How I Keep Organized Blogging

Posted November 19, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Blabbing About Blogging / 62 Comments

So before I started blogging I had no idea what I was doing. Now some 8 or so months in I have figured out my own way to do things, keep things organized, plan out posts, etc. My biggest tool is my planner. At first I had a cheap one from Target but I recently upgraded to Plum Paper Planner and I love it!

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Blogging items I keep in my planner:

1.List of ARCs
2.List of memes for each month
3.Discussion ideas
4.Tags to do
5.When posts are scheduled
6.Books I plan to read each week

List of ARCs

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At first I didn’t have any ARCs so no need. Now I get some through mostly NetGalley or Edelweiss and some from the author or publishers. At first it was just a few so I didn’t write anything now but now there are more and I needed a system. Every month I list out all the outstanding ARCs I have on a page. I list (in publishing date order) the:

  • Title
  • Publishing date
  • Where I got it from – NG, EW, etc.
  • Then I have columns labeled – R (read), R (reviews), S (scheduled) so I can check off as I go

If any new ARCs come in I add them at the bottom. I will then reorganize it for the next month and start all over.

Monthly Ideas

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On this page I like to get my month of posts in one place. I will put all the Top Ten Tuesday prompts, the Beyond the Book prompts, any discussion posts ideas I have, any Tags outstanding and anything new I may have come upon. I find it easy to keep it in one place rather than having ot go to the websites all the time.

Posts Scheduled

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As I finish reviews and posts I add them to the bottom of my weekly views in the planner. This way I can flip through and see what reviews I have and when they are scheduled to post.

Weekly To Read

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Also on my weekly view I have a section where I put the three books I want to read that week. Sometimes it changes but most of the time I follow it. I write them in a couple days before the week starts.

So that’s it. Nothing new or crazy just wanted to share how I do  and keep track of all this fun blogging stuff. If you are interested in more Trish over at Between My Lines has a great series going on about blog organization and planning like a ninja you should check out.

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What do you do to plan for blogging? Do you use pen and paper or electronic ways to plan? Do you use a specific planner or notebook? I would love to hear any tips or tricks you can share!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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62 responses to “How I Keep Organized Blogging

  1. I don’t use a planner at all, Grace, but yours is both gorgeous and very well done!! I actually keep track of my ARCs with Goodreads shelves… And I make sure to export mine every week, just in case things disappear from there. And for my scheduled posts, I have the WP editorial calendar that keeps track of things for me – I also do a full backup of my blog every week, and new posts every day.
    I think I have gotten too used to not having a physical planner anymore, as I have my calendar on my phone (and computer, and iPad) now, so even if I love notebooks, I don’t think I’d use a planner like yours.
    I really have to find a better way to keep track of my ideas for discussion posts, though, I keep having ideas only to forget about them later 🙁
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  2. I love your planner. That thing is awesome. I use pen and paper. I had been using an unlined journal, but it is actually falling apart. I bought a new blank journal and I use that. I just write the name of the book, pub date, and where I got it. I usually cross it off when I am done reading, since it is my habit to review right away. I have lists in that book for everything from blogging post ideas, to grocery lists (i know my old journal fell apart due to overuse). I used to use a full calendar, and then write the posts on each date. It didn’t work so well since some dates (like the 1st Tuesday of the month) would have like 4 books being published. Anyways, I loved seeing your planner.
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  3. Is your blog really only eight months old? Wow, I feel like you’ve been around for a lot longer than that!! I am organizationally challenged, but I have managed to put a few things in place – mostly via Goodreads. I mark my books as To Review and then sort them by date released so that I ccan see what I need to read sooner rather than later. Other than that, I just have a list of discussion ideas.
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  4. I use Trello (trello.com). I have columns for books I plan to read in the current month and the next couple of upcoming months. I have a columns of posts to write (with dates assigned). I have a column of extra posts that are ready to go in case I fall behind. I have a column of long holds at the library, so I don’t lose track of my requests.

    I can access Trello on my computer at work, so I can add ideas and reschedule posts during my work day. And I have the app on my phone so I can add notes as I read. It’s been working pretty well for me since July.
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  5. Oh wow! You’re on top of things! You’re making me look bad! Haha! 😀
    I tried the planning my books to read and all the blog posts a few years ago, but I was miserable. It started to feel like a chore and I was honestly bored with it. Now that I’m blogging with Nereyda, I do have a Google Calendar to plan the reviews, but we don’t usually plan for like few days before. Goodreads is mostly where I use to organize my arcs and books read.
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  6. I love seeing how people plan out their blog. I have one of those pocket planners that I write down when I schedule a post so I can look at days and see if something is already posted. If I need to schedule something on a certain day, I’ll list it and put Schedule in a circle above it so it’s easy to notice. I like how you use the rest of your planner. i want to get a nicer one for next year; use it more lists and stuff!
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  7. I wish I was as organized as you! I’m so not good at planning in advance. I just recently got a new Kindle (it’s smaller than my first one and a little blah) but it restored all my ARCs from the older one and they returned in the same messy order, haha. I’ve tried to plan my posts in advance but I’ve never wrote anything down. I love your planner! It’s so neat and cute! 😀 Great organization, Grace!
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  8. Wow! I’m super impressed with your organizational skillz. I used a paper planner (Franklin) all through high school, college, and beyond, but I ditched it a few years back. Now I do everything online. I keep a spreadsheet for all the review books I receive, listing from whom they came, date they arrived, date I reviewed, etc. I also keep a spreadsheet as well as a Goodreads list of books I want to read. As for scheduled reviews, I keep those on a calendar on my blog.

    Fun post!
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  9. I love how you set up your ARC page with the washi tape. Such a good idea for keeping track of them.
    I starting doing a bullet journal at the beginning of the year and it does help me be productive, But I’ve really slacked on keeping up with it, which is a shame. I really should start using it again.

    I have a word document that use for all my blog posts and reviews, then I schedule posts. Often I make notes in my journal as I read a book or with notes for blog ideas though.

    I really enjoyed reading your post. Its great to have found a system that works for you.
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  10. I use goodreads and Google calendar to keep track of what I have to read and when it’s due. For prompts, etc. I start a post in drafts, make notes, and save it, then work on it and refine it as I have time.

    It’s good that you’ve found/created a system that works for you. 🙂

  11. That’s a gorgous planner! I used to use a calendar/planner from Blue Sky, but I do most of it electronically now. I have a spreadsheet for ARCs (title, author, publication date, when I read it, where and when I’ve posted the review) that I color-code so I can see at a glance which books I need to read, and sort it by publication date. I use Outlook to keep track of when posts are scheduled, as well as a calendar plugin for WordPress to move posts around as needed. And I use Word and/or Notepad to keep track of ideas for posts, links to share on the blog, drafts of book reviews, and more.
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  12. This is impressive! I am… a mess. Actually I use this printable by Hannah at So Obsessed With to organize myself. It is the only thing that has EVER worked for me, so HUGE props to Hannah. This thing is a godsend. I kind of modified it to fit my overwhelming list of ARCs but still. I also have an online ARC chart, because I try to keep the ones coming out soonest on my printed one.

    As for scheduling posts… that implies that I do not “schedule” them at 11:56 the night before so… yeah 😉 I guess I could use some of these tips hah!
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  13. Wow, um no. I don’t do ANY of this stuff. Other than the google calendar Nick and I use to plan out our week of blogging, that’s all I do. I mark down arc’s on my arc shelf on GR, and of course which books I’ve read but anything more than that breaks it out of ‘hobby’ and more into ‘work I don’t get paid for’ haha.
    I admire I all the planning you do. I always tell Nick I’m like the worst blogger ever.
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    • Totally not the worst blogger ever!!! Whatever you’re doing works because I love your blog!! Totally get it about the hobby/work thing though. I just need to have it set so I don’t worry about it or if something comes up there is stuff planned. I mean if it wasn’t the world would go on and it would be ok though. That’s what I need to remember sometimes!!

  14. Are you really only blogging for 8 months, I feel like you have been around forever! And I love your planner, anything to do with washi tape and stickers and I’m all over it! I also love how you list out your ARCs and section them off. I use my GoodReads shelf for this but I do write the books that I have to write a review for in my planner every week (some of them appear week after week, oopphs!). I think using a planner is a great way to get off line and I know I find it very inspiring to get all creative in my planner.
    Thanks for mentioning me too! 😀
    Trish recently posted…Book Review : The White Rose by Amy EwingMy Profile

  15. For those interested there are blog planner printable for free on the web, you can always print it and then bind it. I just wanted to try it out so I only did a few months and put it onto a folder, it worked a treat.

    I’ve now upgraded to a Happy Planner (similar design to Grace’s Plum Paper and the Erin Condren Life Planner) and because it’s so big I can just keep my blogging schedule there with my normal schedule. I am thinking of cutting and repunching to put into my Kikki-K.

    Grace I love reading how everyone keeps organised. I’m a huge planner addict, more so lately LOL
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