Welcome to the second part of my series on blog organization. The first part of the series was on the plugins I use and this post will be on scheduling.
I used to use exclusively Google Calendar to help me schedule my posts. It was great because I was able to sync between computer and my phone. However, I had some problems with it. I was forgetting to look at it or update it as often as I should.
Now, I use a May Designs planner. I have a months + dots agenda and I will show you how I use it. The months are, obviously, for scheduling and I use the dots to help keep track of reading challenges.
The first thing I did when I got my planner was add a key to each month’s page. My key is as follows:
- red for Monthy Wrap-Ups
- green for Reviews
- purple for Discussions
- blue for Memes
- orange for Catholic Liturgical Calendar
- pencil for personal things or tentative posts
I then went through with my orange pen to add the feasts of the liturgical calendar. I took this step because I will sometimes align certain posts with certain feast days. Most of you probably don’t do anything like this, but I did.
Next, I went through the year with my pencil to print in personal events such as days I’m going to be traveling or days when I have something going on.
Then, I went through the year again with my red pen to add Monthly Wrap-Ups. This was easy since I usually pick the last day of the month unless I have a good reason not to. One month’s wrap-up had to be moved since I wasn’t going to be in the country when I would usually have posted it.
Next, I write Memes in blue as I schedule them. However, until they are scheduled on the blog, I keep them in pencil in case I decide not to do them. This has happened quite a bit recently as I haven’t been feeling well and, subsequently, I haven’t spent as much time prepping posts.
Discussion posts are scheduled in my planner in pencil until they are ready to be scheduled on the blog. Then I switch to purple for them. Discussion posts tend to move around a bit depending on my mood and if I actually wrote the post I wanted to write on time.
Reviews are entered in my planner in green once they are written and scheduled. I enter the reviews in pencil when I begin to read a book or accept a review copy. Pencil is so much easier to move around than colored pen.
So that is basically how I plan and schedule posts. Usually, there are reviews on Mondays, Thursdays, and some Saturdays. Memes are usually Tuesdays and Fridays, if I have them written in time. Discussion posts are typically Wednesdays though there isn’t a discussion every Wednesday.
The following pictures were taken in late January and help to show how I use my planner.
This is how I schedule. Let me know if this helped you at all and please feel free to share how you schedule in the comments.