Hello and welcome to this new and somewhat different post.
This week, I want to show you how I use my Bullet Journal to be organized as a blogger.
Like any project, a blog requires work and time. It is therefore ideal to plan your time to increase your productivity. Plus, I sometimes have article ideas that come to me suddenly, and I need to write them down before I forget them.
If you are a blogger yourself, or if you want to start a blog or website, or even if you know someone who has a blog, this article is for you!
Without further ado, here’s how to get organized as a blogger using a Bullet Journal.
The editorial calendar
This is probably the most important page. If you have a blog, you know the importance of the editorial calendar!
The editorial calendar is a plan for when to publish articles and other publications, such as those on social media. Usually, the editorial calendar is set up monthly, but it can be done for a longer period of time, when the user deems it relevant (for example, to plan seasonal content).
I personally find this to be the most important page for bloggers. Having a clear plan and an idea to head toward allows for better productivity and motivation. I use an editorial calendar in my Bullet Journal, and a digital one. Both are useful and allow me to be as effective as possible.
Here’s an example of an editorial calendar I created in my Bullet Journal. This is my Monthly Planner with Notebook, a B5-size notebook. Find out more about this notebook here, and to know how I use several notebooks in 2019, it’s through here.
Posts ideas and braindump
Of course, before you can fill an editorial calendar, you must have ideas for writing articles for your blog. I use a simple list where I write down all the ideas that come to my mind for posts.
Alongside my list of post ideas, I use a Braindump page to get as many ideas as possible down on paper. The most interesting and inspiring ideas then go to my list of posts ideas.
Blog and social media stats
A page to write down blog and social media statistics is commonly used by bloggers. This is usually a table or any graph which allows to record, and thus observe, the progress of the blog. Statistics are primarily recorded monthly.
These stats include the number of visitors on the blog, the number of pages viewed, the number of sessions and the amount subscribers to the newsletter. Social media stats include the number of Instagram followers, the number of followers on the Facebook page, the number of followers on Twitter, and so on.
This page motivates me to improve and to find more interesting ideas for my subscribers. It also allows me to see which periods of the year are less “busy” when it comes to blog clicks (ex: during the summer, people tend to go online less).
Here is a page I made at the beginning of the year to compare my stats of 2019 besides those of 2018.
The To-Do list
Managing a blog or a website requires a lot of time. There are indeed many things to do: for example, research the topics of future articles, write articles and edit them, find images for your posts, post on social networks, promote new articles, write your newsletter, etc.
All these tasks are important and need to be done to ensure a successful blog.
That’s why, just like I use a To-Do list to keep track of my chores, I use a To-Do list for tasks related to my blog. I use the same system as in my Bullet Journal, the dots for tasks to complete and the “X” when the task is completed.
If you manage a website or a blog, you probably have a dozen (minimum!) different usernames for different software or for social media accounts.
A page featuring the list of websites, with usernames and passwords, is required. It is impossible to remember all these accounts and passwords, even if you always use the same password (not recommended).
Here’s a table I’ve been using for a while, where I write my usernames and passwords.
More useful pages
There are many Bullet Journal spreads that could be useful to bloggers. Here are some more examples:
- Short/long-term goals for the blog
- Bills to pay for the blog
- Blog expenses
- Blog income
It really depends on what could be useful to each blogger and up to them to decide what to create in their Bullet Journal.
That’s it for this article on the Bullet Journal for bloggers.
If you are a blogger yourself, I hope I gave you some ideas to get your blog organized with a Bullet Journal. If you’re thinking of starting a Bullet Journal, click here for my articles on how to get started.
Do you think I forgot pages useful to bloggers? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!