Printable Blog Calendar & Post Planning Sheets

Blog Planning Calendar

With school starting and fall approaching, I seem to swing into planning mode and this includes planning for my blog. As a teacher, I used to have a brand new lesson plan book and folder for each school year (plus new stationery as well). Blogging, to me, seems no different and the start of a new school year sees me with a moment to reflect on how I’ve done and plan to move forward.

I do most of my blog planning on a good old fashioned notepad with coloured pens and pencils. I jot down ideas that come to me and use this as a method to plan activities that we do at home and then to post about them. I’m not one for having a set day for anything on Rainy Day Mum – apart from our regular weekly Linky, but that is it – everything else moves around. So planning on paper helps me to keep my thoughts organised.

Blog Calendar for Planning

Once I have ideas roughed out I get my calendar and schedule when I think that I will post them – By the end of the month the calendar is covered in crossing out as new things crop up and I make changes to when I want to post things. As well as a calendar for my own blog, I have a separate one where I schedule my guest posts over the month on different blogs.

Blog Planning from The Dainty Squid

I’m colour mad and tend to use different coloured pens and highlighters on my calendar to show where the post is for and even the topic of the post. I love this idea from The Dainty Squid with the use of Post it notes to colour coordinate the planning process. This would also mean less crossing out and I could move the post it notes around – Anyone feel like a trip to the stationery store after seeing the picture above and stocking up on them?

Blog Post Planning Sheets

Once I have post titles sorted, I then work on sketching out my posts – sometimes I go straight ahead and write them directly into WordPress other times I sit and sketch out the posts on some planning sheets I came up with. I have laminated my planning sheets so I can plan using a dry wipe marker and then when the post is up and written I just wipe off and reuse.

On my planning sheets, I try and work out what keywords I would use in the post and the categories, tags that I will use as well. A nice thing about doing it on paper it means that my children see me writing, plus it’s something that I can do wherever I am as well – I’m not tied to wires and Internet connections.

Blog Calendar Printable Download

To help you with your blog planning we have produced a printable blog calendar for you – starting September 2012 and going through to December 2013, Yes, 16 full months for you. Plus, 12 post planning sheets, which like me, you could laminate and use over and over again.

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How do you plan (and keep track of!) ideas for your blog?

Find more inspiration for blog planning on our Blog Planning Pinterest Board!


About Jamie Reimer

Jamie is the founder of the Kid Blogger Network. She loves everything to do with blogging... whether its the social media, the tech aspect, or making money... and she's here to share her knowledge with fellow KBN members! Jamie's also the creator and author of hands on : as we grow.

Comments

  1. I have not done tons of planning I need to do much more.

  2. Joyce @Childhood Beckons says:

    I definitely need to get better with planning. Your sheets look awesome. And I just want to say that I love how branded everything is 🙂

  3. I am so glad that you plan I am sitting here looking at a rather shabby notebook which goes most places with me and when I get any inspiration I jot it down. Currently, I do not have certain themes planned I tried this over the 6 weeks and have hated the restriction I just like to do things then blog about them. Do you think that readers look for a common theme on certain days?

  4. Thank you so much for making this great planner! I am so excited to try it out for 2013!

  5. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t know then its up to other users that they will help, so here it takes place.

  6. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good results. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

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