If you’re like me the whole month of January has been dedicated to getting organized. (As usual I’m a little late to the game.) I should probably start planning my organizational tactics before the New Year actually arrives so I can stop feeling like I’m playing catch up all. of. the. time. But here’s the deal, last week I shared all about my Dreams By Design Life Planner and hinted at the fact that I prefer my Life Planner and Blog Planner all in one place. I have looked at several different Blog Planners but haven’t found a single one that encompasses exactly what I am looking for (shocking, I know!). For a hot minute I considered creating my own but then I realized I had absolutely no time for that so I started searching through all the free blog planner templates on Pinterest. I found so many resources that are more efficiently designed than I could have created myself. And guess what?? Because I keep nothing to myself (ever) I am sharing my favorite free blog planner pages with you!
Creating A Free Blog Planner
Before you print out every single free blog planner you come across it is important to determine what key elements you are looking for in a blog planner (trust me in this- I speak from experience. You will end up feeling very guilty about the mass amounts of trees you just pointlessly killedwhen you realize you won’t be using half of the pages you printed out). This may shift and change as you look at free printables and will probably continue to change as you go throughout a year of blogging but it’s good to start with a plan in place. (Of course, if you’re like me all things in your life are constantly evolving in an effort to become more efficient. By the time I’m 60 I should have this organized life thing down!)
My key elements included:
- ample brainstorming space
- dream pages
- 1 year overview
- monthly calendar
- weekly blog calendar
- earnings/expenses tracker
- networking plans
- sponsored posts details
- daily checklist
Blog Planner Layout:
I love being able to flip quickly between my life planner and blog planner so I use a ton (as in around 5 packs) of dividers. At the moment I have my Dreams By Design Life Planner in the front of my binder and my “AKW” Blog Planner in the back. My planner is broken down into the following sections: Goals, Details, Dreams, Networking, Yearly Overview, Monthly Calendars/Plans, Project Plans, Sponsored Posts. In the following section you will see an image of a blog planner page. When you click on this image it will take you to the original post.
*Please note!! All pages by Abbey at Just a Girl and Her Blog will take you to her eBook, Building A Framework. This was the very first blogging resource I purchased and it was my right hand as I set up A Kreative Whim. When you purchase the eBook you receive a .pdf of Abbey’s Blog Binder printables. She is highly organized and efficient so her printables are always among my favorites! Several of the files I am sharing today came from the Blog Binder (If you haven’t purchased Building a Framework yet but you are trying to start or monetize a blog GO check it out!) *
Each of these pages came from Just a Girl and Her Blog. Abbey does a great job of helping my organize my dreams for A Kreative Whim without being overwhelmed and shutting down!
The “Events and Holidays” page is one of my favorites!! I am constantly behind posting holiday activities but this list helps me keep upcoming holidays in mind (yes I know it’s 3 years old. PDX didn’t offer this page for 2016. Good thing we celebrate the same holidays every year!) The “Year Overview” spread is pulled from my Dreams by Design Life Planner.
There is a section with these pages for each month. I love the Blog Brainstorming page because I can write my ideas out on top and then assign them a date all on one page.
The “Week Of” page is printed 4 times (once for each week). I have linked you to the 2016 updated version so it looks a little different than mine.
Right now I only print one BLOG IT: earnings page… my goal for the end of the year is to need 2 each month!
I have just started working with brands to create sponsored material. Some brands have few guidelines and some will overload you. I love this page for 2 reasons: 1- I don’t have to constantly refer back to on-line instructions and 2- if I write something down I am more likely to remember it (and I’m more likely to read all steps since I have a plan for organizing the information!).
Some days I’m on point with my blog tasks and other days (ummmmm…. today!) I am sleep deprived and holding sick kids and my brain turns to mush and it’s impossible to remember one bloggy thing that needs to get done. This Daily Blog Checklist is a great place to start and takes you beyond the standard post publishing list.
This particular Link Party page is fantastic because it gives a visual picture of when link parties will be open.
Thanks for dropping by!
I hope you have a few new ideas (and resources) to get organized. While some of these pages did come as part of a purchase you can find many similar pages free on Pinterest.
I am in the process of redesigning and combining a few of these free blog planner pages to help increase my networking accountability (anyone else drop a link in a Facebook group and then forget where you left it???). Once it’s perfected I will be sure to update you.
What are your blog planner needs? Do you have a fabulous page I am missing out on? Please share!!!
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