As I mentioned in the 5 Ways Scheduling Blog Posts Will Change Your Life post, it wasn’t until a few years ago, after blogging since 2006, that I really discovered scheduling posts. Since then I’ve found it wonderfully helpful to have all my future posts written down somewhere, so I can see clearly the month ahead and what’s going to be posted when. Today I thought I’d share with you some options to keeping your blog posts organised. Of course, these ways aren’t for everyone, but I’ve tried to give a range of options, so hopefully you’ll find something that suits what you’re after.
What I mean here is something like Google Drive. A place online where you can access your thoughts wherever you are. This is great if you’re one to, say, lose pens and never have paper anywhere near you. Having all your thoughts, plans, schedules in one online place is a fabuous idea. The con to this, however, is that if your internet cuts out, you’re stuck. Which leads me to…
If you have an Outlook acount (previous Hotmail), then you will all ready have access to OneNote, whether you know it or not. This is a fantastic note-making, note-keeping-track-off programme that allows you to make folders within folders, and pages within pages, and write notes, paste in text, photos, diagrams etc. This is a great way to organise your blog post ideas. For example, you could have folders for Reviews, Recipes, and DIY, and then in those you can break it down even more (e.g.: book reviews, movie reviews), and then on the pages you can write your notes or ideas, make boxes of things you need to do (e.g.: take photo of book, decide on star rating etc), and tick them off when you’ve done them. You can read more about using OneNote as an option for organising and sorting your blog ideas here: Using OneNote for Blog Ideas.
Month view calendar
If you’re not into the electronic way of planning, then another option is having a month-view desk calendar. This is what I use, and I while I’ve tried changing to proper programme on my tablet and phone, this is what I prefer. I think it’s because I love writing things down, and also I find I remember things more if I’ve physically written it, rather than typed it. I also love the feeling of crossing things off. As you can see, I jot down in pencil (unless it’s a permanent slot, like Sunday Song) on the day that I think I want to schedule something, and then once I’ve written it and scheduled it, then I’ll cross it off. Having a monthly view like this means I can see the entire month, and any gaps in the weeks that need filling. I do write all my ideas and drafts on OneNote, but because I like to write it too, this is great because it’s just a few words per box:
Having a notebook is another great way of keeping track of your blog posts. You can also use a yearly diary, (or the one you use for your day-to-day life if you want to keep everything together), and write what posts you want on what day, and cross off, tick or mark in some way when you’ve finished and scheduled it. Having a notebook in your bag all the time is also great practise, that way if you think of something while you’re out and about, you can jot it down and come back to it later.
There are so many blog planners out there that you can download for free, or at low costs. Usually they are just one page, with the days of the week, and options to tick off social media shared posts. There’s often a box for notes too, and this can be really handy. If you print off sheets monthly, then you can also have a paper archive that you can keep in a folder and look back on later. Here are some great planners that are free to download:
The Ultimate Blog Planning Notebook – by Leslie, at Lamberts Lately
Blog Planner and Editorial Calender – by Shannon, at AKA Design + Life
Free Printable Blog Planner – by Jenni, at A Well Crafted Party
Free Blog Planner – by Ruth, at Living Well Spending Less
Blog Planner – at Secret Blogger’s Business
I hope these were helpful ideas for organising your blog posts, especially if you’re new to the blogging world and are still finding your feet. Of course there are more options, and everyone is different, and likes different methods, but there’s something to start with.
What about you? Do you use some sort of organising programme?
A notebook? Have any other suggestions?