Monday, January 2, 2017

Idea Starters for Writers—January Calendar Days

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It's that time again—Calendar Days. I sure hope you all are enjoying this column as much as me.

Are you looking for a unique article idea to pitch to a magazine? What about a different blog post or a social media update that gets everyone's attention? Today may be just what you're looking for—it’s time again for Calendar Days. These aren't just fun to read. 

They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity and a fun writing prompt idea. In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date or if you can personalize them to someone you know.

Using the calendar for blog post or even article ideas is a great way to jumpstart your creativity. It's also a fun writing prompt idea. 

Calendar days are also great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

January Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days

January is:
National Oatmeal Month
Rising Star Month
National Mentoring Month
National Hobby Month
Clean Up Your Computer Month
International Brain Teaser Month
National Bath Safety Month
Get a Balanced Life Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Blood Donor Month
National Braille Literacy Month
National Sunday Supper Month
Be Kind to Food Servers Month
Brainteaser Month
Get Organized Month
National Slow Cooking Month
Celebration of Life Month
Creativity Month
National Soup Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Celebration of Life Week
New Year’s Resolutions Week
Diet Resolution Week
Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week

Week 2:
Universal Letter Writing Week
Home Office Safety and Security Week
National Pizza Week
International 3-D Week

Week 3:
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week
No Name Calling Week
International Printing Week
Health Weight Week
Hunt for Happiness Week
Sugar Awareness Week

Week 4:
Clean Out Your inbox Week
National Irish Coffee Week
National Handwriting Analysis Week
National School Choice Week
National CRNA (Certified Register Nurse Anesthetists) Week
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week

Daily Celebrations
January 1
Euro Day
Copyright Law Day
New Year’s Day
Z Day
Commitment Day
Polar Bar Swim Day

January 2
Happy Mew Year Day for Cats Day
55 mph Speed limit Day
National Thank God It’s Monday Day
Weigh-In Day
National Buffet Day
Motivation and Inspiration Day
National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
National Science Fiction Day
Buffet Day
National Cream Puff Day

January 3
National Drinking Straw Day
Festival of Sleep day
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
National Fruitcake Toss Day

January 4
World Braille Day
Hypnotism Day
Pop Music Chart Day
National Spaghetti Day
National Trivia Day

January 5
National Whipped Cream Day
National Screenwriters Day
National Bird Day

January 6
National Technology Day
National Bean Day
National Shortbread Day
Epiphany or Twelfth Night or Three Kings Day
National Cuddle Up Day
Apple Tree Day

January 7
I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day
Fruitcake Toss Day
Old Rock Day
National Bobblehead Day
Harlem Globetrotter’s Day
National Tempura Day

January 8
National Winter Skin Relief Day
National Bubble Bath Day
National Sunday Supper Day
National Argyle Day
Earth’s Rotation Day
National English Toffee Day
Show & Tell at Work Day
National Joy Germ Day

January 9
National Apricot Day
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Balloon Ascension Day
Play God Day
National Static Electricity Day

January 10
National Cut Your Energy Cost Day
National Save the Eagles Day
National Oysters Rockefeller Day
Houseplant Appreciation Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Peculiar People Day

January 11
National Milk Day
Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

January 12
National Marzipan Day
Poetry at Work Day
National Curried Chicken Day
Poetry at Work Day
Kiss a Ginger Day
National Pharmacist Day

January 13
National Peach Melba Day
National Blame Someone Else Day
National Sticker Day
Public Radio Broadcasting Day
Stephen Foster Day
International Skeptics Day
Make Your Dream Come True Day
National Rubber Duckie Day

January 14
National Dress Up Your Pet Day
International Kite Day
National Vision Board Day
Ratification Day
Organize Your Home Day
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

January 15
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
National Hat Day

January 16
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
National Fig Newton Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
National Without a Scalpel Day
National Religious Freedom Day
Appreciate a Dragon Day
National Nothing Day

January 17
Cable Car Day
National Bootlegger’s Day
Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
Kid Inventors Day

January 18
National Winnie the Pooh Day (Birthday of A.A. Milne)
World Religion Day
National Peking Duck Day
Thesaurus Day

January 19
Women’s Healthy Weight Day
Tin Can Day
Robert E Lee Day
Get to Know Your Customer’s Day
National Popcorn Day

January 20
National Disc Jockey Day
Camcorder Day
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
Day of Acceptance
Penguin Awareness Day

January 21
International Sweatpants Day
National Granola Bar Day
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22
Celebration of Life Day
Hot Sauce Day
National Sanctity of Human Life Day
National Blonde Brownie Day
Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

January 23
National Pie Day
National Handwriting Day
Measure Your Feet Day

January 24
National Peanut Butter Day
Belly Laugh Day
Beer Can Appreciation Day
National Compliment Day
Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

January 25
Robert Burns Day
National Irish Coffee Day
A Room of One’s Own Day
National Opposite Day

January 26
National Spouse’s Day
National Green Juice Day
Australia Day
National Peanut Brittle Day

January 27
Chocolate Cake Day
National Big Wig
National Geographic Day
International Fun at Work Day
Holocaust Memorial Day

January 28
Data Privacy Day
National Seed Swap Day
Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day
National Blueberry Pancake Day
National Fun at Work Day
National Kazoo Day

January 29
National Puzzle Day
National Cornchip Day
Free Thinkers Day
Curmudgeons Day

January 30
Blue Monday
National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
National Inane Answering Message Day
National Croissant Day

January 31
National Backward Day
Gorilla Suit Day
National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for n
ext month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Need ideas for articles & blog posts? Look no further than the calendar - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Idea Starters for Writers - Calendar Days from @EdieMelson (Clickto Tweet)


  1. Happy 2017, Edie. I've been waiting on these. I send them out to my 20-member online writers group in NC, TN, GA, & SC. We self published 6 books in 2016. All were 200-page collections of our poems, essays, & songs; and many of the pieces came from your idea starters of calendar days. They really work.

    1. Jay, that's awesome! Thank you for all the encouragement, Blessings, E

  2. Thanks for these, Edie! :) Happy New Year!

    1. I'm glad to know you all are still enjoying these posts! Blessings, E