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My paper blog planner - being intentional about the blog and how I organise my ideas into actions

This little blog has come a long way since I used it as a place to store my Project Life layouts to apply to¬†the Paislee Press creative team. I have met¬†amazing people. Some of which I’d consider my best friends. I’ve been contacted about creative teams through this blog. I’ve kept accountable to myself for creating. I’ve found glorious communities.

It is only fair that since this blog has given me so much, I make an effort to give back. How? A conscious effort to produce quality posts that add value instead of just waste time.

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In 2014 I used the Calendar plug in for WordPress. It’s glorious, and I’m going to continue using that as my digital post organisation. But there’s something that writing does for me that typing does not. Ideas flow through my pen, where they stutter through my keyboard.

For my 2015 blog planner, I used the blog planner in my Etsy store. Andrea approached me about making a blog planner. This was great because it had been on my Todoist since forever to reach out to her. There are very few people who are as well organised as Andrea, and the way she launched her blog and consistently posted amazing posts was very inspiring. Together, we came up with the most comprehensive blog planner I have come across. I worked with V for the design, using her hand lettering, and voila. The Pretty Organised Blog planner was born.

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I used this planner, along with one of my dotted khaki Moleskines to prepare for 2015.

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I also added some die cut gold foil from my Silhouette Portrait because Vanessa’s lettering just looks infinitely better in gold foil. I printed the¬†pages I needed from the planner onto Moleskine paper at two pages per sheet. This made A5 paper, and was a bit smaller than the Moleskine’s paper, but I’m okay with that. I didn’t want to waste sheets and cut it down like I usually do.

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All of my Moleskines¬†have an index. I usually number my pages by hand while watching a TV show and that’s when I add the numbers. This is one of the few Moleskines I’ve made where I’ve had a full list of contents¬†before a full notebook. I got over myself and just split the notebook into its sections and didn’t worry if the¬†Features section was not long enough, or if I had too many posts for pages. I just went for it. Cheers to a Caylee who gives up control.

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Lately I am freaking loving index tabs. I mean, hello. How cute? I usually use double sided tape to stick it down but I was lazy and used a stapler this time. Not perfect. But there.

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Have you noticed my spiffy layout update? All planned in¬†my planner. I wish I had have kept screenshots of previous designs, but at least I’ve started now.

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No freaking clue what I’m going to put in here. I am not an intentional social media person. But I’d like to try.

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And here’s where the main planning will happen for the year.

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In the yearly view, I’ll keep note of any BIG things, such as announcements, blog post series, etc.

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On the right, a¬†month at a view. This will my my WordPress Calendar Plugin in paper form. I love seeing it this way because I can easily see if my posting is¬†clustered. I don’t like clustered. I often get bursts of inspiration and want to share the blog posts all immediately, but I need to learn to wait, and to schedule.

On the left is a more detailed look, with a column for completion.

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Blank!

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The headers are: draft, photos taken, photos edited, photos uploaded, final draft, published.

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I’ve been enjoying handwriting posts lately, then typing them up and fine tuning. This is my Letting Go post.

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Oh, she’s a beauty.

What about you? Do you plan your blog posts or is it more spontaneous? Any tips?

Comments

  • This is so great!! You made it again
    and I love you blog planner in the Moleskine. Win + win

    5 Dec 2014
  • This looks gorgeous!! I wish I was this organised with planning my blog.. Right now it’s always relatively spontaneous (except the few posts that are due on a certain date), because I just don’t have the time and energy right now to invest in some planning and organising.. Which makes me kinda sad because I would love to have a more structured way of blogging..
    One step at a time, I guess. But I’ve already added your blog planner to my wishlist :)

    5 Dec 2014
  • She truly is a beauty! And I love the idea of making a screenshot of your current look of the blog!

    5 Dec 2014
  • Love getting a look at your blog planner – you inspire me!!

    5 Dec 2014
  • I have a mixture of planned and spontaneous, I believe. I always posts PL on Mondays and then on the weekends I post my 52 photos project. That will stay the same for 2015. Other than that I fill in as the ideas come to me !

    5 Dec 2014
  • Caylee! First off, love your blog (long time reader, first time commenter). Since you mentioned that you wish you’d grabbed old screen shots of your previous designs, I just want to let you know about the internet archive project (https://archive.org/web/)– they might have archives of your site that you could screen grab from them.

    5 Dec 2014
  • For me, everything is planned. No reason to when anything is to be posted, just what sounds good to be on that day. Post ideas are kept, and then the week’s are filled up at least a week in advance. But, as I am mostly just starting out, everything is farily simple at this point – as in not a whole lot else to keep much track of!

    5 Dec 2014
  • I have tried in so many ways to plan blog posts. I even went as far as have themed days. In the end, I just go with it. Thursdays is art day and usually the only day I try to push myself to post on but other then that I am free will. haha.

    5 Dec 2014
  • Love it! Crafty, pretty and organized…perfect combo!!

    5 Dec 2014
  • 6 Dec 2014
  • lovely to see how you work! i use a little home-made planner, basically the same idea just not as detailed as your amazing planner. ;)
    xo, cheyenne

    7 Dec 2014
  • Nat

    Love this. I’m right in the same spot. I did a project planning workshop at work earlier this year that is really affecting how I think about planning. I just sat on Thursday and planned out the first quarter of 2015 and made some goals about recurring series for the year. I’m trying to leave room for of-the-moment, but I like that I have something to work towards.

    Also, planning hard copy rules :) I’ve started jotting posts down by hand and find it makes them better.

    7 Dec 2014
  • I stumbled accross your blog today and I love it! I like planning my blogposts because I mostly post printables which I need to design and photograoh beforehand. However some of my best blog posts are the ones that come about in the spur of a moment. S

    9 Dec 2014
  • I love the idea of you keeping a record of layouts/screenshots. And I’m totally with you on writing vs. typing. There’s a lot to be said for the analog approach (to everything).

    Uncustomary Art.

    12 Dec 2014

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