Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I love this time of year, and I’m hoping to start the new year mentally fresh and organized. This year I’m determined to get organized and STAY organized, especially in my blogging life.
I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half, and have struggled to find a way to keep my blog post ideas organized. I’ve also struggled with finding an editorial calendar that makes sense to me. I’m doing a happy dance because I think I’ve found a system I’ll stick with!! So, here it is – my blog planner for the new year.
The secret to this whole system is a great set of free printables created and shared by Danielle at Sew Much Crafting. Danielle wrote a blog planner series this past fall, and just posted her updated 2015 calendar. Be sure to check out her great site!
**2016 Calendar Update – Danielle is no longer making her calendars, so I made my own for 2016. You can find a link to the new calendar in my free printable 2016 calendar post.
2015 Blog Planner
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I didn’t end up using all of Danielle’s blog planner printables. I’m just using some of them, and have put them up in a binder in a way that makes sense for me – by month. You may want to set your system up differently. Whatever works best for you.
The post-it flags are used to set up blog posts on the monthly calendar. Each post-it flag has a blog post title on it with a Sharpie marker, and is placed on the calendar day that I think I’ll publish that post.
*This is the part that I was most excited about when I read about Danielle’s blog planner!
Last year I would write down a blog post in pencil on my calendar. If I changed my mind about when I was going to publish a blog post, I would erase the post and re-write it on a different day. Now, I can easily move the post-it flags around to different days instead. Love that!
After a post has been published then I take the post-it flag off and write the blog post title in it’s place.
I’m using a different color of post-it flag for each of the categories that I write posts for. This will help me to see at a glance if I have an even mix of blog post categories.
For example – the home renovation category is blue, if I see a lot of blue on the monthly calendar, then I may have too many home renovation posts for the month.
Behind the monthly calendar for each month is Danielle’s post planner printable. This is where I will keep track of the posts for each month. I’ll write down the post title, the date that I would like to publish the post, and check off when I write the post, take the pictures, and schedule it.
I also decided to use Danielle’s post planner in a different way. I have taped several to the wall behind my desk. Each one is titled a category in my blog. Now when I have an idea for a blog post, I will quickly write it down on the appropriate post planner sheet.
This will hopefully keep my desk from having dozens of notes about blog post ideas all over it!
I have three more printables under each month in the binder. I couldn’t find printables that were exactly what I was needing, so I made my own. They aren’t very cute like so many printables that you see, but hopefully they are functional! I think they will work well for me.
You can use them too if you like. There is a link to download each one under each of the pictures of the printables.
The first two printables are a Monthly Income Tracker and a Monthly Expense Tracker. I wanted a place that I could easily keep track of this info.
The last printable that I created is a Monthly Stat Tracker. Again, I wanted one place that I could keep track of this information each month. I can’t wait until the end of the year to see how the stats have changed (hopefully grown) over the year.
So, that’s my blog planner for 2015. I’m hoping that posting this for all of you to see will help keep me motivated to stick with it – will hold me accountable! We’ll see how the year goes, and I’ll report back at the end of the year as to whether or not it worked.
Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more about how I’m getting more organized later this month.
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How do all of you keep your lives organized?