Since many of you have asked for more blogging tips here on Thoughts By Natalie, I figure I might as well just give you what you want ;) Who knew so many of you were bloggers? I love it! Anyway, today I’m sharing a tip that’s super simple, and actually something that I’m just starting to do and wishing I started years ago. I guess better late than never, right?
For years, I’ve been keeping track of my editorial calendar and blog ideas using a combination of Google spreadsheets, emails to myself, and notes on my work notepad. It’s obviously been working for me, as I have a blog that has regular content that seems to make sense, but beyond that it’s pretty chaotic.
I don’t know how it’s 2014 and I’m just starting this, but here’s the new system: a blog planning binder! This is what you’ll need…
BLOG CONTENT PLANNER
Love that content planner in the photo? Download it at The Native New Yawker and print out a bunch. I love the way it’s organized and how clean it looks! Plus, the fonts are nice :)
Obviously this is a personal choice, as everyone has different preferences. I love a really simple binder that’s inexpensive and sturdy, but the key is really to find something to contain your planning papers in a way that makes sense to you. This is a super fun binder for those who prefer something that’s more like a folder.
If you’re using a binder, you’ll need to be sure you have a hole punch for the printouts. An alternative idea is to get sheet protectors, which then would allow you to have two sheets back to back—up to you!
Since we’re organizing here, it’s important to have tabs so we can navigate our content. I like to organize chronologically by month, but perhaps you’re more into organizing by topic or season. The key is finding a system of organization that works and sticking to it.
Beyond just planning individual posts, it’s essential for us bloggers to have editorial calendars, no matter how flexible we are with our posts. Planning ahead reduces stress and ensures that we’re taking advantage of good content opportunities. Here are several printable calendars you can choose from to put in your binder…
>> Folk Floral Monthly List Calendar (my personal favorite!)
>> Folk Floral Weekly Planner (just write on the month & date for each week)
>> Chalkboard Style Monthly Calendar
>> TomKat Studio Calendar (simple, chic, black and white)
To my blogging readers: how do you plan your blog posts?
P.S. Looking to start a blog? Here’s a really in-depth guide to help you out!