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How to Make a Blog Planner

Jan 3, 2013
Happy 2013! It's a new year, which means it's time for a new planner. A blog planner, that is!

I've been getting some questions about how to put together a blog planner with the 'Organized Blogging' printables from my Etsy shop, so I thought I'd post a detailed tutorial on how to make one. The good thing about printables is that you can mix and match them to suit your needs and though I have weekly blog planner printables, I opted to make a monthly blog planner for this tutorial.






I whipped up a simple, but colorful cover and had my printables spiral (or wire) bound with a clear plastic sheet to protect the front. I also added plain white dividers so it would be easy to get to the various sections of the planner. I simply wrote the section titles on the dividers, so please excuse the messy writing! You can use printed labels for a neater look. :)





When you turn the cover page, you'll see the first section of the planner which has a monthly calendar where you can fill in the month and days, and has space for recording your stats for the month. You can use this calendar to note giveaways, ads, and other blogging tasks.


The opposite
page is a monthly list-stye sheet which you can use to schedule your blog posts for up to 31 days in any particular month. There are also check boxes to make sure you stay on top of social media activity each time you post.




 
The next section of the planner contains sheets for brainstorming post ideas and projects for your blog.





This third section of my planner is dedicated to keeping track of any blog income and expenses, and a simple way to tally it all up.




If you're making any income from blogging, or if you're a full-time blogger, you probably have some sponsors who advertise on your blog. This brings me to the fourth section of the planner. Here you can keep track of any ads and giveaways that you run on your blog.




And finally, the last section of the blog planner is for 'Website Login Info.'  This is where you can keep records of any website user names and passwords that are associated with the care and keeping of your blog. Examples would be google analytics, blog hosts, etc.


How to Make This Blog Planner


You will need the printables as shown in the photos above:
  • Monthly Blog Calendar
  • Monthly Blog Post Planner
  • Post & Project Ideas
  • Blog Expenses Tracker
  • Blog Income vs. Expenses
  • Blog Ads & Sponsors
  • Blog Giveaway Tracker
  • Website Login Info
Other materials:
  • Paper for printing (I recommend 100 gsm paper (or higher) so you can print back to back while minimizing the see-through aspect of thinner paper)
  • 4-5 Plain White Dividers
The number of sheets you will need depends on if you'll be making a 6-month planner or a one year planner. The planner in the photos is good for 6 months.


Printing Instructions for a 6-month Blog Planner


Post Planner Section:


1. Print 1 copy of the blog planner cover and the Monthly Blog Calendar back to back.

2. Print 5 copies of the Blog Post Planner page and the Monthly Blog Calendar back to back. 


Post Ideas and Projects Section:

3. Print three copies of the Post Ideas and Projects page back to back.

 
Blog Income & Expenses Section:

4. Print 6 copies of the Income vs. Expenses and the Blog Expense tracker sheet back to back.


Sponsors and Giveaways Section:

5. Print 6 copies of the Blog Ads & Sponsors and Blog Giveaway Tracker back to back.


Useful Information Section:

6. Print 1 -2 copies of the Website Login Info printable, back to back.


After all that printing, just assemble the pages as seen in the photos above and add a white divider between each section. Bring the pages to a copy shop or office store and have the pages spiral bound for a finished look. You can ask for a plastic cover sheet for the front and back of the planner to protect the paper. When that part is done, all that's left is to label the dividers and you can start using your planner!

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, printables are very versatile so you can make any kind of blog planner to suit your needs. Whether it be a planner with a weekly or monthly view, or one that is for 6 months or one year, you can make your own planner sheets, buy them, or you may find some free online. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
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