As I work on further growing my blog and on staying more organized (so I stop forgetting/mixing up dates) I’ve been working on a little personal design project, which is creating a really kick-butt editorial calendar for myself! I used to just keep to-do lists of blog posts in a little notebook and then I’d post ahead in Blogger by making empty drafts on whatever day I wanted a post to go live. I got to thinking though, that it was kinda messy and sometimes I’d forget about it, or I’d type an idea in my phone notes and note transcribe it, or I’d forget a draft on blogger, and in some cases schedule two posts on the same day! So, I decided it was time to actually make myself an editorial calendar.
I’m a designer at heart. I didn’t want to go out and buy a planner to use for my blog, since I like to use things I create more, and even more than that, I do better using the things I make for myself because I feel a sense of pride for making them! So, here I am!
The editorial calendars I’ve made have helped me GREATLY! I can look at the whole month on a page, I can work on my post schedule, which I’ve decided to change! Posting 7 days a week was getting tiring and probably overwhelming for my readers as well. So, I decided to take out Sundays, since those tend to be a slow day in terms of traffic for me, and do every other Thursday as posts for either Sarah or for Alex! That cuts down work for me, and work for you as well! (Less updates, and probably better content as I’m not rushing posts out all willy nilly!)
So, after creating these editorial calendars and little blog idea post lists. I sat there looking at my screen and thought: “You know what? I bet other people could use these.” The ones I made for myself, I tailored for me, with my blog header, similar design elements, and a similar color scheme for my blog. But, it wouldn’t be too hard to change all that up and make some generic ones for everyone to use! The calendars are blank, so you can fill in the month and the days yourself! There is also a handy dandy little box for goals/notes for the month!
I have the pdfs of both the editorial calendar and the post idea pages up on Google Docs for everyone to download, print, and use for themselves! The link is here!
Please don’t claim these as your own or resell them for profit either in person or online, and don’t remove my little tag at the bottom…it’s not hurting anyone.
I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me plan my blog out in advance! If you want a custom version for yourself, you can always contact me and I’d be happy to whip something up for you! (for a little price! Us designers need to eat too!)
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