FOCUS: Blog Planning

Sticking with a blogging schedule is a huge focus for me this year, and I can’t do that without having an effective method of blog planning. Before I started actively planning out my blog posts, I’d often find myself staring blankly at a screen with an equally blank mind the night before I wanted to have a blog post go live (or worse, day of.) I quickly learned that I don’t do well with blogging by the seat of my pants. Like most things I do, I need some order and a jumping off point to really be productive. Today, I wanted to share the methods I use to make sure things actually get accomplished here on the site.

Blog Planning - Planners

My utmost necessity is some form of blog planner. Currently, I use two + a notebook. My Passion Planner, and this 2016 Blog Planner by Hilary Joyner from The Cutie Life. I actually won the Blog Planner in a giveaway and I am so happy that I did. It’s been such an excellent resource (plus, a J.K. Rowling quote! Sold!) The sticker-covered notebook is what I use for taking notes during webinars and such, or writing down sites to check out, posts to share – really anything I want to jot down quickly. It lives next to my computer!

Blog Planning - Hilary Joyner 2016 Blog Planner

I utilize Hilary’s blog planner to organize all my ideas. As you can see underneath the February month spread, I write down each idea I have for a post. Then I highlight the ones I want to have go up that month. I also really like the page adjacent to it, where I can record what I have ready to go; it really helps me keep track of where I’m at for planning the month of blog posts. It also has places in the beginning to write in passwords for sites which is SO freaking handy and some blank lined pages just for notes. I love it! I currently don’t use the monthly spread layout, and here’s why.

Blog Planning - Passion Planner

I use the monthly spread in my Passion Planner instead! I like having it in my day planner instead as it’s a bigger area and I can use page tabs. Why? Because I often move things around. If I get inspired to write something else, or want to fit another post in, I can just swap around the page tabs. If I were writing them all in pen, and wanted to change something I would not enjoy constantly scribbling things out.

Blog Planning - page tabs

For actually planning and writing the posts, I start by jotting ideas down constantly throughout the month. Then towards the end of each month, I pick a day (usually a Sunday; they seem to be my planning days) and start to write down the posts I want on the page tabs and organize them on the spread. Currently, I’m sticking to a definite Monday, Wednesday, Friday post schedule, with occasional Sunday’s for Life In Photos. I add in more posts if necessary if I feel like I have more content I want to write and share!

Sunday nights are also when I write out posts for each week, and sometimes for farther ahead if I have the time! It’s SO nice having posts ready and waiting without the stress of needing to get them done to go live. Remember how one of my goals was time management? This is freaking crucial to that. With blog stuff done on Sundays, I get to dedicate each weeknight to art, which is amazing (or you know, the occasional social life engagement/Netflix & chill with the hubs.)

When it comes to blog planning, I know I couldn’t do it without planning ahead of time. It doesn’t matter what method you use – digital, paper, a planner dedicated to it, or just a notebook – if you find yourself struggling to come up with content or keeping track of what you want to post, find some form of blog planning that works for you!

How do you plan out your blog? Do you use a specific method, or just wing it with what works?

FOCUS is my One Little Word for 2016. This series shares the ways that I’m applying it each aspect of my life, personal and professional.

  • ha!!! I just wing it atm. I hope to get more organized >.< BUT I am so happy to see a share about getting organised NOT on the computer or in some techy-type, just download and app and schedule-type way ^^

    • Kay

      I have tried digital scheduling/calendars and they just do NOT work for me. I’m old fashioned I guess haha, but I love physically writing things down! All my lists and planning involves paper and pen. πŸ˜€

  • I love how organised you are!

    • Kay

      Thanks! It took awhile to get here, but now it’s a system I totally rely on!

  • B.

    I love the little blog planner! I pretty much just go by the seat of my pants!

    • Kay

      I used to, and it just got to the point where I wasn’t enjoying blogging it because of it. Now I rely on the organization! But if it works for you, it works for you! That’s what matters.

  • I would kill to have even 1/10th of your planning prowess! I’m still flying by the seat of my pants in, well, basically everything, so I guess it’s no surprise that I feel like I’m spinning my wheels but not getting anywhere. I did bust out a list yesterday though. I’m not sure if it’s motivating me or depressing me. It’s just there… staring at me… taunting me with its mountain of work…

    Ahem, anyhow. Thanks for sharing your absolutely adorable planners!

    • Kay

      Ha, you’re welcome! Lists can be overwhelming. And thus be un-motivating. If you’re struggling, I recommend picking only two or three things off the giant list and just get them done. Even if that’s all you do that day. BAM. They are done. Celebrate the small things! And the next day, continue whittling it away. πŸ™‚ I’m weird, and keep crazy lists. I HAVE to write everything down, even if my list fills a whole page. But since that is so overwhelming, I then break it into smaller ones. Which might be kind of crazy, but hey, it works for me!

  • I’m currently tweaking my blog planning system, trying to reduce the amount of tools I’m using (my word is LESS) and I was planning to write something about it on the blog as well!

    Thanks for sharing that blog planner, it looks beautiful!

    • Kay

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you like it! Always happy to promote fellow blogger’s awesomeness. πŸ˜€ I’m excited to see what your process for blog planning is! I would eventually like to be down to a single planner and a notebook for my planning, but for now I’m enjoying all three. πŸ™‚

  • I have to admit. Totally jealous of how organized you are with things. I have like a sudo-monthly calendar that I do, as well as a planner but never find the time to write in it and plan it out. So cute! I love the OLW that you have for this year.

    • Kay

      Thank you so much! I only got on board the planner train last year, and it took me ages to actually fall into a routine with it. The first few months of it are mostly blank, with random things written in! It definitely takes time to find a rhythm with it.

  • Danielle Knapp

    I love how organized you are. I’m truly terrible at having any sort of blog schedule. I really REALLY need to implement one since I’ll be working part time and really won’t have the time to blank stare at the screen :p

    • Kay

      It took me awhile to get in a good rhythm for planning, but now I don’t know what I’d do without it! Besides finding a method that works, having a day to just sit down and take care of it is essential for me. I love having Sunday’s as planning days!

  • gamerwife

    Sounds like our methods are very similar. I’ve moved my monthly calendar to the wall (still with the post-its) for quicker reference, but I totally have at least 2 or 3 notebooks going with ideas, drafts, etc.

    • Kay

      I have so many notebooks all for different purposes it’s a little ridiculous. I love the post it method for blog planning. Being able to swap things at will is the best.

  • This is an excellent way to blog plan!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Thanks! I really enjoy it!

  • Love your planner! I really love the idea of using post it tabs in case you change your idea or move your plans around. I hate crossing stuff out and having things look untidy! I’m pinching that idea!! Thank you xx

    • Kay

      Oh yay, enjoy it!! I’m the exact same way…erasing constantly or crossing things out drives me nuts and this takes care of that and give you the freedom to rearrange.

  • Well done! I only wish I had enough time to blog that much, etc. Haha. Btw, received your hand-drawn Gollum V-day card -so adorbs & so impresses <3

    • Kay

      Aw yay, I’m glad you like it! He was one of my faves to doodle out haha…cute innocent Gollum face! πŸ™‚

  • christine

    Thanks for sharing. I love getting a glimpse into how others blog. I am totally a seat of the pants blogger right now – I want to get to where you are! So organized and cute! I love the idea moveable tabs – I often feel like “I must blog in THIS order” and that cages me in.

    • Kay

      You’re welcome! I love being able to move around my posts…it keeps blogging as a fun hobby for me instead of chore knowing that I can throw the whole schedule to the wind if I choose!

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  • Now I use google calender to schedule everything. I used to search for hours looking for the perfect planner when google has been there all along…

    • Kay

      That’s great! I know so many people who do everything digitally and it works for them beautifully. I tried digitally but pen and paper is just what works for me. πŸ™‚

  • You are so organized! This is how I used to be with my blog. Now I kinda just wing it and blog whenever I feel like sitting at my desk. Legit that is when I blog now. Some nights I do want to blog but I’m way too comfy on my couch and I’m like “eh, another day.” πŸ˜›

    I have a tough time also going through my bloglovin feed. While I would love to blog more, I also like to equally make time to read my friend’s blog and show everyone support!

    • Kay

      I’ve discovered that if I try to keep up on a daily basis with reading other peoples, it won’t happen. So I usually carve out some time twice a week and just have a big blog read catch up. I find it way easier that way. I also have updates sent to my email instead of relying on the feed. Having the email sitting in my inbox will drive me nuts, so I make it a point to read it. If it were on me to just check bloglovin at my own pace, it probably wouldn’t happen!

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