Do you have any rhyme or reason for your posts? How do you balance sponsored posts vs. non-sponsored posts? Do you have a schedule for your posts? Do you just post what is on your heart?
I do both on my blog, Your Modern Family. I like it this way- sometimes I will be laying in bed, trying to fall asleep, and something will be laying on my heart, so I’ll jump onto my computer & write out a post (of course I wait to post it until I proof read it the next day, when my emotions aren’t quite as hooked to it and I can re-read it with a more clear mind).
I wanted to share how I organize my posts and ideas for my blog – I keep an editorial calendar online and also on paper- the online one is how I set up my posts to be published once they are written (via a plugin). My paper planner is where I keep the rest. I write in post topics on some days and I keep a few FREE days.
So, I take my planner and I will write down what I have coming up for the week- I write it in pencil in case something comes up that I want to talk about instead.
For example, I know that every Wednesday, I have my contributors writing on my page. I am sure to add my link-ups (Thursday is my Social Media Hop & Saturday is our Pin-it-Party) as well as other things that I’d like to talk about.
I also keep an ongoing “topic” list in the back, but I wait to write it on my calendar until I am sure that I want to post about it at that time.
The timing of my topics are mostly geared off of what I think would do well (get shared a lot) at the time (next week’s Tuesday post will be all about this topic- what to write about and when to do it.)
To keep myself organized, I use a Personal Planner. They make customized planners that you design yourself. A planner is essential for you to stay organized, and now is a perfect time to get one with 2014 just around the corner! (I have this one & I love it!)
We wanted to help you get organized, as well, so we are giving away ONE FREE PERSONAL PLANNER, with the help of Personal Planner.
- Upload personal pictures or a design (or choose from their designs and images) for front and back cover from desktop and Instagram
- Change background, size, font, lining, images
- Pick what month you want your planner to start
- Design writing space details; “work”, “workout schedule”, “sponsored posts”, “link-ups”, “to-do lists”, “goals”
- Include personal calendar dates as birthdays and holidays
- Add extra pages in the back for addresses, lined pages, coloring pages