Weekly Blog Planner {Free Printable}

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Keeping up with a blog is a lot of work.  It takes time, creativity, research, writing, editing, sharing, communicating and more.  One of the best things we can do is have a go-to list when we sit down to work.  Not only do I need to keep a running list of post ideas and inspiration, I also want to write down the people I want to reach out to and the random things that come to my head.  I use a weekly planner I created and I thought I would share it with you. (You can download at the end of the post.)

Mommy Words Weekly Blog Planner

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How to Use the Weekly Blog Planner

The planner is simple.  There are 4 sections.

Post Information

The top of the planner is for post planning.  I use it to write down my topic and or title and attempt to think of something catchy for clicks and something savvy for SEO.  They are almost always different.  I always think about my category at the same time.  I want to make sure the post fits with what I want for my blog and if it really doesn’t I know I should look for a guest post at a blog that fits that niche.  I also use the category column for key words SEO.   Sometimes just thinking about how the post fits into my blog changes it a bit and makes it better before I even start writing it.

The promotion column is awesome for me.  If a post is meant for a blog link up or would be great to promote on a certain site or with a specific hashtag, I put it here.  For sponsored posts I use this column to record the required hashtag and promotion.  For instance I will write down #sponsoredhashtag, 2x post to twitter, 1x post on Facebook.  That way I don’t forget!  This is also a great column for thinking about your post’s audience.  The blogging community is huge and there are times when you really think a certain group would love your post.  In this case I think about where I might find that community online and look for forums or groups that fit that profile.

To-Do’s a.k.a. Maintenance

Part of a blog, especially one your are monetizing, is administrative.  These are the tasks I do weekly and simply check them off.

I backup my blog automatically but I check every week.

Going through and finding bad links and adding links to older posts is important.  I choose a few posts that I know I can link within to other articles based on their popularity. (As an aside, on my monthly tasks is finding good posts and analyzing them for SEO and updating them.)

A design check is a must for me.  I not only make sure that my links work (again) but I look at my blog and de-clutter.  For most bloggers this means looking at the sidebar and removing links that are old, useless and not important to you.  I wrote about designing your sidebars and navigation and I really try to keep up to date with this.  I keep a separate checklist of things I don’t LOVE about my design and totally try to make time to research a fix, but weekly it is more about removing excess and keeping your site clean.  You want your readers to find your best content, so giving consideration to your design and navigation regularly is important.

Replying to comments is important to me, particularly if I have asked a question or started an active discussion.  Making time to go back and respond to any missed comments is a weekly job.  I also like to explore a couple of new blogs through my comment section and I need to make specific time to do this.

Checking for updates is easy with WordPress.  I use this as a time to update and evaluate whether or not I am actually using the plugins that are updating.  I like to keep plugins to a minimum to keep my site loading fast.  I make sure to backup my site before I do a WordPress upgrade.

I keep an EXCEL spreadsheet for recording revenues and expenses.  Remember, as a blogger, products that you receive are revenue and are taxable.  Make sure you keep a record of what you spend too so you can offset that revenue.  I use this same spreadsheet to record information about the companies I work with so I can easily access it anytime.

I have blank spaces so I can write in other things I want to accomplish.

Communicate – Reach Out!

I like to have a list of the people I must follow up with each week and the people I want to build a better relationship with.  I write down their name and whether it is Personal or Business and why I want to reach out.  This is all a part of building community and of course, relationships with companies.  This is a great place to write down a company or blogger that you would like to work with and plan how you are going to reach out.  This has been a great resource for me and I know that when I have 10 minutes I can cross one off the list.

Notes / Shards of Brilliance

I just write things I think of here.  I also have a full page with this header and I jot things down regularly.  My hope is that some will become posts, some relationships and some projects.  And yes, I also end up writing phone numbers or the hex codes for colors I love in here.  It is for whatever brilliant thought comes to your head!

Download the Mommy Words Weekly Blog Planner

You can download the Mommy Words Weekly Blog Planner for free! I hope it helps you! I will be posting a lost more printables in the future so please consider subscribing via RSS or Email so you never miss one!

I would love to hear how you plan your weekly blogging too!

Brittany
I'm Brittany. I believe that simple is best and that smiling can make or break a day. I love being a woman, a wife and a mother. I like to make pretty things and making things with big tools. I am a huge fan of good design. I love to travel. Hugs make me happy. I share my life, experiences, tips and tutorials in the hope that this community can find a whole lot of awesome together.
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  • November 9, 2011 Alison

    Brittany, this is so cool! This totally appeals to my organizational side :) Thanks for the free downloadable.
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  • November 10, 2011 Kimberly

    This is so cool! I agree with Alison, it completely works with my organizational side!
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    • November 10, 2011 Brittany

      Us organizational gals who still adore using our awesome favorite colored pens must stick together right? Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  • November 10, 2011 Brittany

    Thanks Alison! Mine too. I keep them in a binder with my other planners. I am planning on posting printables regularly!

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  • November 10, 2011 Carri

    Awesome!
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  • November 10, 2011 SuperJenn

    Brittany I LOVE this … I’ve seen others but I like the way yours looks and reads :) Thanks for sharing … and the post along with it is so nice, too!!

    jenn
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  • November 11, 2011 MommyDigger.com

    Great and so useful! Thank you so much!
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  • November 16, 2011 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    OMG I need this

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  • November 22, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    Now i feel even less efficient … come move in with me and organise my blog.
    SEO, not a clue ;)
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  • January 15, 2012 Jo-Anne

    This is so cool, I could do with one of these……….
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    • January 16, 2012 Brittany

      So glad you like it and hope it helps!

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  • January 16, 2012 Pam Allen

    OMG……love this printable! Going to use it NOW. Thank you- new fan!
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    • January 16, 2012 Brittany

      Awesome! I am starting to tweak it specifically for the challenge. I will tweet it out when I am finished! It always helps me to write things down.

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  • January 16, 2012 Lisa H.

    Thank you! I am committed to getting organized (my blog included) this year and this is so very helpful! (Found you through the SITS31DBBB Twitter feed.)

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  • January 17, 2012 Kendra

    I LOVE this so much I pinned it on Pinterest last night. I printed 3 months worth of these and can’t wait to get started with it today so I can stay organized.
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  • January 18, 2012 Jamie

    I also pinned this to my board since it was purposeful and pretty! Thanks for sharing.
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  • March 26, 2012 Marilyn

    Put a link to this post on my blog today.

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-planners.html

    Marilyn

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  • January 22, 2013 Laura

    I know this is an old post, but I found a link to it on Pinterest and I just wanted to say thanks! I have just started my own blog –literally, I just started it yesterday, so it is in a very bare bones state of disrepair at the moment– but this planner will really help me with my setup and goals. Have a great day!

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  • April 28, 2013 Vicki Arnold

    Love the simplicity of this. Also, shards of brilliance? Awesome.
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