Monday, 11 February 2013

Blog Planner Reveal

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If you caught my last post on planning blog posts, you'll know that I've been putting a blog planner together! When I started blogging my natural instinct was to use Microsoft Excel to create a fancy spreadsheet which would track my blogging diary, post ideas, link parties and everything else that goes with the territory:


And yes, it has kept me organised for the last 9 months. But I couldn't shake the feeling that there was a better way for me to do it, because when I'm planning blog content, brainstorming ideas or writing reminders for things I need/want to do my natural instinct is to reach for a notebook and a pen. When it comes to being creative - which blogging is in a way - digital just doesn't fit my personal working style. 

Obviously I haven't been using my new blog planner to organise myself for very long, but so far it seems to be working better for me and I like having everything in one place (it's easy to forget some of your grand plans and ideas for your blog when your notes are split between a spreadsheet, multiple notebooks and post it notes). 

So let's get onto the bit you actually want to see; what's in my blog planner?


Here's the virtual flick through:







At the front is a pouch for keeping stationary in. And behind that I have post it notes, because having note paper in my Filofax probably won't stop me scribbling out post it notes too. 


When I started assembling my blog planner the first thing I did was get out my label maker and decide what categories would work for me.



The first category is "diary" and it's where you'll find my perpetual monthly calendar, which I included so that I can see at a glance what posts I have coming up that month. (Apologies for a lack of photos of my printables - I haven't mastered taking crisp photos of shiny, laminated sheets!) Behind this are the diary pages which came with the Filofax. I'm mostly using these to plan what day I'm writing the posts (if you read my Planning Blog Posts topic you'll know that the day I write the post and the day it's published are rarely the same). But I also put in other blog reminders and daily life stuff.


I fill in my post planner on Mondays so I know what posts I'm writing that week, which is kind of a follow on from how I use the Filofax diary but it gives me more space to write down information like what I'm including in the post and when I need to schedule it for once it's done. 


I have an ideas list for home projects, organisation, creative pursuits and printables (this is one of the things I included in the spreadsheet but never used because I like pen and paper).



Blogging isn't all writing posts - there are maintenance issues and enhancement ideas to consider. I'm hoping having this list in my blog planner will keep me on track for getting things done now, as before I had a tendency to write random lists then forget about them. I'm particularly bad for adding posts to my project galleries so I expect this list will be used primarily for that.



Self explanatory. I cannot remember passwords without a list, there are too many random letter and numbers involved.



Have I mentioned I like writing down notes ;-)

Really wish I'd had this blog planner right from when I started blogging. Anyone else got a planner they want to share? Or perhaps you're feeling inspired to start one? I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to comment!

(Printables used in my blog planner are available in the previous posts shown beneath my signature, and in the upcoming Freebie Thursday post).

You might also be interested in:

Blogging Printables
Blogging Printables (week one)
Organised Blogging
Blogging Printables (week two)
Blog Organisation
Planning Blog Posts
Blog Organisation
Making Time for Blogging

34 comments:

  1. Found your blog via http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com - I use a filofax everyday for my daily life but I have little about my blog in it. I think I am going to set up a blog section and jump in head first!

    Love this post and your blog! :)

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    1. Thank you Emma.

      This is the first Filofax I've owned - everything else in my life is organised with A4 binders! This is so much cuter than a folder though, so I may be investing in some more Filofaxs :)

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  2. You did a really great job on this Angela!! Love the color scheme!

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  3. Ooh, you are very talented Angela - and that password log is definitely something I need with my terrible memory!

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  4. Angela, I've nominated you for a Liebster blog award! Come on over to see the details!(I'm loving your blog planner by the way!)xxx

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  5. Great planner. Love the filofax.

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  6. This is great!! I really need to do this!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Nonny

    Stopping by from Tip Junkie
    www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

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  7. Great ideas! especially love the password page, I NEED this!

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    1. Check back on Thursday next week (21st) and you can print off your own copy ;-)

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  8. This is a great informative post about blogging. I am going to print out your printables, and give them a try for my blog. Thanks for sharing. ;o)

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  9. Love this notebook and all of the great printables! My readers would love it too... I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  10. Wow, some people are so organized! Great job Angela.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  11. This is awesome! I love books and printables ~ it's a bit of an obsession with me and this is just wonderful. I found you at Monday Funday and it would be great to have you link this (and your printables) up to my new party, Project Inspire{d} ~ http://cupcakesandcrinoline.com/2013/02/project-inspired-link-party-week-1/

    Have a great week!

    Mary Beth

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  12. This is a great idea. I currently use a book/note pad. mine is totally not cute at all. I love your blog. I am your newest follower. I hope you come check mine out.

    Danielle
    www.thesweetpeapod.blogspot.com

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  13. Great post! I'd like to invite you to link up to Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-4-plus-a-giveaway

    Kathie

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  14. I found you from Sugar Bee Crafts! I'm your newest follower via GFC. I host Fluster Creative Muster Party on Wednesdays and I would love it if you would come by and party with us. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs, Smiles, and Blessings,

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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    1. Thank you Robin! Have added your linky party to my list and will drop by on Wednesday :)

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  15. Such great printables! For some reason I have never really gotten into a good habit of organizing my blog yet. I am also in love with your planner. Did you purchase it online by any chance? Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. Pinned and I will be featuring it tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn :)

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    1. My planner is the "Filofax Personal Organiser in Sage". I got it from Amazon but I *think* it is only available in the UK (couldn't find it on the .com).

      Thanks for featuring it Jenn!

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  16. This is GREAT!! I need something like this!

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  17. These are wonderful! I've pinned it for reference!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  18. Angela, I love your blog planner. I agree with you about the spontaneous flow of ideas and the need to have paper and pen at the ready. I keep a log of each post and the parties I participated in but your other categories are much needed. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
    We are joining you wonderful blog and would love it if you would check us out.

    Linda and Jeannie at the French Hens Nest

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    1. Thanks :)

      When I was using an Excel spreadsheet as a blog planner I set up a page for link parties, where I could log what post I'd linked up to where. It's the only digital tool I still use, but I'm sure it will end up in my filofax once I've figured out a paper based system for it that suits me.

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  19. Wonderful idea and so cute too.I'm your newest follower.Please drop by My place and have tea time with Me -or coffee or of course, how bout a glass of the bubbly.

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    1. Thank you Denise, will be sure to drop by and say hello!

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  20. Ok this is amazing but Hang on , am I missing something ?
    Am I the only blogger in the whole galaxy that does not plan their blog?
    Oh wow I need lessons .
    I love Filofax have something similar on ipad . Wish there were downloads for iPads on apple store

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    1. You definitely are not the only one who doesn't plan their blog! Being spontaneous is good, it just doesn't suit my control freakery :)

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  21. This is fabulous! I really need to get organized better with my blog stuff. I love that you created a password page...I can never remember all of the ones I have!

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  22. Oh wow this is awesome!! I especially love the section with passwords. I feel like there are TONS of passwords to remember with a blog. I for sure will be doing something similar!

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  23. I love the prints on the pages! I too just created a blog planner! Thanks for linking up to Talkin about Thursday!

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  24. Love the pages and designs! Blog planners rock, way to go! And it is so happy and colorful!

    xo,
    Jen

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  25. Loving your clear and concise instructions, about to start a blog and was feeling overwhelmed until I found your help! Whew....I may need you again, thanks.

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  26. Just found you through pintrest. I just started blogging and am a little behind. This is a good starter blog kit and post for me. Thanks. Happy blogging!

    indiewritergirl0329

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  27. I wrote about this today at http://giftieetcetera.blogspot.com/2013/10/blogging-about-blogging.html , and then your post showed up in my Pinterest feed. Nice forms!

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