The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
Managing time for blogging can be quite challenging, especially if you’re managing multiple blogs, paid blogging positions and other writing gigs. I realized this as I moved from blogging for fun to blogging full-time. I needed a way to keep track of what posts when and where. That’s when I realized I needed a Blog Organizer, similar to a Home Management Binder.
Here’s how to put together a Blog Organizer to increase your productivity and retain your sanity:
Choose the Right-Sized Folder
The first thing is picking a folder or binder that would hold all your blog-related paperwork.
I needed something that was handy, easy to slip into a large handbag and yes, pretty. Choose something that is small enough for you to carry around and yet big enough to hold all those papers and planning sheets.
Must-Have Sections and Topics for a Blog Organizer
Whether you blog for one blog or for ten, there are some things that you’ll need to make blogging productive.
Here are sections that you can include when creating your personalized blog organizer:
- Monthly Blog Calendar – This will include a large calendar sheet for each month, with dates and days, to mark out when you post where.
- Editorial Calendar – A month-by-month calendar outlining post topics and themes.
- Article Ideas – You can use a mind map or just simple lists to jot down article ideas for upcoming months.
- Project Ideas – Includes eBooks, courses, webinars and printables related to each blog.
- Daily Tasks – Includes schedules for social media activities, post promotion, and emails relating to your blog.
- Weekly and Monthly Tasks – Includes schedules for blog maintenance, design tweaks, planning specials, contacting sponsors, scheduling reviews, and giveaways.
If you’re blogging for more than one blog, create a section for each blog and include these must-haves, except the monthly blog calendar, in every section.
So, my blog organizer has a section labeled The Mom Writes (which is my personal blog) and that includes all these sheets. There’s another section labeled Productivity Your Way with the same contents and so on.
Besides these must-have sections, your blog organizer can have a few optionals as well:
- Books and Videos – Blogging isn’t only about writing. Its also about staying abreast of what’s happening in your niche. So, if you have a list of books and videos to check out, you’ll never be out of good material to read and review.
- Blogs of Interest – A good way to know what other bloggers are doing, learn from them, develop connections, and more.
- Potential Sponsors – If monetizing your blogs is one of your goals, cut down on time hunting for relevant sponsors by maintaining a database of sponsors related to different themes.
A blog organizer is an effective and easy way to stay organized and productive while managing multiple writing and blogging gigs. With a blog organizer, you have a ready list of articles and schedules, and can stay connected and promote your blog without losing your mind!
How do you stay productive as a blogger? Do you use an organizer to keep track of your blog schedule?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|