Blog Planning - The Dainty Squid

Blog Planning

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In February's photo an hour post I posted a little peek of my blog agenda and received a few emails in response wanting to see and know a little bit more about it. I waited until March was over so that way I could show you all the whole thing without giving away what I'd be posting. (It's not really that big of a secret, I just like to keep some surprises.)
To help plan and organize all of my blog posts I have this calender. It's Mead brand, and I bought it from Target but that's really all I can tell you about it because it doesn't have any identifying name on it. Sorry about that! I chose this one because I that it's like a notebook. It's not too big (around standard notebook size), when I don't need it in view I can just close it up and put it away. The main thing that really appealed to me is the calender layout. I made sure to buy a planner that had a full page calender where I'd be able to look over the whole month in just a glance, instead of one that just has pages where you can only view a few days at a time.

I write each individual blog post on a sticky note and then place them on the date I plan on posting them. I use sticky notes because I like how bright they are (it's helps the whole process not to feel so mundane and it looks really pretty!) Also, the real reason, I'm able to move posts if need be. There are some days I just don't feel like posting what I had planned or maybe another post just feels more appropriate for that date.
At the end of each month I start working on the next months calender but I don't pressure myself to fill the whole month up. I write in my recurring features (Friday Favorites and Weekly Nail) then build from there. Sometimes I might write in posts that I plan on a random date just as a kick in the butt to get them done even if that date isn't the final date (once again a great reason to use sticky notes.)
 I couldn't find post it notes exactly the right size to fit but the ones I use just need a little trim off the side to fit in the allotted square just perfectly. 
If you don't already use a similar planner for your blog, I definitely recommend getting one. It's so nice to be able to look over the whole month and see what I have ready, what I need to do, etc. I feel like I'm so much more efficient now in regards of my posts now that I have this calender.
xoxo

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  1. Sticky notes! I need some of those. I've got white-out all over my blog calendar and it drives me crazy!

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  2. Wow, that´s effective planning. I never thought about organizing ahead this way...

    jessi-aleal.blogspot.pt

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  3. I made a weekly blog planner (http://365daysofdiy.blogspot.com/2012/02/weekly-blog-planner-finished.html) back in February. I was totally inspired by Cornflower Blue Studio's DIY Rotating Goal List that was making it's rounds on the web. At first I was only planning a week at a time, and that was helpful, but it wasn't helping me get ahead of my blog. Lately on each day I'll write what I plan on posting that day, and what I plan on doing next week. That makes it hard to move my stickies around, if I want to swap last minute. So it's become a rather disorganized way of keeping track.
    I love your notebook calendar. Such a fantastic idea. Then I could carry it around with me, and when I'm out and about, and come up with a great idea I'd be able to schedule a post for it immediately! You're one smart lady! Thanks for sharing, chris.

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  4. I love how colorful and organized it is!

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  5. I really like this idea! I have a hard time committing things to paper, so I have been using a color coded system on iCal, on my Mac, to help me plan posts. It really helps my creative process to stay organized!

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  6. I use Google Calendar because it's on the internet so I can't loose it! Hah! It's also super easy to move blog posts around and can be color coded. I love yours--so bright and fun!

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  7. great idea! I think I should make a blog planning too, thanks for sharing :)

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  8. This is such a great idea for organization. Thanks for the information.
    3lin

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  9. i love how the post it notes look! i use iCal on my computer to do the same thing! it helps me to see the whole month at once!

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  10. Kaylah, thanks so much for posting this. I have a month at a glance calendar as well but it is such a mess because I always change my mind about what to post and so I scratch it off and by mid month the calendar is hard to look at and makes me anxious. I recently fell in love with sticky notes but have not been using them in my calendar. Next month, my calendar is going to look a whole lot nicer!

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  11. I thought I was organised, but you put me to shame! I am a disorganised mess and need to get to work!

    I love post it notes too, they are so good for me because I am always changing my mind :)

    Kitty
    xo
    Kitty & Buck.

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  12. Thats such a simple and effective idea - and the coloured post-its make it fun. Thank you for sharing - not sure my diary will be so full but its sensible to be organised :)

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  13. Cute sticky notes are half the reason I'm not dropping out of school right now, I swear.

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  14. I've seen a lot of bloggers show their planning process and I think this one is perfect. I love that you have it all planned out and I think it definitely helps to know what you're posting. I might have to try this out!
    Thank you for showing us!

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  15. I'm going to start blogging really soon and I love this idea, especially the post its! I've been known to write in pencil when planning things so I can erase as needed but this makes so much more sense and very colorful! I find that having some cuteness and decorating my plans and notes makes me more inclined to stick to them.

    Do you add anything to this same planner that is not blog related? Or do you have a separate calendar for more personal agenda? Just wondering if it's easier to keep blog stuff separate from life stuff?

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    1. Nope, this is ONLY blog stuff. I have a notebook that I write blog ideas in and that's mixed with daily life stuff but my blog planning calender is solely for blog posts or else it would just end up a hot mess.

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    2. Awesome! Makes sense to me! I'm afraid I would end up have three different journals and calendars for each part of my life! When I get started on my business, I'm going to need to figure out life/blog/business separation that doesn't confuse me! haha!

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  16. Love love LOVE the sticky notes idea! I might try this out, too. Btw love your blog :)

    Gany
    http://missgany.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is an excellent idea. Especially considering that I already have an organizer with that style of calendar that I've fallen out of the habit of using.

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  18. I love this idea! I've gotten in the routine of one weekly "column," but the other ones just pop up randomly... this would definitely help keep me on a schedule!

    <3 Karen

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  19. What a great system! I need to get organized some day XD

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  20. I love that you use post-it notes so you can move around posts! I'm constantly scratching things off on my planner and rewriting stuff and sometimes I run out of room in the calendar square. The post-it notes seem much tidier!

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  21. This is a really great idea! I should do something like that for my blog xD

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  22. I love seeing organizing fetishists' handiwork

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  23. I did this the Fall of my sophomore year of college with all the courses I knew I'd need to take. I used a sheet of notebook paper for each semester and wrote the classes (along with any pre-reqs, and if it was only offered in Spring or Fall) on Post-it notes. It was INCREDIBLY helpful! I was able to make sure I took everything in a reasonable order and saved myself from having to make up classes the Summer after I graduated (like many of my friends had to do because they forgot about important classes). Like you mentioned, I loved everything being on sticky notes because I was able to rearrange my semesters very easily.

    I'd like to note that this is probably the only organized thing I did during my entire college career, ha! I'm a big procrastinator and work best in a messy environment, so often my course schedule binder was the only organized piece of my life :-)

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  24. I love your planner's format !!please, Can you tell me where you bought?
    Really I love your blog and you hair and your posts...all of you!!You are amazing!!

    XOXO!!

    http://laoveejaneegra.blogspot.com.es/

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  25. One, I love your phone cover. So cute!
    Two, it's great that you're so organized! I have tried to use student planners that I would get from school, but I always just forgot about it. Now I have a little notebook that nicely fits in my purse and I just list the stuff that needs to get done!

    Cute system!

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  26. I hate scoring things out in my notebook so being able to move your schedule around on the sticky notes is such a great idea! :)
    Faye x
    dinosaurcircus.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Awesome advice! Love things that are super colorful! :)

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  28. Wonderful idea! I never would have thought about doing this (especially not since the planners I use are typically weekly) - may use!

    -Liz

    http://www.anepicliz.com

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  29. Thanks for sharing, I absolutely love the idea of using the coloured post-in notes! It's the best blog-planning method I've seen :) I particularly love that you can move them around, as like you, sometimes I have to be in the 'mood' to post a particular type of post x

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  30. This is a wonderful and cute idea! Makes planning so much more fun! Definitely going to try this out! Thanks Kaylah!

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  31. You have such beautiful handwriting~! :O

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  32. So happy you posted about this. I really need to get my shiz together and I think this method may be the way. Thanks!

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  33. Love this idea. I started doing something similar just not a colorful. I may need to switch to post it notes.

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  34. do the different colors mean anything?

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    1. Pink is outfit posts, orange are friday favorites and other than that nope. Yellow and blue are all other posts.
      :)

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  35. I'm really jealous of your beautiful handwriting, haha! :D

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  36. I love this idea, and your handwriting! :)
    I was just wondering if you made all the graphics for your website yourself? Like the side banners, and the header. They're really beautiful! (: <3

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  37. Ok, this is actually a pretty good idea :D Until now, I was writing the posts I planned to publish on a plain paper, and I would just mark the ones I ended up posting. This sounds appealing to me. I am going to try this idea. Thank you <3

    Hugs

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  38. I started using post it notes last week because I was tired of scratching things off my calendar and drawing a million arrows everywhere. You are right about the colors, it does make it seem more fun with the brightness.

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  39. This is like seeing the magician's trick before the show-- so awesome to see your brainstorming process and what a great idea with the sticky notes! :)

    I'm going to pick up a new notebook now....

    ~ Nat (who now feels like a VIP)

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  40. This is a great idea. I'm forever tippexing and rewriting my blog posts. Makes total sense! x

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  41. Amazing! I love it, so organised and pretty.

    Unfortunately this wouldn't work for me, as I just blog about the book I happen to have read.

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  42. great idea! its silly how hard to find those month view ones are.

    Must be quite stress relieving to see everything organised!

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  43. this is a fabulous way to organize blogging! thank you for sharing it with us!

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  44. This is really cool! I think I'm going to try organizing my blog stuff similarly to this. It looks like it would be really effective.

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  45. this its such great information. it is really going to help me get things organized for my blog. thank you so much for this post, its so helpful!!!

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  46. This is amazing!! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing!
    inspiredbyabove.com

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  47. That iPhone case is hysterical! I love it! I've been trying to get a little more organized in the blog world but it's slow going!

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  48. Lady, this is rad. What a great alternative to all those super expensive planner's out there. I went to price one the other day that went on the wall and it was over 150 bucks. I think I'll take this road instead!
    toni xo

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  49. Thanks so much for posting this. I think it's a great way to organize what you're doing for the month. I really want to give this a shot, as i'm always looking for better ways to organize and practice time management. the only problem is that my blog is sometimes spur of the moment and includes posts based on current news. I still think this would be great for me to use as a type of "framework" for organizing. Thanks!

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  50. Oh, wow, you're so amazingly organized! I'd love it if I could plan so many blog posts that far ahead.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  51. I love this idea and have an idea that I might be using it or something like it... thanks for a look into your blog planning!

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  52. This is going to help me a great deal! Thanks so much!

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  53. Great way to organize your posts! Thanks for the idea!

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  54. love this! and going to use it right now!

    http://theworkette.blogspot.com/

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  55. Thanks for sharing Kaylah! I posted this link on my website.

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  56. Thanks Kaylah! I used your idea in my blog post today. www.brandijclark.com

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  57. Such a great idea! I have just added a blog to my biz, Springboard for Success, website AND started a new personal blog, Redeemed Rebel! How to stay on top.
    I will definitely use your ideas. They are functional and fun. And I need both! Ha.
    www.springboardforsuccess.com
    www.robinjonesgifford.com

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  58. I just started a blog and I have been searching for an easy way to organize and plan my future posts! This is wonderful! Thank you so much for the idea!!
    ~Audrey

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  59. I have been searching for a way to organize my blog posts! I just started a blog and I am overwhelmed with all of the ideas that I have and I am not sure when to post them! Thank you for the wonderful blog!!
    ~Audrey

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  60. Great idea! I don't have nearly enough content and I feel like I'm just churning it all out, over-zealous as a new blogger-blogger (have been a tumblr blogger for 3+ years, was looking for something more professional in a sense).

    Thanks!
    Darion

    http://www.brickellia.blogspot.com

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  61. Brilliant! As it stands now - I'm horribly unorganized. I just keep a list of topics on the notes section of my phone and check them off as I do them. I like this better bc it seems way more tight and professional. I struggle sometimes with consistency bc some weeks I'll have 1 post, other weeks I'll have 6. It really just depends on when I have content. This could solve this problem

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  62. I've been a really inconsistent blogger in the past, but this year I started mapping posts out in a planner just like this and I've been posting 5-6 days a week now! I love the post-it note idea too in case things need to be moved around (and they often are). Thanks for the great tips!

    http://lipstickandlacquer.blogspot.ca

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  63. Awesome planner! I completely admire how organised and consistent you are. I've got a planner sorted, but am still working on the planning ahead and following through part!

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  64. Oh I truly love this idea! So clever and pretty!
    I like how the notebook has squares big enough to put them sticky notes on there. I normally just colour code my normal calendar on what days im posting a blog post and have a normal notebook to just do the planning in.

    please check out my blog organiseyourlifeandmind.blogspot.co.uk
    I have journal prompts on there. xx

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  65. I love the idea! I defenitely gonna try this. I'm so not organised in my blogging so maybe this wil help me. It looks so pretty! Just love it!

    XoXo Leanna

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