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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tips for Starting a Blogging Calendar

Wow, so first off I'm absolutely blown away by the reception for Monday's post, guys! I'm super happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a few pet peeves about blogging. You know what the funny thing about that post going viral though is that I originally published it way back in September. Yep, it was one of those I-can't-think-of-anything-to-write-so-I'll-republish-something type of posts. 

You know what else is kind of funny? I'm admitting to that in a post devoted to planning your blog posts ahead of time. Oh the irony! 

Anyway though, if you've been following the blog for awhile, you've probably noticed that I seem to have a pretty strict schedule going for my posts. Pretty much every weekday I have a post ready for you guys and I know you're all wondering just how on earth I accomplish that. So what's my trick? You guessed it.....a blog calendar. 


Believe me when I first started blogging, I laughed at the idea of scheduling my posts in advance. To me that cut out all of the random spur of the moment writing I loved most. Never in a million years would I have believed I'd be scheduling out posts a month (or even 2 months) in advance. But that's exactly what I do...and I love it! So if you're serious about growing your blog, what can you do to make a blog calendar work for you? 

ONE// KEEP AN IDEA LOG

I always come up with ideas for the blog in the weirdest of places--like walking through the grocery store or in the two to three minutes right before I fall asleep. And of course, Murphy's Law being how it is, I almost always forget the best ideas within a few hours if I don't write them down. Enter Listastic for my phone and a handy dandy mini notebook for my desk. Whenever inspiration pops into my head, I grab either my notebook or my phone (more often than not it ends up being my phone) and jot the idea down. Simple, easy, and takes all of two seconds.

TWO// HAVE A MONTHLY THEME

Pretty much a monthly theme can be anything that really sticks out to you for that month. For example, July is the month of our anniversary so it makes sense to have a ton of posts about our love story and marriage in that month. April was hubby's birthday month so I dedicated a whole week to posts about him. A monthly theme is usually just for yourself but it has really helped me to have more of a focus for my writing every month. 

THREE// STICKY NOTES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Once you have your list of ideas and a super cute planner (I recommend the Kate & Trudy blog planner because that's the one I use--however any calendar that has enough space for you to write in the date box is fine), it's time to start planning out your posts!
Use the sticky notes to write down the ideas and plan out the dates for your posts. Ok, so you could just write down the ideas on your calendar itself but that makes things super permanent and if you change your mind, it can get kind of messy. 

FOUR// COLOR-CODE YOUR BLOG POSTS

Wondering why my blog calendar looks like a rainbow? I use my different colors of sticky notes to represent the main categories I write about on the blog. Blue for sponsors, yellow for pinnable posts like DIY's or recipes.....you get the idea. 

To be honest, the ability to color-code my posts is the best part of the sticky note method for me and I've loved it ever since I saw it on my friend Jana's blog. I have four main categories but you can have as many main categories as you have colors of sticky notes--the more colorful it is the prettier it is, in my opinion. And it helps you know if you're posting a lot in one category versus another so you can space things out more.

I've loved what my blog calendar has done for my posts and I think you will too. I promise it's not nearly as daunting as it seems!!


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1. You've recently gotten a brand spankin' new blog design (congrats!!!). What is one goal you have for your blog this year?  

A goal for my blog... I would say more consistent posting! I always have a running list of things I want to blog about, but things have been really hectic with finals and summer plans that I haven't had much of a chance to look at it! What I need to get better about is drafting all of my posts for the week at once, then just publishing them live on the day set up. So my blogging goal is to be more consistent! If I stick with that, then a following (well, combined with advertising) will come after naturally.

2. I loved reading about your love story (we have something in common--both our hubbies proposed at the beach)! You've been a married lady for a few years now...what's one lesson you've learned?

I've learned a whole lot about compromise and submission. Ok, so to some submission is a dirty word, but I promise its not! By submitting to my husband, say we see a war movie for date night instead of the latest chick or kids' flick (i.e. The Monument's Men in theatres vs Frozen on DVD) I am able to show him respect by honoring his wishes and authority as the head of the house, and that in turn leads him to show me more of that tender couple love like opening the doors and pulling out my chair at dinner. Allow your men to lead, ladies! It benefits the both of y'al!

3. You're a Texas gal but the military has you in California. What's your favorite thing you've done there so far? What's something you want to do? 

We loved driving up highway 101 to Monterey and Salinas! Driving along the coast is something that you can't avoid when living in California, and it's truly an incredible experience.. Just be careful and watch the road (seriously) if you are the one driving!. It was so neat to drive along the cliffs and see the ocean right along us, we never get tired of that view. And we loved driving north because near the Salinas Valley is so much farming and agriculture land - we haven't seen cows and horses for so long, living in San Diego! A little taste of home (we miss you Texas!) for sure!

What do you do to organize your posts? Do you use a blog calendar to plan out your month? 


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tips for Starting a Blogging Calendar

Wow, so first off I'm absolutely blown away by the reception for Monday's post, guys! I'm super happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a few pet peeves about blogging. You know what the funny thing about that post going viral though is that I originally published it way back in September. Yep, it was one of those I-can't-think-of-anything-to-write-so-I'll-republish-something type of posts. 

You know what else is kind of funny? I'm admitting to that in a post devoted to planning your blog posts ahead of time. Oh the irony! 

Anyway though, if you've been following the blog for awhile, you've probably noticed that I seem to have a pretty strict schedule going for my posts. Pretty much every weekday I have a post ready for you guys and I know you're all wondering just how on earth I accomplish that. So what's my trick? You guessed it.....a blog calendar. 


Believe me when I first started blogging, I laughed at the idea of scheduling my posts in advance. To me that cut out all of the random spur of the moment writing I loved most. Never in a million years would I have believed I'd be scheduling out posts a month (or even 2 months) in advance. But that's exactly what I do...and I love it! So if you're serious about growing your blog, what can you do to make a blog calendar work for you? 

ONE// KEEP AN IDEA LOG

I always come up with ideas for the blog in the weirdest of places--like walking through the grocery store or in the two to three minutes right before I fall asleep. And of course, Murphy's Law being how it is, I almost always forget the best ideas within a few hours if I don't write them down. Enter Listastic for my phone and a handy dandy mini notebook for my desk. Whenever inspiration pops into my head, I grab either my notebook or my phone (more often than not it ends up being my phone) and jot the idea down. Simple, easy, and takes all of two seconds.

TWO// HAVE A MONTHLY THEME

Pretty much a monthly theme can be anything that really sticks out to you for that month. For example, July is the month of our anniversary so it makes sense to have a ton of posts about our love story and marriage in that month. April was hubby's birthday month so I dedicated a whole week to posts about him. A monthly theme is usually just for yourself but it has really helped me to have more of a focus for my writing every month. 

THREE// STICKY NOTES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Once you have your list of ideas and a super cute planner (I recommend the Kate & Trudy blog planner because that's the one I use--however any calendar that has enough space for you to write in the date box is fine), it's time to start planning out your posts!
Use the sticky notes to write down the ideas and plan out the dates for your posts. Ok, so you could just write down the ideas on your calendar itself but that makes things super permanent and if you change your mind, it can get kind of messy. 

FOUR// COLOR-CODE YOUR BLOG POSTS

Wondering why my blog calendar looks like a rainbow? I use my different colors of sticky notes to represent the main categories I write about on the blog. Blue for sponsors, yellow for pinnable posts like DIY's or recipes.....you get the idea. 

To be honest, the ability to color-code my posts is the best part of the sticky note method for me and I've loved it ever since I saw it on my friend Jana's blog. I have four main categories but you can have as many main categories as you have colors of sticky notes--the more colorful it is the prettier it is, in my opinion. And it helps you know if you're posting a lot in one category versus another so you can space things out more.

I've loved what my blog calendar has done for my posts and I think you will too. I promise it's not nearly as daunting as it seems!!


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1. You've recently gotten a brand spankin' new blog design (congrats!!!). What is one goal you have for your blog this year?  

A goal for my blog... I would say more consistent posting! I always have a running list of things I want to blog about, but things have been really hectic with finals and summer plans that I haven't had much of a chance to look at it! What I need to get better about is drafting all of my posts for the week at once, then just publishing them live on the day set up. So my blogging goal is to be more consistent! If I stick with that, then a following (well, combined with advertising) will come after naturally.

2. I loved reading about your love story (we have something in common--both our hubbies proposed at the beach)! You've been a married lady for a few years now...what's one lesson you've learned?

I've learned a whole lot about compromise and submission. Ok, so to some submission is a dirty word, but I promise its not! By submitting to my husband, say we see a war movie for date night instead of the latest chick or kids' flick (i.e. The Monument's Men in theatres vs Frozen on DVD) I am able to show him respect by honoring his wishes and authority as the head of the house, and that in turn leads him to show me more of that tender couple love like opening the doors and pulling out my chair at dinner. Allow your men to lead, ladies! It benefits the both of y'al!

3. You're a Texas gal but the military has you in California. What's your favorite thing you've done there so far? What's something you want to do? 

We loved driving up highway 101 to Monterey and Salinas! Driving along the coast is something that you can't avoid when living in California, and it's truly an incredible experience.. Just be careful and watch the road (seriously) if you are the one driving!. It was so neat to drive along the cliffs and see the ocean right along us, we never get tired of that view. And we loved driving north because near the Salinas Valley is so much farming and agriculture land - we haven't seen cows and horses for so long, living in San Diego! A little taste of home (we miss you Texas!) for sure!

What do you do to organize your posts? Do you use a blog calendar to plan out your month? 


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