I have been needing some serious organization in the way of my blog. A place to keep track of all the giveaways, who I’ve spoken with about what, what posts I have scheduled, things to buy and do for upcoming posts and so on. So, I decided to create some printables for my official “Blog Planner.”
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I started off with a dailies page that includes everything you need to plan out each post.
Post Title: This is a place to jot down possible post titles and/or something you have settled on. A great title should be straight to the point and convey exactly what your readers can expect in your post. It should stand out to readers in a sea of other post titles out there.
Thoughts: These are ideas that you would like to include in your post. You can write down keywords, external links to include, notes, and anything else that comes to mind before, during, and after you write a post.
Inspiration: We all know that we find inspiration from our daily lives, shows/movies we watch, other blogs and websites, nature, and the list can go on and on. Here, you would jot down any inspiration that you would like to include in your post or just refer back to when you’re stuck. It’s just good blog etiquette to include links to other bloggers you have found inspiration from to complete a project. It’s not only good for the other blogger, but it makes it easier for search engines to know exactly what you’re writing about.
Internal Links: When you create links to your other posts from inside new posts, you can keep readers at your blog reading for longer periods of time. This generates regular readers (and followers) instead of just one-time visitors. It makes your blog more interesting and substantial.
Promote: Check off the appropriate places that you have promoted your blog. Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and any other social media that helps you to connect with your readers.
Follow-Up: When I write some of my posts, it inspires me in other ways and I think of other posts for the future. This is where you would write these thoughts down. If you’re having trouble thinking of an original or new post, refer back to your “follow-up” ideas.
I also have monthly pages with the day and date listed. After the date, you can write down your post title or thought you are working on for that particular post. After you have written and completed the post, you can check off that day in the checkbox provided.