Can you believe I’ve had my bullet journal for a year!?! Where has the time gone!?! When setting up my new bullet journal (video below), I realised that I haven’t yet shown you how I use my bullet journal for blogging. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do today!
So you might be reading this post, wondering what to track in your bullet journal for blogging. The simple answer, is anything. I choose to use my bullet journal for planning blog posts, and now YouTube videos. This is something I find really helpful, particularly in making sure that my content covers different topics evenly. I also like to use my bullet journal to track my goals in the form of social media following, Google Analytics data, domain authority and page authority.
Let’s start with how I use my bullet journal for blogging in terms of planning. In my original bullet journal, I planned out my posts in the main diary section. I’d plan which posts I wanted and where in pencil. Then, when the post was written, I’d re-write in pen and put a green box round the title. This made the title stand out from my everyday notes. This worked for me because I could see what was coming up, what I’d done and what I still needed to do.
Since I’ve relaunched my YouTube channel (head on over and subscribe if you aren’t already), I’ve found a new way to plan posts in my bullet journal. I want to be able to have a video that ties in with a blog post, like my Setting Up My Bullet Journal video does with this post. However, this takes planning. So, I’ve created a calendar within my monthly layout, solely for noting down blog posts ideas and planning them alongside YouTube videos. I’ll be following the same pattern of planning in pencil, then marking in pen with a coloured box once the post or video is scheduled. Red will be YouTube videos and green for blog posts. I like the monthly view and that I’ve got a place to note down post ideas.
As you may have seen from My Bullet Journal Setup post, I keep a spread of Twitter chats and retweet accounts. Each week I pick one or two Twitter chats that I want to take part in and write them into my spread for that week. This helps me avoid missing Twitter chats.
In terms of goals, I have a double page dedicated to planning my blog goals for the year. I started my blog at the beginning of June, 2014. So starting both my bullet journals in June has been the perfect time for setting out my blog goals. Having these written down makes it easier to work towards them and take steps to achieve them every day.
Tracking my stats is something that I’ve changed a little for my new bullet journal. Previously, I’d had a double spread for social media and one for Google Analytics. Here, I’d record my stats once a week. I had my DA and PA tracker on a separate page. This was great, but I wanted to also see how these weekly numbers stacked up monthly. So I’ve created a year-to-view (well, June to December) as well as a monthly view, in order to track both my monthly and weekly blogging stats.
I’ve incorporated my DA and PA into this tracker. Having big squares will allow me to include whether my numbers are up or down from the previous month/week and by how much. So I’ll be able to see at a glance how I’m doing. In my first bullet journal, I kept my stats tracker at the back of my book. For me new bullet journal, I’ve decided to incorporate them into my monthly layouts.
Want to see my new bullet journal setup in it’s entirety? Check out my YouTube video!
Do you use your bullet journal for blogging? What works best for you?
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