If you follow me on twitter you have probably been a witness to my constant “#FeelingProductive” tweets. You know, the ones were I toot my horn about having all my meme’s and discussions for the upcoming month scheduled and reviews in my bank? Well I’ve been getting a lot of questions about organizing tips and all month I’m going to take you into my organizing do’s and don’ts. Today I just want to focus on the tools you may want to look into and I also want to reveal that “secret project” I’ve been yammering about.Β This is the part where I squeal like a little girl!

Introducing, something I hope will only enhance your blogging experience….

 

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That’s right ladies and gents! I’ve been slaving away on the first and only OFFICIAL BOOK BLOGGER PLANNER!

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It’s been a long way coming and I’m very proud of the results. Inside you’ll find:

Weekly calendars with space for post type and a check box to keep you on track of what’s completed.

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A month at a glance calendar with space for brief ARC info.

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Review Notes section, with a star rating system that you can fill in yourself!

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“Giving Back with Giveaways” section, so you can keep track of all those fabulous giveaways.

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A “Random Thoughts” section for those random burst of ideas.

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An extremely detailed Tours & Blitz tracker.

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A space to keep track of your blog spending.

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And finally, but most important in my eyes, an ARC tracker!

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Ultimately I would love to have these printed and shipped to you in book format but since that cost about 1400 (color ink is EXPENSIVE) dollars I don’t see that happening any time soon. With that said, I will offer the inside of the planner for downloading via this link. For the entire month of December the planner will be 50% off! I’m also still working on a variety of designs but until I see if folks really dig this I’m only offering the cool rainbow prism one.

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Moving on to this week’s tips!

When I organize my blog I go all out. I’m not a huge fan of digital calendars so I have my fabulous desk sized family calendar, that has two spots dedicated to Read. Sleep. Repeat. Sadly I’ve been booted out of the office and my desk sized calendar is too big to go anywhere else. πŸ™ So I’ll probably switch to just the OBBP for a while.

I also use mechanical pencils, since life happens and things change. I don’t want to yuck up my pretty calendar with crossed out words and icky white out!

The last thing I use is a highlighter. JUST ONE. I love to color code stuff like the rest of you but trust me on this one. One highlighter is gold and I’ll explain why when we discuss schedules next week.

And that’s it. That’s all you need to get the ball rolling on your organization overhaul!

  1. A desk calendar and/or the Official Book Blogger Planner
  2. Mechanical (or regular) pencils
  3. One highlighter

But of course everything listed above is OPTIONAL! The first rule of organizing YOUR blog is “find what works for you”. We all have different kinks and twist, and I know that what I do may not be exactly what you do, but I hope it will at least get you on the right road. Regardless of if that road leads you to scheduling one week in advance or 3 weeks in advance or 3 months in advance. I just want to give you the kick in the butt needed to get you started.

So, keep all this lovely info in mind, because next week we are getting down to business!

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30 thoughts on “Organize Your Blog! Pt. 1 and my Top Secret Project REVEALED!”

  1. Wow! That planner looks absolutely amazing- exactly what I needed to organize my blog! Lately I’ve been having a lot of trouble trying to organize everything for my blog! I’ve only been blogging for 4 months and always feel like I’m drowning and so haven’t been blogging much! I am definitely considering getting your planner! Your tips will most definitely help, I’m sure!

  2. Thank you! I worked really hard on it. πŸ™‚ And I know what you mean! It seems like it piles up faster than you can make a post! I wish you luck though with getting organized and I hope this segment can help you. πŸ˜€

  3. I bought this, but it wouldn’t download for me! Something must be wrong with my PDF. I tried doing it again, but I guess you only get one download? Anyway, I was really disappointed because it looked fantastic. Maybe I could get a refund?

  4. Oh pooh! I can refund or I can send you the download directly. Choice is totally yours, just let me know. πŸ™‚

  5. try sending me the download directly! I REALLY want this and I hope it works (:
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  6. Way to go Octavia! If I can spare the $5 after Christmas shopping (UGH, so much crap to buy -__-) I’m definitely getting this. I have a huge desk calender but my desk looks like a giant pile of random crap right now and I can’t get to it (too lazy to get to it).
    This is such a cool idea!
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  7. OMFG Octavia, this is freaking AWESOME!!! It has EVERYTHING! And it’s RAINBOW!!! You are so the best. I need this. Like asap. <3
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  8. LOL! You like it?! Thank you so much!!

  9. Heck yeah!

    Ooh, I also see that you’re working on a variety of designs for this little treasure. Would you be interested in accepting designs submitted by other bloggers (kinda like Ashley is doing for her blog themes over at Nose Graze / Creative Whim)?

  10. Octavia this is such an awesome idea! And I love all the pretty colors on the cover.

    I tried making my own planner in a regular ole notebook, and it would have been alright if I had stuck to it haha. I just feel too stifled planning out too much. If that wasn’t that case I’d love to use your planner. πŸ™‚
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