Tuesday, April 23

printable editorial calendar // get organized


when i started this blog, i said it was to share my inspiration and to document my journey to starting a business. i'm not sure that i have ever shared any looks into running my own business.. but i totally should. i'm sure there are plenty of people reading that are working towards or doing the same. it's only been a little over a year since i became a full time, "business owner" (sounds so weird and not at all correct, but i guess it is!), and i am not even close to being an expert. to be honest, i've learned a lot along the way, and the hard way at that. there are little things that i do or try to implement though that i thought i could pass along to you and maybe make your life a little easier on your journey!

between going to alt in january, taking my share of alt classes via the internet, reading books and reading lots of blogs, i can't tell you how many times i've heard "have an editorial calendar". this totally scared me at first. how on earth was i going to come up with content, days, weeks, even months in advance? i pretty much thought that was impossible. but if you are like most bloggers, you have stacks of tear sheets from magazines, overflowing pins that have inspired you for a project, and lists in notebooks and scraps of paper that need to be put into action. i realized all i needed to do was go back to this stash and pull ideas. so easy!

to keep myself organized, i created a monthly and weekly editorial calendar and a copy here for you to download and get yourself organized!


one thing i learned in an alt class on getting your content organized was to start with the big picture and plan for the year ahead. in each month, assign yourself a sort of "theme" that you'd like to focus on that month. so for example, if i were planning for february, my theme might be valentines day, love, red and pink projects, etc. obviously holiday months are going to be easier, but also think about seasons. for june, i will most likely be planning around summer trends and outdoor entertaining. not every single post needs to be focused on that theme, but you can plan your big projects and posts based on it.
once you have your theme or direction, pick 4 things that you know you want to post about, make those posts the ones that your readers respond to the most. for example, i would have at least one post each month that was a printable, a diy, a real party, and a recipe... posts i think my readers love. brainstorm ideas that fit into those 4 categories and post one a week. decide how many times a week you'd like to post in addition to those four bigger posts and fill in the blanks. they can, but don't have to, relate to your bigger posts. so if i posted a real party, that week i can also show you how to get that look on your own by creating a shopping list, or an inspiration board preceding the post to get readers excited, or even a sneak peek one day and talk about your progress.


after you have a loose direction on your monthly content, go into more detail each week and plan on what you need to do to get there and how long before the actual post you have to do that. use the weekly calendar to finalize posts for that week and break out tasks for the next. my goal is to have content ready to go 2 weeks ahead of time, a far cry from my 1 day to a few hours! the word on the street is when you plan ahead, you have more time to come up with even more amazing content for the future. i believe that, but haven't been able to get past my procrastinating ways. as always, i try and post stuff here though to keep me accountable... hopefully it works this time?

[i found this calendar recently and was inspired by her design but needed something to fit my style. i was inspired by her use of the bottom to jot down ideas. love this area to keep all of my ideas for the future in one place! after the week is over, transfer the unused ideas to a notebook and keep them on file.]


how many bloggers do i have out there? how do you guys plan ahead?

you totally don't even have to be a blogger to use this though, pin a copy up in your place to plan your days or meals.. it's too pretty not too ;) oh, and if you love the polka dots, they are the same that i used on these matchboxes. not sure why you would need matching matches to your editorial calendar.. just saying.


19 comments:

  1. Just found your blog and love it, so much beautiful and inspirational stuff!

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    1. thanks tereza. glad you can find some inspiration here ;)

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  2. Lovely! I will have to use yours for my food planning throughout the month! To answer your question... I plan ahead using an editorial calendar that I created ( I, like you, found a lot of not quite right ones and had to make my own) and todoist.com to organize my blog and freelance projects. It has kept my head on straight for sure! If you need additional items for your editorial calendar (or ideas for additional supplements) I've got sheets for tracking collaborations, tracking social media, tracking affiliate programs, and tracking your growth! http://www.awellcraftedparty.com/2013/01/free-printables-blog-planner.html

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    1. you are on it! i will check out your link, thanks!

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  3. I have been trying to find the perfect solution to an editorial cal. Mine is very similar to yours. I just recently started planning a month in advance. And after reading this post I realize I can plan my entire year. I love this post I think you did a really good job explaining the breakdown in planning. Cheers!

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    1. thanks elisa! when i first heard of planning for the year i thought that was crazy... but once you break it down it's so much easier than it seems. you aren't committing to daily posts, just an outline. so glad this got you planning:)

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  4. This is such a good idea!! I have never made myself write down and schedule my blog posts. Half the time they are last minute and just come to me, which is not a good thing at all! So I am going to try this out! So nice of you to share and such a good idea about creating 4 strong posts then creating ones around that. Printing as I type this:)
    xx,
    Becky
    http://cellajane.blogspot.com

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    1. even if you can get them planned a few days ahead of time it helps tremendously! that's where i am right now... not at my goal of 2 weeks, but it definitely helps the stress level:) i think you should also leave room for those spontaneous posts too though, they aren't always a bad thing.

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  5. I've been trying to plan my posts earlier in advance and it's helped a lot. You've given me a ton more ideas too! Just curious, do you think the online ALT classes are worth it? I'm looking into taking one or a few and would love to hear what you thought of them and which ones you think are beneficial!

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    1. i have definitely learned a lot from the classes. just took a photography one yesterday (totally off this subject), but learned invaluable little tricks about my camera that will definitely help my photography. i also learned a lot on this subject of editorial calendars in one! sometimes they can be a bit basic as there are different levels of people in the class... but they have always been worth my time (and the affordable price tag!)

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  6. I love this and I plan a month in advance for my posts. I use a monthly calendar and write which day I want to launch each post. Sometimes things get moved around but it typically works well. PS I am a new follower. Your blog looks great.

    xoxo
    Mags
    http://magsmind22.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks mags! i move stuff around too... a lot. when i have time to make the calendars pretty i like to use washi tape and plan posts on that so i can move them around from day to day:)

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  7. Thank you SOOO much for sharing! Its quite funny because these last few days I've been thinking about making my own calendar for my blog, i needed a way to be more organized.. then i came across your wonderful blog and have fallin "IN LOVE" with it!! thanks so much and please do share more about your business and how you got to where you are. I just launched my blog and am obsessed with starting my own business.. any other little things like this calendar will be greatly appreciated!

    www.stephypenny.com

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    1. well best of luck with your new blog, so exciting! i will be sure to make this more of a regular thing. i love hearing that so many people can benefit.

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  8. I just found your blog and thanks so much for sharing this. I am in need of blog organization. I have a blog notebook that I jot ideas done and make a to-do list, but this is so much more organized and cute!

    www.chippasunshine.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi everyone. Have you seen Teamup Calendar? It can be an alternative if you'd like to save time. It's an online calendar with lots of flexibility, like extendable time line and note space, easily edit/copy/move or create recurring items as you plan/update/tweak your content. And of course you can print daily or weekly or monthly calendar filled with content or just blank! Tip: Best to print with Chrom, other browsers are less optimal.

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  10. Over the years I've ordered dozens of calendars that were printed with less than expected quality. Last year my company printed some calendars with PCA Delta in Pompano Beach FL, and they were great. I've been printing with them ever since. If you need calendars printed go to http://www.pcadeltaprinting.com/ I strongly recommend them.

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  11. Over the years I’ve ordered dozens of calendars that were printed with less than expected quality. Last year my company printed some calendars with PCA Delta in Pompano Beach FL, and they were great. I’ve been printing with them ever since. If you need calendars printed go to http://www.pcadeltaprinting.com/ I
    strongly recommend them.

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