Blogging is a job, ask any blogger and they will tell you just that. Whether it be part-time or full-time, its a job. As with any job, you have a schedule, and if you don’t you will quickly find out that every thing flows better with one. Things stay more organized, tasks are easier to complete, and overall, it makes the entire experience of doing something much more pleasureable. When things are awry, chaotic, and all over the place, you don’t know where to start and it ends up being more work than it should. With blogging, this is the last thing you want to happen!
I’ve been guilty myself of blogging on a whim, no schedule, no organization, no real structure. Blogging is so much more than just writing, its content creation. The thing with creating content, is that you need to create content that is useful and resourceful to people. It doesn’t matter how you blog, but you need to be able to put on content that people want to read and share. Having clear, concise, and well thought out topics to write about results in content that people want to read, share, and continue to come back to. As a blogger, this is just what you want. Of course, if you’re blogging for personal reasons, say as a diary or journal, this might not be very important to you. For those of us that blog for a public cause, it is essential.
This is one of main reasons why you need a blogging planner. A blogging planner is a tool you can use to help brainstorm and sort ideas for your posts. Your planner can be as simple as one page, or as intricate as several specific pages that break down te different elements of blogging. Below is an example of a blogging planner that is a part of a daily planner. It is one page, with several sections for jotting down quick notes and ideas. This is one would be best used on a weekly basis. It covers just enough to give you a snapshot of what you plan to post that week.
*Available for download in my Etsy shop in both digitally editable and non-editable versions.
For more thorough and long term planning, you will most likely want to have an entire planner dedicated to blogging, like this one:
It has several pages, specific to different elements of blogging. You have individual sheets for everything, allowing you to plan more thoroughly. This especially helps those of us who post several times a week or have many projects going on our blogs at the same time. A planner like this is perfect for someone who needs to keep track of sponsored posts, giveaways, and affiliate account. It can be difficult to keep everything organized just in your head, or jotted down on memos here and there.
If you like this planner you can find it from my shop as well!
Being organized and planning effectively is essential to your success as a blogger. So whichever method you use, one week at a time, or planning well into the future with a comprehensive planner, keep yourself organized. Knowing what’s coming next always makes things easier in the long. Additionally, you won’t spend idle time frustrated trying to come up with post or series ideas. You also won’t miss a deadline for a campaign or sponsored post, which will lead you to even more opportunities. This is the one dominoe effect that will do you good!
I have a little something for you all! I’m offering a special 30% your purchase in my shop all through the month of July. Take advantage and get planners before the offer expires at the end of the month!
Use coupon code: 30OFFNMDBLOG – *No longer valid!
Thanks for sharing this at Project Pin-it! I have a blog planner and don’t know what I would do without it. You also have some great things in your etsy shop. I had save it so I can shop later. Have a great weekend, Tenns!
You’re welcome! I totally agree, it would be hard to manage and stay organized with out my trusty planner!
It’s so true. I didn’t use a planner until recently and it’s helped my organization and productivity by a LOT!
Yes! You’d be surprised at how just writing things down makes you so much more productive!
Before I saw this post on Bloglovin today, I was telling myself that I needed to get more organized and also tend to my social media more. Thanks!
Don’t we all?! I’m a constant work in progress with both of those things as well. Having a planner really helps me to hold myself accountable though. Thank goodness for that! 🙂
I really need to do this. I love your pages that you have created. Back to work…
Thanks so much! I tell you, having a planner or some type of planning tools does wonders!
I made one too and I’ve been using it religiously! But then again I am slightly addicted to planners of all kind. Yours looks great, sharing and pinning.
Thanks so much for pinning and sharing! I love planners too! It’s one of the reasons I started making them. 🙂
Ok I love planners in general!! But I am all about using a planner for blogging, too. I could never possible keep track of all my blog-related things if I didn’t have an organized space to write them down. Love the pages from your Etsy shop!!
Found your post from the SITS Girls link-up and started following so I can read more!!!
Thanks so much! It can become a lot blogging, and having a planner is essential! I don’t know what I’d do with out all my tools.
So happy to have you following! 🙂
Surfing in from The Sits Girls Sharefest today. I love what you’re doing with the planners. Great Etsy shop. I’m adding you to my faves. What font are you using for your header and your side bar description, if I may ask. they are lovely!
Thanks so much! My header font is Carolyna Pro Black and my sidebar description is Style a Script Pro.
Very pretty! I need to work on using a planner because in my head I have a schedule and when I miss a date, I just don’t publish. I have TONS of posts in drafts that I need to get out, so, I hope to take some time to put aside and prepare them for publishing. Thanks for sharing with Creative Style!
You are so right! Staying organized is the way to go with blogging! I love your pages, they are so pretty and colorful. Took your advice and will try to be more organized in the future 🙂
Great blog planner Tenns – lovely and thorough but still flexible enough to suit different people 🙂
Until the past couple months and the end of last year when I was having a baby and needed to plan ahead, I mostly wrote on a whim. I finally got my act together in June and have been planning my blog and it has helped immensely! (Plus I no longer suffer from oh-no-it’s-Monday-morning-and-I-have-no-idea-what-I’m-going-to-write!). Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Mommy Monday Blog hop.
I completely understand! I think I did the same when I was pregnant, because I wasn’t thinking about blogging that seriously. However, now I do and it definitely requires a lot more organization. It has totally helped me too, and that one of the main reasons why I wanted to share it with you all so much. 🙂
I’m so horrible at this more recently. I used to at least spend more time putting posts in my drafts that I really wanted to get out there and then deciding which ones I would finish and post when. The thing about it is, because blogging is a hobby, I try not to be so hard on myself if I don’t get to post. Perhaps I have lost some followers because of this recently, but because I’m not feeling well mostly, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack lol. 🙂
Well lady, you have good reason to be! I wouldn’t worry so much about followers. They come and they go, but you still have a good following. The thing with posts, is that as soon as I come up with an idea I create a draft and save it. Even if it’s just the title, or title and a few keywords, I record it. That way if/when I do come back to it, I already have the idea saved and can brainstorm on it. I have at least 100 drafts saved, lol!
wow you are so organized! I’ve just started planning more with using google calendar, and it helps alot. Hopping over from the blog hop and happy to be your newest follower!
Thanks so much! I try to be, but like anyone else I’m a work in progress everyday. Yes, even a digital calendar helps tons. I use Google Calendar myself, and I also have it synced with my iPhone. Thank goodness for that that!
Hi! Stopping by from The Dwelling Tree’s linkup. This is great info and such great resources! I love being organized. I do a little of both keeping a diary of our family’s life AND useful information for moms and new moms on my blog. I just started this job of blogging in April, and I’m still learning as I go. Thanks again for the post! 🙂
Thanks so much! That’s awesome you have a way to document/keep track of both blogging and family. I should do more on the family side myself, but I always have so much going on in my mind when it’s comes to family. I get overconfident and forte that I still need to write things down.
Love this! I am so flaky about using a planner but I can tell the difference when I am consistently planning and utilizing one. It definitely helps me stay ahead of the game and more focused. Love your Etsy shop! Thanks for linking up with the Southern Girl Blog Community’s That’s Fresh Friday Link-Up!
I’ve totally been guilty of being flaky. In part, because I always think I can keep everything organized in my head. I’ve learned that it’s just too much sometimes. Thanks so much for visiting my shop! I really appreciate it! 🙂
Love Love LOVE all of your creations! I will be purchasing the black and white stripe planner for sure!
Thanks so much Lauren! You just made my day! I really appreciate you stopping by my shop. I’m in the process of adding more planners, and styles to my shop right now. 🙂
[…] Easy Microwave Recipes – Ducks ‘n a Row / 2. Why It’s Important to Utilize a Blogging Planner – New Mama Diaries / 3. My (not so) Dirty Little Secret for Cleaning My Jewelry – […]
Staying organized really does make a world of a difference. Your planners look very handy and well thought out. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.
I love this. I really need to get my stuff together – I am the fly-by-night (and by the seat of your pants) blogger, which equates to inconsistency.