Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to share my blog planner with you all!
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In February, I decided to try out an Erin Condren Monthly Deluxe planner. I’d been trying to use my main planner (a happy planner) as both my personal and blog planner, and it just wasn’t working for me.
I never thought I’d be a two planner girl, but here I am, two months later and so much happier keeping my personal and blog stuff separate.
If you aren’t familiar with the monthly deluxe planner, it has a monthly view, then it has two pages with sections and in the back of the planner it has note pages. There are no weekly pages in this planner.
In the note page at the beginning of the month, I have three columns: drafts, scheduled and posted.
I’m using page flags I found at The Dollar Tree, and with a sharpie marker I write on each flag what blog post I plan on writing.
If my post is a draft, it goes under the draft column. If it’s fully done and scheduled, it goes under the scheduled column, and when it actually posts I move it over under the posted column.
But, if my post is an idea but isn’t a draft yet on my blog, it lives on the monthly view page until it becomes a draft.
I do this because I like having the visual of posts and because the page flags are reusable, I can maneuver them and they’ll stick where I put them.
On my monthly pages, you can see my page flags of posts that are ideas but haven’t become drafts yet.
I also use stickers (from the Target dollar spot), to mark when a post has been scheduled/published. This visual is to help me when I’m scheduling posts so I don’t double post on the same day.
On the right side of the page, I have a color coded key. I use zebra mildliners (I cannot say enough good things about these pens, for real). I use my key to help me keep track of when I’ve scheduled things via social media.
This is because I’ve learned that unless I physically track this in a planner, I’m not consistent at it.
These are the pages after the monthly pages, and I use them to keep track of blog house keeping stuff.
In the first box, I write down social media numbers. I try not to obsess over these, it’s merely for me to look at to show growth. I also can tell which platform I’ve used more of that past month because my numbers tend to reflect that.
In the second box, I am jotting ideas down for email lists. I still need to set up my newsletter. Don’t judge me, k? I haven’t done it yet and it’s been on my to do list for months. Eek!
In the third box, I keep track of which posts I’ve posted that month that have affiliate links in them, just for my own reference.
In the fourth box, I keep a running list of keyword ideas I’d like to use.
In the fifth box, I jot down photograph ideas for Instagram, or photos I need to take for blog posts.
On the right page, I keep a running list of blog post ideas. Some of them make it into page flags to become drafts. Some don’t. I also keep track of budget expenses and income on this page.
As of right now, I’m finally feeling in my groove with my blog planner and I’m so happy with it. I imagine as time goes on I’ll tweak it as needed, but for now it’s working for me. If you click the link to order a planner, you get $10 off and I get $10! Click here!
Do you use a blog planner?