Trending Now in Food Blogging - October

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by Alexa on Sep 28, 2017 in Trending Now

Find out what trending in food blogging in the month of October - Halloween, caramel, & more!

Happy almost October, friends! Can you believe it? We’re in full-on fall mode, and I’m just so darn happy about it. I know I’m not unique by saying that fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, the changing leaves, the cinnamon-spiked food; this time of year just screams comfort to me.

As you probably know, readers are starting to search for some fall-centric recipes and ideas to help them embrace autumn and the upcoming holidays. Luckily, this is the perfect opportunity for influencers to give these readers some inspiration for the season. Here’s what readers are searching for in October:

Pumpkin

Okay, this really isn't a surprise, is it? It certainly isn't a surprise for me who is currently typing this with a pumpkin spice candle burning on my desk and a pumpkin spiced coffee in hand. Heh.

Pumpkin searches soar in October, and the Google Trends graph perfectly visualizes that fact.

Find out what trending in food blogging in the month of October - Halloween, caramel, & more!

This is an example of a super cylical search term (and no, that's not a technical term wink ). Searches for pumpkin sharply spike in October, and then quickly decrease. This is a sign that you should post your pumpkin-centric content sooner rather than later. Homemade PSLs, pumpkin curry, pumpkin bars, or my personal favorite pumpkin rolls...no pumpkin-packed treat is off-limits!

Halloween & Thanksgiving

Searches for Halloween and Thanksgiving recipes clearly spike in October. In fact, you’ll be able to tell from our other “trending now” topics this month that people have Halloween on the brain. We’ll talk a bit more about Thanksgiving next month, but keep in mind that Canadian Thanksgiving will take place on October 10 this year.

Would you believe that over 27 million people saved Halloween-inspired pins in 2015? It’s true! Because Pinterest is a huge source of Halloween ideas for readers, try and think about content that will do especially well as a pin. Perhaps do some step-by-step photos and put them into a pin. You can also think like a reader this fall, and put yourself in their shoes: what are they wanting to see this Halloween?

Apples and Caramel

Tis the season! Yep, I’m talking about apple season. We talked a bit about apples last month, but apple searches continue to spike this month. Apples will never taste juicier, sweeter, or all-around more mouthwatering than they do this time of the year. This opens up a world of possibilities to us as food bloggers. Make applesauce, apple pie, or apple dumplings if your readers like their sweets. You can also go the savory route with pork and apples, apple salads, or cabbage and apples.

And what goes perfectly with apples this time of year? Caramel, especially because caramel searches spike this month! Caramel-dipped apples, caramel apple blondies, hot caramel cider - you can’t go wrong with this incredible, fall-inspired duo.

Healthy Meal Prep

Remember when we were talking about healthy ideas a few months ago? Healthy meal prep searches are popular this month! Because the kiddos are running around with their extracurricular activities, parents are looking for meal prep ideas now more than ever. We’re also heading into the season of indulgence, so families are trying to get a head-start on keeping their families healthy.

That being said, try to come with some seasonally-specific meal prep ideas. I love these 5 tips to make fall meal prep simple from McKel at Nutrition Stripped. She tailors these tips to the fall season, so each tip revolves around meal prep and ingredient storage for this time of year.

Find out what trending in food blogging in the month of October - Halloween, caramel, & more!

Snacks for Kids

Along those same lines, because kids are so busy during this time of year jumping from class to sports to clubs to Halloween parties, they’ll need to keep energized via some delicious snacks. This is why searches for kid-friendly snacks spike in October.

Like all of our other trends, I suggest keeping it seasonal. Post some cute Halloween-inspired snacks for kids. Or maybe your readers will love some snacks incorporating in-season apples and caramel. Pull your snack inspiration from the season, and your readers will thank you.

Dates to Remember

Like I mentioned above, we're quickly getting into holiday season, and holiday pins are already starting to get some traction. In fact, holiday-related Pins rose 20% last year, so there's definitely a need for holiday-related content. Here are some dates to remember as you're planning your editorial calendar for these next few months:

  • Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday, October 9
  • Halloween: Tuesday, October 31
  • American Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23
  • Start of Hanukkah: Tuesday, December 12
  • Christmas: Monday, December 25
  • New Year's Eve: Sunday, December 31

Questions: So what are you most excited to focus on this month? Which trend do you think your readers will respond to the most?


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