Trending Now in Food Blogging - May | Food Blogger Pro

Trending Now in Food Blogging – May

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Can someone please tell me how in the world itโ€™s May already?! I feel like I was just writing about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Yearโ€™s Resolution trends.

2019 is certainly chugging along, and I couldn’t be more excited about these late spring / early summer trends! The sun is shining, summer is coming, and life is good. Here are some trending searches you can focus on in May:

Spring Holidays

There are so many fun holidays to look forward to this time of year, and that means that your readers will be in need of recipe and entertaining ideas. Spring and summer mean potlucks, picnics, and outdoor parties, so try giving your readers ideas to help make this Season of Entertaining a little easier.

Perhaps you know of some ways to keep food bug-free when picnic-ing. Maybe you have some recipes that will keep during a warm day. If your blog is more niched, try putting together a full-blown menu for some of these holidays. I’d definitely be interested in checking out a Plant-Based Mother’s Day Menu!

Here are some holidays to keep in mind this time of year:

  • Cinco de Mayo: Sunday, May 5
  • Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 27
  • Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16
  • First Day of Summer: Friday, June 21
  • Canada Day: Monday, July 1
  • Independence Day: Thursday, July 4

The Pinterest Possibilities Planner

Not really a trend, but a tool that can help you with trends: The Pinterest Possibilities Planner!

I recently discovered this free downloadable PDF from the fine folks at Pinterest, and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it.

It’s full of ideas to help you plan your Pinterest content, including a handy little calendar that shows “interest spikes” on Pinterest. Here’s a small sample:

A sample screenshot of the Interest spikes on Pinterest from the Pinterest Possibilities Planner.

One of my biggest takeaways from this document is the fact that trends and interests spike so much earlier than I would have imagined on Pinterest. For example, pinners are on the hunt for summer-related content…starting in February.

That’s incredible to me, and a true testament to the power of Pinterest; its ability to inspire users and be a place where creators can share their seasonal content!

Margaritas & Tacos

Arguably the best part about this time of year is the fact that margaritas and tacos are trending. Can you think of a better duo? ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿน

Now that it finally feels like spring, it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill, line your cups with salt, and have a fun little fiesta.

I also wanted to highlight these two trends because of those two very random spikes you seeโ€”October 2017 for margaritas and December 2016 for tacos. Kind of weird, right? There isn't a popular Mexican food-based holiday close to these dates, so what's going on?

It actually has to do with fads, when searches gain popularity quickly and then fade just as quick. Searches for these terms spiked because of something that happened in the news or in pop culture, and in these instances, Applebees launched $1 margaritas in October 2017 and Taco Bell launched $1 double stacked tacos.

If you ever see weird spikes like this on Google Trends and feel like investigating, I suggest setting a custom time range for that search term on Google Trends (I chose 10/1/2017 - 10/31/2017), and then scrolling down to the Related Queries box:

While these fads, by definition, don't really matter in 2019, it's something to keep in mind. Be sure to keep your eye on popular news stories to see if you can hit one of these micro trends!

Graduation

I can't believe that three years ago I was clad in a cap and gown and graduating with a couple hundred of my fellow classmates. May is the month of graduation festivities, so there's a good chance that your readers might be searching for some fun and delicious graduation goodies. In fact, look how searches for "graduation" spike this month every year:

Keep in mind that graduation parties are often filled with lots of people, coordination, and food, so give your readers some ways to navigate these exciting (and hectic) occasions. You know how some bloggers write a schedule to help their readers plan out and time their Thanksgiving feasts? A "Graduation Guide" structured just like that can help your readers effortlessly plan and execute their graduation parties.

Summer Weddings

Tis the season! Wedding planning madness is in full-force this month, and your readers are looking for fun and simple ways to make their big days pop.

DIY weddings have gotten more and more popular each year, so maybe you have a fun and unique DIY project to share with your readers. Perhaps you have some tips on cooking or baking for large crowds. Or maybe you have a cute way to incorporate spring and summer produce into a wedding ceremony. Hint: strawberries might be a great place to start.๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ˜‰

Strawberries

Last but certainly not least: strawberries! These beautiful red gems start trending this month, and I couldn't be more thrilled about it! Hey there, favorite summer fruit!

To be honest, I'm kind of surprised strawberries are trending so early in the year because I always associate strawberries with the start of summer. Regardless, there are so many ways to incorporate this fruit into your blog posts this month. Try combining strawberries with the other trends we chatted about this month - strawberries are perfect ingredients for Mother's Day goodies. Summery strawberry-based cocktails, strawberry salads, strawberry-based desserts - there's so much yum to be had this season!

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  1. I love strawberries! I’ve already been posting strawberry recipes because the season in Southern California actually starts in February!

  2. I’ve been picking fresh strawberries here in SC for several weeks and I shared a baked strawberry doughnut recipe today. Love strawberries!

  3. Thanks so much Alexa! I just happen to be working on my May content calendar – your blog ideas are very helpful. Cheers!