Keeping on top of everything you need to do for your blog can be challenging sometimes. Whether you’re working on a few at the same time or you”re waiting for products to arrive, there can be a lot to plan and remember. I thought I’d do a post on how I keep track of everything, and what better time than when I’m daily blogging?
This month has been the ultimate test of my organisation skills, it isn’t easy. It’s the 7th and I’ve already woken up in a panic twice this month thinking I didn’t have a post for that day, forgetting I’d taken photos the week before.
I use two planners to organise by blog, which might seem like a bit much, but they serve very different purposes. For some posts I use the Dot Creates blog planner and I also have a bullet journal style blog planner.
Why not just the blog planner?
I love the one from Dot Creates, but it doesn’t quite have everything I need. This planner is fantastic at planning longer posts, making notes and lists for what you need. It’s also great for keeping track of where you are with your posts as it has little tick boxes for images, words and published. I find this helpful for posts I’m planning a while in advance so I can make notes and briefly plan my post’s structure. It’s also doubles up as a shopping list for recipe posts.
However, there are a couple of things I don’t like; there are no monthly notes pages or calendars. This is fine, in theory as the planners are undated so you can start using them at any point. My main issue is that sometimes it feels like a waste of a page to just jot a title on the top if there isn’t much to plan. And it isn’t chronological.
Where the other planner comes in
I have my bullet blog planner divided into months. The first page of each month I list my goals for the month, whatever they may be. Page number 2 is a list. This is where I list all of the ideas for posts for that month. Having them in a list allows me to look back and think about which ones I prefer and when/ if I actually want to do them without wasting a page in my other planner. I usually have more ideas than posts I need for a month so this is good way of reviewing my favourites. Sometimes a few roll over to the list for the following month if I still like the idea.
The next two pages are my monthly calendar. Drawn up with boxes large enough to write full post titles in the boxes. The thing I dislike the most about the Dot Creates planner is that ideas don’t necessarily come to mind in the order you want to write them. So, the planner isn’t in chronological order. There is a line where you can write a publication date, but as that isn’t in order sometimes it takes longer than I’d like to find a post or work out how many more ideas I need/ when I need posts planning for.
Having the calendar format really helps. If I plan a post in my other planner I can then write it on the calendar page and instantly be able to see when I need other posts for that week/ month. And if I see I have all of my posts planned for one week, but still have a gap the week before, it’s easy to turn to the previous page and refer back to my ideas list.
This might be a bit much but it really helps, especially this month. I talk about food, beauty and posts like this. I don’t want to be in a situation where I have 20 recipe ideas and 4 beauty posts. Neither do I want to have 4 beauty posts in a row followed by 4 food posts. When I write my ideas page, I write the post title in different colours for food, beauty and other stuff, so it’s easy to see what I have more of. I also colour a little square in my calendar when I’m certain a post is going up on a certain date, I colour the corner so I have an easy reference.
This probably sounds full on, but it helps a lot. And I have insomnia so I have a lot of time on my hands…
This system is intense but it’s helping me a lot this month. The ‘ideas’ page has about 30 things on it currently, my calendar page is still half empty because I don’t want to schedule posts in the wrong place then move them around.
How do you plan your posts? Someone please tell me their system is more complicated than mine. Please.