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.
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.
I used this planner, along with one of my dotted khaki Moleskines to prepare for 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And here’s where the main planning will happen for the year.
In the yearly view, I’ll keep note of any BIG things, such as announcements, blog post series, etc.
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.
The headers are: draft, photos taken, photos edited, photos uploaded, final draft, published.
I’ve been enjoying handwriting posts lately, then typing them up and fine tuning. This is my Letting Go post.
Oh, she’s a beauty.
What about you? Do you plan your blog posts or is it more spontaneous? Any tips?