Are you finding hard to move your blog from a hobby to something a bit more professional but are finding it hard to get organised and stay motivated?
Take your blog to the next level with these best blogging planners for beginners and more experienced bloggers alike.
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why you need a blogging planner
Most people who start blogging, start a blog because it's fun or because they think having a blog is going to bring traffic to their website and they'll be able to sell more of their products.
But what usually happens is that they don't have a plan, so they write about this and that and that other thing. And they end up pumping blog post after blog post, never quite getting it right and seeing that traffic goes down if they're not creating new content and scrambling to get it seen on social media constantly.
But because they didn't do any planning and don't have an editorial calendar, their blog is not getting them where they want to be. So they're stuck.
If you want to get organised with your blog and make progress, first you need to think about your goals and you need to be clear about how you're going to achieve it and decide on the type of content you need to create to do this.
Having a paper planner for your blog will help you visualise your goals and your priorities and can help you organise your schedule and your tasks so you become a much more focused and productive blogger.
How do you know which is the right blogging planner for you?
When I was looking at planners to see if they would be good for me I asked myself these questions:
Do you like it?
It might be a bit daft but I think you are going to use a planner for a year you need to like the look of it.
Writing on something pretty makes me pay more attention and I try to be neater when I write.
Or is it just me?
Are you likely to work with it?
For example, I was given a Law of Attraction Planner last year but I found myself I couldn’t do it. I understand the Law of Attraction and up to a point I think it can work when it helps you to focus your efforts on the one thing you really want and it can help you work on your mindset.
But I just wanted something to organise my time and plan stuff and this planner had too much on the mindset, gratitude, affirmations, etc.
do you need a planner that's only for blogging?
It's up to you whether you want to have a planner you can use for blogging, your work and your family or want to keep one separate for blogging.
Since most bloggers start doing their blogging as a hobby or a side hustle, being able to get all your work-family-blogging life organised and scheduled in one planner ce can be quite helpful. This way you see all your deadlines and appointments at a glance and you know how much time you have available for blogging.
But the advantage of having a blogging planner designed for bloggers is that it is going to help you look at every aspect of having a blog.
Because it's been designed by somebody that already has a blog and knows what you need. So it's worth trying out a specific planner for bloggers.
Is it easy to carry?
If you’re on the go all the time and plan to do some blogging on the move, you might want something a bit smaller. But if you're going to use your blog planner only at home, you can go for something a bit bigger, or a printable planner.
Is the price OK?
You can get a cheap planner from a shop and if all you want to do is write your to-dos, your deadlines and appointments, it will be OK.
But I found that having a planner that has been designed by productivity experts who know what you need to do to become more productive is a lot more useful than just bumbling along.
Anyway, here are my choices for best blogging planners.
I'll start with some general planners that can also be used by bloggers:
Best Blogging Planners: General Planners
The Passion Planner
I got this one a while ago. I have been wanting this for a bit and decided to give myself an early Christmas Present.
Mine is undated, but the one I am linking to isn't, btw.
It's easy to use as your blogging planner and because you have every day divided into 30 minute sections, so you can use it to block periods of time. Also, you don't have to write in tiny handwriting cos everything fits.
- The RoadMap so you can design your goals and the path to reach them
- Annual and Monthly Overviews
- Monthly reflection
- Every day in your weekly layout is divided into 30 minute sections for time blocking
- Plenty of pages for notes with grided or blank pages
Who is the Passion Planner for?
This blogging planner is for bloggers who are more interested with juggling their blog and their personal and work life.
There are some sections that a blogger would need that aren't there, but you can do those online, create a planner yourself or get the printable planner I mention below.
What else can you do with your Passion Planner?
With the Passion Planner you also get to be a bit more creative. You can customise it. But you don't have to redo every section, as you would in a Bullet Journal.
the panda planner
The Panda Planner is one of the most popular general planners out there, but would also be a brilliant planner you can adapt to your blogging.
The Daily section gives you plenty of room to set up your priorities, your schedule, and also plenty of room to add up to 10 individual tasks you need to do every day.
This is a thinner planner, it's got 6 months worth of planning and is a good option if you want to try it.
It's a similar size to the Passion Planner, but this focuses on the daily views and you can go into a lot of detail in your daily tasks.
If you're one of those people that need to go into a lot of detail with their tasks because you get a sense of achievement every time you tick one off, this one is for you.
- Monthly views
- Weekly views
- Daily views
- Bonuses: Free information-packed ebooks on productivity, access to private membership community and a video quick start guide
Who's the Panda Planner for? For people who want a simple layout, need to see their progress to get motivated and want to develop good routines to increase their productivity.
bEST BLOGGING PLANNERS: DESIGNED BY BLOGGERS FOR BLOGGERS
For me the Passion Planner and the Panda Planner are excellent planners.
But if what you're looking for is one of the best blog planners designed by bloggers for bloggers?
Here are some of the best:
Epicblog by regina anaejionu
If you're a beginner and need a planner that guides you step-by-step, the EpicBlog editorial planner is a good option.
And it helps you look at your content not as a bunch of unrelated articles that you write when it takes your fancy.
If you want to be more consistent and create content that will make you look and feel like a more professional blogger, this is a good first planner.
- This planner has 116 pages. It's paperback, so it's also a bit cheaper than other options.
- You have 12 blank calendars, one for each month.
- And pages to track how much money you make, your expenses, your blog's traffic, number of posts you've created, etc.
Who is the EpicBlog for? Best planner for beginner bloggers who might be blogging for fun but want to look professional and stay consistent.
The Create Blog and Editorial Calendar
I am a big fan of Meera. I have several of her products and I find her no nonsense way of talking very reassuring. She's very methodical and gives you all the details for what you need to do.
When she came up with the Create Blog and Editorial Calendar last year, I knew it was going to be excellent.
This planner is 246 pages long and it has sections to help you work through:
- The 5 Step Planning Process
- Building your Online Platform - The Different Stages
- Primer for Setting Goals
- The 4 Major Blogging Tasks
- Time Blocking
A section for your email and content strategies (I use her content strategies to never run out of ideas for my blog).
Being able to tie your content and your email strategies is one of the most effective things I have learnt from Meera because it helps you come up with ideas to connect with your audience, solve their problems and make more sales from your blog and your list.
And there are sections for your Q1 to Q4 goals and reviews. This is important, even when you start a blog as a hobby you should have some goals for every quarter.
If you don't have a goal, you'll end up wasting your time on things that won't make a difference to your bottom line, no matter how enjoyable.
Who is Create Blog and Editorial Calendar for? Beginner bloggers or more experienced bloggers will find this one extremely helpful because it makes you set up your priorities and focus only on the tasks you need to work on for every stage of your blog.
45 page blog planner by angela from straycurls
I found this adorable blog planner and I had to include it in this list.
I just love the look of this blogging planner.
But it's not only the way it looks that I like.
Each section is carefully designed so you don't miss anything.
And there's usually space for you to add your own notes in most sections.
What's in it?
It has the usual sections you would expect in a blog planner, so I am not going to go into detail. You can check all the contents here if you want.
But there are some sections worth mentioning:
I found this planner also helps you to get some clarity, with its Blog Vision Board, the Ideal Reader's Profile section and a simple Project Planner.
There are also a couple of checklists and to-do pages great for people who tend to forget what to do every time they publish a blog post or for beginners. Like the Social Media Promotion or Blog Post Checklist.
What's good is that they're already done for you, but you can also add your own items, cos not everybody has the same workflows.
The only thing for me about this planner is that there are some pages that are just fillers, like the Month Cover Pages. But you don't have to print them if you don't want them.
Who is the 45 page blog planner for? Given the price, it is ideal for bloggers that are looking for a cheap planner to use together with one of their 'normal' planners. It has everything you are going to need to plan your blogging goals and activities at a fantastic price.
easy marketing planner by ivorymix
Even though this is not a blogging planner but a social media planner, I am going to add this planner here because planning your social media posts is going to help you promote your website more effectively. And it comes with enough content to make your blog content planning easier.
You get a set of spreadsheets and also a bunch of PDF files.
Best thing to do is to print the files you need at the beginning of each month and work through the prompts to fill your queue.
What's in it?
- 365-day content ideas and planner
- 150+ Daily Hashtag Ideas and Prompts
- 100+ Story Starters (including ideas for polls and story questions)
- 60+ Blog post ideas
- 12-Month Holiday and Seasonal Content Ideas
- Visual Content Ideas and Prompts
Who is the Easy Marketing Planner for? For bloggers who never know what to post and are overwhelmed with all the minor tasks you need to do to get your post out there on social media.
One of the tools I use for my blogs, is my affiliate marketing planner and tracker.
I do have to use it together with other planners.
Cos I can't just use this on its own, but it has stopped me creating content for the sake of creating content and missing out on affiliate earnings for my blog posts .
If you're always getting lost and forgetting where all the information for your affiliate programs and products is, you need this.
It will also help you be more productive with your affiliate marketing efforts so you save time and you can focus on increasing your affiliate income with less effort.
A spreadsheet with
- everything you need to keep track of all your links and affiliate program details
- a tracker sheet for sales
- a tracker sheet for your affiliate income
- a planner sheet for your social media affiliate posts
- and an affiliate marketing calendar to help you plan your campaigns.
A printable file including 3 pages you can print over and over again
- a planner sheet for each of your products (writing a series of blog posts about one product will increase your earnings)
- a blog post planner sheet for specific blog posts
- a planner sheet for listicle blog posts (great for gift guides and other resources guides)
Who is the Affiliate Marketing Tracker and Planner for? This is for bloggers that feel like they're missing out on affiliate marketing income opportunities and need help to focus on writing the right type of content for their posts. It will help if you write evergreen or seasonal content.
I hope you've found this list of best blogging planners and the brief reviews helpful.
If you haven't found one you like, though, or you need something to help you manage everything else in your live, I have a much more comprehensive list of fantastic planners for working moms here.