It’s hard to believe that the year is almost ever. And if you’re anything like the Planner Babe that I am, you have already started planning for the new year. If not, no worries! I got you covered. Last year I created my own editorial calendar to plan out blog posts. And when I stuck to the plan, it helped keep me super organized, making it super easy to create blog posts.
WHAT IS AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR?
An editorial calendar is basically a plan or outline for your blog’s content. You can map out your content weekly or monthly, depending on your preference. It can be as simple as choosing a theme for the month and planning what type of posts you will create around that theme. If you’re more into details, you could create a title and outline for each post within that theme.
HOW I PLAN MY BLOG CONTENT
For me personally, I start mapping out important dates/holidays by the month. Then if my writing juices are flowing, after I’ve come up with a topic or idea, I start outlining the post. At times, I might have a theme or topic I want to write about, but no specific ideas on how to frame the post. In that case, I’ll just jot down the theme and come back to it in a day or two.
I try to take a couple of hours each week to review my editorial calendar. I’ll notate any new ideas I’ve come up with or start drafting previous ideas that I was stuck on. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to write a post, but if I already have the post title, I’ll create the featured image and lately I’ve been trying to create a Pinterest-friendly image as well. Having the images already completed actually saves me a ton of time once I’ve finished writing up a post.
WHY YOU NEED AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR
Planning and organizing content for your blog helps keep you consistent (something I am working on getting better at). It also helps your readers know what they can expect from you and keeps them in expectation of what’s coming next. Then there are times when life gets in the way or you may just may be too tired to work on the blog. This is where having an editorial calendar comes in handy. You’re already ahead of the game if have ideas in draft or outline form. It becomes much easier to finalize the post or bring all your thoughts together cohesively, as opposed to starting fresh with a new idea and no plan or outline.
So like I mentioned early, if you haven’t started planning your blog posts for next year, I got you covered. If you’ve already started planning, then I still got you covered with something to assist in your planning. I recently created a free eGuide called, “How to Create an Editorial Calendar” and I’m sharing it with you. If you are interested in getting this guide and getting your planning on, click on the image below.
Do you use an editorial calendar currently? If not, what do you use to keep yourself organized?