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Do you ever wonder how some bloggers seem to have it together almost effortlessly? You know the ones I’m talking about. Never miss responding to comments, participating in link-ups on a daily basis, hosting their own link up or photo challenge, active members of blogging networks, contributing to other blog sites, networking until their fingers fall off, maintaining their website themselves, and even finding time to visit others to leave thoughtful comments! Let me tell you a little secret. Hiding behind every great blogger is a Project Manager of sorts and without some type of organizational process in place, they wouldn’t be quite as efficient.
Since organization is an obsession of mine, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to organize your little part of the blogosphere. I don’t know about you but I find the more organized I am, the less stressed I feel. Stress should have no part in blogging. If it does, than it’s time to make a change and fast.
About a few months back, I went to Staples and bought myself a binder, folders, hole puncher, an assortment of colored paper to use as dividers, some colored pens, and a couple highlighters. With those few supplies, I was able to organize quite a collection of useful and frequently referenced documents all in one place, my bloggy binder! It has been such a tremendous help! Not sure how I ever lived without it!
Before you can put together a binder, however, YOU’LL NEED SOME OF THESE ESSENTIALS:
- A blog to do list. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A few lines with a checkbox next to them will do. Examples of items on my to do list are: 1. update a page on my website 2. host a link up 3. draft a letter for sponsor requests.
- A list of post ideas.
- A post calendar. This will help you remember what posts you wanted to publish on which days.
- A daily schedule. I’ve attached an example schedule below.
- A list of user names and passwords for all your social networks, affiliates, blogging networks and directories, search engine optimization (SEO) tools, etc.
- Html and CSS code that you’ve learned, used on your website, or will use at some point.
- A list of technical support websites. A place you can refer to when you need to adjust code or make fixes to your website.
- Articles on blogging such as tips, tutorials, and resources.
- Email inquiries that need to be responded to or followed up on.
Need some templates to get you started?
No problem. Take a look at these great resources that offer organizational templates for little to no money!
1. The Ultimate Blogging Planner by Say Not Sweet Anne
2. Blog Post Planner by Creative Girl Media
3. Blog Planners on Etsy
4. Free Blog Planner Printable by Barely Mommy
5. 2013 Blog Planner by Confessions of a Homeschooler
6. Organized Blog Planner by Organizing Homelife
7. Weekly Blog Planners by Design Finch
Like this article? Feel free to visit my blog, CROPPED STORIES, for more tips and tutorials!