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What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Blogging Calendars #NewBloggers 101 Part 5.1: Save Some Time And Don't Forget Your Commitments

So you might think this isn’t the best of times to talk about being an organized blogger when I’m borderline declaring a hiatus myself (blogging calendar? What is this, Evelina??) But I’ve been planning this post series for months, so I might as well share this with you now. Maybe some of it will be new, and some won’t, but I’m hoping that you’ll be able to walk away with at least one blog hack that’ll help you. I was planning for this to be a single post, but it would be incredibly long, so instead, I’ll be having separate parts!

Again, this is a post from the #NewBloggers 101 post series, mostly meant to go with our support group in order to help all those new book bloggers who have just started out! If you want to find all the other posts in the series, expand this list:

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What Will We Be Covering In The Productivity Series?

 

Blogging efficiently is different to everyone, and I’m sure all of you have amazing blog hacks to share. Hanging out in our group, I have heard people be able to write up posts and deliver them in just 20 minutes, while some of us spend 3-4 hours on posts. I don’t think this list will help you reduce the time it takes to write the posts, but it might reduce the time it takes to schedule everything else. OR, it might increase the time (no!), but help you do and achieve more.

I’ll be dividing it into little bites on each aspect of writing a post:

  1. What Do I Even Write About And When? On not letting go good ideas, always remembering when a post is due, and knowing what you’ll be posting weeks in advance.
  2. Hacking The Actual Writing: how to make certain aspects of writing posts quicker
  3. Scheduling Your Content: why should you do it at all and how should you do it more efficiently
  4. Social Media Sharing: are you doing it, are you doing enough of it and are you saving time on doing it
  5. Replying And Reacting: how not to miss comments, or forget to comment back

This seems to be all, and anything you feel like we should have covered, but didn’t, we can cover in later parts of the series, if such need arises. Keep me informed in the comments!

What Do I Even Write About And When?

 

No, we’re not going to talk about inspiration. It’s important to have inspiration, but what’s more important is:

  • not losing your inspiration or idea because you’re doing the dishes or walking the dog
  • not losing track of your commitments: ARCs, interviews, blog tours, etc

Solution?

Blogging Schedule Calendar.

A lot of you already use this in the form of a bujo! And I’m very jealous of your beautiful bullet points (you know I am!), but due to having to constantly run around town with all my bags, computer and toiletries, I just can’t carry one around. I also don’t have the time to maintain a bujo (all those who know what I’m on about say aye!)

So I have a different solution!

Okay, so it’s not as pretty, but it’s damn efficient, and efficient is what we’re talking about today. I keep all my blogging plans in Google Sheets. Why?

  • easy to check at any time, wherever I am
  • access on the phone and on the computer
  • won’t lose track of upcoming releases

I’ve seen other people use Google Calendar for this, and that’s also a great idea! Doesn’t work for me personally, as my Google Calendar is full of work and life assignments, but whatever works for you!

Let’s have a peek at my blogging calendar.

blog calendar

This is November. Let’s imagine I haven’t posted those yet!

This is one month. Every month has its own sheet, so I can plan many months ahead. Which is why I won’t forget that October ARC that I downloaded this month, when the time comes. This is incredibly convenient, cause you can plan giveaways, interviews, blog tours and so much more – and you don’t have to remember ANYTHING. The sheet remembers for you. If you need to check it on the go, you open it on the phone.

As you can see, every day has a ‘slot’, which is comprised of a top box and a bottom box. The top box is for anything that’s happening outside of my blog – book releases, mostly. Also, if I’m doing a buddy read or an interview, I will note down that I have to send someone questions before a certain day in the top box. Looking at a month or two in advance and seeing what’s in the top boxes lets me know which ARCs I have to start reading as to not be lost next month (otherwise, an ARC deadline can just pounce on you!)

And the bottom box is fairly obvious – it’s a post for a certain date. That way, when I have more free time, I can schedule posts WEEKS in advance. The colors should be pretty self-explanatory too: green for posts already scheduled, yellow for ones I still have to finish writing, and red for the ones I haven’t written yet.

Now you might remember I mentioned having ideas while you’re doing dishes.

 

Blogging ideas are a fickle beast, and one must not let them go, once they come! You will regret it eventually, if you do that. I am also a strong believer in writing down notes as you read a book, because that way you can review them even 6 month later (#truestory, BTW.) But… As you might have already noticed, jotting them down in a notepad doesn’t always work. You don’t always have the notepad with you. Or even if you do, the notes manage to mysteriously get lost, vaporized or just disapparate at will. Which is why it’s important to capture them onto a media that you always have around you. And what would that be for the 21st century person?

Jackpot. It’s your phone. Now what are the pros of writing down notes on the phone instead of a glorious bujo or sticky notes?

  • it’s on your bedside table even in the middle of the night
  • I’ll be willing to bet it’s also there when you’re reading your book, otherwise you would not have those Twitter problems while reading your book
  • however, the biggest plus is that you won’t have to waste time rewriting things. The biggest time sink is rewriting the notes.

Sticky notes in books are fine, but you can’t copy paste them. And in case you’re already taking notes on your phone, but rewriting it into a post, PLEASE STOP. Just take notes into a Google Doc straight. Then open the doc on the computer and copy paste it into your post. Do you know how much time this saves? This is precisely why I advocate the use of Google Docs and google sheets instead of any phone note app – not having to retype paper notes or download files onto your computer saves OODLES OF TIME. (Yes, I just used that word.)

To sum it up: if you use a blogging calendar, you:

 

  • don’t have to constantly stress about “what to post next week”
  • in fact, you can give your readers a heads up on what you WILL be posting (I’ve been asked countless times why I always know what’s next on my blog!)
  • are aware of when your ARCs are released and post the reviews on the correct dates
  • are able to tweet your review AGAIN on the publishing day (+extra views!)
  • never forget blog tour dates anymore
  • never get lost in co-blogging and guest posting schedules
  • know how many posts you already have in the bag, and when to write more

Which means, you’re basically winning at blogging.

Next week, we will talk about how to speed up the actual writing of the post, and how (and why!) to schedule in advance! And if you have any questions regarding this topic, or would like something more to be covered in upcoming posts, mention it in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do. Further suggestions from experienced bloggers are also welcome! I will incorporate them in future posts with your name along with the suggestion.

Do you use any kind of calendar or time tracking tool for your post schedule? Do you think it would help you save time and be a more efficient blogger?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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    1. Thanks! Haha, maybe you just don’t have enough stuff that’s going wild to need planning 😀 planning only really makes it worth it when you can’t manage otherwise :DDD

  1. What a great post! I use a paper planner that I keep by my side every day. I keep track of all my posts and the things that I need to do for the week in it. I used to create my own Google docs calendar but always seemed to forget to fill it in which obviously didn’t work for me. Definitely having a calendar and knowing what your posting does make life a lot less stressful.
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    1. Thank you, Jen! I kind of wish I could use a paper planner too (I’m a stationery buff!) but it’s currently not possible for me because I’d have to drag it around everywhere and I can’t. But it’s definitely a nice way of doing it 🙂

  2. I wish I could get used to using an online calendar, but I am so old school! I have a cheap notebook calendar and I just write my posts for the month on that. I can then cross them off when the post is scheduled. I never work on my blog anywhere but home so I don’t need access on my phone. Hey, it works for me!
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    1. Haha, whatever works 😀 I actually loved writing things on stationery (I’m kind of one of those stationery nerds, my boyfriend always laughs, lol), so I wish I could write it in lists, but currently this is more convenient 🙂 but I’m glad it works for you. The simpler, the better!

  3. I use an e-calendar for everything in my personal life but I’ve found I’m better off with an old fashioned date book for blogging. I don’t use it to plan posts though. I add in pub dates (in the hopes that I will read the book and write the review before that date), blog tour dates, etc. And I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who can’t write a review in 20 minutes!

    1. That’s great if a date book works for you 🙂 I wish it did for me! But I just can’t carry it around, since I sometimes sleep over in a different place, and I have enough things to drag around. But I also plan out each month’s reading as a list in a paper book 🙂 cause I don’t need it daily and it’s cute! Planning reading in a paper notebook just feels good!

  4. I started using a spreadsheet to organize my blog posts and it’s been a life saver! There are some posts I can’t really finish up until the day before, like weekly updates or State of the ARC, but it feels soooo gratifying to look ahead days or weeks and see green post titles 🙂 I also use a physical planner for personal life and work though, so I have a blank page at the back set aside for tracking ARC release dates over the entire year. I only update my spreadsheet a couple months ahead of time to keep myself from getting preoccupied about dates 6 months in the future, but having that simple written list at least keeps me from forgetting things.

    Loved your post as always Evelina, great job! ♥
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    1. Yeah, I absolutely know what you mean. I often end up scheduling State of the ARC on a weekend (cause I know I won’t have any time later on) and then read 2 books on the top and have to add more to the list xD

      Yeah, I also double-track ARC release dates on digital and paper as well. Just cause it’s cute xD whenever I have time, I mean.

      Thank you, and thanks for reading! <3

  5. Your blogging calendar is so organised and lovely! And the colour coding – I love colour coding. As I start building up a backlog of ARCs to review, I keep thinking I might need a better calendar system to track things – thanks for some really good ideas on how to set one up!

    1. Thank you, Ellie! <3 yes!!! I LOVE color coding - like, where would I be without it? It adds a whole new dimension of information! And saves so much space and explanation.

      I actually wanted to use conditional formatting on my ARCs list, so they'd change color, based on when I need to read them, but that proved to take more time than I had expected, so I dropped the project. But maybe one day 🙂 or maybe I'll just find some pre-made sheet for something like that.

      I'm glad my post helped you get ideas! Thank you for reading 🙂

      1. Since I wrote my original comment, I have actually had to start a bit of calendar myself, as I have so many to review in March! I’m going to have a look into the conditional formatting – I think what I really need is for it to start flashing when something is due in the next couple of days and isn’t finished yet!

        Thanks for this and all your New Bloggers 101 posts – they’re all so good!

        1. That’s great! What format did you end up going with for the calendar? It can take a while to fiddle around with it till you find what’s a convenient layout for you 🙂 conditional formatting is great!

          Aw, thank you, and thank you for reading! I’m really glad you find them helpful 🙂

          1. It’s basically a simpler version of yours – just the dates, the description of what I have to publish on what day, and then colour coded according to where I am with it. It’s been so helpful, and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to keep on top of all of my March ARCs without it, so thank you!

  6. So, I used to keep ALLL my blog stuff on my desktop in nice folders. Completed interviews; to-post interviews; waiting for response; a list of requested interviews and interviews I needed to write; and ALL MY TEMPLATES for different types of books (sci-fi, stand-alone, first in trilogy, horror, etc.) You know why I switched to Google Drive? Because my Laptop crashed, and wouldn’t turn back on, and I lost EVERYTHING… -_- … -_- … -_- … Lesson Learned.
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    1. Yeah, I was sensing what was coming at the end of that story xD thankfully, I never had to do this the hard way – I just switched to google drive because I kept borrowing laptops or working on machines that didn’t belong to me (freelancer problems… lol), so I always had to be able to switch easily. I guess that taught me the benefits 🙂 I’m glad you switched in the end, though. Too bad it was the hard way round xD

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I guess it’s my personality type 😀 however. I never keep a clean house, although I hate being like that xD so I guess I am only pedantic when it comes to digital stuff 😀 😀

    1. Well, if it works for you not to schedule things, that’s great too 🙂 I would just constantly have anxiety if I didn’t schedule xD but then again, I am sort of an OCD-ish personality (and I have suspicions I might actually have some OCD traits, in reality, not just in terms of phrasing xD), so planning things ahead just helps me so much 😀

      Thank you 🙂 and sure you can call me that!! 🙂

      1. Oh I’m very particular and controlling about other parts of my life. It’s only blogging that doesn’t involve scheduling. I’m actually glad I’m that way with blogging. Because I’m stress-free at least with this one part of my life. xD

        The only blogging rule I have is “always post on Sundays”. I sometimes schedule posts for the week on Sundays too.

        1. Yeah, you’re right, I’m also slightly jealous of you that you’re that way about your blog 😀 I should relax about mine too. A hobby should be relaxing!
          I guess Sundays make sense, cause we have more time when we don’t need to work 😀

          1. I’m usually too tired after work to blog. I only write if I feel like it. So weekends are my only available time.

            You should try having a relaxed schedule. It might work. xD

  7. Amazing post!! A blogging calendar has honestly been what’s keeping my blog afloat since I’m back in school. I’ll definitely be incorporating more of your tips to plan more ahead (especially during exam season)

    1. Thank you so much <3 yes, a blogging calendar, whichever form you use, is really really helpful. BTW, which form do you use?
      I am glad my tips could expand your horizons 🙂 thank you for reading!

    1. Thank you! Oh man, I wish I could have a bujo, or time for it 😀 but! I have come up with a half-solution. I am going to do a MONTHLY one xD doesn’t take up a load of time, but I get to actually do one. SOLVED!

  8. I love this new productivity Series, because I love being organized I do have a blogging calendar as well, but not on Google docs (even though this sounds really convenient), but I usually make an excel spreadsheet and write down all the upcoming posts at the beginning of the month!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it 🙂 yeah, being organized is half the fun 😀 at least for me! 🙂
      That’s cool that you use a calendar yourself 🙂 it’s always best to devise your own system, but sometime’s other people’s ideas can give us some nice ways to improve our own 🙂

      1. Organizing really is fun, at least for me 😀
        That’s certaintly true! I love to get inspiration from other people, because it can really offer up some amazing ideas 🙂

  9. Nice post Evelina! I would say that I try hard to scedule my posts in advance but I always fail 😛 Time issues?
    But yes, I agree the sheets can be really productive. But I am using Calendar plugin in WordPress to quickly draft and schedule a post.
    I use Evernote to take all my notes and idea. It is really good option.. you can access it anywhere.
    But for keeping the record of my ARCs I use Google sheets as well 🙂

    I am excited to read next posts in the series.
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    1. Thank you! 🙂 yeah, time issues… I’ve found that planning them in this fashion helps with the time issues though, cause if you schedule a lot, you can just let go for a few weeks 😀 luxury!

      Cool, I’ve never really even heard of this calendar plugin. But then again, I don’t quickly draft posts 😀 so maybe it’s not for me 🙂 I usually sit down and write a full posts. Drafts are kind of hard to be coming back to! At least for me 🙂

      And yeah, Evernote sounds like a great option 🙂

  10. I LOVE this, Evelina! And I’m so jealous of how organized your calendar looks. I used to use a bujo to track everything, but I realized that I’m way too lazy for that kind of thing (since I design every single bujo page, etc). When I got co-bloggers, I moved on to using the online calendar Teamup, and continued to use that even when I went back to solo-blogging. It’s not as pretty to look at as your custom Gsheets calendar, but it gets the job done for lazy people like me. XD
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    1. Thank you! Bujos can be cute, but they take so much effort and time! That’s why I’ve settled for just monthly reading times 🙂 that way, it’s not much work, but I get to stare at it with sparkling eyes 😀

      Ooh, I don’t even know what I’d do if I had to co-blog! Yeah, it makes sense to use some special app for that then. And I don’t know if my sheets are that pretty, but they also get the job done 😀 and the most important thing was just that it was a platform that I’m used to using, so that often contributes to your ease of use. Don’t need to learn anything new, etc 🙂

    1. Thanks, Laura 🙂 I’m glad I could be useful! It’s good to share ideas amongst ourselves. We all have different ways of doing things, and it sometimes helps improve stuff 🙂

  11. I’ve been such a slacker when it comes to writing posts lately… I use the WP editorial calendar, and I have a spreadsheet with ARCs – the date I received the ARC, when it’ll be published, where I got it from, who the publisher is etc. Both of those definitely help me keep track of things.
    I need to check out the google sheets thing, though, because you’re right, blog ideas sometimes come to me in the middle of the night.
    Great post Evelina! <3
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    1. I know, me too… But I’ve also reduced the number of posts, so.. 😀
      The WP editorial calendar? I’m not even sure what that is 😀

      Yep, I have a similar file with ARCs too 🙂 maybe someday when I have time I will make it color the names depending on how close the release date is xD

      And thank you!!

  12. I really need to get my blogging organization together. I have a paper planner that I use for my blog, but I really only use it to keep track of when I’ve posted and stats and such. I don’t really use it to plan for the future. I’ve seen all kinds of calendar ideas like this one and excel spreadsheets. I have an insane (40+ books) backlog of old NetGalley ARCs that I’ve been chipping away at. I think once I’ve cleared those out and I start requesting books like a responsible blogger, I will need to sit down and compose something like this. Thank you for the tips!

    1. Thank you! Paper planners can be awesome too 🙂 I just had to come up with something different, because I can’t carry around a planner all the time, I don’t drive, and lugging things on public transport when I need two bags all the time can be.. tough.

      Hey, maybe you should join my meme State of the ARC to help with the NetGalley situation 🙂 I’ve heard it has helped people get their motivation up. At least it draws your attention to the stats, so you don’t let them go as easily.

  13. Fantastic post!!! I use the Google calendar like you are using the sheet but I might give your idea a go except… does the sheet send you reminders? Because the Google Calendar does!
    Now I note already all my ideas on my phone using the “notes” included in the phone. The same with writing my review while on the train or quotes from a book or.. and I can send it by email then copy/paste into my post
    We do have pretty similar ways to work!
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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie 🙂 thanks for reading! I’ve been planning this post for AAAAAGEEEEES, and there’s still the third part to write, which is one of the most important ones, in my opinion 🙂 sharing it around in all the social media in an easily organizable manner.
      Nope, the sheet does not send me reminders – but I also don’t want it to 🙂 I guess if you want reminders, you should probably go with a calendar option 🙂 I have enough reminders in my life already, so I just want to approach the blog stuff on my own terms.
      I figured most people would already be doing the notes thing on their phone, but sometimes that’s still worth it to mention cause sometimes the most obvious things escape our attention 😀
      So I’m glad then! Great minds, haha 😀

  14. I used to have a calendar but because I have been doing so much lately, I blog more when I can and less on schedule? I have a notebook with my blog posts I intend to have come up next, or review copy dates if there are deadlines I need to stick to. I check it often because it’s got all my deadlines (personal and uni ones) in one place, and it keeps me on track!
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    1. Yeah, I guess it makes sense not to use a calendar if you don’t have a strict schedule 🙂 I also put my ideas in a notebook when I have them, but then I move them over to a spreadsheet, so I can access them everywhere and not lose track.

  15. Oooh that’s cool & a great idea because bujos are a ton of work (I’ve tried)! I’m too lazy to even have a separate sheet for blogging so all I do is I schedule blank posts with the titles filled out at the end of each month for the next month and then just keep on top of things (i write all my posts on the weekend) so i never accidentally publish a blank/unfinished post (it has happened once, but it wasn’t too much of a disaster.)
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    1. They are!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that 😀
      I guess your system is just as good, if it helps you manage! I just like seeing everything graphically, especially the new releases! 🙂

  16. Some good ideas in here, especially the note-taking. I find Google Calendar and my Kindle help me. I have two Google calendars; one for personal things and one for the blog. Sign up for a tour? Put the dates on the blog calendar. Accept/request a book for review? Schedule it on the calendar. How does my Kindle help? Well, I have multiple Currently Reading folders, organized by month and year. When I download a book to my Kindle, I stick it into the appropriate folder. Right now I have folders for Currently Reading Winter 2017/2018 to Currently Reading June 2018. For print books, I keep them in a stack by my couch. Once they are read and the review written, I donate them or shelve them. Every week I check the next week on my calendar to see what I need and what’s ready to go. It’s not a perfect system but it works pretty well for me.

    1. Oh yes, the note taking can save loads of time indeed 🙂
      I actually have like three Google calendars myself, so I can’t really do blog stuff on it cause it would just mix me up so much 😀 and I also needed a place to take notes. So I guess I made my own 🙂
      Oh, that’s VERY smart about the currently reading!! If you don’t mind, I will keep this quote of yours for when I do a post with multiple recommendations that other bloggers would give to new bloggers! It’s great advice. I also have a currently reading folder, but only one that I move stuff into. But this is a wonderful idea!! I think I’ll use it. You’re a genius 🙂

      1. It’s not often I get called a genius. Yes, you are absolutely welcome to use the quote. The other nice thing about my folder system is that I can easily see how many review books I have for a given month. I hope the currently reading folder helps you.

        1. I’m sure it will, and it sure is genius! I am already looking forward to the ORGANIZEDNESS that it will bring!!! 😀 (and I am being absolutely honest here. I just love putting things in folders and making it all neat and tidy like that!)

  17. Great points. I am old school with pen and paper but I know I will save tonnes of time if I go digital. I have seen blogging advices to use Google calender. Sheets is also a great idea. I should give it some thought. As for reviews, I write pros and cons in a Word doc. Then when I actually sit down to write it I just work around the skeleton and add some flesh here and there.
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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I’d love pen and paper myself, but it’s awfully non-mobile and just doesn’t work for me in my current lifestyle 🙂
      I guess a word doc is similar – except that I also access that on the phone and jot my ideas down while I am reading 🙂 sometimes it makes a whole review! Depends on the book though.

  18. Lots of great tips here. I need to get better about using those notes apps in my phone or even in my tablet because I’m awful about jotting down ideas on random pieces of paper that are handy and then losing them before I actually write the posts.

  19. Thank you Evelina for this post! It’s very very helpful. When I have ideas for a blog post, I usually make sure I write them down on my phone immediately. Once, I left the dishes I was washing to type an idea. I use my phone for EVERYTHING.

    I don’t use Google Sheets or Google Docs though. I use the Memo app on my phone to schedule not just my blog posts but my bookstagram posts.

    The problem is that I may have posts in mind but it gets difficult to actually write the posts. For example, at the beginning of this month, I planned 14 posts for the whole month. It’s the 4th now and I’ve missed 2 post days already.

    I hope your next blog post can give some advise on how to avoided this. Thanks again!❤
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    1. Thank you, Taiwo! 🙂 I’m sooooo glad you find the post helpful. It’s why I write them 🙂

      Hahaha, yes, I know 😀 I often have ideas in the shower, so I can understand the washing the dishes thing. Maybe it’s to do with running water? 😀

      Hey, whatever works for you, if the Memo app works then that’s great 🙂

      Hmm, so you get writer’s block when you sit down to write? That’s a tougher thing to deal with. I don’t know if I’ve ever had this – I just sort of sit down and write. It should get easier with time 🙂 maybe you’re trying to push yourself to be perfect, or write a perfect post? That often gets in the way and creates a lot of pressure that stops you from being creative 🙂

    1. Oh, I have no idea – I’ve never had the iPhone myself. Also, I don’t use Google Calendar for my posts, I talked about Google Sheets in the post 🙂 but I think there are similar solutions for the iPhone as well. Can’t say about iCal either cause I’ve never used that.

  20. These are all wonderful ideas, but I’m from the older generation that I must have pen and paper. Heck, I still keep a calendar on the side fridge for appointments and use the Google calendar for back-up. For blogging I use a spiral calendar to plan out upcoming posts and such, but I am not as busy as other bloggers. I may try using Google doc for taking notes when reading physical books. I do like that when reading from my Kindle I can highlight and note take, and have it for later. 🙂
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    1. Oh, I’d love pen and paper myself 🙂 but I just can’t, at the moment. It would mean another object to drag around between where I stay, and there’s a limited amount of stuff I can carry 😀

      Oh yeah, I use the Kindle notes hack as well 🙂

  21. WHY are you “borderline” thinking about taking a hiatus?? Just slow down!! This stuff is phenomenal and we need you to continual to share this stuff for the peeps who might need a little help or refresher (me) on getting organized and motivated in blogging. Two thumbs up, chica!!!

    BTW, I use OneNote to capture my review thoughts when I’m lying in bed in the dark- the program coordinates seamlessly with my laptop. I “talk” them into the app and then I go back to sleep.
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    1. Yeah, I was just too sick with all of EVERYTHING! But I think I am now managing better. So I’ll be back to the blogosphere and I’ll try to hang out more 🙂 and thank you! I’m so glad you like my post series, it’s really cool that you do 🙂

      OneNote, huh? Talk them! That’s great! That’s such an update 🙂 would you let me borrow this quote of yours as a hack for a post I am slowly preparing, where I’ll be quoting quite a few bloggers on hacks like that? 🙂 you will be credited, of course.

  22. Amazing, helpful post! I figured out how to use my Google calendar for my blog along with my activities, both of my boys activities and sports and play dates and my grandma’s appointment too , but I color code and filter through colors or keywords but I know that’s not for everyone. I would literally die if I didn’t have my phone with me for a day . And then as backup I use Wunderlist for tracking my ARCs and those scheduled posts. I love organizing so much and I love to see how other people do things differently than me so I can get ideas. Awesome post!
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    1. Thank you 🙂 I absolutely couldn’t manage to use the same Google calendar though, it would be too crowded for me xD also, sometimes the google calendar on my phone refuses to switch on certain calendars and it’s really annoying xD so I just made my own 😀

      Ooh, what’s Wunderlist? I need to know!

      1. Wunderlist is like the ultimate to-do list. You can create master lists, sublists, or just regular to-do’s. On your lists or to-dos you can also set reminders, locations, attach documents, add notes etc. And besides your phone, you can also access it on your computer, ipad, kindle etc. For me it’s soooooo addicting lol!

  23. Great post! I don’t use Google Calendar, but I do use Excel Spreadsheets to keep track of my blogging, where I plan out days, types of blog posts and little notes as for what’s left to do, the books I should review on which dates and everything else. I wouldn’t be able to blog as well, or at least to be as organized, without it, ahah 🙂
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    1. Thank you, Marie 🙂 yeah, Excel is pretty much the same! The reason I don’t keep it on one though is because I’ve had too many computer troubles and I’ve had to switch computers too much, due to those problems xD wouldn’t want to lose my files. And it’s also really nice to be able to open it on the phone as well 🙂

  24. I have to keep everything on my computer for mostly the same reasons you do. If I put things into a paper calendar, I’d certainly lose track of it (I’m good at that). I actually keep my blogging schedule in my same calendar as my “regular life” calendar—I’m not organized enough to keep track of two calendars. I just need one place to find everything!
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    1. Oh man, I don’t know if I could keep them in the same calendar 😀 cause a lot of weird events like people’s birthdays are on my real life one. I’d miss my blog stuff 😀

  25. I don’t keep a blogging planner. I have a bunch of ideas written down somewhere, but other than that…
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  26. Great post, Evelina! It seems it may take me a while before I can get to this level of proficiency. I have a planning journal (filled to the brim with upcoming posts, book release dates, series ideas, etc.) however, I simply lack the time to stay on top of it all, and schedule out as I’d like. I’m always posting the night before, or the day of. Alas, hopefully I can get some time to get ahead and stay ahead!
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    1. Thank you, Sheila 🙂 I know what you mean – I’ve been in this state since like Christmas, or before – when I was sick and then had the groups and loads of work. Have barely been able to catch up in all this time, but I’m finally making a dent 🙂 it’s really all in how much you’ll be able to gain before it catches up to you, and it can be hard sometimes :/ I hope you can catch up too, though 🙂

  27. I keep everything online because I do not have the artistic ability for a pretty bujo, but I do pencil in blog posts into my planner (paper) just so I can see my whole day at a glance: work, gym, social, and blogging. Since I prefer to write “in the moment,” I just create new posts with titles and leave them blank until I’m ready to write them. I’ve got a calendar plugin on my blog so I can shift posts around if I do have them ready in advance (although it’s unlikely). Another great post in the NewBloggers 101 series!
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    1. A calendar plugin sounds interesting, and I have never tried that 🙂 I used to do the names/drafts thing too, but quickly got lost – I guess I just need a more graphical approach (like my calendar file). Oh, thank you 🙂 glad you liked the post! Thanks for reading 🙂 <3

  28. I love using Google Calendar for tracking my schedule! It really is a lifesaver, I usually take notes on my Kindle but now that you’ve mentioned Google Sheets, I might give that a try. I love how organized you are <3

    1. I can’t use Google Calendar for the blog, I feel like I’d get lost between my real life events and the blog stuff 😀 plus I can’t really conveniently take notes there. I guess I need more space for my random thoughts, so I made my own kind of calendar 😀 I’m glad you liked my idea 🙂 hope you can try out something of the like, at least. Well, at least for the notes you take during reading. I’ve also heard EverNote and OneNote recommended for that in the comments 🙂

  29. I tried to keep a blogging calendar to this one when I first started but it just wasn’t for me. I am much better about having mental reminders and hand writing a calendar in my bujo as I remember things far better when I’ve handwritten things. It is an awesome idea though so hopefully it’ll work for a few more folks too.
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    1. That’s really cool that you’re good at mental reminders! I’m actually a little bit jealous of that 😀 I have so many things to keep track of in my professional life – like 30+ clients and their projects – it can get really messy if I don’t write things don’t. So I don’t even try xD I wouldn’t be able to deal without a calendar, I think. It would be waaaaay too hard to cope.
      Oh yeah, a bujo works too 🙂 maybe one day, when I have more free time, I can cultivate one too <3 I've been dreaming of one. They are very cool :)

  30. Why was this post not there three months ago when I was bawling at every blog tour date I forgot and the ARCs I couldn’t manage to review on time! I’ve only started planning posts this month and am trying to stay consistent with organising stuff (hope me efforts get better soon LOL) and though it looks difficult, I’m sure the right resources and a little work can give me such a relief. Such a helpful post, Evelina! Can’t wait to read the other instalments in this series 😀
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    1. Hahaha xD I guess because we didn’t have our magical groups yet 😀 but! I was already using this system. I was planning to write about it for a long time, actually, and I’m so happy it has helped so many people already 🙂
      I’m so glad you liked it! Can’t wait till you read this Friday’s post. Will BLOW YOUR MIND 😀 (I think it will. It’s SUCH a hack.)

  31. I need to work on my blogging calendar! I have a sheet with due dates for reviews, but I should be more organized.

    I am so jealous of bullet journals – I have one, but not a pretty one, one that’s messy cause I just don’t have time to keep it pretty (I tried and ended up not using it because I wanted it to be pretty all the time). So my bujo is just full of messy lists and sketches, but I also keep most of my things on the phone because that I have with me all the time.

    Your blogging calendar is closer to my way of organizing life in general, so I think I will create a google sheet just for blog planning.

    Thank you for doing this series! I love it and it’s so helpful!

    1. I am also jealous of bujos! They’re just so pretty AND SOOOOOO TIME CONSUMING ;_; and I don’t know if I could do a clean one even if I had the time xD xD (I am unworthy. :DDDD) But I see you understand that issue 😀

      I hope you find the sheet convenient to use, if you have trouble working something out you can always message me and we can brainstorm 🙂

      (And no worries, I fixed your typo :D)

  32. That’s such an useful post, Evelina! <3 I tend to be organized too, but I'm slowly realizing that I can't keep up with my blogging schedule, the ARCs I should review only using by using my memory. So, I've been thinking lately about what application I should use since like you, I'm always on the move between my college city and my hometown and I can't do a notebook. Your post really helped me and I'm probably going to set up a Google Sheets right now. Thank you very much for the post, you're a life-saver!

    1. Yeah, exactly 🙂 when you’ve got 2-3 ARCs, then it’s fine, but… when it’s ongoing? You just can’t follow ALL THAT, AND your real life. Plus, why even overload your brain when we’ve got all this technology working for us, right?

      I’m in this exact situation! (Not college, but yes, also between houses all the time). That’s also why notebooks just.. don’t work for me :/ I hope you find my setup convenient, for someone like you who lives in the way I do, it could be a very positive change, very convenient 🙂 tell me if it’s working out!

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