Happy New Year, everyone! We’re a week into 2017 and I’m still getting myself organized for the year. Ha Ha. Instead of just giving y’all a list of what I plan to work on this month, I’m also going to expand on a few of them. I’ve also written a reflection post for 2016 (an upcoming post) and that has prompted me to explain myself somewhat. Here are my January 2017 goals:

Genealogy Workbook: make a list of what’s been done vs. what still needs to be done.

Bobbin Lace Workbook: work on at monthly crafting meeting.

I attend a monthly craft meeting, originally started to teach Bobbin Lace, but we drifted away from that when our mentor and teacher passed away. So I came up with a shocking idea: work on the Bobbin Lace Workbook AT the monthly meeting! (We still call this meeting the Bobbin Lace meeting, but no one’s done bobbin lace since Ms. Margaret passed.)

Recipe Book: (a) write out 4 recipes & (b) double check what recipes are on the USB already

I’m so close to being done! I’m getting to some of the more complicated recipes, so I know I’m just procrastinating.

eBay: McDonald’s glass: (a) inventory, (b) write up, and (c) take pictures

ETSY: (a) update product descriptions and (b) list progress keepers

Amazon: get set up with Amazon Handmade

I’m so thrilled to have been accepted to sell on Amazon Handmade. The application was pretty in-depth, i.e. “Is anything you use mass-produced?,” “How many people work for you?,” “Submit pictures of your production process and your work area.” The last requirement made me laugh. Below are the pictures I sent for my production process and my work area.

                                                    ^^^My production process^^^

^^^My work area^^^

I was surprised at some of the questions, but I also appreciate their thoroughness and making sure I’m not a mass-manufacturer.

Craft Show Inventory: baby blanket

This is the last of the Bernat Baby or Blanket yarn. I have made 13 baby blankets in the past year. I’m not going to lie, I’m glad I’m at the end of the blanket production. My wrists will be thanking me.

YouTube Channel: film 7 videos.

Blog: write 10 blog posts.

As much as I like to batch write and film, it was becoming overwhelming. Plus being sick for all of November really brought my motivation down. My overall blog and YouTube goals are to be more consistent. I really like scheduling my post when in England. I’m going to try to set that up for the future. Each Sunday I’ll schedule my blog post and upload any accompanying videos.

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNzdbWIAKyg%5B/embedyt%5D

Wish me luck!!!

© Cori Large 5 January 2017


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