Blogging has been on my mind lately. When is a good time to blog? What do I want to blog? How do I find the time to blog? That last one is a big one for me. In order to be more organized, I decided to do a blogging calendar. How do I find the time to blog? The solution: a blogging calendar to keep me organized! [tweetthis]How do I find the time to blog? The solution: a blogging calendar![/tweetthis]Being the researcher that I am, my first step was to see what other people are doing. Here is a variety of possibilities for a blogging calendar:
1) Hubspot offers a free editorial calendar in form of an Excel spreadsheet. You can get the free download here after you answer a couple of questions for them: http://offers.hubspot.com/blog-editorial-calendar.
2) WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin offers a great overview in calendar form when you have your next post scheduled or when you published a post. See more about the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/editorial-calendar/
3) Google calendar is another option for a blogging calendar. Amy Porterfield has a great explanation on how to set up your Google calendar as a blogging calendar here: http://www.amyporterfield.com/2012/10/google-calendar-editorial-calendar/.
Even though, I like the calendar in electronic form, here are some great (and free) options for a printable blogging calendar:
4) Weekly blog planner http://www.scribd.com/doc/122722808/Weekly-Blog-Planner. I like that I can check off the social networks I posted the blog post to. Also, the reminder about the blog maintenance is great.
5) Confessions of a Homeschooler has a great free monthly blog planner http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2014/11/2015-blog-plannerfree.html. I like the monthly overview, the blog advertising pages and the brainstorm pages.
6) You can find a whole collection of free printable blog planners at Fab N’ Free http://www.fabnfree.com/2012/08/30/20-free-printable-blog-planners/. Browse and see which one you like best.
7) Blogenergizer has another great and free blogging planner. You can get the download here: http://blogenergizer.com/.
With all those options available, I am curious: let me know in the comments what you use to plan out your blog posts.