Get your 2024 editorial calendar off to a good start with these writing ideas for newsletters, social media, and blog posts, etc. These writing ideas for January come from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts email newsletter. Fill out the form below to get February’s prompts emailed to you the the first week of January.

On the Calendar

1/01: New Year’s Day. Share your resolutions and plans for the new year. Ask your supporters to add a cause-related resolution to their own lists.

1/02: World Introvert Day. Share how introverts can still be advocates for your cause.

1/04: Trivia Day. Stump your readers with questions about your cause or fun facts about your staff or volunteers.

01/10: Peculiar People Day. Celebrate those out-of-the-box thinkers and quirky people who make your organization run.

01/13: Make Your Dream Come True Day. Share an awesome story about someone you helped. Or ask your supporters to help make someone else’s dreams come true.

1/15: Martin Luther King Day (US). Inspire your readers to dream and stand up for what is right.

1/18: Thesaurus Day. Explain some confusing terms or other jargon associated with your cause and tell supporters what words they should use instead. Then show everyone in your organization and stop using jargon!

1/24: Compliment Day. Say nice things about your supporters, or about other organization’s working in your field.

1/25: Opposite Day. Share what your community would be like if your organization didn’t exist.

1/28: Fun at Work Day. Ask your followers to share their funny pictures at work or you can share what your staff does to unwind. Suggest ways to create a less stressful office culture.

1/31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. Encourage supporters to send in drawings, photographs or other artistic pieces that celebrate your cause. Or feature clients’ artwork.

Other dates in January:

  • 11: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • 21: World Religion Day

January is also:

  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • Mental Wellness Month
  • Healthy Weight Awareness Month
  • Veganuary (UK)

Metaphor of the Month

This month’s metaphor is Health and Fitness. Think about new year’s resolutions, gyms, niche workout studios, Fitbits/Apple Watches, exercise, treadmills, calorie counting, weighing in, personal trainers, nutrition, running, eating healthy, sports, yoga, vitamins, and annual physicals.

How can you relate these things to your organization?

Pop Culture, Events, and News

Expect posts on trends for the new year and resolution features.

The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is being broadcast on the 1st.

The Golden Globe Awards are on the 7th.

The college football championship game is set for Monday, January 8th.

The NFL playoffs will begin January 11th.

The 28th Critics Choice Awards are on the 14th.

The Emmy Awards are on the 15th.

Movies that are coming out in theaters include Mean Girls, The Book of Clarence, The Beekeeper, I.S.S., Distant, Land of Bad, The Underdoggs,

Movies streaming include Society of the Snow, Good Grief, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Self Reliance, Lift, Role Play.

TV series premieres in January include Echo, Ted, Boy Swallows Universe, Griselda, a few different 90-Day universe series, Finding Your Roots, Only Murders in the Building, The Brothers Sun, RuPaul’s Drag Race, All Creatures Great and Small, Grimsburg, Secrets of Polygamy, La Brea, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Love Is Blind: Sweden, True Detective: Night Country, Yellowstone, Death and Other Details, Chicago Fire, Med and PD, many Law & Orders, Hazbin Hotel, Transplant, The Woman in the Wall, The Bachelor, Chrissy & Dave Dine Out, Expats, and FEUD: Capote vs. The Swans.

Source of the Month

Analytics. Run your Google analytics and see what the most popular topics have been and what people are searching on to find your site. Base your content around those keywords and searches.

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Published On: December 21, 2023|Categories: Writing Skills and Content|