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I am excited to bring this blog tip to you today, because it has helped me a lot in my blogging and in scheduling and planning blog posts. If you don’t already have a Gmail account for your email especially your blog’s email I highly recommended getting one. Gmail has so many tools that can help you with your blog and I have found that for me anyways, it is the best email system out there.
Today, I am not going to get into all the ways Gmail can help you with your blog, but I will mention one that I found a few months ago and love! At the top of your Gmail account there are a bunch of different links and one of them is “Calendar.” Now, I never paid much attention to that little word because I have my own planner that I use for my non-blog stuff. But toward the end of October last year my blogging was getting out of control and it was becoming very hard for me to keep track of blog posts I wanted to write, guest posts I was supposed to do, and giveaways and other opportunities from other companies.
So, I finally clicked the “Calendar” link and realized what a great help this could be in helping me plan out my posts!
Above is my calendar and I prefer the “monthly” view because I am a person who likes to plan ahead. I like to see the whole month and where I am going and what I need to plan for. If you don’t like being able to see the entire month at once, you can also click to change it to weekly few or daily view. The cool thing about having Google Calendar is that not only do you get email updates to remind you of your events, but you can also sync it with your iphone if you have one! It’s nice to be able to look on my phone and see which posts are coming up and which I need to work on.
Now, you may have to click on the picture so you can see it up close, but this is my blogging plan for the month of January. As you can see I have a lot of blog posts planned on there already and some I will add later as I think more ideas. I also put on any giveaways, guest posts for other blogs, and other due dates of things so I don’t forget.
The awesome thing is that this calendar can be very flexible. If you have a topic scheduled that you want to write about on a different day or sooner than planned then I just switch my events around on the calendar. As I think of topics I also will fill in my calendar. Some, I may not end up writing about and that’s ok, I can delete them later. But at least they are there and ready to remind me of what I wanted to do!
I know some people go to a lot of work making and selling blogging planners that you can buy and use in person instead of online, but I prefer this method because it’s quick and easy and right at the touch of a click!
Do you plan out your blog posts? What do you use to plan, schedule and keep track of them?