But alas, I did not. This design was cooked up by the creative mind of Laura Providence at The Native New Yawker. I already have 50 sheets printed out sitting on my desk at the ready for when inspiration strikes. I am a sucker for anything that streamlines and organizes a process...and has check boxes!
Here is why I love it:
1. Utilitarian design - I am not an apples, flowers or kittens type of a chick. I love a design that is both form and function rolled up with a minimalist cherry on top. The one color the better!
2. Shape your thoughts - this design takes your blog post from quick scraps of paper with an idea scribbled out scattered all over your desk to an outlined, fully developed, designed and checklisted post that you will be proud to hit publish on.
3. To post or not to post - When I can't sleep at night, I don't count sheep. My mind races with blog post ideas. When I am out living my life, I think "is this something to post about?" When I learn something new, I think "would anyone else care about this?" This planner has already helped me determine which post ideas get killed and which ones I would like to pursue further.
4. Cross promtion reminder - this design has helpful cross promotion check boxes at the bottom. An easy reminder to cross promote your blog on other social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
5. Process checklist - This is a great way to batch work (working on your photoshop, or writing, or designing, or editing all at once) multiple posts at once and keep track of their status from a draft to edited to published. Some days I feel more like writing and I will draft 3 to 4 posts at once. Some days I feel more visual and will create and edit images for 3 to 4 posts at once in Photoshop. This planner helps me clearly see the status of each post.
6. Track your subject matter - I plan on keeping the sheets in a folder after the posts are published. That way, I can keep track of what I have previously posted. This will help me track any subject trends. I can also reference them when I have blogger's block to see if I can create a post updating or elaborating on a previous post.
I fill mine out in pencil and have an art eraser at the ready. Ideas ebb and flow and I use this printable as a brainstorming sheet as well.
Pair with my free printable editorial calendar Monthly Blog Post Planner. That way you can see big picture and small picture all at once!
I wish I had designed this...now go get this download and give Laura some mad love for one of the best free printables out there!
Download this DIY Free Printable Blog Content Planner and get to work.
Do you have a favorite blog planner printable? What is your post planning strategy? Do you do your best writing tucked up under the covers with your iphone at some ridiculous hour so your husband thinks your sleeping? No, just me?