Every blog needs a plan and this beautiful blog planner gets the job done elegantly.
In the past, I have used many different methods to scratch out an editorial calendar for my blog – everything from my Franklin Planner and my Planner Pad to online spreadsheets and CoSchedule.
But to be really useful, a blog planner should prompt you to track your stats and help you share – and it should be on pretty paper too. 😉
So when I came across the “My Blog Plan” blog planner by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher, I just had to try it. And since it is a new year – the timing was perfect.
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The Big Picture
As a blogger, there are a lot of things to keep track of – so it is easy to lose track of the big picture.
This planner begins with that big picture.
Right up front, there is a space to record your blog purpose and annual goals.
How many visitors, pageviews, subscribers, social fans etc. do you aspire to have by the end of the year?
Recording them in the beginning of the planner allows you to track your progress as the year goes on.
It's genius really. I have done this so many times in the past in a notebook, or in a computer file, or on scrap paper – and then never looked at it again. By recording it in the front of your blog planner, you are keeping your goals front and center.
There is also dedicated space to record blog contacts, info about social parties, advertising, and info to create a media kit.
Related Post: Why You Need an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog
Every month in the planner begins with an at a glance view of the entire month.
At the bottom of the block for each day are some shaded checkboxes so you can indicate what type of post you will publish.
This is great for planning out your full month.
Following the month view are the daily pages. There is space on each day to write the title of your post and a short punch list.
What makes this blog planner unique is that there are also shaded checkboxes to indicate the stage of completion of each post as well as what social platforms you have shared the post on.
A Little Guidance
A nice bonus in this blog planner is that interspersed throughout the book are short articles about blogging.
These are helpful to new bloggers and serve as reminders to seasoned bloggers – because running a blog as your business involves many moving parts.
Did I mention the design?
As much as I love electronic stuff – I still love writing on pretty paper. And the design of this planner feeds that fetish.
There are beautiful designs on each page in calming and muted colors that change subtly with each month.
The only criticism that I have is the weight of the paper stock. The paper itself is thin, like copier paper. You can see your writing through each page and using colored Sharpies really would not be a good option.
My Planner Pad calendar uses a great weight of paper stock that is heavy enough to really mark up without being too bulky. I would love to see that same weight of stock incorporated in the My Blog Plan planner.
Where To Get It
So where do you buy this?
This blog planner is available on the HEDUA website here.
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Disclosure: Please note that I did NOT receive any compensation for this review. I purchased this planner because I liked the looks of it – and have not been disappointed.