I always like to preface "blogging tips" posts with this: I am not a blogging professional, nor do I claim to be. For example, I didn't post for the last week and a half because I was sick and life got crazy. I just like sharing my personal blogging tips and what works for me. I'm constantly learning, and I think it's awesome to share what I've learned with others! A few weeks ago I shared my super simple photography backdrop, so if you haven't seen it, be sure to check it out too!
One of the most common questions people ask me is, "How do you come up with all of those ideas?" I write 2 posts per week for Crafting a Green World and 1 post per week for Feel Good Style. With 1-2 posts on here, that adds up to 5 posts per week. That's a lot. The answer? I keep a journal with me at all times. Yes, pen and paper. It's so old school, I know.
Here are 5 reasons why I have a journal/planner and why I think you should have one, too:
1. A place for ideas
This might seem like an obvious reason, but it is incredible to me how many ideas I can forget about if I don't write them down. When my brain is fried and I need ideas for posts, I go to my journal and look at my lists. Often times I find ideas that I've forgotten about completely. I have a page in my journal designated to post ideas for each site I write for. As soon as I think of an idea or feel inspired by something, I write it down.
2. Reminds you where you've been
I've shared this photo on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter before, but I had to share it again. Why don't I just store my ideas and schedule in my iPhone? Because eventually I'd have to delete the millions of notes I would create over the years. I can literally pick up my burgundy journal from 2011 and turn to the page where I was deciding on a blog name and logo (and see the glorious check mark next to it). It reminds me where I've been and how far I've come -- keeping me thankful and humble for what God has blessed me with through this blog.
3. Keeps you focused on where you're going
In the same way a journal reminds me where I've been, it also reminds me where I'm going. I make goals every so often for myself and for this blog -- whether it's social media goals, page view goals, etc. It's awesome for me to track goals and then physically see my goals turn into accomplishments (which goes back to point number 2). Keeping a journal also helps me stay focused on what I want my blog content to be and to make sure every post I do supports that.
4. Gets you organized
It's been a while since I've been as organized as the picture above, but in a perfect world, this would be a normal thing for me. I love planning out posts weeks and even months at a time. It helps me build themes and helps me plan for holiday crafts, too. I'm the type of person that realizes on February 13th that I should have posted Valentine's Day projects... sad, I know. Even if you don't want to plan out months at a time, it's great to make a weekly goal list for posts. It will help motivate you and keep you accountable.
5. Helps you balance work and home
If you're anything like me, time management is key. I work at an antique store 2 days a week, and travel quite a bit with Crystal Padilla Music and Tim Johnson Band, so I have 2-3 days per week to get all of my freelancing work done and keep up with my craft booth. That might seem like a lot of time, but I've realized it's not. I have to manage my time well or my work won't get done. I'm also ashamed to say that sometimes I have to pencil in time for friends. For you blogger moms out there, I don't know how you do it. I cannot even grasp how you make time for your children, husband, work, social life, and blog. You have tons of respect from me! What I do know, though, is that by writing down everything I need to accomplish, it helps me organize and prioritize my time, therefore helping me balance work and home (social) life.
So, with all of that said, can I introduce my favorite journal/planner to you?
Not only is it totally adorable with sheet music and a bird on the front, but it really is the best planner ever. You write in the month and day so it doesn't start/stop with a specific date or year. As you can see in the picture below, it has a section for each day, but it also has a middle part for my overall to do list. I like to put everything I need to do in the middle part and then divide it into days so I manage my time as best as I can.
In the back of the journal, it also has a section of lined paper where I make lists and have post ideas.
The bad news? I found it in the clearance section at TJMaxx, so I have no idea where I can tell you to find one, and where I can find one once this one is finished. It does say "Molly and Rex" on the back page, but I didn't find their planners when I googled them, just their stationary. If I find it in the future, I'll update this post! Luckily, I found 1 more journal in the store so I'll at least have it for a little while.