Where to do your Blog Planning for Blogging Success

November 9, 2015 Planning for Blogging Success 27

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.

 

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Where I do my blog planning:

 

heart iconFor 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.

heart iconFor 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.

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heart iconFor 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.

heart iconPersonally 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:

 

pen iconGoogle 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.

pen iconA 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.

pen iconPhone Alerts: If you need reminders to sit down and get stuff done, set an alert on your phone to remind you to just sit down and do it!

pen iconIn 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?

 

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27 Responses to “Where to do your Blog Planning for Blogging Success”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I mostly use the calendar on my phone for planning personal stuff, and the editorial calendar for my blog 🙂 That is what’s the most handy for me.
    We also have a big monthly calendar in our dining room, with the kids activities – since we have four! – and also for my husband and me, so we don’t make any scheduling snafus.
    Great post, Trish 🙂
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Review: Wicked Edge – Rebecca Zanetti

    • trish

      The idea of having a master monthly calendar for family stuff sounds necessary but also fun! I use the calendar on my phone a good bit too as I like that it sends me reminders!

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I mostly use notebooks…and the Google calendar for deadlines….but I love your planners! They are gorgeous…your handwriting is neat and you have cute little images. Mine wouldn’t look so good…as evidenced by the day planners I used during my social work career days. LOL

    Thanks for sharing!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      My writing isn’t always neat! It depends on how much of a rush I’m in! But a huge part of why I enjoy using a planner is that I like to make everything look good, that way I love using it all week and the more effort I put in, the more it makes me smile.
      LOL re your previous experiences with them!

  3. Maureen Beatrice

    I have an old fashioned calendar lying next to me when I’m sitting behind my laptop.. I write everything down there. It looks neat and I can easily see which weeks still have free spots.
    Everywhere I go I take a notebook with me. I don’t use it as much as I would like.. since I’m not really all that creative and don’t think of stuff to blog about much. But I love that I CAN write things down if I want to.
    Another great post Trish! Love this 😉
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…Discussion Post: The Sunday’s Author Spotlight

    • trish

      I think when we are surrounded by technology at every angle that sometimes it’s good to just take pen and paper and switch off. I find looking at things that inspire me make me feel creative and I don’t consider myself a creative person but whenever inspiration hits, I make sure I jot it down.

  4. Tanya Patrice

    I use Evernote as my blog planner, and Google calendar for everything else. On my phone though – I use the Cal app because I prefer that interface, but it syncs with Google cal.

    • trish

      I know lots of bloggers use Evernote, I just never had the patience to learn how to use it! I’ve heard others rave about it though. Online calendars are fab!

  5. Daniela Ark

    OMG I LOVE this series Trish! lots of helpful information! I’ll feature it in in my next Sunday post.

    Though I gotta confess I have to go back and read it over and over! I’m very ADD and I can’t get over how pretty your blog is! so I’m like “that’s when blogging becomes exciting and something you can really get stuck into…” wow look at that pretty frame Trish uses for her picture! ok let’s read… “For brainstorming post ideas – I use a notebook. I jot down key phrases or questions or quotes when something inspires me…” OMG look at the beautiful hearts Trish uses as bullets! ok back to read!!! “Google calendar: I’ve used this, I like that you can sync everything and…” look she uses little cute green pencils as bullets too! and look at the cute little grass to separate the widgets in the side bar… and the super cute social media icons!

    LOL LOL LOL I’m in LOVE with your design! I hope I can get over it soon so I can concentrate in the content 🙂
    Daniela Ark recently posted…Books, books, books (Freebies and much more!)

    • trish

      Haha, you made me laugh! I’m delighted you noticed all the little bits and pieces! I’m not good at images and I worked so hard in PicMonkey to make those hearts and pencils! So I’m chuffed that they were appreciated!

    • trish

      Pen and paper just makes me more creative. I don’t know why, I just know that it does. And sitting down with my planner and a big cup of coffee is just so relaxing. I feel sorry for non planner nerds who don’t get it! 😀

  6. Lola

    Love this post! I use the editorial calendar in wordpress, but mostly use google calendar to list both posts I have already scheduled and posts I still have to write plus my tours and reminders are all in the same calendar colour coded, so I can easily see what’s going on a certain day or week. I especially like the colour coding function, so I can differentiate between things in real life, my blog, deadlines and Lola’s Blog Tours tours and Lola’s Blog Tours reminders. And still have everything in one calendar.

    I might have to give a planner a try once just to see if I like it. I always enjoy seeing pictures of your planner, it looks so awesome with all the stickers.

    I sometimes write post ideas down on my notepad that’s next to my computer and soemtiems I put them in gogle calendar. I also write out points I want to mention in my posts on my notepad, it definitely helps to have that close by. I also have post-it type of squares all over my desk, I don’t end up losing them, but it does create some chaos. Might have to that different and use my notepad for that too.

    I also do a lot of planning in my head, I remember that tonight I had a good idea for a post, but now I can’t remember what it was. So sadly that does happen sometimes, but planning in my head can get me exicted and looking forward to start blogging. I usually try to do this when doing something else like cooking, so afterwards I can actually work on it or write it down.
    Lola recently posted…Review: Star Trek Voyager

    • trish

      I love colour coding things too Lola as it just makes it so easy to see at a glance what’s what. I wish the editorial calendar had that function.
      I use post-its a lot too but if I put them in my handbag, they disappear! So I have learnt to always photograph them too. They are handy though.
      Planning in my head is the best and the worst! The best because I get great ideas. The worst because they are so hard to remember afterwards! Like you said though, I find planning in my head builds up an excitement factor and I love shaping out my ideas before I start trying to write them down.

    • trish

      I think the combo of a life planner and an online calendar works perfectly. And yes I love my ECLP! I print a lot of my own stickers though as I love finding free printables and then I have the right sticker for every occasion!

  7. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    I have one of those pocket planners to keep track of blog posts. Once I schedule something, I write it down on that day so I don’t overlap posts. If I need to schedule something, I write it down and include SCHEDULE above it, so I can look through the month and know what I need to schedule. I also try and think of ideas of future blog posts when I’m just hanging out at home or in the car. I sometimes save these in a word document or something so I don’t forget.
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Make it a Gift: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

    • trish

      That’s a good trick writing schedule down like that. I’ve been trying different systems to see what works best in my planner for those situations. I might try out that one. It’s clear on the Editorial Calendar but if I’m just using my planner, it’s not.

  8. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Google calendar works great for me. I can look at a day, a week, a month or the year. It’s on my phone to so when I’m not on my computer, I can easily check and look up dates and events, and Google calendar emails reminders.

    If I get a idea for a post, I start one in drafts with a rough title and some notes. I do have a memo app on my phone and use that too. Technology can be wonderful!
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Quote-Tastic & Review: Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake

  9. Terri M., the Director

    Total electronic planner here…I have a Google Spreadsheet that has each day in it and I can easily filter by post type. Once the schedule is set, I “move” the post to Asana. Each post has a set number of tasks. Each month is a project.

    The system is working so well for me right now that I started to implement it for my In the Spotlight feature to keep track of getting all the pieces I need!
    Terri M., the Director recently posted…A Blog Post a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away | A Note from the Director

  10. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m a paper and pen gal myself, Trish. I have journals for my review, spirals for discussion posts, and a calendar/planner. I’m actually in the process of creating my own planner – I wanted something where I could organize both ‘halves’ of my life…family and blog. 😀 I’ll post pictures once it’s done. I’m not good with electronic calendars although I’m sure it’d make my life easier in some aspects. But I tried and went back to paper. Great post! I’m loving this feature!:D
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…#TravelingtoTerminus Review ~ With Visions of Red Book 3 ~ Trisha Wolfe

  11. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I use Google calendar to keep track of my stuff and use different colors for different meanings. Like pink is a review book I want to post, usually ARCs. Green is scheduled posts. Blue is drafted, but not ready. Purple is … you get the idea. lol
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  12. S. J. Pajonas

    OMG, an editorial calendar in WP! I didn’t know this existed. I just downloaded and installed the plugin so I can use it. I REALLY REALLY REALLY should plan out my blog posts more often. I would love to blog ahead, but it’s so hard for me because writing the actual fiction comes first. Sigh. But I’m loving all of your tips, so keep ’em coming!
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Teaser Tuesday for Revealed!

  13. Tiffany

    I never knew there was a WP Editorial Calendar. I love that! Right now I use my ECLP, which I love. Like you, I have the vertical layout, and I use the bottom section for my blog posts. I also use iCal on my phone when I’m away. I love that I can color code things on my calendar since I use both for personal, work and blog. All of my blog stuff is yellow. I also love that I can set alerts. Great post!
    Tiffany recently posted…Book Review: Embraced (The Eternal Balance) by Jus Accardo

    • trish

      You should check out the WP Editorial Calendar, it’s free and it’s so handy. I have been considering going horizontal for my 2016 ECLP but I’m so undecided! I don’t like Wednesdays currently as it’s hard to write in the space so I tend to use stickers and write on them instead. Decisions, decisions!

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