As a mom, a blogger and as a person with traumatic brain injury (TBI), I am constantly looking out for better ways to organize myself. Because I’ve had TBI for most of my life, keeping multiple systems of reminders is second nature to me. I like pen-and-paper systems like planners in addition to integrated online systems.
I wrote this post early this year reviewing the best personal planners. I still think that the Passion Planner is the top choice as a personal planner. But as a blogger, I found that creating the tracking systems in the Passion Planner to be too tedious, and also, it’s a total blank slate. I like pretty planners and it was taking me too long to make it pretty – I needed that time to actually plan.
So I tried Erin Condren. Here’s a quick video about using the Erin Condren Deluxe Teachers Planner as a blogger –
Erin Condren Planner for Bloggers
As I was saying in the video. this planner was designed for teachers. I, however, am using it as a blogger. Everything that is created for tracking students I use to track blog posts and social media.
Instead of writing names of students down the main column, I write the titles of blog posts. Then with all the check boxes, I write areas to promote the given posts, and check mark and date when I did so.
That way I can track when and where I post and have an idea as to whether or not I want to re-post.
As I mentioned in the video, there are month at a glance and year at a glance. Each month has a different color theme and tab, as well as blank pages for writing or notes.
There are a 15 full-spread pages for checklists – each of those has 36 lines – I use those lines for blog posts, and there is little likelihood that even I (- a prolific blogger) will be able to fill all 15 pages, even over the course of a year (that’s enough room for tracking 540 blog posts!)
There are also pages for graphs and communication logs (- great for correspondence with sponsors).
Other pros for the Erin Condren Deluxe Teacher’s Planner include:
- fully customizable cover
- tons of accessories to choose from (- like laminated budget sheets and tabs)
- thick, extra-fine sharpie compatible paper
- intuitive layout
What I wish it had that it doesn’t:
- Saturdays and Sundays in the week-at-a-glance
Blogging planners are extremely hard to come by. I’ve purchased a few that other bloggers create and they were never very good, largely because they are sold as pdf’s and you need to print and compile them yourself. So, right there, it ends up becoming really pricey and time consuming.
This planner was not intended to be a blogging planner, but since it’s purpose is to track lots of details, it works really well not just for blogging, but I think for anything in which you want or need to track lots of things in a consistent fashion. Tracking your blog posts, tracking social media, tracking your sponsors, anything like that – it’s great for.
Bloggers out there can also join their affiliate program (linked here)!! For everyone else, here’s the link to go and check out the planner for yourself.
Okay, that’s all for now. Happy planning!
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.