2023 is just around the corner and it can be extremely difficult to manage and plan content for the new year. When I started this blog I developed a journal system for myself which helped me to stay organized and to keep bringing you quality content.
If you are a blogger or you want to start your own little corner on the internet pay attention and take notes, because I promise this journal setup will keep you organized all year.
And the best part: it’s so freakin’ easy to make it! You will see.
How to choose a journal?
You can skip this part if you have your own preferences, but here is what I recommend if you are the type of person like me, who tosses everything into a bag and who needs a durable journal.
Now this years blogging journal is not perfect, but I wanted to give another try to basic bound notebooks. I will keep you updated on how I like it.
But what worked for me the best so far was gridded, spiral bound notebook with hardcover. The grids let you both write and easily draw, the spiral bounding makes it easy to write in it and the hardcover is just for durability.
We will see how this notebook will serve it’s purpose.
One monthly overview is made up of two pages. One is a calendar and a place where I will also be able to log my statistics such as Number of posts, Views, Likes, Comments and Most popular post of the month.
If you are just starting off your blogging journey it’s really important to keep up with statistics. That’s how you will see improvement and that’s how you will know what your audience wants to see from you. Highlighting all of these statistics will help you understand and adapt throughout your blogger life.
The other page is mostly a summary about the content.
There are two types of content you can create: seasonal and evergreen.
For example during May, seasonal content includes everything related to Mother’s day, or if you have a special event coming up, like your blog’s anniversary. These are the type of things you want to keep track of in the “Holidays/Events” section. It’s important to be up to date on upcoming events and topics as they are trending during that time of the season therefore your content is more likely to attract audience.
This blog post is also a seasonal content, since I’m helping you prepare your mind and your blog for the next year.
So what is evergreen content? Evergreen content is what people might search for at all times. They can be recipe ideas or a skincare routine. You’ll want to search for a subject that will always bother people. Something they will always want to know about.
I designed the layout with these needs in my mind. I didn’t put too much detail or extra design elements, because I wanted to keep it more efficient than aesthetically pleasing. That’s what my Bullet Journal is for.
And of course I have an “Ideas” section on the bottom where I can brainstorm any type of content idea that comes to my mind. And from all this information (seasonal stuff and my own ideas) I decide on that you gonna read that month. (Sometimes I let you guys choose what you wanna see. Sometimes!)
What do I fill the rest of the notebook with you may ask.
Blog post draft
Look, I don’t know what about you but I need to write down what my posts are gonna be about with bullet points. Or just to brainstorm every thought I want to include. And sometimes I need extra things to make a blog post work, like a photoshoot so I make a to-do list where I write all the things that needs to be done with a post besides writing it.
So the rest of the pages have space for me to write a layout of every blog post I write. Making a bullet list before you start writing is life changing, because it will help you keep the words flowing as you write.
It’s not that difficult is it? It’s a simple yet very neatly organized system that is easy to keep up with and will bring out the absolute best of you.
However I still have one last trick left in my pocket and that’s the place where you will keep ALL of your blog post ideas that has ever occurred to you.
For this spread, turn to the last page of your notebook. Since there are infinite amount of ideas going around in my head I needed a space where this list could be expanded through the whole year and my ideas would be kept together.
You will create your ideas list backwards, turning the pages the other way which basically creates a new start to the notebook and nothing will come between the pages of the list. A little simple hack for ya’ll.
And that’s all you need to know about how to start a blogging journal. Let me know if you decide to try this journal for the upcoming year and write a comment if you have any more ideas or questions! Would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post! I hope you liked it and since you are already here I would really appreciate if you could take a look on my other posts, you might find something else you are interested in.