtail keywords are more closely related to the questions your readers are asking/searching for; they are actually easier to rank for; and since they target your specific audience, more relevant traffic is directed to your blog.

Here are three steps for finding juicy keyword nuggets.

Write a blog post

Determine Headline and Subheads: Brainstorm and Then Brainstorm Again

Work primary and secondary keywords into your headline if possible, and apply some time in determining your headline. Our Director of Content, Maggie Marton, says, “No matter how brilliant your writing, or how gorgeous your photography, unless you grab a reader’s attention with a catchy, click-worthy headline, you won’t capture new readers.”

An eye-catching title can make or break a post. Personally, I tend to spend more time developing a worthwhile title than many other things.Regardless of how your post is discovered: From a search engine to a tweet, the first thing a reader will see is that all important “headline” aka the title. Is your title worthy of the content within the post? Does it give the reader a full, enticing glance at what’s to come?

Think about those catchy headlines on glossy magazines as you stand in the supermarket check out line. The titles are designed to lure you in to buy the magazine or tabloid.

Here’s a 3-Step Process to Write Click-Worthy Headlines.

Subheadings break up a post and divide it into sections as this blog post illustrates.

It makes it easier for the reader to use and is another way to hold one’s attention span.

Similarly, bullet points and numbered lists are helpful. Bullet points are useful for stats, benefits, product features, short bits of info, and other data that you want to stand out.

Write

Blogging is not sheer opinion if you want to be considered an expert. I am not an expert in many of the topics on which I blog. I am, however, pretty darned good at finding folks who are experts in their respective fields. I utilize places like HARO (Help a Reporter Out), message boards, groups on Facebook, in-person networking to exchange business cards, industry-oriented mixers, Twitter, and so on.

Experts are out there. You need to find them to add credibility to a blog post. I suggest doing a blog post with opposing views and let your readers decide. Whichever route you take, do your research.

Please please and please check your grammar and spelling: It matters. Read it out loud to make sure that everything makes sense.

A stellar blog post instantly loses its appeal when a run on sentence comes into play and it never stops and the person writing it thinks that I want to stick around because I have nothing better to do than to hear about a great product and how super it is. See how annoying long that was? Don’t do it.

Bring it Home

An abrupt ending leaves the reader scratching their head, so summarize in a nice neat package for them. Re-emphasize your main points, perhaps circle back to your introduction, and give the reader the all-important call to action. A call to action is important at the end of a blog post but also in your social media promotions. A Call to Action is a statement that encourages your readers to take some sort of action.

For example:

  • Subscribe to my newsletter for posts just like this!
  • Add a comment to the bottom of this list and tell me what you think.
  • Follow me on Facebook.

Learn More: Discover how to successfully use a call to action.

Social Media Plan and Promotion

Our own Aimee Beltran says, “Writing blog posts takes a lot of time and hard work. The last thing you want is for nobody to read your posts. That is why you must have a solid promotional plan in place to grow your pageviews and audience. An effective social media marketing plan will help with this.”

Knowing how to promote a blog post and making the time to do so are pivotal to blog post success.

You don’t need to be on every single social media platform, and you don’t have to post everywhere at one time. In fact, the latter is highly frowned upon so as to avoid content saturation. Tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social, and Co-Schedule allow for timed social media content.

Here are quick ways to promote blog posts (note: It isn’t one and done; be sure to recycle your posts and share social media content throughout the year).

Don’t Stop Now

If you want to start a pet blog and have no idea how to get going so you can use the tactics above, here’s a good place: How to Start a Pet Blog.

Learn how to do keyword research for your next blog post.

If you write it, readers will come, right? Not always, so if you want the readers, then identify them, determine how you will find them , and deliver with a knockout blog post and social sharing plan to enhance its longevity.

Connect Face to Face

Register for the BlogPaws 2018 Conference and invest in you. The BlogPaws 2018 Conference takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20.  Join us and get your social media and blogging plans in order!

Bloggers at conference

Your Turn

What’s your process for writing a blog post? Do you have one? Does it resemble the above? Let us know in the comments below. We respond to all comments.

Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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How to Develop a Source Guide for Blog Posts

Any reputable journalist will tell you that when reporting or writing an article, sources are essential. A source guide is one tool in the blogger’s arsenal of must haves, and this post will explain how and why to develop your very own source guide for blog posts.

Blogging is not sheer opinion if you want to be considered an expert. I am not an expert in many of the topics on which I blog. I am, however, pretty darned good at finding folks who are experts in their fields. I utilize places like HARO (Help a Reporter Out), message boards, groups on Facebook, in-person networking to exchange business cards, industry-oriented mixers, Twitter, and so on.

How to develop blog post source guide

Source Guide for Blog Posts

Over the years as a writer, blogger, and in working in the PR/social media/marketing spaces of the pet sector, I’ve amassed a source guide. I happen to lay my source guide out in spreadsheet format in Excel. Whatever format you choose, knowing how to develop a source guide for blog posts will become your second best friend (next to your pets, of course). Here’s a step-by-step plan to make it happen:

Determine The Format

Before you start a collection of names and contact information, decide on its format. These options include, but are not limited to:

  • Google Drive Spreadsheets
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Twitter Lists: I have several and love them because I can get to know the source, retweet and engage, and add them to my source guide (more about that later).

It’s really a preference and I happen to use both and then back up my data monthly using an online backup service along with a hard drive for extra security.

Learn How to Find Expert Sources for a Blog Post

In her post for BlogPaws, writer Reyna Gobel recommends the following tips (and she should know, as she has appeared on CBS.com, in Modern Dog, and on Reuters.com.

  1. Start by contacting associations.
  2. Don’t be afraid that you’re blog is too small for a professional or association to respond.
  3. Use referrals from other sources.
  4. Pay attention to how study information is gathered and date available.

Read Gobel’s advice article on How to Find Expert Sources for a Blog Post.

Decide When to Source an Expert (or More) For a Blog Post

On this topic, Gobel shares, “When I sit down to write a blog or article, my first or at least second thought is always, “Am I an expert enough to write this article with authority?” If I’m not, how do I find the best source?”

There are many times when you should look for a source or more for your blog post. In doing so, you add an expert flavor, credibility, and facts to the post. Opinion posts are fine but if you are writing about something that is beyond your opinion, consider sources. Gobel says these are three reasons to seek a source:

  1. When you’re dealing with a medical issue.
  2. A statistic that can help your readers feel less alone in their situation.
  3. If you are a subject matter expert, you don’t necessarily need to source someone else.

You can read the entire article on when to source an expert for a blog post.

Using Online Sources for a Blog Post

As a dog health and wellness blogger, I am very familiar with using online sources for my blog posts because I use this tactic frequently. Most of us can agree that not all online sources are credible. “Just because one reads it on the Internet does not make it true,” and all that jazz.

Here are a few considerations when determining whether to use an online source:

  • Is the source credible and well known?
  • What is the background of the source?
  • Is the potential source educated in his or her field of supposed expertise?
  • Does the source provide documentation with links to support their case?
  • What is the date of the material where the potential source appears? (you want current or updated)
  • Is the source someone controversial? (which is fine if that’s what you are seeking)
  • Does the source mention that permission must be granted before being cited? If so, get it.

Source guide for blog

How to Properly Cite Online Sources

This topic can be a complete session at a BlogPaws Conference, and I see online sources improperly cited or not cited when they need to be all the time. For example, let’s say you are writing a blog post and USA Today is a source because you read an article on their site by one of their writers. This is called newsjacking, and since this is a credible source, you must give credit where credit is due, like this:

We recently discovered that USA Today (provide link) predicts that in 2018, ferrets will rule the Internet.

The folks at Hubspot say, “One thing to keep in mind when quoting text from someone else’s website is that many companies have content usage guidelines that will let you know how, or if, they want you to use their content.” Here are the Content Usage Guidelines for Hubspot so you can get a better understanding of what to look for in your sourcing pursuits.

Never copy and paste someone’s else whether in print or online. Always cite your source and cite the source in the correct manner.

What if you found a compelling quote on another blog or in an online resource that you want to include in your own blog post? Quoting the person is crucial and including the link to the page where the quotation appears is a must. The website you quote will get a pingback, you now appear on their radar, and you can even take this one step further. We love Hubspot’s technique in citing online sources:

They write, “…there’s still some internet etiquette that goes along with quoting someone other than just throwing some quotation marks around their statement. Here’s an internet-friendly way to quote someone in your content (taken from an old blog post of ours):”

how to cite on the internet
Notice how they linked out to the source but they also adding icing to the online cake but advising their readers to follow the source on Twitter AND they provided a link to the source’s Twitter account.
I’ve used this technique and it’s a great way to get on the radar of media, too!

How to Connect With a Source

Let’s say the source you want to connect with is more than something you read online. Get on the source’s radar and look them up on Twitter, LinkedIn, or even Facebook. I’ve written to potential sources before and prior to doing so, I start getting to know them and their work. For example, if I know I want a source like Dr. Marty Becker to provide me with a quote for a blog post, I know that I have to get creative.

I met Dr. Becker at a BlogPaws Conference and we did selfies with my dog. I would write Dr. Becker a friendly email, share the photo, lead with reminding him how we met, and ask if he would be so kind as to contribute a quote for an article. Make the email short and sweet and to the point. I receive hundreds of pitches a month and I love when folks are friendly and direct.

Other ways to connect with sources are:

  • Comment on their blog/website
  • Retweet their content
  • Engage with their business page on Facebook
  • Get to know them on LinkedIn
  • Read their articles and get to know them

Tip: Don’t be spammy and artificial. Pitches that start, “I just read your article on dog winter tips and loved it. Hey would publish something on your blog that I wrote?” No, no, and more no. Even though you are looking for sources, the same online etiquette and common sense holds true. Get connected by being connected.

I start looking for sources for blog posts weeks to months in advance. How, you might be wondering, can I do that so far in advance? The beauty of an editorial calendar means I can plan ahead so that I can get sources well in advance of my planned blog content. I use this same technique when writing for other media like magazines and newspapers.

Again, there are many ways to set up an editorial calendar. Here’s how to use Trello as an editorial calendar.

What to Put in Your Content Source Guide

Once you have connected with someone, you should add them to your content source guide. Here’s a snippet of mine to use as an example:

How to find sources for blog

 

Think of your source guide as your modern day Rolodex. I keep the title of the contact as one of five or six different options. I do this so when I write a blog post on a topic, I can easy sort and then search for someone that makes sense for the post.

In Conclusion

A blog post with credible sources adds many layers to your online portfolio. Sources show that you take your work seriously;  proves that even if you aren’t an expert on a topic, you are willing to put the time in to find someone who is; and credit with pingbacks to the source are always welcomed.

Your Turn

Do you ever use sources in your blog posts? How do you find them? Are you properly citing them? Let us know in the comments below.

Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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The List of Lists Blog Hop

This week’s blog hop is a very popular topic: Lists!!! Lists are one of the best ways to drum up blog traffic IF they are done right.

How to do a blog post of lists

List posts work because the headline pulls you in and grabs your attention. You must learn more about that topic and the headline beckons to you. For example:

  • 10 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water
  • 7 Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy
  • 99 Ways to Become a Pet Blogger

Numbers have appeal and your readers will come back for me if you deliver on the attention-grabbing headline. Tell me something, solve a problem, and make the click worth it!

Here are some list ideas for future blog posts to keep your readers happy and your blog growing in 2018 and beyond:

Can You Recognize the 8 Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs?

This type of headline gets your readers involved with “what to watch for” and demonstrates your expertise.


How to Get Your Cat to Love the Vet: Six Easy Steps

The attention grabbing How to is followed with a number of steps: It’s a win win. Be concrete and deliver on your exciting double promise!


Free Download Reveals 20 Secrets to Make Money Blogging

Give your readers a post on making money blogging and then provide a free download with exclusive bonus material if they provide their email. Score!


50 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Vet Bills

You must deliver on this with actionable tips. The 50 number sounds fantastic with a topic that anyone with a pet understands and relates to; communicate to your readers with actionable tips.


Five Types of Pet Parents: Which Style Describes You?

I want to know immediately after reading this. Give your reader categories and let them decide where they fall into them.  In writing “you,” the reader is addressed and the post feels individualized to them.


12 Dog Vocalizations and What They Mean

You immediately establish authority with a stand out title and you also promise to share what those vocalizations mean.


The Curated List Post

This one mines data that already exists and then you put it all together into one lovely blog post. Be certain the information you curate is accurate and know that people love when you give them credit and a backlink in a blog post. They might even share it!


Don’t Forget

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



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December Content Ideas for Pet Influencers Blog Hop

Did you catch our  25 ideas for pet blog holiday content post? Add to that holiday treasure trove of content ideas, as this week’s blog hop for Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to December content ideas for pet influencers. We are going beyond the holidays with creative and unique blog post idea starters. Happy blogging, happy social media posting, and happy holidays! December is upon us!

DECEMBER CONTENT IDEAS

Seasonal

  1. How to snazz up a non-traditional pet home for the holidays (birds, ferrets, fish, reptiles)
  2. December 2: Hanukkah begins at sundown, National Mutt Day
  3. December 19: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (great for pet fun)
  4. DIY Ornaments with a Pet Theme
  5. Decorating a Christmas  Tree with a Pet Theme

Safety

  1. Winter dangers for pets: Everyone blogs about holiday dangers; be different and showcase winter dangers for pets.
  2. Treats Your Pets Can Eat
  3. Christmas Tree and Decorations: How to Keep Pets Away
  4. Why Pets Do Not Make Good Gifts for the Holidays
  5. Liquid Dangers to Pets

New Year’s

  1. Keep Pets Safe From Bolting: Fireworks and Pots and Pans Clanging Alert
  2. Alcohol and Pets Do Not Mix
  3. New Years Resolutions for Pets
  4. End of Year Sales and Bargains for Pet Lovers (include affiliate links, as people want to spend those holiday gift cards)
  5. Pet Friendly Things to do For New Year’s Eve

Non-Holiday December Themed

  1. December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
  2. National Cat Lovers Month
  3. Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  4. Pet Friendly Places to Visit to Escape the Holidays
  5. Pet Themed Books to Read by a Cozy Fire

December Potpourri

  1. Bah Hambug: How to Channel Your Inner Elf When You Hate the Holidays
  2. Reasons for the Season: A list of things to be grateful for and encourage your readers/followers to chime in with their favorite reasons for the season (makes a great social media post)

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:

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The Dangers of Pet Safety Blog Posts Blog Hop

If you ever write about pet safety or share pet safety social media content, credibility and authenticity are the keys to successful content that resonates with your readers and followers. What better idea for a blog hop than to talk about accurately sourcing and writing blog posts and social media content as it pertains to pet safety.

How to write about pet safety

Sources That Count

An influential pet blogger will be held to a different set of standards, but the importance is there. Are you recommending a dog food? Does your blog ever dispense advice on behavior, training, places to visit, treats to feed, or how to keep a pet healthy? For most bloggers, credibility is a combination of experience, delivering the message properly, and being able to substantiate the information in the blog post with sourcing. Knowing how to grow a pet blog includes knowing where to find sources.

Where to Find Pet Safety Health Resources

With millions of pet parents sharing their lives with dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, lizards, fish, birds, guinea pigs, and so much more, one of the most highly searched topics is, by far, pet health.

Reyna Gobel, whose pet articles have appeared on CBS.com, in Modern Dog, and on Reuters.com tells BlogPaws, “When you’re writing about your own pet’s illness, you don’t necessarily need a source because you’re retelling a factual event. No one can agree or disagree with what happened because it happened personally to your family. However, you can strengthen an argument for a particular therapy or treatment by adding a quote from the veterinarian that helped your pet.  If you’re situation is about an illness or condition when you aren’t retelling a personal story, always quote an expert.”

One of my favorite resources in petMD. petMD is the largest global source of pet health information in the world today. Part of a global network of veterinary professionals, petMD’s content was created by veterinarians for consumers and veterinarians. I feel a huge sense of comfort and relief knowing that content is created by veterinarians.

Whenever you are researching and looking for sources on the Internet, there are a few things to verify that the information is credible, namely:

  • Authority: Background of the writer, credentials.
  • Accuracy: Is the information cited with reliable sources, is it free of grammar and spelling errors?
  • Objectivity:Is the article written without prejudice,or bias, towards the writer’s own opinion or to another, opposing view?
  • Currency: How current is the site you are sourcing? Are there many broken links? Frequent updates in content?
  • Coverage: How in depth is the article? Are there links to resources on the topic?
In an article for BlogPaws, Gobel recommends a few ways of finding credible blog post resources and sources. First, she recommends contacting associations.  She says, “For pet health insurance questions, I contact the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. For behaviorists, I contact the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.”
How to write a pet safety blog post

The Value of Checklisting Pet Safety Blog Posts

 I love lists, especially when that list is in the form of a checklist in planning and executing a blog post.Having an idea is easy, but putting that idea into a successful blog post that is SEO friendly, properly formatted, and image savvy, is a whole other beast. Writing a successful blog post is a step-by-step process that can be accomplished with three P’s:

  • Pre-Planning
  • Publishing
  • Promotion (and then again and again)

I don’t write a masterpiece on my first attempt, so outlining helps me hone my craft and my post. Some of the sections in my outline include:

  • My topic or idea
  • A working headline, which I refine later
  • The problem it solves or addresses.
  • Why my reader should care. I ask myself “who cares” and until I can answer that, I won’t blog.
  • Sources and quotes/experts
  • Outbound and inbound links to include
  • Terms to rank for SEO-wise
  • Images I want to take and/or already have in my files

Your outline can be as simple as a one page sheet of paper with subheadings on it or as intricate as you like it: We all have different learning and planning styles.

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Next Steps

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The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:

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2018 Pet-Related Holidays and Themes to Blog About

Could you use some inspiration developing great blog post ideas? What if we could offer you an entire year of pet-related holidays and themes to blog about? This list is meant to be a guide, an idea generator, and, in addition to blog fodder, these ideas lend themselves well to social media. For example, remind your followers on Facebook that it’s “National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day” and pair the reminder with a cat health blog post linking directly back to your blog. The same holds true for Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, any other platforms with which you engage.

2018 pet related holidays

Note: If you know the hashtag associated with a certain pet-related holiday or theme, be sure to use that in conjunction with your blog post and social shares. This is a creative way for folks to find your content.  Here’s how to develop a hashtag strategy for Instagram. Hashtags can be quite tricky, especially if you have no clue what they mean. Discover what hashtags mean, and add your own definitions with tagdef.com. Note: When creating a new hashtag, ensure that it isn’t already being used. No one actually “owns” a hashtag, but you certainly don’t want to tweet with a hashtag that has previously been used. You can easily find this information by searching for a hashtag on tagboard.com. Type in “funnydogs.” Of course, this is heavily used so there is nothing new about it. However, you can jump on the #funnydogs hashtag bandwagon if you post a funny photo of your dog on social media.

Bookmark this post, refer back to it, and save it for a year’s worth of 2018 pet-related holidays and themes to blog about and share on social media.

Without further ado, here’s a month by month idea generator of pet-related holidays and themes with some bonus material along the way:

Important BlogPaws Dates, Reminders, and To Do’s

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  • Every Wednesday on the BlogPaws blog is a networking opportunity called the Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Visit the blogs listed to put the social in social media and help grow your blog.
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On the Chinese Calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

January

Overall themes:

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • Walk Your Pet Month
  • Get Organized Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Holidays:

January 1: New Year’s Day (great post for resolutions, jump start the year)

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day and National Mew Year for Cats Day

January 5: National Bird Day

January 6: Epiphany

January 8: National Bubble Bath Day (fun post for pet bath tips, shampoo safety, grooming, etc)

January 14: National Dress Your Pet Up Day, National Seeing Eye Dog Day, Bald Eagle Appreciation Day

January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Hat Day

January 18: Winnie the Pooh Day

January 19: National Popcorn Day

January 20: National Penguin Awareness Day

January 21: National Squirrel Appreciation Day (um hello, cute photos time), National Hugging Day

January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

January 24: Change A Pet’s Life Day, Belly Laugh Day, Compliment Day

January 25: National Opposite Day

January 26: Australia Day, Rattlesnake Round Up

January 29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

January 31: Backwards Day


February

Overall themes:

  • National Pet Oral/Dental Health Care Month
  • Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
  • Beat the Heat Month
  • International Hoof Care Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • National Wild Bird Feeding Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • Dog Training Education Month
  • National Bird Feeding Month

Holidays:

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 4: Super Bowl Sunday, Thank a Mailman Day (great for bite prevention tips, training)

February 6: Chinese New Year

February 7-14: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week (great blog topic to raise awareness and provide actionable tips to help dogs who are chained)

February 13: Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday

February 14: Valentine’s Day, National Pet Theft Awareness Day, World Whale Day, National Hippo Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 16: Chinese New Year

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 19: President’s Day

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 22: Walking the Dog Day

February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

February 26: March 4: National Justice for Animals Week

February 27: Polar Bear Day, World Spay Day

February 28:  Public Sleeping Day

OTHER: Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City: February 12 and 13, 2018


March

Overall themes:

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  • Craft Month
  • Women’s History Month
  • Dolphin Awareness Month
  • Pet Poison Prevention Month

Holidays:

March 1: National Pig Day, National Horse Protection Day

March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day

March 4: Oscars Night on TV

March 4-10: Professional Pet Sitters Week

March 6: National Frozen Food Day

March 8: International Women’s Day

March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins (spring forward one hour in many areas of the US)

March 13: K9 Veterans Day

March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day, Save a Spider Day

March 16: Panda Day

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day, Saint Gertrude of Nivelles Day (patron saint of cats)

March 19 – 25: National Poison Prevention Week

March 19: Poultry Day

March 20: International Earth Day, World Sparrow Day, World Frog Day, International Day of Happiness (Reasons a Pet Makes You Happy is a great topic), first day of Spring

March 22: International Day of the Seal and World Water Day (great for water intake, etc)

March 23: National Puppy Day

March 25: Manatee Appreciation Day

March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

March 30: Passover Begins in the Evening, Take a Walk in the Park Day (great for walking a pet)

OTHER: Crufts (The World’s Largest Dog Show) in England: March 8-11, 2018


2018 Pet Related Holidays

April

Overall themes:

  • World Habitat Awareness Month
  • National Pet Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Garden Month
  • Heartworm Awareness Month
  • National Frog Month
  • Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • Zoo and Aquarium Month
  • Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
  • Decorating Month (great for craft ideas with a pet theme)
  • Poetry Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs

Holidays:

April 1: Easter, April Fool’s Day, Talk Like Shakespeare Day

April 1- 7: International Pooper Scooper Week

April 2: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 4: World Rat Day

April 7: Every Day is Tag Day

April 8:  National Dog Fight Awareness Day

April 16: National Librarian Day (great post for pet-themed books)

April 16-22: National Pet ID Week

April 17: Bat Appreciation Day

April 18-20: BlogPaws 2018 Conference: Kansas City, Missouri (the 10th Conference: great blog topic of BlogPaws through the years)

April 19: Pet Owners Day

April 20: Look Alike Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day

April 24: National Pet Parents Day

April 25: World Penguin Day

April 26:  Help a Horse Day, National Kids and Pets Day (instill ideas in kids to respect pets, bite prevention, how to pet a cat: Ideas for posts)

April 27: Hairball Awareness Day

April 28: World Veterinary Day

April 30: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Animal Advocacy Day, World Veterinary Day, National Tabby Day, Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, National Pet Parents Day


May

Overall themes:

  • National Pet Month
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Responsible Animal Guardian Month
  • Lyme Disease Prevention Month
  • National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
  • National Photograph Month

Holidays:

May 1: Save the Rhino Day, National Purebred Dog Day, May Day

May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day, National Hug Your Cat Day

May 4: May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Day, Bird Day

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, National Ferret Day

May 7: Mayday for Mutts

May 7-13: National Be Kind to Animals Week

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 13: Mother’s Day, Frog Jumping Day

May 14:  National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 16: National Sea Monkey Day

May 19: Armed Forces Day

May 20: First Day of Spring

May 21-27: National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 21: Victoria Day (Canada)

May 23: World Turtle Day

May 24: National Escargot Day

May 27: National Heat Awareness Day

May 28: Memorial Day

May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day


June

Overall themes:

  • Adopt a Cat Month/Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
  • National Pet Preparedness Month
  • National Microchipping Month
  • Social Petworking Month

Holidays:

June 2: National Go Barefooting Day (good for paw safety)

June 4: Hug Your Cat Day

June 4-10: Pet Appreciation Week

June 5: World Environment Day

June 8: Best Friends Day

June 10: World Pet Memorial Day

June 14: Flag Day

June 16: Fresh Veggies Day

June 17: Father’s Day

June 19: National Pets in Film Day, National Kissing Day

June 19-23: Take Your Dog to Work Week

June 20: American Eagle Day

June 21: Selfie Day, National Dog Party Day, First Day of Summer

June 22: Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 29: Camera Day (pet photo contests, photo tips for pets all make for great blog posts)

OTHER: CWA Annual Conference: June 7-9, 2018


July

Overall themes:

  • National Blueberry Month
  • Dog House Repair Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • Pet Hydration Awareness Month
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Holidays:

July 1: Canada Day, ID Your Pet Day

July 3: Stay Out of the Sun Day

July 4: Independence Day (dangers of fireworks and escaping to pets as blog fodder)

July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day

July 13: Cow Appreciation Day

July 14:  Shark Awareness Day

July 15: I Love Horses Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 16: World Snake Day

July 17: National Pig Day

July 21: National Craft For Your Shelters Day

July 23: National Hot Dog Day, Parents Day

July 31: Mutt’s Day, International Day of Friendship


August

Overall themes:

  • Family Fun Month
  • National Catfish Month
  • Water Quality Month
  • National Picnic Month

Holidays:

August 1: DOGust (Universal Birthday for shelter dogs)

August 5-11: International Assistance Dog Week

August 7: National Friendship Day

August 8: International Cat Day, National Happiness Day

August 9: National Book Lovers Day

August 10: National Lazy Day, Spoil Your Dog Day

August 11: National Sons and Daughters Day

August 12: World Elephant Day

August 16: Saint Roch’s Day (patron saint of dogs)

August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 18: National Honey Bee Day

August 19: International Homeless Animals Day

August 20: World Mosquito Day (topic starter: mosquito dangers and prevention to pets)

August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 26: National Dog Day

August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 30: National Holistic Pet Day


Pet related holidays and themes

September

Overall themes:

  • Catalyst Council’s Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • National Disaster Preparedness Month
  • National Food Safety Education Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • Chicken Month

Holidays:

September 3: Labor Day

September 9: Grandparents Day (think of all the pet grandparents of the human variety who would love a visit from pets today), Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown, National Pet Memorial Day

September 10:  National Hug Your Hound Day

September 11: 9/11 Remembrance, Patriot Day

September 13: Pet Birth Defect Day

September 16: Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Responsible Dog Ownership Day

September 17- 23: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week (great blog topic for the pets who are older, have health issues, have been in shelters a long time, different species, etc)

September 18: Yom Kippur begins at sundown and ends in the evening September 19

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 20: Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 21: Peace Day

September 22: Elephant Appreciation Day, Autumn begins, International Rabbit Day

September 23:  Dogs in Politics Day (recognizing dogs of politicians through history)

September 24-30: National Dog Week and National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

September 28: World Rabies Day


October

Overall themes:

  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Pet Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Bat Appreciation Month
  • National Pit Bull Awareness Month
  • National Service Dog Month
  • World Animal Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • Wishbones for Pets Month (pet sitters that would like to collect and distribute pet goods/funds for local pet shelters and other pet related agencies in their own community)

Holidays:

October 1: National Black Dog Day, National Fire Pup Day

October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week – (First Week of October)

October 4: World Pets Day

October 8:  Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

October 10: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 14-20: National Veterinary Technician Week – interview one, a day in the life, things they do, behind the scenes

October 15: Sweetest Day

October 16: National Feral Cat Day, National Bosses Day, Global Cat Day

October 21: Reptile Awareness Day, Sweetest Day

October 24: United Nations Day

October 28: Plush Animal Lover’s Day (fun post for those pets who love and love to shred stuffed animals)

October 29: National Cat Day, National Pit Bull Awareness Day

October 30: National Black Cat Day in the UK

October 31: Halloween


November

Overall themes:

  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • Pet Diabetes Month
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Holidays:

November 1: All Saints Day, National Cook for Your Pets Day

November 2: All Souls Day

November 4: Daylight Savings Ends (fall back one hour in many areas of the US)

November 4-10: National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

November 6: Election Day (US), National Healthy Eating Day

November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

November 11: Veterans Day, Remembrance Day (Canada)

November 13: Sadie Hawkins Day, World Kindness Day

November 17: National Take a Hike Day and National Black Cat Day

November 18: Mickey Mouse Birthday

November 22: Thanksgiving Day (United States)

November 23: Black Friday

November 26: Cyber Monday

November 30: Stay Home Because You’re Well Day


December

Overall themes:

  • National Cat Lovers Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Holidays:

December 2: Hanukkah begins at sundown, National Mutt Day

December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day, National Cookie Day

December 13: National Day of the Horse

December 14: Monkey Day

December 19: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 21: Winter begins

December 23: Festivus

December 24: Christmas Eve

December 25: Christmas Day

December 26: Kwanzaa begins, Boxing Day (Canada)

December 31: New Year’s Day

Go even more in depth for additional holidays and unique events with this fun 2018 calendar.

Don’t Stop Now

Generate more blog content ideas with these related posts:

The Ultimate List of Pet Blog Content Ideas

50 Holiday Content Ideas for Pet Influencers

How to Do Keyword Research for Your Next Blog Post

Your Turn

How far out do you plan for your blog and social media content? Will you use any of the ideas above? Let us know in the comments below along with any dates we might have missed for pet lovers.

Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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Blog Hop: 25 Ideas for Pet Blog Holiday Content

Capture the magic of the holiday season with your content. Even if you are not big into the holidays, many of your followers/readers probably are. As a pet blogger or someone who shares pet-related content on social media, having holiday content ready to roll is a great way to gain traffic this time of year.

Here are 25 ideas for pet blog holiday content followed by our weekly Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Enjoy!

Holiday content for pet bloggers

25. Give your readers a glimpse into holiday traditions you partake in with your pets. Even better, take video and pictures so they can replicate the fun in their own pets’ lives.

24. Movies that include animals to watch for the holiday season.

23. How to get through the holidays if a pet has died: Tips, memorial ideas, how to keep your pet’s love and memory alive.

22. Non-traditional things to do with your pets; there are other ways to celebrate if you just aren’t into the holidays overall. Your non-holiday readers will love you for it.

21. A look back and a leap ahead: Share your best and/or most favorite posts with your readers as a year-end blog post, with perhaps some of the things they can look forward to.

20. Show your pet-themed decorations or consider a DIY ornament, treat jar, or craft post for pet parents who love to do hands-on projects.

19. Foods that pets should never have: At the holidays or otherwise.

18. Non-food dangers of the holidays: From lit candles to poisonous plants. Bust some myths, too.

17. Clever Ideas for Pet Parents for the Holidays: Infuse your affiliate marketing links into this post.

16. A Holiday Gift Guide: It needs to be out NOW, as people are starting to shop. Make it unique, different, and don’t forget the affiliate links. Remember, with Amazon affiliates, the person need not buy the exact product you have hyperlinked, but they do need to buy something after clicking on your affiliate link on Amazon within 24 hours.

15. Gift giving ideas for pets other than dogs and cats.

14. Holiday Recipes for ___ (insert pet here): Why should people be the only ones who savor the flavor of the season? If you aren’t much of a chef or cook, enlist the advice or guest blogging of someone who is qualified to write about feeding and treat pets this holiday season.

13. Where to go to escape the holidays: You can’t be alone in feeling stressed this time of year: Show me places I can go to get away from it all…and better yet, make them pet friendly.

12. Celebrate National Mutt Day: December 2nd celebrates the mixed breed dogs across the U.S. – share the word, pick a pooch to spotlight.

11. Write your own version of the Night Before Christmas with a pet spin on it as a happy holiday blog post for your readers.

10. Learn about  others holidays that take place this time of year like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Interview folks who celebrate these holidays with their pets.

9. The XX Most Fashionable Pets This Holiday Season

8. How to Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

7. How to Cyber Foster a Pet This Holiday Season

6. How to Keep Your Pets Stress Free This Holiday Season: Pets need this. Think of all the sights, sounds, guests visiting, etc. This is a big change in routine.

5. Ground rules for friends and family when your pets plead for holiday food. Make a list that readers can print and hang on their fridge! Include tweetable nuggets of info.

4. High tech toys for pets (affiliate marketing links, too)

3. Thanksgiving: A list of things you are thankful for that include your pet and ask your readers to share their reasons, too. This is a great idea for Facebook, too.

2. New Year, New You: Share the resolutions (or not) that you and your pet are making to welcome in 2018.

1. Presents My Pet Received: Do an Instagram video or a Facebook Live sharing the presents your pets received. Show your followers a holiday slice of your lives!

Holiday Gift Idea

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The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

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Blog Hop: 50 Holiday Content Ideas for Pet Influencers

Yes, the holidays are here. You are reading this post because you holiday content ideas now and/or you are preparing your blog and social media platforms for the holidays and could use some inspiration. This week’s blop hop is dedicated to writers, bloggers, content creators, and social media enthusiasts everywhere.

 HOLIDAY CONTENT IDEAS FOR PET BLOGGERS

Keep in mind that when you create a blog post, you can break the content and subheads down into shareable nuggets with their own social media graphics, images, and videos to get more bang for your social buck. Here then are 50 holiday content ideas for pet influencers followed by the very popular weekly Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

  1. How to Keep Pets Calm During Hectic Holidays
  2. Pet-Friendly Attractions to Visit in Your Area
  3. DIY Crafts for Pet Lovers: Make a short, sweet, shareable video
  4. Ways to Make a Difference to Shelter Pets This Holiday Season
  5. Holiday Movies for Pet Lovers
  6. Year in Review: Your Best Blog Posts
  7. How to Include Your Pets In Your Holiday Traditions
  8. Safe, Homemade Treats for Pets: Recipes, roundups, ones you make
  9. Printable Pet Themed Gift Tags
  10. Holiday Shopping for Pets Guide and Recommendations: Use affiliate marketing here
  11. Pet Books to Give as Gifts
  12. What to Get the Pet Parent Who Has Everything
  13. Host an Online Fundraiser for Your Favorite Rescue and/or Animal Shelter
  14. Why Pets Do Not Make Good Holiday Gifts
  15. Pet Poisons During Holidays
  16. Funny and Weird Holidays
  17. New Year’s Resolutions
  18. Why I Am Thankful For My Pet
  19. Use Reader Blog Comments as Inspiration for Holiday Blog Posts
  20. Hanukkah Traditions
  21. Pets and Kwanzaa
  22. Reasons to Be Thankful for Pets
  23. Pet-Themed Predictions
  24. Pet Mythbusters for the Holidays
  25. Holiday Decorations for a Pet-Themed Office
  26. The Best Holiday Content for XXX (name the species) Parents
  27. Create a holiday photo album. Photo albums on Facebook can reach epic engagement rates.
  28. Pet Safe Treats for Halloween
  29. Halloween Pet Costume Ideas
  30. Take Blog Questions: Invite readers to ask you something and then take maybe the best five or 10 questions and answer them. Better yet, make a series of blog posts about them. If you have any leftover, save them for the new year.
  31. Invite Readers to a Cyber Party: Have readers send you photos of their favorite holiday traditions with their pet.
  32. Poll Followers in Instagram Stories Using the Poll Feature (located in stickers)
  33. Roundup Deals for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday
  34. Preparing Your Pets For Holiday Company
  35. Pet Safety During Holiday Travel: Road Tips, etc.
  36.  Share your favorite blogs/bloggers holiday content (with credit and backlink) in one post
  37. Compile a list of common pet holiday mistakes in your niche
  38. How to Keep Pounds Off Pets During the Holidays
  39. Cold Weather Protection for Pets (Clothing, bedding, etc).
  40. Any step-by-step guide (how to make a pet stocking, how to celebrate Thanksgiving with birds)
  41. Put Together A Gif-Filled Post
  42. How to Skip the Holidays and Not Feel Guilty
  43. Facebook or Instagram Live a Blog Post
  44. How to Start a New Year Bucket List for Your Pet
  45. Get Inspired on Quora: You can use Quora by searching for topics within your niche and seeing which questions are being asked.
  46. Turn your best holiday content posts into Slideshares, podcasts, infographics or videos.
  47. Holidays with Pets on a Budget
  48. Wacky Pet Products for the Holidays
  49. Scroll through Magazines at the Grocery Store: Put a Pet Spin on Popular Magazine Headlines
  50. Emergency Contacts During Busy Holidays

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The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

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Blog Hop: October Pet Holidays

Is it seriously October already? This week’s edition of the BlogPaws blog hop is dedicated to October Pet Holidays.

October Pet Holidays

Overall themes:

National Pet Wellness Month

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Pet Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bat Appreciation Month

National Pit Bull Awareness Month

National Service Dog Month

World Animal Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Holidays:

October 1: National Black Dog Day, National Fire Pup Day

October 1-7: National Walk Your Dog Week – (First Week of October)

October 3: Rosh Hashanah

October 9: Columbus Day

October 12: Yom Kippur

October 14: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 15: Sweetest Day

October 16: National Feral Cat Day, National Bosses Day

October 21: Reptile Awareness Day, Sweetest Day

October 24: United Nations Day

October 28: Plush Animal Lover’s Day

October 29: National Cat Day, National Pit Bull Awareness Day

October 31: Halloween

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The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

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