1.22.2015

Planner Printable // Free Blog Planner

I've been loving using my Raspberry Saffiano Filofax that I picked up on Amazon for a steal way back in August/September of 2014.  And the part I've been loving the most is my Blog Planner that you probably saw in my Blogging Kit 2.0 post (ps - original Blogging Kit is here).  I had this section in my old planner and just moved it over to my Filofax & fine tuned it.  Today I want to share with you a free printable blog planning calendar like I use when I sit down to blog.  I've gotten a lot of requests on YouTube and in general to share the actual inserts - and I'm here with them today!  (All downloads are at the end of the post!)
Editorial Calendar
First off I sat down with my calendar open in word and mapped out all the reoccurring posts on my blog.  I used to this in my original blog planner - see that here - and it worked really great to keep me organized and motivated.  I just did a digital version in word this time on a month on one page calendar I designed.
By filling in all the reoccurring posts, I know exactly the open spaces in the month and exactly what needs to be done the week before.  There are weekly segments - Make it Monday, Trend Tuesday, Wednesday Decor - and monthly segments - Boost your Blog, Monthly Favorites, Goals, and Goal Review - and new segments I've added bi-weekly - app reviews, Beauty Reviews, etc.  This gives me a good outline but because it's my blog nothing is really set in stone!

I don't hold myself to this, though.  If things need to be moved around - I move them around.  I'd rather go with inspiration than feel limited to a rigid schedule.

Weekly Scheduler
Between my calendar and my idea pages I have small 1/4 page weekly planning pages.  These pages are where I write down exactly what I have scheduled for the week.  Since my editorial calendar can get to be just a generic overview these weekly pages get the name of the post on the corresponding day/date after it's been scheduled.
I try to plan a few weeks in advance and this just gives me an idea of exactly what is happening on what day and I can see more clearly exactly what is going on in a specific week.  I can also see what week is missing posts.  I don't pressure myself - if I have a full week of posts, amazing! But I try to shoot for 3 completed posts that I'm proud of.  I focus on quality over quantity!

Blog Post Idea Pages
The next part of my blog planning arsenal are blog post planning pages. Once I have an idea that I want to really focus on developing in to a blog post I move it over the these Idea Pages.  Because of the 3 columns I can see the idea to completion more easily.

I like that I can compartmentalize my ideas.  I find that if I have a broad idea that I can't break down I get overwhelmed & it gets pushed aside.  I have plans to reopen my etsy shop but because I can't compartmentalize the designs I want to sell, I can't find myself working towards it.  I need to create a system for that!  So the first column is for the topic idea which may turn into the name of the blog post.  In the second column is a notes feature.  Here I write any notes about what I want to share, any steps I need to remember, etc.
Then I can move it to my to do list area in my weekly planning pages.  From there I can work on the post during the week checking off the boxes in the 3rd column.  Since I try to squeeze in blogging where I can I might photograph for a few posts one day, right the draft post another, etc.  If the post is checked off as scheduled that means I'm totally done with it and I can just wait for it to go live.  The publish check box just lets me know what ideas have been seen all the way through.

So today I have for you the downloads of all three of these things!!  Now, don't hurt me but I'm not 100% sure these will work!  I designed them in Word and that calendar should be editable - there is a Word document and a PDF inclueded.  You should be able to type into the template your own editorial calendar.  Additionally, these are made to print on paper trimmed to 5.5x8.5 inches - so half-letter size.  I use half letter size in my A5 Filofax because it fits just fine for me!


I hope these printable planner pages work for you!! These would be great for an A5 size filofax, a half size binder like I used to use, or you could bind them however you wish!  You could trim and punch them to clip into a coil bound planner as well.

Please remember that these pages are for personal use.  Please play fair - don't disseminate these as your own, only link to the blog post, don't sell these, and just all around be nice.  Hope you enjoy!

xoxo, Moe

5 comments:

  1. These are amazing!! Thanks for sharing, I'll definetly use them to organise my life/ blog hahah

    xx Cecil

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    1. :) wonderful! That's what they are for!!

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  2. These look great! I especially like the blog post idea template. I use a paper editorial calendar as well as an online one and wrote about it last month. I find that it helps me visualise better when I see it on paper.

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    1. Agreed, I tried doing digital but it is better for me if it's something physical.

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