Last year I shared the self-created Blog Planner and many of you appreciated it. Personally, it helped me to track my Blog work and I saw improvements in my working pattern. It made me more punctual and organised, as a result, I saw improvements in my Analytics and Social Media exposure.
Hence I decided to prepare one for 2020 and it is finally ready! Now you can download it for FREE when you buy my Pinterest templates.
I started this blog in April 2017 and it is more than 2 years now. First 6 months were spent in creating and designing website, learning aspects of blogging and writing good quality posts.
I was consistent with the blogging which helped me to achieve good Alexa Ranking (<500k!) within a year. Guess what, now my Alexa rank is within 100k+!!
No need to pay for Blog Planner because you are getting it for FREE! All I wanted to do is, help my fellow bloggers because I know how difficult it is to be organized and motivated in the world of Blogging.
I spent almost four days creating this planner. All thanks to Canva for giving me a variety of options to create this Planner for completely free.
Why I need a Blog Planner?
Basically, I want to set some goals and achieve them by the year-end. To do that, either I can use my regular planner or get a Blog Planner.
Blogging is not EASY! You need to be consistent in updating the blog, promoting your brand/blog on social media, tracking analytics. learning new things about blogging and many other aspects of Blogging.
In the beginning, we will be very excited. As the days pass by, the interest seems to fade away especially when you are getting no audience. It is way more difficult for people who are parttime blogging.
You need a constant push and motivation to be in this field. If you love it from the bottom of your heart then it is not difficult. But again it is more productive if you keep yourself organized.
Hence I needed a Blog Planner. Recently I have been part of many blogging communities where there are ongoing activities on a daily/monthly basis. In order not to forget the last date or task, Blog planner is very helpful.
How to design?
That was the first question I had when I started to design. As I said, it is not difficult to create your own blog planner with the help of Canva. All you need is little creativity and patience to put things together.
Keep in mind that Blog Planner should help you mark your calendar, note down Blog stats, weekly, and Daily planner etc.
First, write down your requirements.
- Calendar (To mark my productive days)
- Weekly Planner (For each month)
- Space to note down my ‘To-Do-List’ for the month
- Keep track of my Social media promotion
- Sponsored/Guest posts tracking
- Monthly Goals
- Space to write down my pending things
Once I gathered the requirements, I looked for the available designs on Canva. Since there is NO existing design format for Blog Planner, we need to create one using custom dimensions.
Once you open Canva, right side there Custom Dimensions button. As shown in the above image you can choose your own dimension. It comes in pixels, inches, centimetres, and MMs.
Next question that comes to mind is, what should be the size of a Blog Planner? I did my research again and found this website where they explain about different sizes of Planners. I wanted a big spacious blog planner, hence I choose the A4 size. If you want a portable or travel-friendly planner you can choose smaller dimensions.
Now the floor is all yours. You can add up to 100 pages. There are hundreds of free backgrounds, fonts, shapes, grids, lines…
What is inside?
I know you cannot click on ‘Download free Blog Planner’ just by seeing the cover page. You want to flip through it, see how well it is designed inside. That is why I’m showing a few pages of my Blog Planner.
Here is the quick sneak peek into my Blog Planner. Out of 77 pages, my most favourite page is ‘This planner belongs to’. That is where I will write my blog name in big bold letters.
I have created a monthly calendar. I basically want to mark the days I have been worked on my blog. It helps me keep going and one day when I turn back my pages it shows how hard I worked on my blog.
In this page, you can even mark last dates, dates when you plan to publish your post etc. It took a lot of time to create the calendar page. I had to draw each line and write the numbers inside.
This is a Blog post promotions checklist page for every month. In this page, I can checkmark once I finish drafting my posts, publishing it, and sharing on social media.
I generally publish 7-8 posts per month. Most of the times we fail to promote the newly published posts on various Social Media because of which we lose huge audience engagement.
Publishing new posts is the main moto of Blogging. Along with that, promoting every new post on social media, engaging with the blogging communities is equally important to take it to the readers. Here I can make sure every post that my blog posts are getting the right amount of exposure that it deserves.
I explicitly created this page to keep track of my blogging expenses. We spend money on domains, hosting, plugins, online courses and it has to be accounted to have an eye on our expenses.
You can create one more page to keep track of your blog income. How much money you have earned from sponsored posts, guest posts, Adsense, affiliate links etc.
Thus there are many useful pages which helps you to be on the track. Having a Blog planner aside is always like a reminder to complete the tasks.
You can download the printable version of this Blog Planner for FREE. I have given a PDF file using which you can get prints easily.
How to Print?
Once my design was completed, I checked for the options to get it printed. When I checked the charges by uploading my PDF file on Office Depot, it showed me $30!
It again depends on what you choose. I selected full colour, Glossy front cover, and a simple back cover for the hardcopy of my Blog Planner. After seeing the final price I dropped that option. At that price, I can get a whole new planner instead of designing it for 4 days.
Finally, I took A4 size prints on my printer and trimmed the edges. Then took them to Office Depot to get a Front cover and spiral binding. It cost me around $6 including the printing price.
Now I’m all excited to use my Blog planner and start the new year with a bang.
Download for FREE!
You can get the PDF in your email as soon as you purchase the Pinterest Templates. There are 10 Pinterest templates just for $5 which can be modified according to your requirement.
Thus you get a Blog Planner of 77 pages along with 10 Pinterest templates just for $5!!
The Blog Planner can be printed in A4 & A5 size. Since printing colour pages is little pricy outside, it will be good if you have your own printer. You can design the final look however you want.