Blog Organization

When we first moved to this house, I kept a notebook with a couple pages for each room.  I would jot down ideas, measurements, plans.  It was so helpful in keeping me on track and I still refer to it two years later and I'll share more about organizing home renovation projects soon.  Today I am all about blogging organization.

One of the things I am determined to tackle this year is getting all the crazy ideas floating around inside my brain actually written down somewhere.  I can't tell you how many little projects I do around the house that I think someone might benefit from (you know - the mind blowing stuff I am fond of posting about - how to get wrinkles out of slipcovers and whatnot.)  Unfortunately, I am terribly inefficient at turning thoughts into blog posts.  BUT - 2013 is my year!!!

Santa left me this lovely journal and calendar in my stocking {how did he know I needed these?  It's like he can read my mind :)}

I use iCalendar on my Mac laptop to keep my family's sports, activities and appointments straight, and this works great for me.

I also use iCalendar for blog scheduling.  However, I need one place to jot down blog ideas and project to-dos, and actually bringing pen to paper is really helpful to me for flushing out thoughts.  The journal is slim enough to fit in my bag for when I'm out and about and something blog worthy strikes me.

My goal, like meal planning, is to sit down once a week, organize my thoughts for the week ahead, and roughly schedule what I'm planning to post on.  Maybe even write blog posts ahead of time??  Oooooh, aaaaah, organization.  While I'm typically a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda girl when it comes to blog topics, I think this will help me to blog on a more consistent basis about projects that I am currently working on, instead of sharing project updates in fits and dribbles.  If you blog, do you keep a schedule?

If not, here are a few wonderful and free printables that might help you organize your brain and your blog!

Another goal of mine is to follow some of your leads and recap at the end of the month.  I think this is a great way to keep projects on track and keep readers updated.

Ahhh, January's promises to be organized!  Let's see how well I have done with this plan come July!
But I've gotta start somewhere!!
{via nike}

Are you trying to get organized this new year??

If you blog, do you keep a calendar and plan ahead?  Do share.


Lobster Meets Peach said...

I am new to blogging so knows how long I can keep this up but I do try to have a general outline for the the week. By Sunday night, I like to know what I will post about for at least four posts for the up coming week.

But I think the notebook Santa gave you would be helpful to any blogger:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

yay for organization and a mind reading santa! :) santa- i KNOW him!

pam {simple details} said...

I tried a few different ways to keep my ideas organized and always ended up with them in several different places. The best system for me is to do a simple draft post when I get an idea, it may ONLY include a photo from Pinterest or just a reminder sentence or two. When I sit down to plan the week (ha!) I have lots of options. So why am I fretting about what I'm going to post about next week?!! :)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I just bought myself a planner! I'm hoping to get the blog more organized this year too!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Organize is the word for me this year! I so need to write down my ideas for posts, I know I've let quite a few go just by not writing them down:) Thanks for the tip!

Privet and Holly said...

Happy New Year,
sweet Lisa!

No, I don't plan.
I generally wait for
something to whisper
in my ear and then
figure out how to
share it with readers.
Since it is just a hobby
at this point, I really
don't sweat how often
or what the topic is
going to be. I used to
but it was too stressful!

Love the Nike poster. I
don't want that to be me
in 2013!!

xo Suzanne

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

YES! I am trying to organize this mess. I've got some ideas floating on the noggin to make life a little easier around here, too, so I hear ya!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You are inspiring me! I feel scattered as I have google calendar on the computer, a notebook for to-do lists, a pocket calendar to jot down client hours...I need it all in one place. Need to work on this.
Happy New Year!!!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I'm trying to get better about planning ahead AND writing posts in advance. I hate when it's 10 p.m. and I'm trying to find a post out of nothing!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Happy New Year, Lisa.
I used to keep a blogging calendar and followed it religiously. Lately, other things keep getting in the way so I have been flying by the seat of my pants. Here's to a more organized 2013!

Val said...

Organizing, keeps me sane. I write all my recipes in a notebook and then I plan what posts I will do in a weekly planner.

Andrea said...

I am a fly by the seat of your pants blogger too. I love your ideas on how to get organized. Great printables too!

Calypso In The Country said...

I really need to be more organized too! Basically, when I have an idea, I start a post and just leave it in draft until I have time to add more. I don't post every day so I don't go by any kind of schedule - just when I have something to say!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

I pretty much use my phone for everything, but when it comes to projects, clients projects, and blog posts I have to write it all down! I try to schedule my posts for the week or even 2 weeks at a time... but I use sticky notes just in case I want to change it up and move the posts around. You will find your rhythm!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Total ADD here. I think of it, I forget it....I remember it later, and think "nah". I do keep all my Lowe's projects organized with paper, pen, and iPhone photos.