Getting Organized: Blog Edition



Even though I am no longer in the classroom, summer still seems to be my "catch up" season.  I have no idea why, truly.  But I am TOTALLY embracing it! One area I am working to improve is this poor little neglected blog. How am I getting it all organized? I have a plan!


I try to use a lot of graphics in my posts- even when I don't have photos. That is just a personal preference, really.  I am a highly visual person and I like text to be broken up with pretty pictures. Unless it is a trashy romance.  Then, I don't need any visuals, just the trashy words please! Because, um...


Yes. So ...moving on!

I like to get the stock photos that I use from Dollar Photo Club.  The images are actually $1 each, which is pretty cheap for stock photography.


There are tons of choices, too.  To make the actual buttons, I cheat :).  I just make them in power point.  Then, I save the entire file as a png and insert them in to the blog post as images!  Boom! #lazygirl

This is a snapshot of the images from this post when I was creating them in powerpoint.  Crazy right?


Hello!  Favorite teacher word!  FREE and it's cousin, FREEBIE!  When I blog I try to include freebies as much as possible.  I like them when I read, so I figure you might, too. The problem with freebies?  Ugh, keeping them organized.  

I have freebies that I would love to actually go back and use, BUT I CAN'T FIND THEM.  How sad is that?  My computer is so full of my junk that even using the search feature doesn't always cut it. 

So, to make sure I can find my stuff  I added a new folder.


You see it among all my thousands of other folders?  It is my "to blog about" folder.  If I have images I want to blog about, I can just go ahead and drop them in there so they don't get lost.  When I am short on ideas, I can also go look through the folder to see if there are any ideas I have't blogged about yet in there!


I create a folder on each blog topic. 


Then, any images, power point files, or freebies are saved in the file.  So, if i want to find a freebie that is about Christmas parties (like my parent letter), I can just find my Christmas party blog post folder and there it is!

I didn't start this until about a year ago, so many of my files from older posts are just a hot, hot mess.  I wish I had done this from the start!  SO much easier to find things!


Right now, my goal is to get better about planning ahead.  I want to start doing tasks in "batches." For example, sit down and knock out several blog posts, schedule Facebook posts, or create products.  Right now I just skip around like a crazy lady.  And it shows.  I have about 4 unfinished products right now and my Facebook posts (in my opinion) have been real hit or miss as far as getting things out. Did I mention that summer is my down time? LOL!

I created a blog and TpT planner to get myself organized.


I may be biased, but so far I am in love!


It has tons of stuff in it to keep me on track.


It has a separate file included with just a tour on how to use the planner and assemble it if you want to buy just the digital file.  

The planner  contains the following pages:

• A cover and back page
• log in/ passwords page
• monthly goals page
• notes and sketch page for each month

There is a 2 page spread for each month.



The left side of the spread has a place for linky party information, giveaway information, an area to record TpT product ideas, social media stats for the month, and a to do list.

The right side of the spread is a month calendar. The calendar has four check boxes per day to mark off scheduled Facebook posts, a check box for a blog post, and a place to record the number of pins pinned per day. The notes include any special holidays or school events, such as Red Ribbon Week, to help plan blog posts in advance.

You can see I am already breaking mine in above!  I am LOVING it!

I also included a bunch of extras! I have already referred to and used mine!




The extras include:

• 2 pages of ideas for possible blog posts
• A blank page to record blog post ideas
• 3 pages of possible ideas for a monthly newsletter
• 3 pages of a Teachers Pay Teachers Data at a Glance
• 2015 Reflections

You can snag your own digital copy for $6 here.  If you want yours to look like mine (pictured) I am also shipping them as a hard good for the first time ever! It costs only $18 and shipping is FREE! Click here to order one!  Please order soon- I only have a limited quantity!

I am thrilled to be linking up with Meghan over at Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris for Plan with Me Sunday! Hop on over to check it out!

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13 comments

  1. You are so great Mandy! I wish we lived closer! Can't wait to see you in Vegas! I love your ideas! xo,
    Vicky

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  2. What a great post!! I definitely need to get more on top of blogging consistently and getting organized. I have all of the tools, but I often don't have time to get organized or plan it all... Thank you for sharing!!

    Michelle
    The 3AM Teacher

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  3. Thanks for the post! I took a little break (not on purpose) after school got out, but I'm ready to jump back in and start working more consistently on my blog. I appreciate your tips!
    Stephanie
    Applelight Moments By Stephanie

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  5. Mandy...great posts for the beginner, but great plan for those who have been blogging a while to...like me!! The planner is perfect!

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  6. I have your planner and it's great. Love it. Thanks for sharing how you organize digitally. I'm working on organization this summer.
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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  7. I love this!!! Might have to go check it out!!! Thanks for a great post!!

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  8. Funny story! I went to purchase this after reading your post and found out that I already own it! Now to print it out and actually use it :)

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  9. I definitely neglect my blog during the school year. I'm trying to ramp it up this summer, so that I will be used to blogging etc. Maybe this will help keep me on track. As far as organization, I'm a deleter. I frequently clean and delete items out of my folders to keep them spiffy. I did however lose a file this morning (better yet, I realized I lost it this morning). Thankfully it was one of my tpt products that is editable, so I just downloaded it. Win! Thanks for sharing your ideas and your creativity!

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  10. Thanks so much for linking up! I love your new planner! There are lots of pages that I know I could use! Might just wish listed it!

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  11. I've seen that blog planner on a few IG posts now, and I've put it on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!
    Michelle

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  12. I like how your monthly calendars have the check-off boxes. I think I NEED your planner!

    First Grade Frame of Mind

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  13. Love this post! I feel the same way about being all over the place and need to stick to my game plan instead of having 20 projects going. Love the blog planner!

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