Hey everyone! My name is Danielle and I blog over at Framed Frosting. In the last bloggers chat, there was a question about how you balance your blog and other activities. My answer was as follows… “My editorial calendar is my BFF. It has posts laid out for each week and an overview of the month. Also ideas for new posts!”
Within minutes of tweeting that, I got quite a few replies from other bloggers. They all wanted to immediately make one but had no idea where to start. I’ve only been using my calendar for about a month now, but it has helped out tremendously! I thought I’d share my tips & tricks with you all!
I’m a full-time student and I work on the weekends, but I always find time for my blog. Having an editorial calendar has helped me budget my time and prevent writer’s block. I always have about 2 to 3 posts scheduled and ideas for future posts too!
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As you can see I have separate columns for the following…
- Topic – This is how I keep track of what is what. Is it beauty related? Or a giveaway I’m hosting? Or maybe it’s just a reminder that my newsletter will be sent out today. Basically this is a one word category that lets me know what my post will be about.
- Title — My titles describe what my post will be about and sometimes I choose to get creative with them. Other times they are just plain and simple.
- Status — This handy little column allows me to keep track of what I’ve actually done and what posts I need to write up when I have time that week.
- Complete means that the post has been written, edited, and published on the blog.
- Active means that my newsletter campaign is active and will send out that week.
- Pending means that I haven’t written the post yet but plan when I have some time.
- Scheduled means that the post is uploaded to Blogger and scheduled for a specific date.
- Due Date — This column helps me stay on track with my posts. You’ll see that all my posts have a due date, even the pending ones. Mostly, these dates for me are a target goal of when I’d like to have the post published on the blog by. However, for sponsors and guest bloggers this is a strict due date. I have let them know their post will be up that day and they expect to see it!
- That little arrow next to “Due Date” also lets me know that I have these sorted by date which puts them all in order. You could also choose to sort by “Status” if you’d like.
- Notes — I don’t use this column all the time, but it is definitely helpful to keep track of small notes rather than having sticky notes all over my desk and bulletin board. My newsletters all have notes letting me know when they are sent to my readers. I’ll also include notes like “waiting on e-mail reply before posting” or “waiting to receive product for review”.
I hope you all have enjoyed hearing about how I use my editorial calendar to organize my life. I have definitely found that keeping track of everything and having a few posts scheduled each week is a huge time saver. It also helps me out if I have a busy week of studying to do. I can be rest assured that I have time to study and my readers will still have a post to look at that day.
Want to get started on your own editorial calendar? Well you’re in luck! I’m providing a free download template so you can get started. Just click here to download the file and make it your own!
On one tab, you’ll see a calendar like the one I use. And on the other tab you’ll see a calendar of April so that you have an overall view of the month and what day of the week corresponds to each date.
About the author: My name is Danielle and I’m a college girl. When I’m not doing homework, studying for exams, or watching my favorite TV shows, I’m usually online. I use this blog as my one creative outlet, as I was never good at drawing or painting. This blog is about all things beauty and fashion, and some tasty snacks once in awhile too. Visit Framed Frosting