Ever wondered how to go about organising your blog? Whether that’s the layout/appearance, content, yourself, there‘s much to organise within a blog. In this post, I’ll be breaking down the ways I utilise, to organise the blog as well as myself.
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This post is part of Bookending Spring 2019, which is one out of four events run under the umbrella term, “Bookend Events”. It’s Co-Created by myself and Sam @ Fictionally Sam, for more information on Bookend Events as a whole check the link! This post was inspired by Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile’s prompt: Pre-Scheduling & Organising Your Blog ft Mood Blogging.
Daily View Diary & Scrap Paper
I actually started out this year, with a diary which was a day view layout. So it’s about A5 size, and each weekday takes up a whole page. Then on a weekend it’s split into two, and below we can see a photo of how it looks when I’ve actually used it.
Now, I will be talking about my bullet journal in a bit, but for now I’ll talk about how I use this type of layout to stay on top of things. We all have to do lists, some of us may use scrap bits of paper for that. Only for us to lose the paper, thus our to do list is gone and we have to make a new one. I basically needed a place to store all my to do lists, in one place. This diary was my place and it’s been working really well for me. I also adore the cover and quote on it.
Having my diary, which gives each day (albeit weekends) an entire page to themselves, means I can make a lengthy to do list without worrying. I also do have a colours involved, as you can see in the picture. I use green, orange and yellow highlighters for keeping on top of that days tasks. If I decide to totally remove the task or I cancel it I’ll cross it out.
Green = done
Yellow = started
Orange = moved
Sometimes I don’t get everything done, which means it’s either been started, or in most cases will be moved to another day. Highlighting them with the correlating colours, allows me at a glance to see where I’m at with things. It’s also super useful for me, to be able to flip back through and see what I’ve done, what still needs doing. No more hunting for that bit of paper.
I do use scrap paper for something else though. Rough calendars, ahem for blog content. I have two currently one for May and one for June and they’re on my desk. (I will be doing a post at some point all about how to plan ahead easier) Now I use my BuJo, to reference the current months content calendar. Problem is, I like to have a visual representation of two months ahead to get a better idea of what I’m up to. Where things are heading, what needs doing and what posts can be moved.
Scrap paper is my life saver, I have a ton of it and I draw a rough calendar on it, in my case I did two. May 2019, June 2019, plopped in the dates and then penciled in when I’m thinking of having certain posts go up. They’re held up on part of my desk with magnets, and I can see them whilst I sit and type. Couple with my BuJo that is usually open in front of me, I can easily get an idea of what’s been loosely planned without moving anywhere.
Kal’s Fabulous Spreadsheet
I may be a paper planner at heart, but there are some things I prefer to do digitally, Kal created an awesome spreadsheet for us book bloggers. The sheer amount of work which went into this is unreal and even though I use maybe 3 sheets in the entire spreadsheet, every sheet is useful. So go check out Kal’s post where she breaks down the spreadsheet and grab a copy for yourself!
As for what I use mine for, Bookish Stats, Blog Stats and Daily Stats. That’s it. It’s basically where I track all my stats, I do intend to print out copies of these at some point to file away at some point. I love hard copies ok, hard copies can’t suddenly disappear unless they’re shredded, burned or chucked out.
If you find digital planning easier, and works for you, than I’d highly recommend checking out Kal’s spreadsheet. It’ll save you time, after time, after time.
I recently did my first ever Bujo Rewind post. It was a ton of fun, and having a Bullet Journal has also been super fun for me, getting to draw, plan, colour code aaaaah my hearts happy. However, a lot of people I think feel intimidated by bullet journals due to there being so many pretty ones. Look I get it, we all love having pretty things, pretty things mean nothing if they don’t work for the purpose they were created for. Your bullet journal can be however you want it to be.
The spread layouts are yours to change, adapt, colour, draw however you like. You can go simple or complex. Minimal or artsy. My spreads tend to be more simple and minimal, I have a deep love for my black fine liner pens which I use for everything at this point. Writing, drawing, doodling = black fine liner. I do go more artsy with title pages though, just to have some fun haha.
With this in mind, my bullet journal whilst also being an escape for me, is also something I’ve started to rely on to have blog things in one place. My memory is about as good as a sieve is for keeping water in.
I have a section for blogging, not all the pages have spreads in yet, but I’m sure they will by the end of the year. (pages I have in this section at the moment: Pages – log of pages on my blog, when they were last updated; Blog Maintenance, Tags & Awards – I’m forgetful ok, that’s it as of now) In my April monthly section I’ve got dedicated spreads to Bookending Spring and the Tidyathon, which so far have been HUGE helps to me keeping on top of things.
At the beginning of the BuJo I have mini calendars…I say mini they take up a page instead of two ok. To me they’re mini, anyway I have 12 calendars consecutively there, so I can fill in the blog posts that went up and colour code them with what category they’re in. It also means I can easily flick through the months to see how my posting pattern changed, what I post the most and it’s just easy access.
My bullet journal is mostly blog related…like my life is my blog and my blog is my life at the moment. I also merge my personal and college stuff with it, primarily though the BuJo is geared towards my blog. Yours could be geared more towards your personal life, if that’s what you feel would work best for you though!
Eeeeek so how’s everyone been enjoying #BEspring19 so far? I’ll be swinging by throughout the month, on the posts you guys do. As well as checking up on how everyone’s doing with the #Tidyathon. HOWEVER thoughts on how you get yourself organised? Are you a paper planner or digital planner? Maybe a mix of both?