Last week I tried to convince you that planning for your blog is worth the time and in the long run makes you more efficient. Hopefully, you are ready to become a blog planning ninja, so now we need to think about where all this magic is going to happen! Or in other words where to do your Blog Planning for Blogging Success.
I use a mixture of offline and online tools to plan for my blog. And mixing it up can be inspiring in itself. That moment you sit down to write a blog post and stare at a blank screen, that’s no fun. But if you have a notebook full of ideas or some posts in your drafts with a snappy headline, that’s when blogging becomes exciting and something you can really get stuck into.
Where I do my blog planning:
For checking my blog schedule : I use the Editorial Calendar in wordpress to schedule my posts. I love that I can see at a glance just what posts are scheduled and what weeks have blanks in them. My favourite feature from this is how handy it is just to click and drag posts around to different dates.
For daily to-do tasks – My Life Planner! If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen me going sticker crazy on my weekly spreads. I’m a fan of old school paper and pen planning as I like taking my planning off-line and the act of making everything pretty can be inspiring for me. My planner of choice is Erin Condren and if you are interested in one, you can get $10 off by using this affiliate link to sign up. I think any planner that excites you and makes you want to write in it will work just as well though.
For brainstorming post ideas – I use a notebook. I jot down key phrases or questions or quotes when something inspires me. If I’m out and about I make a note on notes app on my phone. One thing I don’t do is use a post-it, I end up losing them! If you like using post-it’s, I’d recommend taking a photo on your phone when you’re done as that way you have a back up.
Personally I’m a fan of closing down the computer when I want to plan out what I want to accomplish that week. I have a routine of sitting down on a Sunday night, in front of the TV, with a mug of hot chocolate and making lists of what needs to be done. It has become a relaxing activity in itself. Don’t think of planning as a big ordeal, it’s not. Make an occasion of it and it will reward you with a calm mind and clearly set goals for the week.
Other Places to Plan for your Blog:
Google calendar: I’ve used this, I like that you can sync everything and that you can access it from your phone, your laptop or tablet. I personally prefer my mix of the Editorial Calendar and my Life Planner but I can see how this would be a good alternative.
A calendar: It doesn’t get easier than this! It’s probably best to use a pencil though to schedule in things as that way you can erase easily. I find I need to move stuff a LOT! Or use post-its on the calendar.
In your head! I love thinking about blog posts while I walk or drive or on those nights when I can’t sleep. When my mind is drifting all over the place, that’s often the moment when I get brilliant insights that I feel passionate about blogging about. You can’t plan for creativity to happen but you should harness it when it does! So make sure you take note of those ideas before they vamoose!
So now you know all about WHY I plan and WHERE I plan. Coming next week is the nitty-gritty on just HOW to PLAN. Stay tuned!
Talk to Trish : Where do you plan for your blog? Do you plan out your weekly posts? Or if you pre-think out your blog posts, where do you do that?