Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How I Keep My Blog Organized

It's not news to anyone around these parts that I'm OCD. I have a system in place for pretty much everything I do. I like following steps to accomplish tasks. After a while these steps just become my rhythm, where I do things automatically. It's fairly simple in my world: organization is key. One area that I have to be very organized is my blog. Without a few tools and daily check lists, I would be the world's messiest blogger.


I use each tool daily. Well, maybe not the white out but you never know. It might be 2015 but I'm still very much a paper planner girl. While there are tons to choose from, I use a simple monthly view planner that I picked up at Barnes & Noble. When I get an idea of a post, I jot it down on the calender. I simply pick a date and write it in. That helps so much when I'm hit with writer's block. Once the post is written and scheduled in Blogger, I highlight it. Simple enough, right? Sometimes I'm able to bust out 3-4 blogs post a day if Connor naps really well or if James is gone in the evening and I have a little more free time. I color code things too to catch my attention. If a post is going to need linked up with another blogger, I underline it in red and it's an easy reminder. Post-it notes are used to write down little reminders or do quick mail or when I find a blog I like, I'll jot it down on a post-it. I have a personalized Wife Mommy Me notebook thanks to Mister and that's where I keep all my sponsorship information. I'm sure there is a more techy way to collect that info, but like I said before... I dig paper. Here is what this month looks like. 


I don't have a lot of time in the morning to spend on blog orientated tasks so I've found a system that works for me. Each morning, I pull up Wife Mommy Me and click on today's post. I get the unique url for that post and add it to my Facebook blogger group. Takes just a couple seconds. I then add that post to my Wife Mommy Me Facebook page and then exit Facebook. Next is Google+, which we all know is a bit confusing but I'm still working with it. I share my post with Google+ and then I'm done with networking for the day. During the day when I receive emails with comments on a post, I move the email to a designated folder and follow up with them when I have time later on in the day.

Simple office supplies and a quick checklist make blogging Monday through Friday painless. It took me a while to figure out a system that worked but once I got a planner, to plan out my posts and jot my thoughts in, blogging got a whole lot more manageable. Happy blogging!

 


23 comments:

  1. I am JUST now starting to utilize a planner and really liking it. Now if only I had more post ideas to fill it with :D!

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  2. I really don't know how bloggers do it!. I see how busy a life you lead, and I guess a rhythm would help make certain things routine. Using the old paper planner and actually putting a line through a completed, and making notes is more satisfying to me also. Just wish a could make a routine of using the planner daily. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

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  3. I am a new blogger, so still working to find the right rhythm and schedule. I share my blog with my BFF so we keep our schedule digitally in a word document that we share in dropbox. For me the key is to get far enough ahead on writing and images (or do that FIRST THING) that I can focus a lot of my day-to-day energy on networking. Thanks for the tips, I love the idea of having a paper planner as well.

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  4. You have devised such an awesome system to stay organized. It can be a bit overwhelming so I am still trying to find a system that works for me. I may have to adopt some of your best practices.

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  5. So glad to have discovered your space! I love the way you think~

    Elizabeth
    www.allkindsofthingsblog.com
    Home of "Tuesday Talk" and "Pincrazy Thursdays"~

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  6. I need to start using something like that! Sometimes I don't even think my mind works!

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  7. Such great info - thank you so much for sharing your strategies! I picked up a paper planner yesterday - I was using my Surface but there's nothing better than a paper planner you can hold and cover in sticky notes!

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  8. I love reading about how other bloggers organize their blog life! Helps me out! I am kind of obsessed with this kind of stuff!

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  9. Love the planner idea! I'm going to adopt it! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. What a great way to organize! I need to implement some of these for myself.

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  11. Wow, you're so organized. The most organization I do I just scheduling posts before hand

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  12. I use a very similar system. I use both my Google calendar and a regular planner to help organize my posts. I try to get all of my social media posting done in the mornings right after each post goes up and then I spend the rest of the time commenting on other blogs or writing new posts if I have the time. I've only just now gotten to the point where I can't respond to comments as they roll in. I have to save them for later when I can sit down and thoughtfully respond. I've never bothered with Google+ so kuddos to you for figuring it out. =)

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  13. Love this!!!! I'm such a paper gal myself. Personally, I don't feel I stay quite as organized with the high-tech stuff. Love all the tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Love the tips! I too cannot say goodbye to my paper planner. I just feel more organized with it!

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  15. Love it! I need to blog ahead because right now I am blogging every night to get the next days post done. I need to work on going ahead so that I can have a few nights off!

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  16. Ok, first and foremost, I LOVE your handwriting. Sound creepy? I don't care. I love it. I wish I could write this way. My handwriting looks more like a cross between a serial killer and a toddler. These are great tips and I plan to implement some of them. I've kind of started planning like this, but not really. It's a goal of mine to get super organized for this year so thanks for sharing!

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  17. dang you are so organized, and I agree with Courtney - love your handwriting. I dig paper too but I use google calendar as my blog calendar. I think if I used paper it would just be all blacked out because I change things constantly. Move posts around jot ideas etc. Color coding though, that is where it is at!

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  18. i need to use some of these tips. i could use some serious organization.

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  19. Thanks for the insight on your blog planning process! My blog is still in the infant stages. I have a long list of topics to blog about, but I always get anxious before actually writing/publishing the posts. Maybe a clear plan like this will help me to get the ball rolling. :)

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  20. Great tips! Sounds very similar to what I do. I also in the morning (well most) scheduled tweets and other social shares for throughout the day using Hootsuite. It is nice having it all done and then I know they will post throughout the day and I don't even have to think about it.

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  21. Great tips!!! Do you have a tip on getting more hours in the day? Because I am in desperate need of that! I, too, love the paper planner and have one and try to use it often but lately, I've felt like I've had no time to even look at it. I meant to do a post on my planner on Tuesday and then was so tired Monday and opted to answer emails and read blogs that I never made my post. I either need to learn to schedule my posts to post on google plus and/or Facebook or need to clone myself so one of me can go to work (preferably the clone) and one of me can stay home!

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  22. I love your system! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to Tuesday Talk! -Mandy @almond place (co-host for #TuesTalk)

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