Inside My 2016 Blog Planner

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Making and printing a blog planner is so much cheaper than buying one.  Despite the gazillions of free printables in this world I still like to make my own pages and customize my own planner. AS a full time employee and part time blogger organization is critical for everything I do. My planner helps me systematically plan weekly and monthly for my blog.  I organize my social media, password access, post content, metrics, and so much more. Take a look inside my planner...


To make my planner, I use my computer, Microsoft word, printer, and $5 for binding services at Office Depot. I started my 2016 planner by designing the cover.  I used my blog color scheme based on my brand style and added other features, including an inspirational quote, my name, branded graphics, and the date.


Next I determined what pages to include.  I wanted a monthly calendar and weekly post planning options.  Using Microsoft word I saved calendars for each month and then created a blog posting table, pages for blog ideas and to-do lists, and a weekly checklist to keep my self on track. I also added a password keeper and notes pages. At the end of each month I wanted to track metrics and analytics, so I created a page to manage social media engagement (twitter, pinterest, instagram), Etsy sales, web page views, keywords, and bounce rates.


I printed copies based on the number of weeks in each month, then sorted the pages. I printed my cover on card stock, then took everything to Office Depot to have it spiral bound for only $4.70.  The end result is exactly what I need and will lead to successfully blogging the rest of this year.



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