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3 Tips For Creating An Editorial Calendar That Works For You

3 Tips For Creating An Editorial Calendar That Works For You

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my blogging career is to be diligent in following an editorial calendar. I used to just fly by the seat of my pants when it came to coming up with blog posts ideas and planning content – most days, I didn’t even know what I was going to blog about until the night before. Ever since I started sticking to an organized editorial calendar, my content has gotten better and I’ve been able to have a more streamlined work process that is less stressful. The key to creating the perfect calendar is making it work for you – here are three of my top tips!

Know Your Schedule

The first thing you’ll want to keep in mind when setting up your editorial calendar is your blogging schedule. Do you plan on posting everyday? Twice a week? Mon/Wed/Fri? Whatever your preferred schedule is, highlight or mark those days on your calendar so you know exactly how many posts you need to have planned for the month. This will also help you commit to a dedicated posting schedule, and make your workflow a lot easier when it comes time to take photos and create your content.

Use Your Favorite Medium

This is one that proved to be a huge turning point for me, and allowed me to fully stick to an editorial calendar. When I first heard about this process in regards to blogging, I thought I had to physically write out my planned posts on a calendar in order to be doing it right. The problem for me is that I’m always on the go, so I might not have my calendar with me when I’m wanting to write a post. To remedy this, I switched over to a digital calendar app that I could access on all of my devices – that way, I could see my editorial calendar wherever I was. So, go with a system that works best for you, not just what everyone else is doing. If paper and pen aren’t for you, try finding a program online (like Google Calendar) that fits your needs.

Be Flexible

My last tip is to allow yourself to be flexible. Life happens, situations come up, and next thing you know, you’re completely out of time to get tomorrow’s post written and ready to go. Or maybe you’ve got your entire month planned out, but when it comes time to write, you’re just not inspired by your next post’s topic. That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with switching around post ideas or changing out one day for another. Blogging and editorial calendars are not supposed to be stressful, so stop putting so much pressure on yourself and just have fun. The whole point of keeping a calendar is to help your blogging process, not make it more difficult.

Do you use an editorial calendar for your blog?

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  • Natasha

    This was such a helpful blog post and your photos are absolutely amazing!

    April 30, 2018 at 3:48 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I do use an editorial calendar. I use Google Calendar and plan a month ahead. Last month I decided to become more consistent in my blogging, publishing three times a week on Wed., Fri., and Sun., so the calendar helped me plan my content. I also keep a notepad app on my phone to jot down blogpost ideas that pop into my head. I’ve definitely had days where I needed to be flexible and swap posts on my calendar so I totally get what your post is about.

    April 30, 2018 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Hurriya

    I have thought about planning out a schedule so many times but ultimately end up not doing it. The challenge for me is that I am a hobby blogger with a super stressful and demanding day job. For me, blogging is a release so I am hesitant to not put too much structure around it. I don’t want it to be a regimented process; I want it to arise naturally out of feeling inspired. I do jot down blog post ideas as they occur to me on a Google Doc which I can access anytime from my phone. This way, I am ready whenever inspiration happens to strike!

    April 30, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Aliona

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    April 30, 2018 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Eva

    Great tips! I usually make an editorial calendar about a week ahead, but still, try to keep things flexible. I post every day so it’s a lot of work, but with anything you do a lot of – it is getting easier! Now I’m trying my best to front-load my week with post writing, then move on to more creative exploration during the rest of the days. I also prefer using an actual calendar (The Get to Work Book) since writing things down suits my workflow better. It’s easy for me to forget about things in the digital world!!

    Eva | http://www.shessobright.com

    April 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Fortune Dushey

    I live by my editorial calendar. It keeps me focused and organized. I do tend to put pressure on myself so your 3rd piece of advice definitely speaks to me! Thanks for the reminder!

    May 1, 2018 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Chloe

    Great tips! I’ve started making an editorial calendar but i’ve never thought of doing in digitally incase i don’t have my notes with me!
    Chloe X http://www.chloelxuise.com

    May 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Loyal Nana

    SO HELPFUL!

    May 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    I’ve had an editorial calendar since I started blogging but I haven’t been great about sticking to it. That’s my goal for May!
    Love these tips, especially #3! I actually do better with a paper calendar but I think that’s because I’m at home so much lol (I’m a stay at home mom.)
    Sarah | http://www.saraheverafter.com

    May 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • Abz

    Such a great post! I definitely need to remember to be flexible and that it’s okay if I’m too busy to write a post and have to miss one

    May 3, 2018 at 3:58 pm Reply
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