ORGANISE YOUR BLOG #1 – EDITORIAL CALENDAR

ORGANISE YOUR BLOG #1 – EDITORIAL CALENDAR

Welcome to the first post in my new ‘Organise Your Blog‘ series. 

When I started blogging I knew straight away that I wanted to run my blog like a business. It would be a place where I could keep a record of precious family moments, have a creative outlet while I was on maternity leave and at the same time would hopefully bring me in enough of an income to justify staying at home with my daughter. 

Editorial Calendar

But, like most new bloggers, I don’t think I realised what a blogger actually does and just how much hard work goes into building, maintaining and promoting a blog. I started to find it really overwhelming and found balancing everything with my daughter and my other job quite difficult.

I am a very organised person and I hate that feeling of being swamped. I do have a secret (well not so secret to my family) love of organising and can organise till the cows come home. In my house there is a place for everything and I am a big lover of a good printable. Take my babysitter box and emergency car breakdown kit as a good example of how crazily organised I am.

In the last couple of months, I’ve slowly started to ‘organise my blog’ to make it easier to run. Creating these sheets was a no brainer for me and made blogging a little bit less overwhelming. 

They’ve helped me so much, so I thought I’d share them with you in case they can help any other bloggers feel a bit more on top of things. They’re not brilliantly designed print outs (I’m no graphic designer), they’re simple, basic and to the point printables that I use on a daily basis.

This will be a weekly series published every Thursday. You can look forward to a daily blogging checklist, as well as sheets that help you to plan for your blogging week, organise all of your usernames and passwords, keep track of your monthly stats and much much more.

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We’ll start off with the one that I couldn’t blog without. I use this alongside the wordpress editorial calendar plugin. I’m a very visual person who likes brainstorming with an old fashioned pen and paper, This is great to plot your month and means you can easily change things about.

monthly blog planner

I have this printed out and laminated it so that it can be used with a wipeable pen, that way you can easily edit it or change things around without having to reprint. But it can also be used on your computer or printed off whenever you need it. This is the most basic and simplest print out of the whole series. I’ve kept it very plain because dates change every month and it’s a great tool to use for simple planning. If you’d like an editable version, then click below!

MONTHLY BLOG PLANNER

Next Thursday you can look forward to a monthly social media stats printable. So be sure to keep an eye out for it!

What do you think of the new ‘organise your blog’ series? Will you find it helpful? How do you keep on top of your blog?

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  1. Mum in Brum
    September 10, 2015 / 9:00 am

    I have a version of this scribbled out, but yours is much neater! It can be so overwhelming at times to keep on top of a blog – I’m not posting as much as I’d like but it’s just so difficult to find the time with an 8 month old! Nap times are about all I get. Promoting is definitely the most difficult thing, Great idea for the series, looking forward to your future posts xx

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      It’s so difficult finding the time! Wait till nap times drop! :-/ That’s when I started making these sheets. I hope these help you get back on top of things. I know what you mean about promoting it being the most difficult. It’s so time consuming sometimes. x

  2. September 10, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Ooh I love these kind of things! I am juggling blogging with a 6 month old so could definitely do with organising my blogging a bit more! Looking forward to more posts in the future!

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much Emma. It’s definitely not easy juggling it all. I hope these will help you as much as they have me! 🙂 x

  3. September 10, 2015 / 9:05 am

    That is a great idea Chloe!! I will be checking this series every Thursday as I love this type of tips! Thanks for sharing, 🙂 xx

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! 😀 It’s so nice to get some good feedback. x

  4. September 10, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Woweee thanks for the tips. We’ve been blogging for nearly two years but ours is more of a hobby than a business as my mummy works full time x it’s hard work to make a blog work and it can definitely be a full time job! #BrilliantBlogPosts x

    • September 10, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      It really can be a full time job Isabella. But you and your mummy are doing an amazing job because I adore your blog. I have no idea how she balances it all with a full time job. She definitely has a superhero cape tucked away somewhere. 😀 xx

  5. Emma T
    September 10, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I’m an organiser too, although I’ve relaxed a lot more since having N. I do like lists though, but my blog posts are just planned in a phone app.

    • September 12, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      Oh wow you have such a fab blog, I can’t believe it’s all done via a phone app 😀 I do think I have an incessant need to organise, hopefully it’ll calm down the longer I’m a mama. x

  6. September 11, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Ah,this is fab!I’m sooooo disorganised it’s unreal so this sort of thing would be fab for me!Look forward to more x

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much. 😀 I’m working on next weeks post now and I’m excited to share it already. 🙂 x

  7. September 13, 2015 / 9:24 am

    What a great idea! I really need to start being more organised and remembering what linkies are what day etc! #brilliantblogposts

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much! There will be a linky printable in a few weeks time with days of the week. But it’ll be blank so you can fill in the ones you like to join up too as well as a section where you can add the badges and a link to the website to make daily linking up so much easier. Aby at YouBabyMeMummy has a great linky list that tells you when they all are too if you haven’t seen it before. x

  8. September 13, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Hi Chloe

    This is so helpful, thank you for sharing them! As I start to get more and more involved with my blog and You Tube channel I can feel myself, like you, starting to feel a little overwhelmed by how much there is to do and remember. This will be really handy to help me start getting organised 🙂 Thanks! Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • September 13, 2015 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much Emily. It does get a bit overwhelming doesn’t it. I hope they help a little bit!!! I’m working on a few of the posts in advance now and I’m excited to share them all. 😀 x

  9. September 14, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Such a great idea! You’re absolutely right, there’s so much more to blogging than meets the eye so it can be incredibly hard to keep on top of things. Sheets like this will be a huge help to so many. Thanks for sharing and what a brilliant idea! X

    #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Thank you so much Katie. Oh there is so much more than meets the eye. Hopefully this will make it less overwhelming for some. x

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Oh thank you so much. The linky one will be posted a week on Thursday so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂 There is a social media stats one on the way this week. I’m glad this his helpful. x

  10. September 30, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Just discovered this series – THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!! Have been looking for a way to organise myself and this is exactly what I need x

    • October 1, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      😀 yay I’m so so glad this is helpful for you!! There are lots more in the series too. I’ll send over the calendar too you now! xx

  11. October 22, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    I use a monthly calender and weekly one, I have found it really helps me x

    • October 22, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      I’ve only just started using a weekly one in addition. You’re so right, it’s much more helpful. Thank you so much for your comment. x

  12. November 3, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Hi

    Sorry I am a little late to the party. I have been blogging for around 8 months and would really like to make something more of it than just a hobby. However I am highly disorganised and with three kiddies full of excuses. Hoping this series might be the kick up the butt I need.

    Thank you for this

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      I really hope this helps things. It can definitely be a bit overwhelming being a parent and a blogger. Finding the time is so difficult, that’s why I started this series, to try and make it all a bit easier with a little ones to run around after. xx

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