The past few months I’ve paid a serious amount of time to how I organize my blog, creating a blog planner, and it is paying off.
Let’s get real here: I am an unorganized person. Chaos is my system, as much as I try to convince myself otherwise. Thankfully I am getting much better about this as I get older, but it is this quality that allows me to feel qualified to tell you that this is such an easy, (gorgeous), and functional way to organize your blog.
In 2015, I used printable sheets I designed myself. When I fell into a habit of how I was organizing and using an editorial calendar, I decided it was time to graduate to a real blog planner. I knew it needed something basic that I could customize to my needs, as well as something small and easy to use.
Which is how I landed on designing my own custom notebook with May Designs. In fact, I liked it so much, I ordered another one for my own personal life.
First off, these babies are beautiful. May Designs allows a totally customizable notebook, which is what I was immediately drawn to. I knew for me to want to stick to using an planner, I needed to be thrilled by it’s appearance, not just it’s functionality.
May Designs has so many different patterns you can use to customize your notebook. Everything from florals, prints, pantone colors, marble, sorority prints, gold foil, neon, girly, and so much more. I chose this gorgeous print that compliments my blog design with the blue and gold, and (my favorite part!) added my blog name to the front. Did I mention this was all FREE to do?
As beautiful as it is on the outside, it has the versatility inside to match. As it a canvas covered notebook that has a stitched binding, it is very easy to open and lay flat, which is awesome. I have a hard time with notebooks that aren’t spiral-bound because I hate that they can’t lay flat when they’re open, but this one gives me no problem. And it’s portable size means I can carry it easily with me without taking up a lot of space.
Depending on the print, you can pick which internal design you want for your notebook. For my Blog Planner I chose the Weekly + Monthly Agenda, but for my personal planner, I chose one of the regular weekly planners with a space to write notes. They also have academic agendas, several different variations of weekly and monthly agendas, prayer and gratitude journals, exercise and health journal, adult coloring book, address book, meal planner and more.
(I’m showing you January as I don’t want to give away any of my February Secrets! To see those, you’ll have to keep reading!)
On the monthly view, I use the side space to keep track of my monthly goals. On the actual calendar, I write the name of the blog post on the day it goes live, as well as keep a small list of “To-Dos” under the post so I can keep track of my progress at-a-glance. Not pictured here (but are all mapped out for February!), I also use this page to schedule things such as specific Instagram posts for content promotion, notes about sponsorships, blog chats, etc.
Using the weekly view is where I get a bit more complicated. The name of the post is on the day in which it goes live, a small “To-Do” list, as well as other blog tasks: Candidly Kelsey Weekly email put together on Thursday to be sent out Friday, I jot down other things on certain days in relation to blog admin, like picture taking, emailing, etc. If I’m on the go, I use this space to also keep notes for specific posts.
I liked this so much that I reached out to May Designs, and they offered to let me giveaway one of their notebooks for FREE to one of my readers! So now you can design and customize your own gorgeous blog planner too!
Here’s how it works: The giveaway is only open to those who live in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK, as those are the only countries May Designs is able to ship to at the moment. The giveaway ends on February 16th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will then be contacted by May Books, and you can make your own notebook! How cool is that?
Go forth, friends. Enter to win, share to tell your friends, and good luck! In the mean time, got any other organizing tips for blogging? Leave them in the comments!
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