I've been blogging for a long time.
One of the things I rarely run out of is things to write about, but I also know how tricky it can be when you're under the gun and looking for inspiration. When time is short and themes are elusive, it can be difficult to come up with just the thing to write about, which people would like to read about. To this end I thought that throughout this year to come at the end of each month I'd compile a post full of ideas on themes and things to write about in the month to come. As I researched this the remit widened a little as I found more and more things to cover. I hope you find it useful!
May is a quiet month when it comes to religious and cultural festivals, but with two bank holidays (YASS) there’s plenty of opportunities for travel, celebrating, and entertaining. The Eurovision Song Contest is towards the end of the month too, which is always a riot. Last year our friend Hannah had an awesome 30th party on a Eurovision theme. Each couple / person / family / group got to be a country. We were Sweden, complete with blue and yellow outfits, snacks from Ikea, and hideous herbal liqueur shots. Even though it looked like Russia might pip us to the post, Sweden won!
Spring has well and truly sprung, bringing with it tonnes of inspiration! Themes which I find work well in May are:
· Summer holiday plans! We don’t go away over the summer months (it’s such a great time to be in London), but I love reading about trips away.
· Recipe-wise, I’ll be sharing smoothies, salads and picnic items.
· Fashion for the warmer months (even though I’m typing this snuggled up in a hoodie, the temps will soon be climbing!).
· Springtime beauty looks and hairstyles – as the weather improves everyone is ready to embrace a few changes.
· Outdoorsy posts – parks and fields and meadows, oh my!
· Bank Holiday ideas: whether it’s a minibreak plan, a DIY bonanza or a Netflix marathon, those two long weekends are full of possibilities! Similarly, any inspiration for half-term will be a great thing for parents looking forward to a week of fun at the close of the month.
Special days can be fun to commemorate if they fit with your likes, passions, causes or hobbies. As well as the festivals I've mentioned above, there are also lots of food based events for bloggers who write on this. May 7th is both World Beer Pong Day and National Cosmo Day, which seems like a truly winning combination. From May 8th-14th it will be British Sandwich Week, the perfect time to celebrate one of our national dishes. On the 13th I’ll definitely be raising a glass to World Cocktail day (and again on the 21st for World Whisky Day). The week of the 16th-22nd May is British Tomato Week; I’ll be looking forward to sharing soups, salads and sauces featuring this fave of mine! From the 23rd-29th here in the capital we’ll be enjoying London Wine Week – I’m looking forward to seeking out a few events!
As well as wine week (awesome), here in London there are lots of other events to look forward to as well. The city has something for everyone! From May 3rd London Craft Week will take over the city, showing off the best of the city's artisans and creators at venues across town. On the weekend of the 7th & 8th pet lovers can head over to the ExCel centre for the National Pet Show. The warmer weather means that there are more and more open air shows to enjoy, with the season starting in May at venues such as the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (I can't wait to head over there to see Jesus Christ Superstar in July!).
On the 15th, Greenwich Peninsula will host the Urban Village Fete, offering a quirky twist on the countryside favourite. From the 24th-28th May the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (a perennial favourite) will be in bloom - always a gorgeous day out! And last but not least, on the last weekend of the month the ExCel plays host to the MCM London Comic Con - the place to be for all your fandom fun.
I'll blog later about some of the cultural elements I'm looking forward to in May, but I hope you've found some inspiration here for your May blogging. Have fun!