I have never been the most organized person. I do have some sort of organization skills in my blood, but I am definitely not the person who has a place for every single thing. It’s just not me- never has been. I would like for that to change some day, but I don’t see it in the foreseeable future! There are certain areas where I am pretty put together- our calendar on our fridge is always full with appointments, dinner for the week, Ella’s specials for the day at school (music, art, etc). My blog is another area where I feel I am pretty organized too!
It hasn’t always been like that though! It took me a good year to get myself organized and start a real “editorial calendar” for myself. When I started, I would typically choose what I wanted to write about, type it up, then hit publish. Sometimes I would post in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. There was never a rhyme or reason as to my blogging or posting.
Eventually, I realized I needed to come up with some sort of organization. I knew it would relieve some stress and I think a more organized blog is a little more evident to readers. Now keep in mind-these are tips for someone like myself who is usually not super, super organized!
Get a separate planner for your blog. I had one, giant planner that I was using for my blog and for my personal life. It may not sound like a big deal at all, but it was hard to keep organized. I ended up getting a separate planner made from May Designs, specifically to keep track of my editorial calendar and my daily blog “to-do” list. I still use my larger, Martha Stewart planner for my every day life-work related things, doctor appointment, family events, etc.
Plan your week. Up until a few weeks ago, I just planned for the week ahead. I read Jill’s post about planning an editorial calendar, and that encouraged me to plan out my whole month. Sounds daunting, and it is sometimes, but it makes this so much easier. Keep in mind though nothing needs to be etched in stone (unless you are doing a brand sponsored post). You will see in my calendar things are crossed out, arrows are drawn and things are shifted around. I am also not specific on my outfit posts. There is no way I can commit to an outfit that far in advance! You crazy??? Really though, if planning a month seems to be too much, start out with a week, then two, then three, etc.
Color Code. This is also a great idea from Jill. I originally was not color coding my editorial calendar. I gave it a try and I love it. Outfit posts are pink, Susquehanna Style posts are orange, green is sponsored posts, etc. Makes things a whole heck of a lot easier.
Be flexible. The world will not forget you if you take a couple of days off. It’s ok. Really, it is. I know- easier said than done. Things happen, stuff comes up, and your calendar or posts get pushed back or not done. It’s fine. Cross shit out, move things around and you’re good to go. This mentality is especially good for someone like myself who is not the most organized!
Get inspiration. This is not in any particular order, obviously, but get inspiration for your posts. This might help you plan out your whole month. I get my inspiration from magazines, tv, the internet, every day life. Magazines are a great source though….I am pretty terrible at getting rid of them too. I like to reference back to them sometimes when I am particularly stumped for post ideas.
Have a place to store post ideas. Whether it’s in your phone, or a designated section in your planner, jot down your ideas when they come to you! If you are like me, you will forget if it’s not written down!
Everyone’s definition of being organized is different, but something as simple as getting a planner for your blog is so helpful. I have already downsized my everyday planner for next year (sorry Martha Stewart but I just can’t carry around a HUGE planner anymore) and purchased my blog planner as well, both May Designs. (If you can’t tell I enjoy May Designs!) I love them because you can customize them, and they are small enough to toss in your purse!
(yes, I color coordinated them on purpose because I usually have both planners on me all the time. So of course I wanted them to match!)
Large Planner: Martha Stewart (Discbound)
Small Planner: May Designs, Rose Teal Print
Pencil Case: c/o Blair Ritchey
Moral of the story? It’s not that hard to get yourself organized, especially if you are someone like me who is organized half of the time, and organized chaos the other half of the time.
1. Get a planner for your blog.
2. Get inspiration.
3. Plan the month (or week or two)
4. Color code.
What are some tips you follow to keep yourself and your blog organized?