Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday break! I know I did. It was super lazy, filled with tons of HGTV watching and pajama days. It just feels right that my kick off post for 2016 is in the vein of getting organized. I don’t really consider myself to be super organized but there are a few things I HAVE to have in order in order to function, especially in terms of business. Today I’m going to share with you how to make a blog editorial calendar. For you non-bloggers, this post shows a few more detailed shots of my favorite monthly calendar planner. Or just come back on Wednesday when I’ll have a really fun, simple fashion DIY. For my blogger friends, I’m going to share with you how I plan out my content which helps to keep me focused and not feeling frazzled. Read on!
It’s not that I’m trying to rush toward the new year, it’s just that I love notebooks, calendars and organizing! And one of my all-time favorite designers has a new line of desk accessories in the best prints and patterns. I feel crazy when I’m not planned out at least a month in advance. So while I am fully planning on enjoying every moment of the holiday season with my family, I am also going to jump right in to planning for 2016 in my favorite monthly calendar.
While working an uninteresting desk job, I decided to start a blog as a creative outlet for all the ideas and artsy energy in my head. At first, the blog only focused on party products and ideas but over time it has developed in to this lifestyle site where I get to write about pretty much whatever I want. And I get to do so in a way that I want. To say that it has fulfilled that creative need for me would be an understatement. But there was also another surprising thing to come out of blogging for me. Something I never expected when I published my first post (about wooden ice cream spoons!) years and years ago.
The friendships that I have made, as a blogger, are crazy awesome. Just like in real life, there are different levels to these friendships. Some, I am just acquainted with. While others I would consider my best friends. I know that many people don’t understand online relationships or see how they could be the same as those friendships made in person, but that is what is so surprising about them. They are real, genuine and good for the soul. When I started out, I thought the online world would be ripe with competition and calculated jockeying for position. But in reality, it is a supportive, enriching experience in which I count people, all across the country, as true friends. Finding rad lady friends through blogging has been such a pleasant surprise.
Life is better with surprises. Don’t you think?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to spend money on my blog. Especially for things that people can’t readily see. But for the last few months, I’ve been paying for a monthly maintenance package from Hearts and Laserbeams. And it’s the best money I’ve ever spent! But let me tell you how I came to know that I HAD to do this.