Getting & Staying Organized-Blog Edition

In several Facebook groups I am a member of, I have on several occasions answered members’ queries on how I stayed organized and stay on schedule for my blog.

I like to think of myself as an organized person, but not a hyper-organized person. I’m more OCD-ADD; meaning I like to be organized and have everything in its place, but it doesn’t have to last very long.

The way I plan and organize for my blog is fairly simple:

  1. I batch write my pieces. Because I work better if I hand write my pieces, I usually write out 3-4 pieces at a time. This leaves me with ample extra pieces available for when I decide to post.
  2. Not limiting myself topic-wise. There are many blogs that are topic and theme specific, but I prefer to blog about many different topics: cooking/baking, finances & money, getting organized, planners & organizers, book reviews, journals, homesteading, and musings in my head.
  3. I have a chart in my blogging planner as well as an Excel spreadsheet where, at a glance, I can see what’s been posted, and what’s upcoming. I highlight anything that has been posted on the paper chart, and fill in the Excel chart when I have a all blog pieces on a piece of paper marked off. My columns are: Title, Written, Typed Up, Need Pix, YouTube vid?, Compiled, and Date Posted.

Blog Post Chart

E-Blogging Chart

These are my top 3 tips on running a blog. I hope you’ve gotten a tip or trick or two.

P.S. You may be wondering why I keep the information in two places. I only like to keep W.I.P. things in my planner. Anything completed, and I want to keep, gets digitized. (If I didn’t do that, I’d become a hoarder.)

W.I.P. = work(s) in process
© Cori Large April 5, 2015

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah Noel
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 11:19:51

    Staying organized is really key. I work in marketing and I keep a separate content calendar to keep me on task. I also share it with key stakeholders, so they keep me accountable too!


  2. Crystal
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 11:36:42

    These are great tips! I am much better at handwriting my posts rather than sitting at a computer and typing them out.


  3. Chelsea
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:06:39

    Planners are EVERYTHING!! I need to start batch-writing more. The only time I ever have to do that is on Saturday or Sunday mornings. I love when I have the time, but summer has been so crazy and we have been gone a lot!

    I have a blog planner and it helps so much. I’m an organization freak just like you!


  4. Mindy
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 13:42:02

    Brilliant tips, I needed to see these today. I like the idea of writing out several pieces at once. I think I will try that.


  5. Mindy
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 13:42:44

    Brilliant tips, I needed to read this today. I love the idea of writing our several pieces at once, I think I will try that out.


  6. Rae
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 13:45:50

    I need to start batch-writing and invest the time (or money) into a blog planner. Thanks for the tips, I’ll be making an excel sheet tonight after work!


  7. Keating
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 15:44:38

    Great tips! I also write a lot of posts at once, although I can usually write them faster if I’m typing rather than writing them out by hand. I write whenever an idea comes to me and save it as pending which makes it much easier for me to go through and schedule posts later. I use my pending folder for days that I don’t really have anything planned to write about. I use Coschedule for my editorial calendar and LOVE it. I highly recommend it to everyone. I also have my calendar mapped out in my blogging binder which also keeps track of my sponsors, income/expenses, affiliates, analytics, guest posts, etc. It keeps my blog life very organized. The only tip I wouldn’t agree on is writing about many different topics. I used to think that being well-rounded would bring in more readers and it doesn’t. It actually makes your blog less consistent. Your readers never know what to expect when they visit your blog. I’ve greatly increased my page views and reader following since I’ve narrowed it all down to 3-5 topics. 🙂


  8. mistle
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 22:36:22

    Great tips! I have all of my blog stuff in my Erin Condern planner but am putting together a binder soon.


  9. Melanie Pickett
    Jul 31, 2015 @ 16:57:36

    These are good tips. I too like to handwrite my posts!


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