After the post I did on 'My Planner' I promised round two, all about the blog calendar pages that feature inside. I briefly mentioned my blog calendar; it's a analogue way for me to keep track of when my posts go live and schedule upcoming ideas! If you're a blogger who works with brands or likes to post seasonal appropriate content then using a calendar to organise your blog can be really useful.
I used to use Google calendar (and still do now and again) for my blogging schedule. You can read more on how to use an online calendar for blog planning here. But every since stepping into the planner world, I've been obsessed with using my A5 binder for everything, and that includes This Fashion is Mine. I made my own monthly calendar pages on Photoshop, starting with a simple table. You can download my basic calendar template for A5 pages here and fill in the dates and month as you go along either by hand or through Photoshop. Feel free to jazz up the calendar pages as much as you like, but because I like to use sticky notes everywhere, I choose not to decorate my calendar pages.
My calendar works as follows; a post idea gets taken from the 'blog post idea bank'* and put into the calendar on a sticky note. I can move it around. I can see how it sits with the rest of my content. For example, I don't want to post two beauty related articles back-to-back, and the calendar helps me clearly see what I've already done and plan for the future. Once a blog post goes live on This Fashion is Mine the temporary sticky note is thrown away and I use a pen to write it down permanently.
I sometimes have posts that need to go live by a certain date so I make sure they fit into my schedule, and if needs be, push other things back. I have a notes column down the right hand side for extras, such as info that needs to go into a blog post, or a list of any brands I'm working with that month. It works for me as a 'part-time' blogger posting around twice a week.
*blog post idea bank - this could be a notebook, or monthly 'to-blog' list. Whatever you use to keep track of post ideas!
I've just started colour coding my calendar. If you have particular topics that you always blog about (e.g. fashion, beauty, craft, lifestyle, how to, etc) assign them each a colour! This trick really helps you to see how your posts pan out throughout the month. At the moment I'm posting approximately twice a week but if you're a very frequent blogger posting every day, then a weekly calendar might work well for you. I don't include too much detail on my calendar, but if you wanted to, you could even track page views or mark off social media tasks to do with each post.
Here's a close up of the calendar pages. I have the days of the week running horizontally across two pages and boxes for each date of the month which I can fill with ideas until the post goes live. It might look quite messy and confusing right now, but keep in mind I remove these flag sticky notes once a post is complete and by the end of the month I have clutter free pages.
If you'd like to read more posts about how I stay organised and plan content for This Fashion is Mine please check out the Blogging Tips page.