Whether you're using your blog to make money or you're writing one just for fun, managing it can be a little messy. There's so much to keep up with - ideas, calendars, post obligations, guest posts - and if you don't organize it, all of the little details can be overwhelming.
I'm one of those people that would forget to wake up in the morning if I didn't have it written down somewhere. I live by the calendar and to do list...it's just an essential in my life. I've tried to wing it before and it was just a disaster. So naturally, I need a way to organize my blog too.
Today, I'm bringing you a way to pretty easily organize every detail of your blog! The printable versions of the pages you see below are exclusively available to my email newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for free and receive access! After you sign up and gain access to my printable library, all of the files you see below are available under the label "Ultimate Blog Planning Notebook."
These can be downloaded to your computer and printed at your convenience. The printables you see fit in a 3-ring binder. You can either print the pages as needed, or put them in sheet protectors and use dry-erase markers on them!
It goes without saying - these files are for personal use only. Please, no commercial distribution of these. If you're in doubt whether or not your use of these files is allowed, email me!
Without further ado...
Cover - because what's a notebook without a pretty cover. :)
Goals/Mission - What do you want to accomplish with your blog? Keep this at the front of your notebook to help keep you focused when planning or writing!
Editorial Calendar - This is kind of "mission control" for your blog. As you find out concrete post dates and finalize times for posts, write them here. I like to cross them out once they're posted or scheduled!
Weekly Planner - This is a little bit more in-depth version of your editorial calendar. Write ideas, social media obligations, and post topics here. I'd recommend printing a few of these at a time to have on hand!
Blog Post Ideas - I seem to always have a few ideas for posts brewing - as you have them, jot them down here! You can always fill in the details later.
Series Post Ideas - What blog series have you thought about doing in the next few months? Organize your thoughts here!
To-Do List - My personal favorite page. :) Manage all of your day-to-day tasks here!
Social Media Calendar - More and more, sponsored posts are requiring social media touts as part of your obligations. Here's a quick and easy way of keeping track of when to do those posts!
Link Party Schedule - Link parties are a great way of showcasing and publicizing your ideas...but there are so, so many of them that it can be difficult to keep track. Post your favorite parties here.
Giveaway Tracker - Keep track of when your giveaways start, end, and whether or not you've picked/emailed a winner.
Purchased Ads - Organize when, where, and how effective your ads purchased on other sites are.
Ads on Blog - Keep track of who's running ads on your blog and make sure you're giving them the exposure they've paid for!
Revenue/Expense Tracker - If you're monetizing your blog, it's important to make sure you're getting out of it what you put in. This is an easy, cut-and-dry way of analyzing your revenue!
Blog Statistics - Analyze your growth rates quickly and easily!
Contacts - Write down sponsors, blog friends, and interesting sites.
Passwords - If you're like me, you have a thousand different passwords for a thousand different sites. Keep them organized here! (Just keep this safe!)
You can access all of these (free) printables by signing up for my email newsletter list below!
Phew...hope that isn't an information overload! Now go get organized! :)
**Update: I've also added pages to this notebook since the post originally aired. Click the images below to go to the site for download!