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.
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.
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!
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?