Sigh…. editorial calendar how do I love thee, let me count the ways…
Before we even delve any further into this topic let me just say that I have a slight obsession with calendars which are …. a part of EVERY good planner. In digital world my two favorites are definitely Google Calendar and Cozi. On my phone, I think I have tried a dozen calendar apps before finally settling on one that is now my go to app which also syncs with my Google Calendar.
The neat thing about Google Calendar? It can be used as editorial calendar. There are plenty of posts online to help you in those endeavors, but for some reason, it just doesn’t work for me. Now, I love Google Calendar, but it just doesn’t work for me as an editorial calendar.
In case you are wondering what the frack I am using, let me show you.
I designed this after a few futile attempts to get Google to work for me. Then I gave up and made my own, which I printed and inserted into my Blog Planner Binder. The reason I prefer it? For one, it’s prettier than Google Calendar. For two, I have space to write down post title, and the bottom row is for noting down the sharing of the post on social media. True, with Google Calendar, you can even pre-write a post draft, or an outline but I prefer doing this by hand. I am kinda old-fashioned in this sense and prefer to do all my planning by hand writing it. It just gives me a better sense of having to do it, then writing it “digitally”…. that can always get edited or deleted. Hand-writing gives you accountability, especially if you don’t carry around white-out :P.
Anyway, back to the topic. This calendar is a part of my Blogging Binder, which is just a little something I made when I made a decision to get out in the public with my blogging adventures and I knew I would need to keep track of certain things without losing my mind. Currently, my Blogging Binder includes 12-month calendar, a page to keep track of post ideas, and project ideas for the blog, essential blog information (hosting, domain name, blog URL, log in name and passwords, social media accounts associated with the blog,
blog designer’s nameoh wait, that’s me…), similar blogs I comment on, blog finances sheet, giveaways tracker, affiliate trackers, and a whole bunch of plain paper to outline my posts. (Yes, I do that sometimes…. by hand).
As far as my editorial calendar for this blog goes… I already know that Mondays are reserved for Cee’s Share Your World Challenge (I am having so much fun with this one),Tuesdays will feature my 52 weeks of swatches project, and I think (this idea is still in development stages) I will feature a random blog tip on Wednesdays.
Anyway, that about covers it from me. I will leave you with a couple of links on developing and maintaining your editorial calendar with Google Calendar, and general tips on creating an editorial calendar. These ladies did a fine job of explaining it, so instead of re-hashing what they said, I will just leave you with their articles.
P.S. If anyone wants more explantion on my blogging binder, or if you want an editorial calendar like I am using, let me know in the comments and I will be more than happy to make you one.