How to blog consistently using a blog planner

Blogging requires planning. It’s not just about delivering content. You need to be consistent with the type of content as well as the time of delivery of your posts. It helps build trust among your readers, hence, one of the most repeated blogging tips is to blog consistently.

This year I’ve listed blogging consistently as one my personal goals. To help me slay this goal, I created a blog planner that comes with a monthly editorial calendar, post planner, blog statistics, idea list and a finances tracker.

I decided to make a free printable version for other small businesses or individuals who are just starting their blogging journey. Yay!

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Here are some tips on how you can use the planner to blog consistently this year.

Monthly editorial calendar

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I majored in development journalism in college but to this day I can’t say that I am a confident writer. This is one of the reasons why I started blogging again. It’s a way for me to continuously hone and practice my writing skills specially now that I’ve decided to focus more on design work. Oops, I digressed a bit…

In school and when I started working in the corporate communications field, an editorial calendar is an indispensable tool in the publishing process. I adopted this in my blogging process so that I can better visualize the distribution of content throughout the month (or year, if you prefer planning your posts yearly).

An editorial calendar gives an overview of what, where and when to publish. In addition to your blog posts, you can also use it to plot your social media posts. When it’s time to schedule posts on Buffer, I make sure that I have my editorial calendar with me.

You can also use a spreadsheet or digital editorial calendars, but having a tangible one works best for me.

Blog post ideas

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This is a place to jot down ALL the blog ideas that pop into your head. Turn to this page when you are brainstorming for your monthly editorial calendar.

Don’t over think when listing your ideas. Write every bit of idea that comes to you. If you haven’t found your niche yet, this is a good practice to identify which topic you are passionate about.

Not feeling creative? I’ve curated blog post ideas on Pinterest to help you (and myself) in times of idea shortage.

Blog post planner

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Having a general plan of what you’re going to write will help you blog consistently.

Create a working title and an outline instead of staring at the screen all day, tugging your hair, sipping coffee and waiting for the words to come. List down the main points you want your reader to get out of the post and arrange them in the most sensible way.

An outline will help you come up with posts that are more structured and flows well. Checkout HubSpot’s  awesome article about writing a blog post outline.

Blog statistics

Monitoring your blog and social media metrics can be a daunting task. Don’t skip this part! This is a way to measure your blog’s growth and performance. To make it more manageable, I listed down the stats that matter to me.

Add a note in your editorial calendar when you’d like to measure the monthly stats. I scheduled mine every 1st of the month.

FREE blog post planner that comes with a monthly editorial calendar, post planner, blog statistics, idea list and a finances tracker. | karenlosanes.com

Monthly Finances

Keeping track of your blog’s income and expenses from the start lets you know where your money goes and comes from. If you are not blogging to make money, this is still a practice that I suggest you do so that you are aware of how much your hobby is costing you.

Here are examples of income and expenses that you may want to track:

  • Expenses

– web hosting
– domain name
– themes
– graphic design
– Internet access fee
– stock photos
– software / apps for blogging

  • Income sources

– affiliate sales
– display ads
– private ads
– product sales
– sponsored posts

Commit to blogging consistently

Is blogging consistently one of your 2016 goals?

Join me on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #bloggingconsistently2016. Let’s keep each other on track and accountable.

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4 thoughts on “How to blog consistently using a blog planner

  1. This post was so incredibly helpful! At the start of the new year, I made a promise to myself to blog more consistently. As always, life has gotten quite busy and my blog has taken a back seat. I will definitely be using these tools to help keep me oraganised and frequently blogging! Thank you!!

    Stephanie
    Adventures in Aussieland

  2. This something that I am practicing on a daily basis. One way I found out what my readers what to learn? Is to simply asking them what they want to learn? I make a quick survey with “Google Forms” on subjects closely related to the niche I am in and send an email to my subscribers. Within a short while, I’ll get a response and can base my content around that.

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