Thursday, September 27, 2012
Hola mi blogging amigos! This weekend, September 28-30th, is Bloggiesta hosted by Danielle and Suey. What is Bloggiesta? Well, it's a weekend where oodles of bloggers get together for a little blog improvement. For me it's an excuse to do some blogging things without allowing myself for feeling guilty. Yay me.
Hopefully you're here for my Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Blogging Notebook and Calendar.
Let's back up a bit.
I'm addicted to lists. I'm addicted to pens. Particularly colored lists made from colored pens. Somehow I don't think I'm the only one of us who has this addiction. During last Bloggiesta I posted my very colorful to-do list and apparently it was pretty memorable because here I am hosting a mini-challenge!
THE BLOG JOURNAL - Brainstorming at your fingertips
As a blogger who is constantly on the go or not frequently in front of the computer, I hate having a blog idea pop up and then later I can't remember what that idea was. After losing so many ideas that were so great that I knew I'd remember, I realized that I needed to keep a notebook with me so that I could write down my ideas as they came. This is usually at a stoplight. So my notebook is full of lists--my Bloggiesta to-do list (seen above), my Things in 2012 (and 2011). The books I've read this year. Sunday Salon posts. Lists. Lists. Lists. Even my household chore list. It's not a very neat notebook and I have to use lots of flags to find my various hot lists, but I love having my blogging brain with me at all times.
THE BLOG CALENDAR - Staying organized and always a step ahead
I can't believe that I've only started keeping a blog calendar in the past six months but I can tell you it's helped do wonders for my blogging brain. There's just something about printing off a brand new blank calendar each month. Then adding in the posts I know that I'll have for the month. And then filling in some of the holes with wishful posts. As you can see from the picture above, I do change my mind so nothing is set in stone. But being able to see what I have on my plate helps keep me organized and always thinking one step ahead. I also use the blank space on the back of the calendar to keep a wishlist of posts in case the month looks kind of dry.
Ok, this is tough because my assumption is that you don't already have a blogging notebook or calendar. If you do (yay!) then feel free to work through the exercise using what you already have.
Option 1 (Calendar - aka blog organization)
1. Print an October Calendar (I use Microsoft Publisher but I found a free template here and colored here)
2. Jot down your regular blog features or posts you already have planned
3. Next fill in some posts you would like to write. If you don't want to commit to a day, list these in the white space of the calendar (I do this on the back, you can do this on the front so it's visable).
4. If you still have big holes and want to post more, brainstorm a few more ideas and write them down
Option 2 (Notebook - aka blog brainstorming)
1. Find a piece of notebook paper/printer paper/printable online
2. Create a list of at least five posts that you'd love to write. Having trouble getting started? Well, may I suggest a discussion post? A list post? Maybe a meme you've been interested in joining (shameless plug)? A backlog of reviews you need to write?
3. Feeling really ambitious? Plug those five posts into a blog calendar!
Keep the notebook page close by during the rest of Bloggiesta so you can be sure to jot down any other ideas that cross your path. I have a feeling you'll be adding more than just a few post ideas to that list. Maybe other things you need to do for your blog?
I'm giving away the below notebook with three colored pens. It's not a spiral but it is hardcover and durable. Plus you guys, it's just pretty. In order to be eligible for the notebook and pens, you need to sign up for Bloggiesta and complete one or both of the mini-challenges. How do I know you did the mini-challenge? Show me! Either tweet me a picture (@TriniCapini) or blog about your journaling/calendar. Leave the link to your tweet/post in the comments below. I am willing to ship internationally.
In order to be prize eligible, you must complete the mini-challenge and blog/tweet about it by 11:59 pm central time on Sunday. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. I look forward to seeing your journaling.
If you are already a journaling/organizing extraordinaire, share your tips with us in the comments!