Blog Tip: Utilize a Blog Calendar

Planning is important. I am a huge proponent of planners. I don’t think I could live my life without my planner, so why would I be able to blog without a blog calendar?

To my bloggers that don’t use a blog calendar, how do you do it? How do you keep track of all of your ideas? How do you know what the hell you’re doing week to week? I commend you, but I can’t wrap my head around you.

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Here’s why you should utilize a blog calendar:

  1. Set Goals:  I love having a goal section for each month – that way I can write what I want to attain for the upcoming month. And, I can flip back to it at the end of the month to see if I reached my goal.
  2. Prep Posts: Never again do you need to panic at night because you have no idea what you’re going to post on your blog. Utilize a blog calendar and you can plan out exactly what posts you’ll have for the entire year. Even better, you can see what you’ve been posting at a quick glance instead of scroll through pages and pages on your computer screen.
  3. Brainstorm: I always come up with blog post ideas when I can’t write out the actual post. By jotting down these ideas on my blog calendar, I’m able to come back and write a great post (like this one!) when I have the time.

My blog calendar recommendation?

Right now, I’m taking advantage of the free 2016 blog planner/calendar over at Journal Wild. Sign up for the awesome newsletter and you get access to not only a great blog planner, but tons of other stuff!

How I Utilize a Blog Calendar:

I printed off a month’s worth of pages of a calendar and I have a binder that I keep all my blog stuff in. I break down each section into the following:

  1. Current Month: Pretty obvious – this is where I keep my calendar and all my information for the current month. It’s right at the front so I never have to go searching.
  2. Stats: I keep track of where I’m at in terms of followers, page views, etc. so I can easily see where I’m at and where I’m trying to go.
  3. Goals: Just like with my stats, I keep track of my monthly and yearly goals.
  4. Promotions: Whenever I participate in any kind of giveaway, I want to be able to track the results and see the success (or failures).
  5. Previous: I keep previous months in here – why throw it away when it can make a great reference later on?

If you weren’t using a blog calendar before this post, I hope you’re currently downloading one by now. To utilize a blog calendar is to be a successful blogger. 

29 thoughts on “Blog Tip: Utilize a Blog Calendar

  1. Hi Kaileigh! You are right, a blog editorial calendar is a must for all bloggers if they are serious about growing their blog. I can’t go on blogging without it. It keeps my ideas organized and speeds up all my bloggy work 🙂

    1. Tisha – I completely agree. By using my planner, it is so much easier to prep my blog for the week to come.

  2. To be honest, I don’t do a ton of planning. I write ideas down when they come to me and I write them when I get to them. I have filler posts that happen every week otherwise that I always know are coming. One of those is Funko Fridays and I have the themes planned out well in advance since it’s also a link up and prompt.

    I need to be better about it this year. I feel like I missed some great opportunities by not getting enough done and scheduled ahead of time. I use Co-Schedule, which has been great to me so far… but I think I need a planner to write some things out in to help keep me on track.

    1. Kimi – I will have to check out co-schedule. I’m always looking for new ways of organization. And honestly – whatever works for you is the right way to do it. I would be lost without my planner in my personal and professional life. I am way too forgetful!

  3. Thanks for the helpful tips. I’m a new blogger and still trying to figure out how to organize everything the best way. Right now it’s a bit scattered so a blog calendar would be helpful!

    1. Good luck! I’ve had a couple of false starts with blogging, but I think it’ll be a great year since I’m planning it out.

  4. Finally, someone explained how to use a blog planner. I was a little in the dark. I mostly use secret Pinterest boards to post ideas and write bits and pieces on Word docs which I store in a Blog folder.

    1. I’ve done that and still do! I have a Word doc that I pull up whenever an idea comes to me and I’m nowhere near my blog calendar. It’s all about what works for you!

    1. Thanks Gloria! It is a full time job and that’s what makes it so much harder to try to balance with another full-time job!

  5. I really need to get better at setting goals each month! Now that it’s a new year, this would be a perfect time to start!

    1. Exactly, Willow! That’s why I started at the beginning of the year. I found myself blogging less and less last year and really wanted a great time to jumpstart it.

  6. Another great and easy way to prep your posts is to outline or brainstorm key points to posts. This is especially helpful when you’re experiencing writer’s block!

    1. Thanks for the great tip, Marie! I’ve struggled with writer’s block before so anyway to fight it will be great.

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