Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Blog Planner

As we all know, Blogging can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you are still new to it. I knew I needed to organize myself. I started searching for the perfect Blogging Planner. I had an idea of what I wanted it to include, and even though there are several free planners out there, none of them were exactly what I wanted. Here is how I easily designed my own Blogging Planner, and you can do it too!



Designing the Perfect Planner for you and your Blog can be done very easily. The first step is:

Idea Brainstorming

The first thing I did was arm myself with a notebook and pen. I then searched for Blog Planners on Pinterest and other search engines. There are SO many!! I began making lists of sections I wanted my Planner to include. Such as daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists. As well as a calendar, statistics page, post worksheet, and more.

Start a new page in your notebook for each section and start making lists of bullets you would like included. Here is an idea of what my sections include.

Daily To-Do
Facebook
-Post a link to a new/old posts
-Post a question/discussion topic
-Share 2+ fellow bloggers posts
-Respond to comments/messages

Twitter
-Tweet links to new/old posts
-Retweet 3 fellow Tweets
-Comments on 3 fellow Tweets

Google+
-Share link for new/old posts
- +1 fellow posts
-Share 2 fellow posts
-Comments on 2 posts

Pinterest
-Pin most recent post to 3 boards
-Pin 3 old posts to boards
-Repin 10+ fellow posts

StumbleUpon
-Thumbs Up 10 pages
-Add 3 fellow posts

BlogLovin
-Comment on 10 Blog Posts

Linky Parties
-Share most recent posts on Yesterdays Linky Parties

Weekly To-Do
-Clean out email
-Check Google Analytics
-Review posts and make tweaks
-Start promoting upcoming events/series/items
-Add posts/pictures to Monthly Newsletter
-Schedule fellow tribe members posts
-Research articles about blogging
-Set-up posting schedule for next week
-SET GOALS!

Monthly To-Do List
-Edit old posts to add in new and relevant links
-Review any popular posts and consider running a series
-Check ads, banners, pop-ups, etc.
-Plan any promotions or giveaways for next month
-Record statistics for Social Media, Blogger, Google Analytics, etc.
-Organize for nexts month's calendar.
-SET GOALS!

Monthly Statistics
Google Analytics: 
-Page Views, AdSense Impressions, and AdSense Revenue
Facebook Insights: 
-Page likes, Engaged Users, and Total Reach
Pinterest Analytics: 
-Average repins, clicks, impressions, and monthly views
Etsy Stats: 
-Views, favorites, orders, revenue, and expenses

Post Worksheet
Title:
Scheduled to Publish:
Brainstorming:
Similar Posts to Link:
Pictures:
-Add logos to pics
-Pinterest collage with title
-Square header
-Glamour shot
-How to pics - Numbered
Videos:
-Add logos
-Jingle
-Mute background sound
-Check speed
Add:
-Tags
-Social media buttons
-Google analytics code
-Related links
Share on:
-Facebook, twitter, Instagram, pinterest, Group boards, Google+, Communities


Designing your Planner

There are many, many resources available to anyone willing to look for them. Pinterest, Google, and Youtube were a few that I used. My favorite was to do a search on Youtube for "Designing your own planner" or "How to Design a Calendar in Microsoft Word". It may sound silly to need to do this, believe me, I've taken college courses on Microsoft Office and yet still learned a few things.

There are also other resources out there to help you make your Planner look prettier and/or more personal. The web is full of free editing and graphic design sites. Or you can go to Etsy and purchase beautiful Digital Clipart. For mine I bought a Floral frames and laurels set which included 34 images for $3.50.

Once you have completed your design you will need to chose how to build your planner. There are great companies out there who can help you to print and bind your work into a beautiful book. I like to be able to change and move things around and so I decided to print my pages and place them in 3 ring binder. Both are great choices!

Divide your Planner into months. In my own planner there is a Daily, weekly, and monthly To-Do List at the beginning of each month. Next I have a sheet for my Monthly Statistics. There is also a page for Brainstorming, because if your anything like me, you will constantly be having random thoughts or ideas to jot down. My monthly calendar is spread across 2 pages so there is plenty of writing space for each day, and also includes a notes section. I try to post AT LEAST twice a week, so there are 8-10 Post Worksheets in each month.

I really hope that all of this information will help you to design your own planner that will be perfect for your blog! Remember to have fun. Once you are organized and start filling your planner, blogging will start to become fun again! I'd love to hear your feedback, thoughts, and/or ideas!!



4 comments:

  1. You didn't miss a thing! I know this includes what you want and what works best for you, but this is super useful for so many others. Thanks for sharing this!

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