Blog Planning Editorial Calendar Printable {Day 27} Heart Matters

When my family and I began planning our summer vacation there were some decisions that we had to come to.

  • What is our destination?
  • Should we fly or drive?
  • What route should we take?
  • Where should we stop along the way?
  • What places should we visit?
  • What will we need to get there and to maintain upkeep while we are there?
  • Why are we going to begin with?
  • How much will it cost?

These were the questions we had to answer. If we hadn’t then our trip would have been the equivalent to driving off with a blind fold on and hoping that we ended up somewhere that we wanted to be. The chances of that happening are slim to none because we would probably get frustrated because we weren’t sure where we were or where we were going; get in a wreck; or end up somewhere we never intended to be and don’t really enjoy.

Blogging is a journey.  As with any journey there are many roads one can travel to reach the desired destination. We don’t all want to travel to the same places or go the same way so why should we all use the same map? We must create our own unique journey. Some may want to travel the back roads and soak up all of the scenery. Some may want to travel by interstates and make calculated stops along the way. Still some may want to toss the map all together and just start traveling. Each traveler will take something personal away from the journey. Let’s begin yours, shall we?

I’ve had quite a bit of help when it comes to my journey. I didn’t get this smart all by myself. *wink* People like Darcy, Darren, and Amy have been a big help. And don’t get me started on WordPress. Without Lisa I would be a stifling basket case. I break stuff all the time and she teaches me how to fix it. Along the way these peeps have taught me how to simplify my blogging experience while getting maximum results. I like that. One of the greatest tools Darcy gave me was about planning. She said, (and I’m paraphrasing here) “The key to successful blogging is planning. You have to be willing to dress your kids in winter garb and put up the Christmas tree in October. Why? Because that is how you are ready to post about it mid November. You must post about holidays and events weeks before they happen in order to influence your readers.”

That is some good advice, y’all.

I took it to heart and planned out the next few months of posts here complete with series and themes. I also use the Blog Post Planner to ensure that I am posting anchor posts and tutorials each week. Those are what primarily drives traffic to my blog so I want to keep them coming.

So, without further ado… my blogging planners.

In the next post we will talk about how to use them.

Find the rest of the series here: 31 Days to Online Ministry
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Comments

  1. I’m pinning, great planning tools!

  2. Wow! This is fantastic. I saw it at Pinterest initially and am going to be giving it a try for my blog.
    Will definitely link to you.
    Thanks!

  3. This is so helpful Amy! I don’t have a schedule and when I am supposed to contribute guest posts I do them at the last minute. I need something like this.

  4. Thank you so much for the calendar and planner, Amy! They’re just perfect for someone who loves forms and organization…like me :)

  5. Kate @ Craftwhatever says:

    You have such a nice blog calendar!  Only one I have seen with a monthly view- so wonderful to use!  I talked about it on my blog today.  Here:  http://craftwhatever.blogspot.com/2012/01/gettting-organized-blog.html

  6. I pinned this post months ago so I could get organized and forgot about it. I searched all day online and couldn’t find it not realizing I pinned it. Best thing did pinning it because now I’m back to print them out. These are the best I’ve found so thank you for sharing them with everyone. 

  7. The planners are great Amy! I just printed them out. Thank you.

  8. What a great idea just downloaded and can’t wait to see what else you have coming out:) Thanks for sharing

  9. LOVE. THESE. PRINTABLES!

    Never even thought about an “anchor” post – or how to log it or focus on it. This is better than the blank planner I’ve been using – thanks for the direction!

  10. This is exactly what I need to recharge myself for the good ole blog. I’ve never forecasted for a month– only a week. Wow a month would make it much easier and give plenty of time to keep formulating and preparing future blog posts. This is awesome Amy! THANKS! :)

  11. Wow! Great idea Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Awesome!! Just in time for planning through the end of the year! :)

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