Every blogger has different needs when it comes to a blog planner that would work for them. I’ve tried quite a few methods over the years to manage my blogs. Some worked, some didn’t. But, when I discovered the Happy Planner, I loved it so much, I wanted to find a way to make this planner work for me and my blog planning needs.
At the end of this post is a coupon discount code to get your own blog planner template to start getting organized and get blogging! Here is how I use the Me & My Big Ideas Botanical Garden Happy Planner as a usable and functional blog planner.
The Happy Planner already comes with both monthly and weekly spreads, but, each serves a different purpose. I use my monthly spread in the same way I would use it for personal planning and it offers me an overall visual look at what topics I want to post about and when.
By using removable sticky notes (or post-its) I can easily change the “date” if a blog post didn’t go live when I thought it would (because sometimes, life just gets in the way!). I also use the post-its to enter important dates (such as design team application deadlines), meetings, planner meet-ups and such. If I happen to have a unusually busier personal schedule, I will often block out dates using skinny washi tape to alert me to when I just might not have time to blog (this becomes especially true during holiday times) and it is during these times that I use my “schedule” feature for blog posting.
Note: I’ve recently updated my monthly spread sidebar section to include “Monthly Goals” and “Blog Ideas”.
When it comes to planning my week I have found the blogger planner template printable, from Lisa at Persnickety Creative, to be my best friend. Her printable has each of the elements I wish to use to plan, publish, and/or track (such as statistics) blog posts. The newest package gives you three printables with block sections that you could customize for yourself.
The Persnickety Creative blog planner template works for Erin Condren planners, Happy Planners, Filofax and other popular planners. Here’s a glance at the previous forms in my Happy Planner:
As you can see they don’t get in the way of still decorating your Happy Planner (which is a huge plus for me!). I also always try to put one or more inspiring messages into my weekly spreads. I want to make my blog planner something that I want to open and work with everyday, thereby ensuring my success as a blogger.
I’m also in the processing of still testing which of these systems will work perfectly for me. As a result, I’ve used different layouts using Lisa’s forms to find that recipe that works for me and my schedule. On one of these layouts, I included a small social media checklist sticker (see arrows in picture below) on each day as a reminder to post to the BTD social media accounts daily (even if it’s not a blog post).
Another useful tool as a blogger is to create a few annual blog goals. To set this up I simply used some Create 365 note paper and created three sections: Blog Goals, Social Media Goals and How I Will Achieve My Goals. In my planner I used the Create 365 Live Loud notepaper but you can also use the Me & My BIG Ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner Note and Graph Paper and dress it up with some washi along the punched side!
Shown above is a sample of the blog goals you might set for yourself and your blog. The beauty of using the Happy Planner as a blog planner is you get to customize it so it functions for you.
Lastly, you should track your blog statistics as a way to measure your success.
When tracking blog stats I like to keep up to date on both weekly and monthly stats. I’ll use Lisa’s blog forms to record my weekly stats. That way, if there are changes in any given week I can determine if they were possibly due to not posting enough or maybe the topic of the post.
Then I will record my monthly stats, on a template that I created, which will give me bigger picture of my blog’s health. The categories I track are: monthly pageviews, email subscribers, shop views, shop favorites, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, other and totals. I don’t always use all of them, but, they are available should I start to use them.
At first, this may all seem overwhelming (especially if you are new to blogging). But, just take a deep breath and start with one element -say the monthly view. From there add in another element (the weekly plan), etc, etc. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to sweet success!
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