Last week I shared my 14 goals for 2014 and one of those goals was creating a blog binder to get myself organized this year. There are a ton of fantastic blog planners out there like this one from Mamas Got It Together but unfortunately none of the ones I found gave me exactly what I was looking for so I decided to create my own. The binder will be a work in progress for a while because I’m a perfectionist so instead of sharing the entire thing all at once, I’m going to share each section of my blog planner separately with an explanation of why I created it and how I use it. I’m starting today with the page that I personally think is the most important for me planning wise – my month at a glance page.
When I first sat down and started thinking through the changes I wanted to make this year, I knew I wanted to plan my blog posts out better rather than just deciding what I was going to post at midnight the night before. And in order to do that, I needed to take a look at the bigger picture and figure out what I wanted to write about, what types of posts I wanted to include, etc. I decided to come up with a list of topics that I wanted to write about on a weekly basis (my main topics) as well as a list of topics/things that I wanted to include on my blog on a monthly basis. These topics will look completely different for you but this general idea can work for anyone. Here’s what I came up with.
- Party Idea
- Weekend re-Treat Link Party (every Thursday)
- Round-Up Post
- Bloggy Friends Post (this is a monthly group I post with)
- A to Zebra Celebrations Contributor Post
- Reader Request Post
- K Update/My Life Post
- Blogging Tips/Tricks
- Baby or Mom Post
- Guest Post
The basic idea is that I am going to come up with a craft, recipe, and party idea for each week. The other days of the week will be filled with topics from my monthly list. This is just a guideline so it’s possible you may see two party posts or two recipes in one week but this at least gives me a start for organizing my month out.
So now that I know what I’m generally going to write about each month, the next step for me is to determine what fills in those lines. As a blogger, I am always looking ahead. So instead of posting ideas for something going on this week, I try to post things at least a couple of weeks ahead of time to give people time to actually use the idea. That’s why my first Valentine’s Day post went up yesterday. So in order to keep myself looking forward, I included an upcoming events section where I can include things (like Valentine’s Day in January) that I want to be thinking about. I also included a general themes section where I can jot down any other ideas I have or things that I know I want to post about that month (e.g., winter crafts, craft room organization, etc.).
Now I can look at the upcoming events and themes I want to write about that month to fill in my weekly post ideas. Generally I try to post about things a couple of weeks in advance so I’ll likely be posting Super Bowl and Olympic party ideas in the next week or two with Valentine’s Day ideas sprinkled throughout. And that’s it. That’s how I am going to keep my editorial calendar organized this year.
If you like these ideas, I’ve created a completely editable Powerpoint version of this Month at a Glance document that you can download for free here or by clicking on the image below. And stay tuned for more in my blog planner series. Next week I’m sharing my daily blogger checklists.
How do you keep yourself organized as a blogger?