It includes a note about changing the batteries in your smoke detectors, and a link to the whole world's scheduled dates for switching between DST and Standard Time.
I also mention doing some comparison shopping online for a brand-name alkaline 9 volt battery pack. Frankly, I was surprised that the web retailer's price was lower than the local hardware store's regular price.
I classify my article as a public service announcement.
One Timely Writing Tip for a PSA
Do you blog about handy tips and tricks? Do you cover current events? If your writing topics include facts or practical life suggestions, read on. (If you cover gossip, jokes, or your inner feelings... this category might not be for you).
Try including a PSA (Public Service Announcement) article in your blog from time to time.
One reason for writing a timely PSA, such as my Daylight Savings Time topic, is that there is a spike in readers looking for that information. News agencies and casual acquaintances mention a current topic, so they contribute the "buzz" for that news.
Another reason: the topic is right there in front of you. You may have been stuck for the theme for a blog post; but now you have your inspiration.
If you already are building a reputation for facts, helpful hints or practical suggestions for people to follow, then your reputation as a credible source lends weight to your PSA article.
On the other hand, it's not such a good idea to add one serious category to a blog that normally doesn't carry such themes. It's all a matter of building credibility as well as satisfying your audience. If they come to you for laughs or tears, they probably don't want to read your advice on when to set their clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
Thanks for reading about Daylight Savings Time in 2014.