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Personal Size Filofax – Blog Planning

     Regular readers of my blog will know that usually at the end of the month I do a monthly catch up post where I link to all the posts from that month so you can check you haven’t missed anything and also show some pictures of the blog section of my planner. Well, I’m working on a slightly different blog schedule at the moment and still trying to decide if I’ll continue with the catch up posts so for now, I’m not. If enough people want them, I’ll start doing them again but I’m not sure how useful people found them. I still want to show off my blog section a little bit though and go about explaining how I do my planning.

     With that said, I’ll get to showing you my blog planning section now!

     So I have three sections in my personal sized Filofax: weekly (to-do lists), blog and lists. Much like my weekly spread section, I haven’t felt the need to change my blog planning section for 2017 as it seems to be working for me at this present moment in time.

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     While I’m very particular about the weekly spread I use (because the wrong layout really does impact on productivity!), I’m not too picky about the blog planner spread. I simply use the week per page Filofax inserts to keep track of things. As you can see, on the backside of the dashboard I have utilised the space for storing sticky notes as these are something I do use a bit when it comes to blog planning, or more actually, covering up my plans.

     I used to only plan posts for Puddleside Musings, but for 2017, I’ve decided to start posting things more on Idle Spot (my art blog) as well so that means that blog planning has gotten a little bit busier. I’ve now got five posts a week to write so planning and keeping to a schedule is really important! Here, days highlighted in green are for Puddleside Musings and days highlighted in blue are for Idle Spot.

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      I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it up but I’ve tried to colour code blog topics so red is for snail mail, light purple is for planners, dark purple is for crafts, blue is for drawings and green is for journaling.

photo-blog-planning-2017-3     For planning, I have a topic schedule I like to keep so if it’s a planner topic, I’ll find a suitable Monday to have that post go out and write a rough title – usually something just like ‘Blog Planner post’. This isn’t usually what the title here is but it’s something that gives my an idea of what the post will be. Sometimes, this is all I write in the box as it’ll be pretty self-explanatory and don’t need to take note of anything else. Other times, I’ll write quick notes along side. It could be the particular brand of product I used or a note to remind me to take a picture of something.

     Sometimes I’ll have something planned but need to change it up so that’s where the sticky notes come in. I cover up the original plan with sticky notes and used a little bit of washi tape to help stick it down and then just write on top.

     It looks a little messy but I don’t have the time or money to decorate my blog planning section as much as my weekly! Plus, I only look at it once a week when I’m writing blogs versus every day for my weekly section so I don’t mind the mess in it.

     So that’s my blog planning section. It’s simple but it does the job! Usually, I have about a month of posts planned ahead. Not written, just planned. I write posts the week before and schedule them. It helps me keep on top of things so I don’t have to scramble for an idea last moment!

     Are you the type to plan or do you just write posts whenever you have an idea and feel like it? If you plan, how do you do it?

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18 thoughts on “Personal Size Filofax – Blog Planning

    1. It is useful to have a section just for blogging. I’ll put ‘write blog posts’ in my weekly to do list view and then reference the blog section for the details because if I wrote the details in my weekly sections I’d never have room for anything else there!

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  1. I absolutely love this. I also have a section in my Kikki K Planner for Blog Planning, however, it’s a scribble of ideas, brain dumps and questions to research. But now when I sit down, I have a place to start and I’m very inspired by this section. I love your Bullet Journal-related posts so I’ve nominated you and your blog for the Blogger Recognition Award – https://happylittlehousewife.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/blogger-nomination-post/ Let me know if you decide to do it I would love to read your post (you don’t actually have to do anything the post says to do). I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your blog.

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    1. Well it’s always good to have a place for brain dumps – I don’t know how many blog ideas I’ve had but forgot about because I didn’t write them down! I’d be lost now without my planner to keep track of ideas.
      And thank you so much for the nomination! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog enough to nominate me – I’ll have to add this somewhere into my blog schedule! xD

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  2. i wish i was this organized! Just started to really use a planner half of last year and I’m starting to just fill my new planner. though I just dot down my day schedule every morning because I suck at time management. I like your idea of having your own blog planning as well, I think I might try that 🙂

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    1. Well if it works for you, that’s all that matters! It’s easy to fall into the trap of making a pretty looking planner because that’s what looks good but there’s no point to it if it doesn’t suit your planning style! If just jotting down your schedule in the morning works, keep at it 🙂
      I know some people enjoy writing posts whenever they want but I personally couldn’t blog without a planner – I just really like knowing a schedule and that feeling of being prepared!

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  3. Thanx for sharing your blog planning section. I have a separate Filofax as my two blogs, social media and knitworking planner. It’s still a wip but you have some very good ideas I will put into place to keep me organised in 2017.

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  4. Wow, I don’t know how I missed it before, but I’m glad to be following your art blog now! 😀 I’m not quite as organized with my advance-posts; I usually spend the weekend churning out three for the following week, although sometimes I draft out ideas for the future. I do like to always keep a “buffer” of a backup post that’s ready to go (usually some never-before-seen travel photos or something) in case I don’t feel at all like blogging or decide to scrap another post. 🙂

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    1. Well I only started posting on it again at the start of this month, after feeling guilty for neglecting it for well over a year! I’ll try not let that happen again!
      Always good to have a buffer post ready to go – I’m trying to have a few stock piled in case I can’t get something written on time, although now I’m at a point where I can’t write those buffer posts because first I have to actually make something things to write about 😀

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  5. I think this shows just how very organised you are. I am both impressed, and depressed as I will never manage to achieve the same! I am trying to type this with half a cat up my sleeve as he tries to get all of him squeezed in….

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    1. Well planning isn’t always for everyone. Also, I understand the pain of trying to do anything with a cat nearby – my cat has recently decided she’s in competition with my laptop for affection and keeps standing on the keyboard to stop my hands from typing!

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