When I first heard about editorial calendars I was intrigued and fascinated. I am intrigued and fascinated about a lot of things, just ask me how many articles and youtube videos I’ve watched on how people use and/or create their planners. I could only wonder if an editorial calendar was what I needed to become a more regular blogger. Time will tell.
I read with great interest “How to create a blog editorial calendar,” found at Launch Grow Joy. This article really put the whole idea of having a blog post calendar in prospective for me. I realize the article is directed more for business type blogs, but I got a lot out of it.
Another article that really was very inspiring to me and directed to bloggers, was found at Tales of Beauty for Ashes. You can read the original post “Why You Need an Editorial Calendar,” here.
AND, I can’t even count how many times I’ve visited Michele McGraw’s Pinterest board on editorial calendars. Oh, the inspiration!!!!
I admire all of it, and while I love jotting lists down in notebooks, I’ve found what is truly working for me (so far) is just keeping a “Post 2014” file saved on my PC. Below is a look at October 2014. I type each day of the month. Then I add any holidays next to the appropriate day. Then I add any appointments, or parties, or things I have to do. Then I add potential post titles/ideas. I have a simple code: (P) published, (S) scheduled, (W) written so I can see at a glance what’s been done. Then I schedule it. Then I publish it. Of course, writing a post is half the battle.
I have also started an “On Reserve” posts file to store posts written and waiting to be published. These will come in handy on those days that I’m rushed or have nothing eventful to write about (most days). I’ll just add photos and push publish.
On a personal level, I LOVE, love, LoVe my blog. Love it! I wish I had known about blogging lonnng before I began. I love being able to look back and see what we did on a particular day. That very reason is why I have made it a goal to be more intentional with blogging. I want to REMEMBER IT ALL!
Here’s what my “editorial calendar” looks like. Note: Lots of empty days, but building steam.
(P) Published (S) Scheduled (W) Written
Blog Posts for October 2014
October 1, 2014:
October 2, 2014:
October 3, 2014: (Friday) Welcome October (P)’
October 4, 2014:
October 5, 2014: Church
October 6, 2014:
October 7, 2014:
October 8, 2014: Things to Do in October (P)
October 9, 2014: My Personal Goals for October (P)
October 10, 2014:
October 11, 2014: Watch boys
October 12, 2014: Church (2nd Sunday)
October 13, 2014: Columbus Day
October 14, 2014:
October 15, 2014: Happy Birthday Jacob (also purchase zoo pass)
October 16, 2014:
October 17, 2014:
October 18, 2014: Pumpkin Farm
October 19, 2014: Church
October 20, 2014:
October 21, 2014: Pumpkin Pickers (P)
October 22, 2014: Wordless Wednesday (pumpkin farm) (P)
October 23, 2014: Routine – Baby’s Bedtime (P)
October 24, 2014: Well Read (p) (Children’s Hospital for Elliot)
October 25, 2014:
Boo; Top 10 Favorite Horror Flicks post (P) (watch boys, leaf collecting)
October 26, 2014: Church (A sign of the season post) (photos taken) (P) (drop off-Joey); wallet missing
October 27, 2014: Transient (Toxic) Synovitis. (P) Week in the Life 2014 begins;
October 28, 2014: WITL (Monday WITL (P)
October 29, 2014: WITL; Wordless Wednesday – Elliot eats; cancel cards
October 30, 2014: WITL; Project Runway; Put out trash
October 31, 2014: WITL; DAY OFF!! Shopping, cooking. Get new license.
Halloween is on October 31. SEND CARDS TO THE KIDDIES.
Work on Halloween party menu, gather recipes.
WITL – October 27 – November 2.
So, that's my editorial calendar. Nothing flowery, or pretty, but currently, what is working.
It's Thursday! Enjoy!!