My Low Tech Editorial Calendar

18 Sep

My husband is constantly making fun of me for the way I keep my editorial calendar. He says with all the technology I have, why aren’t I using it?

I love technology, it’s really improved the way I get things done and made me more efficient. Not to mention it’s fun.

Even with my love for all things tech there are still some things that I like to go low tech on and this is one of them. All I do is print a basic calendar right off my printer and fill it in. I know, it doesn’t get much less techie than that.

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Didn’t want to give too much away so I “erased” the rest of the month.

Once a post goes live I mark an X through it.

My goal is to write four posts a week but I don’t always get there. Sometimes the posts that don’t get written simply get moved to a later date or I scrap them all together because they’re not longer relevant. As ideas come to me I get them on the calendar, if I need to I’ll bump something to get a post written sooner. Since I’ve started doing this writing has been a lot easier for me, I’m no longer sitting down staring at a blank screen thinking, “what to write about today?”

I don’t know if I can explain why I like to do it this way, it just works for me. I keep my little calendar on my desk so it’s handy when I sit down to write. Sure there are programs that I could use, there’s even a plugin or two that I could add to my site. I’m even sure there’s an app for that somewhere out there.

The most important thing about an editorial calendar is that it works for you. My way may or may not work for you and that’s ok.

If you’re trying to figure out an editorial calendar that will fit your needs and help you write more consistently, here are a few other ideas. Some of my blogging buddies were kind enough to share what works for them.

Steph from A Grande Life uses a Google Doc to keep all her ideas in order. Check out this great post about her editorial calendar and learn how Steph gets it done.

Shannon of Sweet Stella’s¬†uses a calendar in Word to help her. She writes in her post ideas as she gets them and the date is then highlighted in green. Once the post is written and posted the date is unhighlighted on the calendar.

Barb from A Life In Balance is using a Content Brew Google spreadsheet which she then enters on her MomAgenda calendar which sits on her desk in a cookbook stand.

Crafty Garden Mama Becky uses a Google calendar where she also maps out her blog hops.

From the very low tech editorial calendar like mine to the more advanced like some of these ladies, don’t forget it has to be what works for YOU!

Do you keep an editorial calendar? How do you do it?

Do you think that you’ll try one of these out for your blog?

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