One of my boys’ favorite movies is Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! While it wouldn’t be my first choice for movie night, I do love this quote from The Man With the Yellow Hat, who is preparing a big presentation with the museum:
“Most people only talk about the future. Not me! I put it in a binder.”
After I had been blogging for awhile, I found that I had lots of ideas for blog posts, but no method of keeping track what those ideas were or when to write them. As blogging and freelance writing have turned into a career for me, I’ve had to become much more organized about how I approach things. For a long time, I just used a regular monthly calendar to keep track of blogging details, with lots of scribbled notes and the occasional post-it attached. My needs soon grew beyond this method, but I found that conventional planners don’t really work for blogging. So what could I do?
Thankfully, some very smart and savvy bloggers have created planners made specifically for blogging and bloggers. These allow you to track things like statistics, post ideas, and even income. You can have them printed and professionally bound, or you can print them out and put them in a binder. Here are five or my favorites – I think you will love them, too.
Free Printable Blog Planner from Infarrantly Creative – This is the planner that I just started using, and I love it. It has monthly and weekly pages, and allows you to track things like post ideas, weekly statistics, and bloggers to encourage. It also has a to-do list section, and nothing motivates me like a to-do list. I printed and stapled the pages I need for 2013, but I plan on having this one professional bound for my 2014 planner.
Blog Planner Printables from Homeschool Creations – This planner is great for bloggers who work with a lot of different advertisers, or those who do a lot of reviews and giveaways. There are also places to track SEO and the things you want to focus on for the month. Plus, it’s so pretty!
The Blog Planning Kit – This kit has a price attached to it ($15), but it offers a lot of great tools I haven’t seen in other planners. I received this in a bundle of blogging e-books, and I was very impressed by it. In addition to planning pages, it has sheets for your long and short-term blog goals, project planning pages, target audience planner, and so much more. I plan on printing out some of these pages to use with my other planning resources. This is really more than just a planner; it’s a whole planning system.
Confessions of a Homeschooler Colorful Blog Planner – A bloggy friend of mine swears by this planner, and it’s easy to see why. It’s cute and colorful, plus it has sections for everything: advertising, reviews, year-at-a-glance, brainstorming. It also has places to keep track of your social media sharing. This site also features a wide variety of homeschool planners.
Gifts We Use Blog Planner – This planning series features a calendar, a weekly goals sheet, and individual pages to plan blog posts. These individual pages help you keep track of things like photos you need to take and other things you need to do before and after you publish a post. I also like how the weekly goals sheet focuses on a wide variety of areas for growth.
What method do you use for planning your blog? Let me know in the comments.