I have been blogging off and on for over six years and one of the many things I have learned is that it is easy to feel like your blog has consumed you. One of the easiest ways for me, to nip this in the bud, is to utilize a blog planner.
While I usually use my own hodgepodge of OneNote notebooks, spreadsheets etc., I have been trying out the Yearly Blog Planner from Homeschool Creations for the past month and want to share my thoughts on it with you, as my first review for the year for Mosaic Reviews.
The Yearly Blog Planner is a Free Printable Planner.
That is right, Jolanthe, the amazing homeschool mama behind Homeschool Creations, is sharing her planner at no cost. I like free! The planner is not dated and includes a variety of pages, such as monthly planning pages with space to jot down your focus for the month. There are weekly planning pages for your post that include check boxes to remind you to share on your social media sites, as well as space for the weeks to-do’s.
In addition to the basic post planning, the yearly blog planner provides pages to track your reviews/giveaways, website analytics, ads and more.
My Random Planning Mind & the Planner
I love the yearly blog planner because it is so flexible. Jolanthe shows her pages hole punched and held in a 3-ring binder on her site. Mine, are tucked in a pocket at the back of another planner*, because it is easier for me to have all my to-do’s in one place. If I scatter them into to many different locations, I never get them done.
The love the design on the planner too. It is not too bright or cluttered with graphics, but has just enough of a girly kick with the occasional flower, butterfly or pink accent to keep me from feeling like I’ve been sucked into a form horror story.
I am utilizing the monthly, weekly and review pages along with a few of the Additional Planning Helps, Jolanthe provides. They worked out really well for and while I don’t have anything negative to say about the planner, I would say I have some “feature request” if the planner were to ever be updated.
- Space to record campaigns other than reviews or giveaways, such as sponsored post or twitter parties. Allowing you to fill in due dates, payment amount etc…
- A space for Klout on the analytics page. (Yes, I’m one of those weirdo’s that actually keeps up with my score)
- Pages to list upcoming conferences. The date, hotel, travel cost, registration and potential sponsors.
Go Get the Yearly Blog Planner for Yourself
Head over to the Free Printable Blog Planner page and check out what Jolanthe has to say and then download it for yourself. She has a neat idea on what to do when you need an extra week in a month to plan!
While you are there, you may be interested in her Editable Weekly Homeschool Planner too.
A special thanks goes out to Jolanthe for giving me permission to use the graphics for the planner. I highly doubt you wanted to see my chicken scratched pages sticking out of a pocket and my lack of organization just may have scared you away from a great thing.