Tuesday, November 27

Blog Post Organization

Some people sing in the shower and it magically makes them sound "incredible". I swear that is what happens with me and my "incredible" blog ideas... unfortunately they tend to fall a little flat once I'm out of the shower, then quickly fade away.
If I don't keep track of those "great ideas" they may not get started, or finished. 
I had to create a blog organization section in my home management binder to keep me on task, otherwise I might have never gotten this blog started! Perhaps one day when I am more than a newbie blogger I will have "figured it out", in the meantime, this helps a whole lot!

Blog Post Organization Sheets
My blog post organization sheets are very simple in design. I need to know at a glance what ideas I've had, how much work has been done on them, and what is yet to be accomplished. 

Ideas Column: The moment the idea pops into my head I write it down in title form onto a post-it tag and this becomes it's home until I get another chance to revisit the idea. When I'm ready to turn it into a working idea, even if it only consists of a sentence or two, I begin writing the post online. However it stays in the Idea column until there is enough content to count as being "in progress", at which point I will move it to the next column of completion. 

In Progress Column: By the time my post hits the In Progress column, I have somehow managed to form my discombobulated idea into a coherent thought and possibly added a photo or two. Occasionally I add a yellow sticky tag with a list of to-do's necessary to complete that post. These are added underneath the posts I am close to finishing and want to focus on. I write the number amount of to-do items on the end as a quick reference to how many tasks are needed to complete that post.

Completed Column: Once a post is completed it get's moved to this column until I am ready for it to be published, then it is moved to a date for publishing in the Calendar section of my Home Management Binder. Once it is published, that post-it is no longer needed and gets trashed. 


Category Stickers: From the first moment the idea post-it tag is created I stick a color coding label to show which category/page in my blog will become it's home. Does this post belong under An Organized Life, Organize by Room, or Home Decor? I always know at a glance how many posts I am working on in any given category.

Practice Being Goal Oriented 
If I am not goal oriented with my tasks, they just don't get completed. Organizing my blog ideas help me have a clear concept of what needs to be accomplished, and what kind of progress I am making on a regular basis. I highly recommend having something to keep your thoughts organized, whether a heavy blogger or a casual blogger. You will have to figure out what works best for you, but as always I will make my Blog Organizer Sheets available to you. Don't forget to laminate before use!



***Update: I have now including a Year-at-a-Glance cover sheet. 
Use this sheet to list and reference blog posts you have published throughout the year, or use this sheet to plan your advertising, giveaways, and chart important growth plans and patterns. 



Happy blogging wonderful world of newly discovered bloggers!



17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I just printed off a few sheets and hope this makes it easier to keep my blog on track.

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    1. My pleasure Julie! I am in the process of creating an extra page to go with it, I'll be publishing a post with the printable on April 11th for a special Blogger Tips & Printables linky round-up. Feel free to drop in! ;)

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  2. Ooh - I love this idea! I am a newbie blogger and have created a blog organizer for myself but this is a wonderful at-a-glance view. I'm putting it right in the front of my binder.

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  3. I don't blog, but I modified this to help me plan my teaching a little better. One thing I love about your ideas - they are brilliant yet simple. I just found your blog yesterday, and have had several "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. Thank you!!! (and also thank you for giving me a legitimate reason to keep buying multitudes of post-it notes, haha!)

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    1. Hahahahaha! Yep I'm a post-it addict too! That made me chuckle...
      Thanks so much for reading Lissa! I have just added a Year-at-a-Glance cover page to the blog printable...in case you want to modify it too! ;) I love that you modify it to your life and needs!

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  4. Hi Ursula, can you tell me more about your home management binder? I like your system for blog posts and menus.... I figure I'd probably like your home organization system, too!

    Thanks. Love your blog!
    Janette Platter

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    1. Hi Janette, I admit my entire home binder is very sticky note and dry erase oriented *grin*. I will be posting my calendar/scheduler from my home management binder in a few weeks! Thanks so much for asking!

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  5. This is a fantastic post! I always have issues with organizing what I'm working on and what is just an idea so this is great! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  6. This is GENIUS. I love it! Can't wait to put it into action this week with the sticky notes I just snagged last night. Feeling ambitious and am going to tackle putting this and your meal planning into action this weekend. SO EXCITED!! Thanks for sharing these awesome things!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Quinn! I hope they work out well for you!

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  7. I LOVE this! I am also a blog newbie... and I love lists, organization, and post it's... :) Thanks for sharing your system with us. I'm going to download this one, as well as your menu planner. I'm excited to work on these this afternoon!

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  8. Hey Ursula! I´ve found your blog through pinterest and it´s incredible! You have such a great ideas and your blog is really inspiring! Love it so much! :) You deserve much more followers :)

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    1. Thank you so much! That's very sweet of you to say. It's a work in progress, but I'm loving every step! ;)

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  9. Now this is a system that I could work with! I love this idea and I can't wait to try it out. Do you think that staples or office max will laminate?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, most office supply stores laminate for a reasonable cost!

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  10. Love your blog, I too am a Carmona, you don't see many with that last name!

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    1. No, the name isn't as popular as one might think! Welcome!

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