Writing a content plan for 2019 for a Spanish audience

A new year, new goals, new blog posts. If you happen to have blog, it is really important to plan your posts ahead of time. By creating a content plan for the following year, you are able to avoid the so called “writer’s block” every month, or at least regarding the titles for your blog posts.

Last year, I wrote a post about writing blog posts throughout the year for the Spanish audience. Even though I did not completely stick to this plan, it was quite interesting to look at it whenever I had no idea what to write about.

You see, having a content plan with exact dates when to post on is key, because you write for an audience. They expect constant posts. They want to know when you write. For example, if you post each day, they expect an article to be there daily. It is essential to set a day or some days to post on your blog in order to keep your audience.

There are other aspects that you should keep in mind when you start planning your posts for the following year. Each month is different, and people usually want to read something that they can relate to. I have said it before, and I will repeat myself because it is important: People want to read about events and topics closer to what is currently happening in their lives. I mean, it is quite odd to write about Christmas in the middle of summer, or about Valentine’s Day in October. It just does not make sense.

As this blog is both for people who are learning Spanish and Spanish natives, the topics are quite diverse, ranging from posts about culture, to grammar and vocabulary. In addition, there are posts about content writing, and freelancing. Below, I will write my content plan or some ideas about posts that I want to share with you in the next couple of months. You might even end up getting inspiration for your own content plan for your blog. Let’s start.

January

Given the fact that January is the first month of the year, this is the moment when you should write about your New Year’s Resolutions. You can always write a post in which you look back at the year that has just passed. You can see what you did well and what you did wrong and how you can improve.

Topics for the general public:

1.        What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

2.        How can you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

3.        A look back at the year that has just ended

Topics for Spanish learners:

In this month, we will learn about expressing possession in Spanish, both with possessive adjectives and by using the preposition “de”. As for the vocabulary part, we will focus on presents, wrapping, letters, and everything related to sending Santa a letter. Why? Because the Spanish celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January, when the Three Kings ( los Reyes Magos) come with gifts. In addition, posts about Christmas traditions are suitable.

February

People usually associate this month with love, as Valentine’s Day is the main holiday.

Topics for the general public:

1. Valentine’s Day date ideas

2. Valentine’s Day gifts

3. Valentine’s Day origins and traditions

Topics for Spanish learners:

In February, we will focus on expressing love. The vocabulary that we will learn will mostly be related to expressing feelings. You will be able to learn some phrases to finally “conquer” the person that you like, or impress the one you love with some Spanish love phrases. As for the grammar, we will focus on the verb “gustar” (=to like) and its different meanings. Finally, for the culture part, we will focus on Valentine’s Day traditions in Spain.

March

This month is usually associated with the beginning of spring. Many people also relate March with Mother’s Day.

Topics for the general public:

1. Ways to show your mother that you appreciate her

2. Gift ideas for your mother

3. How to throw the best Mother’s Day surprise party

Topics for Spanish learners:

In March, we will focus on positioning adjectives, and shortening them. As for the vocabulary, in this month, we will learn about plants, trees, as the whole nature comes to life after a hard winter. You will also get to learn some words about the weather such as rain, fog, and other words that will help you describe spring. In addition, I will talk to you about how the Spanish celebrate Mother’s Day. In this way, you might even incorporate some traditions in your celebrations.

April

This year, Easter falls in April. Suitable topics related to this time of the year are ones related to this holiday.

Topics for the general public:

1. Origins of Easter traditions

2. How to organize an Easter party

3. Easter traditions around the world

Topics for Spanish learners:

In April, the main vocabulary focus will revolve around Easter. Together, we will learn about some key words that you need to know if you are spending the holidays in Spain. As for the grammar, I will teach you about verbs with prepositions, which will help you have smoother conversations in Spanish. As for the culture part, the main focus will be on Easter traditions in Spain, maybe even some foods revolving around the holiday.

May

When we think about May, we think about Labour Day, barbecues, and having fun with family and friends.

Topics for the general public:

1. Labour Day party ideas

2. Labour Day decorations

3. Labour Day traditions

Topics for Spanish learners:

In May, the main we will learn vocabulary related to food, barbecue, and having a party. This will prepare you for a great barbecue with your family and friends. As for the grammar, our main focus will be on negations. Sometimes, you simply have to learn how to say no. As for the culture lesson, we will learn about the main Labour Day traditions in Spain, and maybe even focus on the famous Cinco de Mayo, even though it is a Mexican holiday.

June

June is the first month of summer, so the focus should be on this season, and even the holidays.

Topics for the general public:

1. How to plan a perfect holiday

2. How to post articles while on holiday

3. Organize your office for summer

Topics for Spanish learners:

In June, the vocabulary that you are going to learn is going to be related to summer. We will talk about the beach, some activities that you will get to do there, and maybe even about packing for the holidays. As for the grammar lesson, our main focus will be on the future, about making plans for your vacation. In addition, for our culture lesson, we will learn about what the Spanish do in the summer. Do they have some traditional foods in this season? How do they spend their holidays?

July

While the Americans associate this month with the Fourth of July, the Spanish celebrate their famous bull racing holiday called San Fermín.

Topics for the general public:

1. Summer activities with the family

2. Festivals that you should not miss this summer

3. Fourth of July preparations

Topics for Spanish learners:

This month, our vocabulary focus will be on summer essentials, such as summer clothing, and even some summer foods. As for our grammar lesson, the focus will be mainly on substituting pronouns. In addition, you will get to learn about the holiday: San Fermín, which is the famous bull race in Pamplona, Spain. Who knows? You might even get a chance to see the traditions yourself.

August

August marks the end of summer or the beginning of the summer holidays for some. It depends on how you see things.

Topics for the general public:

1. Prepare yourself for autumn

2. How to enjoy the last bits of summer

3. Vacation ideas

Topics for Spanish learners:

In August, our main focus will be on travelling. We will talk about how to pack your bags, how to book a hotel, and basically the vocabulary you need to know when going on a trip. As for our grammar lesson, our main focus will be on direct object pronouns. As for the Feria in Málaga. Maybe you might even give it a try and embrace the culture.

September

September marks the beginning of autumn. It is an excellent opportunity to write back to school related posts and anything related to autumn.

Topics for the general public:

1. Prepare for going back to school

2. Tips and trips to get in the mood for autumn

3. Make this autumn cozier

Topics for Spanish learners:

September is the ideal month to revamp your autumn related vocabulary. We are going to learn about some season specific vocabulary related to our clothing, the nature, and even some activities. As for our grammar lesson, the main focus for this month will be on positioning object pronouns, which will help you have a better control of the Spanish language. Regarding our culture lesson, I will teach you about some other “ferias” in Spain and even take a look at Fiesta de cartagineses y romanos in Cartagena.

October

When we think about October, our mind immediately goes to Halloween, or Spain’s national holiday. It depends on what you are interested in.

Topics for the general public:

1. Spooky stories

2. Urban legends

3. How to plan a perfect Halloween party

Topics for Spanish learners:

In this month, our main focus will be on Spain and it’s culture. We will talk about some Spanish symbols in our culture lesson. As for our vocabulary lesson, the main focus will be on telling stories, getting scared, maybe even learn about some Spanish legends that are scary. Since we are telling stories, our focus will also be on the past. The grammar lesson will be based on the imperfect tense, since it is the tense that we use when telling stories.

November

November marks the end of autumn. It is also the month when people celebrate Thanksgiving, and lately more and more countries are adopting the Black Friday sales traditions.

Topics for the general public:

1. Thanksgiving dinner ideas

2. Prepare for Black Friday Sales

3. How to get ready for a family dinner

Topics for Spanish learners:

In November, our main focus in terms on vocabulary will be on shopping. We will talk about sales, about how we buy, even prices. You will know everything that you need in order to survive the Black Friday sales. As for the culture part, we can talk about Día de los muertos. It is a Mexican holiday, but it might be of interest.

December

The last month of the year is also related to Christmas, for some. For others it is all about snow and spending time with the family.

Topics for the general public:

1. Winter holiday ideas

2. Looking back on the year that has passed

3. New Year’s traditions

Topics for Spanish learners:

This month is ideal for learning winter vocabulary, along with some greetings related to Christmas and New Year’s. As for the grammar lesson, it is a good opportunity to review the past tenses, maybe learn something new. In addition, the culture lesson will take a look at the main traditions in Spain for New Year’s. You might even get to celebrate New Year’s there, so you should be prepared.

This is my plan for 2019. If you have any suggestions or anything else that you want me to write about, do not hesitate to ask me. I am here to help you and I wish that you have a great year ahead.

 

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