Oh mai goodness! It’s here, guys! It’s finally here – you know… from the printers! I am holding my very own 2017 Blogger Planner!!
As someone who’s always ALWAYS ALWAYS loved planners, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project! It felt like I was doing it for school actually: decide to do this project, research research research and then work work work to make sure you get that A! At least, in this instance… I’m not getting graded on this project – it’s not for school. PHEW! I’ve made my own planners before – well… I didn’t design all of it (thank you, free printables) but I did end up putting it together in a little binder – just because none of the store bought ones was just right (saying that always makes me want oatmeal… thank you, Goldilocks!!)
So, it really is no surprise that I would want a brand new planner for my new baby. Plus, it’s the first day of a brand new year tomorrow so this couldn’t have come at a better time! As I wrote in this post , I did my “blogger planner research” on Pinterest. There are so many things that you can add into your planner, oh mai goodness! So after seeing all the variations of blogger planners out there, I just took what I thought would help me right now as a noobie blogger.
I like simple designs. I find that if it’s simple and to the point, I use it more often because I do not get distracted by all of the prettiness. I’m thinking about adding one or two colours just to have it POP a little. But I *DO* have a collection of stickers that I can use to “pretty it up”.
And I am so sure that by now you guys know just how much I absolutely LOVE that picture of the skull + flowers, so it should be no surprise to you guys that I used it as the first page of the planner!
For my huge love of quotes, I added a few as “section starters”.
- “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” Just a little reminder to not be afraid and go for it! I’m really committed to this blog and I feel like I can really do this. I want to be able to blog full time! Especially with all of my conditions, to be able to stay at home and do this for a living would be AMAZING! It’s one of the reasons why I placed this quote in the very first page after opening my planner.
- “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” by Paul J. Meyer. A quote about planning that I placed just before the editorial calendars. “Intelligent planning” is something I have to definitely keep in mind! I don’t want to be as flustered as I’ve been. There is so much to blogging!
- “Social media is about depth, not width. It’s not how many you reach, but how many you connect with.” by Gary Vaynerchuk. When I saw this quote, I knew it was perfect! He said it perfectly. I want to connect with people. I want to connect with you! I don’t want to be just acquaintances… I want us to connect! Let’s connect, people!
- “You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” – Sabrina Bryan. Something actually happened in my life recently that reminds me of this quote. I’ve always been driven and focused but that’s not everything. Support is so important!! I started writing a post about it. It’ll be up shortly.
- “You cannot judge yourself for needing help.” -Brené Brown. This is such a great reminder! Oh mai goodness! I’ve been there… there’s nothing wrong with needing help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it!! It doesn’t mean that you are weak when you ask for help. I see it as strength.
If I loved my writing constantly… (I only like my writing when I’m using certain pens… that’s not weird right? Oh who am I kidding! That’s a little weird!) I would have a little book with me at all times where I’ve written my favourite quotes in! They motivate me so much! They give me fire. When I’m feeling down, I look at certain quotes and they – without fail – give me the push that I need. Certain quotes just make me want to stand on the table and yell “I CAN DO THIIIIIIIIS!”
In the beginning of the planner are the usual. I added a quick view for the year and a birthday page.
In the editorial calendars section, I have – of course – editorial calendars! On top of each calendar month, I added a stat tracker for the month (how many I started with, how many I hope to reach by the end of the month, and the actual month end numbers) for my main social media accounts. I also added a “what’s happening this month” section for birthdays, my doctor’s appointments and what have you. At the end of this section, I have added a Year End Stat Tracker to track my stats for the year. It includes the beginning of the year and the end of the year.
In the social media section, it includes a social network keeper, Facebook groups and social network hashtags. The social network keeper is for all the usernames, emails and passwords because there’s just so many to keep track of! It gets confusing when some websites are okay with just small letters for passwords but other websites require a capital letter and a number, while others require a capital letter, a number and a symbol! Like, jeez! The Facebook group section exists because I am a part of a bunch of Facebook groups for blogging and I want to be able to keep track of the names, the admins, the contact info and their posting days!
In the CoffeeHeartMind section (I just wanted to put my blog name on it because everything in this section is to help me with my actual blog) there are pages for my plans for the blog, daily/weekly/monthly tasks, pages for blog post ideas that pop in my head, plugins list, and blog post planner. The blog post planner pages includes the post title, category, tags, possible photographs and hashtags. It’s also got a publish date, scheduled for, social media shares and MailChimp. Just to remind myself which social media networks I should share my posts to, and to send mail to subscribers to tell them about the new post. I also added blank note sheets to this section.
In the last section, I added a list of blog title templates to help me when I’m feeling a little stuck.
I’m super excited about how this turned out! I’ll see throughout the year what sections or pages I actually use and delete the ones I don’t use for next year’s planner. I’m also going to see what I need to add to help me run my blog smoothly and I’ll add it to next year’s blog planner!
What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments! <3