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My Blog Plan

If you’ve seen my tweets and Insta posts recently, you’ll have read that I’ve been trying hard to create my blog plan. Yes, that’s right… an actual, real-life blogging plan! It’s taken me two years to realise that my blog means more to me than just a hobby. But, it’s nowhere near big enough to become my full-time job, and I’m not sure I’d want that tbh! So, I thought I’d write a post to let you guys know what my plan involves and how I’m planning to be able to stick to it.

My Goal

To have a plan, you’ve got to have a goal or target that you’re aiming for right?! So, my overall goal is to create content that other bloggers look forward to reading. I also want to continue enjoying to write. And this is how I’m hoping to do that…

Spreadsheet

Ok, let me start by saying that I know there are probably hundreds of free printable planners out there. But, because I’m a slight loser and control freak (lol), I’ve created my own spreadsheet on Excel. That way, I can have whatever info I choose on there, and adapt it as and when I want to. So, on my spreadsheet I have tabs for blog planning and social media planning for each month. On the blog tab I’ll plan things like when to publish new posts, when to take pictures for it, etc. I’ll also be using the blog tab to schedule in times for checking SEO and readability on my posts. I actually started updating old posts for SEO recently, and I actually quite enjoyed it! On the social media tab, I have a calendar layout for scheduling posts on Twitter, Insta and Pinterest. I’ll also use that page for researching hashtags, photos to post, and things like that.

This is a very basic start to my plan, but I think it’s going to work once I’ve finished adding to it!

Canva

I’m also going to try and create images in Canva in advance. So far, I’ve only created images when a post is ready to be promoted. I’ve only really used it for images on the blog post itself and Pinterest. But, I’m going to use it for all of my social media to promote it and try and get a more uniform look to my feeds, especially Insta. I’ve very recently started to create a different look to my Instagram account by adding filters and frames to my posts. So hopefully using similar images to promote my blog posts will tie it all together nicely.

Anything I’ve missed?

So, that is my plan so far. It’s obviously a very basic plan for my blog posts and social media accounts but it’s a start! I’ve literally never planned anything to do with my blog! I’ve just written posts as and when I’ve felt like it! But, I really hope that with this bit of planning I’ll start getting some regular traffic and slowly start to build up my followers. If you’re new to the blogging world, have a read of my previous post about some things I wish I’d known before I started. If I’ve missed anything major, please let me know in the comments!

Until next time, Steff xx

70 thoughts on “My Blog Plan

    1. Thank you for reading! I’m glad you like it 🙂 It was fairly easy to do, let me know if it helps you out! xx

    1. That’s what I’ve been doing but I just don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere. I literally only get traffic when I post so thought more consistency can only help that! Thanks for reading x

  1. Organisation is definitely key! Posting at a set time on the same day every week is pretty important, as your readers will eventually know to look out for your articles! The planner will definitely help with that!

    Sarah | DukesAvenue.com

    1. Yes, I’ve noticed a lot of people post at the same time every week… I’m not sure I have enough content for that just yet but I’m sure it’ll all come with time. Thank you for reading! x

  2. Great plan and yesss spread sheets!!! Sorry the nerdy graduate in me. I’m interested to use Canva but paying premium memberships don’t seem too appealing unless I had all my content ready to edit with photos and such. Would be interesting to hear how you’re plan works out for you’re blog.

    1. Haha good to know I’m not the only one who loves a spreadsheet! I don’t pay for anything on Canva, it’s all free stuff I use! Thank you for reading x

    1. Thank you! I’m sure it’ll evolve over time but I’m pleased with it so far. Now just to fill it in and keep going! X

  3. It’s so exciting to read about bloggers’ goals. I often make time to nurture my email subscribers as well and do a lot of promotion so other people know my blog exists haha. How intense is blogging, right? In any case, I wish you all the best, Steff 🙂

    1. I haven’t got a proper email list yet – I don’t think anyway! There is SO much I could do but I’m doing it in baby steps and I’ll get there eventually! It really is a neverending list of lists to get through! Thank you Corinne, you too x

  4. This is so organised! I need to be more organised with my social media posting but like you, I always leave my canva to the last minute too! Thanks for the inspo towards getting my act together! Here’s to blogging better!

  5. Being organised has never been my strong point but I love the idea of creating a spreadsheet. I may have to ask the hubby to help as I’m no good with excel, but he’s a pro 😂 xx

    1. It’s honestly a very basic spreadsheet, no formulas or anything! I just thought it would be easier than carrying a paper version and it can be adapted as and how you please too! x

  6. I love these ideas. I’m not sure what Canva is, so I will look in to that right away. Thank you for the post. I love how organized you are.

    1. Canva is a graphics designing app, so easy to use! If I can get by on it, anyone can! Thank you for reading x

  7. I think you’re on the good track! 😀 I’m also blog planning since the last month, although I’m keeping my publication dates flexible to accommodate extra workload and health issues. I love your spreadsheet! Can I use a similar design to experiment with new ways of planning for my blog(s)?

    Lia.
    (liadospetti.com)

  8. As someone who loves spreadsheets and to-do lists, your plan for your blog is just *chef’s kiss*. I’m still new-ish to the whole blogging world, so there’s nothing I can contribute at this point, but I definitely feel inspired to do more planning when it comes to my social media posts! Thanks for this!

    1. It seems there are a lot of spreadsheet lovers out there! Welcome to the world of blogging, I hope you’re enjoying it so far! Thank you for reading x

  9. I connected so deeply with the reasons why you write; I feel like writing always comes from the heart when we write to share, and are happy writing.
    There is no better way to find the spreadsheet you need then to make it, and your creation looks simple and easily flexible; two things I love.

  10. Looks like you’ve got a good plan! I love using Canva for all of my social media posts! I just use my Life Planner to keep track with posts. I have a separate notebook for ideas, but I like having all my planning for home, kids, and blog on the same page.

    1. That’s a good idea to have everything in one place – however, I’ve forked out for a really nice diary for 2020 so I’ll have to wait until next year to give that a try. Orrrr, I could add things to my spreadsheet 🤔 x

  11. Super important to use formal planning tools Steff. I’d be lost without mine… I use a combination of Excel and Google Sheets and they definitely make it much easier to commit to a proper schedule.

    1. Thanks for reading Paul! I’ve got a way to go before it all falls into place but I think a spreadsheet is definitely the way to go for me! I’ve not used Google sheets before – is that where I can save my spreadsheet online so I can access it from multiple devices?

    1. Thank you for reading! I have a diary for normal day-to-day stuff for work/family/appointments, etc. But I needed something in place for the blogging bits. Hoping it works lol! x

  12. They are so many things to try out when you officially started blog, spreadsheet is a good idea too. I like pinterest the most. It’s very help if you are looking for an inspiration.

    1. Thank you for reading! I’m having some major issues with Pinterest atm but hoping I get them sorted out soon!

  13. Organization is the best thing when blogging. I really like this post because I found myself doing some of the things you’ve listed when I 1st started like scheduling when I was going to post and promoting days. That helps me a lot to keep on track and motivated. This was a great read. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thank you for reading! I wish I’d done this from the start now but it’s only been a hobby until recently when I’ve decided to take it a little more seriously x

    1. I’m yet to finish adding stuff to it, even though it’s a work in progress. Good luck with your planning too! x

  14. Really good to see how you are organising yourself. I am using Trello, spreadsheets and my bullet journal and cannot decide which works best – I think a combination of the 3. Good luck with one day going full time on the blog – thats my dream too (but not even close for me!!)

    1. I’ve recently downloaded Trello but not sure what to make of it yet – think I need to figure out how to use it properly first! Thank you – I think I’m a long way off of that yet but it would be nice to have it happen one day right? Good luck! xx

  15. It is great that you have a plan for your blog! It’s super important to be organized because that’s how you get consistent growth for your blog. Looking forward to seeing some of this execution! Sending you lots of positivity!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  16. It is good that you have developed a plan that works for you and keeps you productive. I have tried to develop a plan too many times but have a hard time sticking to it…

    1. To be honest I’ve ground to a halt with it atm as I’ve got too much other stuff going on. But I created my own just so I could adapt it to my own needs, I think it’s just about finding what works for you x

  17. Love it. I only started my blog last year as part of my main business and still haven’t figured out a proper plan. You don’t mind if I use yours as a starter 🙂

  18. I absolutely love my spreadsheet for blogging. I have one from last year as well and it is a great way to keep track, see what is working well and what I need to change.

    Thanks for sharing x

    1. Yes definitely! I think having something visual with it all in one place is really helpful too. Thank you for reading x

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