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How to Create a Content Calendar

How to Create a Content Calendar

If you are serious about your blog, you need a content calendar. Hands down. Creating a consistent posting schedule is the first step to having a successful blog. It gives you structure and goals to work towards. It also encourages you to post more often. Here is my content calendar and the various tools I use in it.

I use an Excel spreadsheet to track my content for my blog and social media accounts. You could use Google Calendar, too, if you are a visual person. I have my blog’s content calendar in the picture above. The columns are pretty self-explanatory; I like to keep it simple.

I usually plan out for the next month at the beginning of the month previous. The first post for a month is always the thoughts from the previous month. After that, I fill in the rest of the month from my list of ideas. I try to have an equal amount of all the categories in each month, which is easy to see when I have it laid in front of me like this.

The notes column is probably the most important. I use this to track where I am in the course of making a post. As I complete different pieces, I delete them from the list. This way I can quickly look at my list to see what I need to do next. Once a post is completed, I color it green. Until then, it’s orange.

You can use a similar model for posting on social media. I have rough categories for each day of the week to make it easier for me to brainstorm and I write out what the post will say. I schedule all of my content using Buffer.

I got started on my content calendar using a post from Mommy Sanest. Hers is a little more complicated than mine. I’ve made a Google Doc of my content calendar, which I encourage you to save and modify for yourself.

Please tell me about your own content calendars! Has it helped you with your blogging? Do you have any suggestions for someone getting started? Do you have any questions about getting started?

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Blogging Goals: 3 Month Update

Blogging Goals: 3 Month Update

I’ve been hard at work making my blog a more successful endeavor. It’s definitely not easy getting a blog up off of the ground, but I have to say that I love this work! That makes it worth the time and effort. Here are my new and improved goals, which is an update to my post where I discuss my previous goals.

Completed Goals:

  • Build Confidence
    • I want to shout about my blog from the rooftops!
  • Maintain Posting Schedule
  • Complete Needed Admin Work
    • I’ve done a lot behind the scenes, like making pictures easier to edit and actually having a social media presence.

Short Term Goals (3 Months, December)

  • Start Sharing Posts on Pinterest
    • I’ve found a lot of the blogs that I follow on Pinterest, so I need to establish a presence on there.
  • Finish Blogging Books
    • I have several blogging books that I need to finish.

Medium Term Goals (6 Months, March)

  • Add a Newsletter
    • This one requires some research on my part, but I’m starting to build an email database.
  • Connect with Other Bloggers
    • Time to start following and commenting!

Long Term Goals (1 Year, August)

  • Have Preliminary Monetization in Place
    • I want to be making some amount of money by this point. Even if it’s very small.
  • Have Readers I Don’t Know Personally
    • I want to have readers I don’t know in real life; it’s that simple!

If you have started a blog, please tell me how it’s going! I would love to hear the advice of more experienced bloggers. And if you are thinking of starting a blog, please let me know!

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My Blogging Goals

My Blogging Goals

I started a blog! (Obviously)

Blogs are a lot of work! They require lots time and creativity. But I want to try my hand at it. I also want to make this blog a source of income, that way the investment I’m putting into it is, in fact, an investment.

Over the next year, I hope to move towards my goal of having an income from this blog. Below, I’ve laid out a few goals to help achieve that.

Short Term Goals (3 Months)

  • Build Confidence
    • I need to feel confident about sharing this blog with others. I think accomplishing this goal is all about getting past my own inhibitions.
  • Maintain a Posting Schedule
    • As I said before, creating content for a blog is a lot of work. I need to learn how to manage my time well enough to maintain a consistent schedule.
  • Complete All the Admin Work
    • There are a lot of little things that go into making a blog run. Like… A LOT. Over the next three months,  I’m going to slowly chip away at all of the little things that add up to making this blog run smoothly.

Medium Term Goals (6 Months)

  • Get Readers
    • It would be really cool to have more than just myself reading TLR. I think this will come as I build confidence in myself and my abilities.
  • Improve Writing Skills
    • This will happen naturally as I write more.
  • Add New Blog Series
    • I have some series up my sleeves that sounds pretty interesting. I’m hoping to start on them once I move to Washington state and quit my day job.

Long Term Goals (1 Year)

  • Have Preliminary Monetization in Place
    • I want to be making some amount of money by this point. Even if it’s very small.
  • Have Readers I Don’t Know Personally
    • I want to have readers I don’t know in real life; it’s that simple!

Hopefully, I’ve chosen goals that are measurable and attainable. At the beginning of August, I’ll revisit these goals and report on my progress (or lack there of?). In the mean time, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this or if you have any advice for me.

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