Editorial Calendar: Tips for Making One That Works for You

One thing I didn't think I needed when I first started blogging was making an editorial calendar, but after a while I thought I would give it a try. And that helped me so much with making sure things got done on time as well as help me come up with new ideas so I don't hit a slump. This also just makes blogging so streamlined and less stressful. I am actually going to be returning to daily blogging later this month if not next month as I miss writing seven posts a week. Plus I feel so weird having nothing going up on the weekends. So using an editorial calendar is very important and I'm glad I started using one. Here are just a few tips when you're creating one for yourself!

Know Your Schedule

I feel like this one is very straightforward. You need to know how much you want blog posts to go up. Will you be posting daily, twice a week, only on weekdays, or something else? Whatever your preferred schedule, highlight or mark those days on your calendar so you know exactly how many posts you need to have planned for the month. This will help you commit to a dedicated posting schedule, and make your workflow easier when it comes to time to take photos and create your content.

Use Your Favorite Medium

You can make an editorial calendar using any platform you want, so long as you stick to using that medium. Pick something you know you'll have on hand or able to review often. Whether a physical calendar, a digital calendar app, or something else. I actually don't technically use an actual calendar. I use OneNote as I can access it on any computer I'm on or on my phone. I just make a running list of posts with the date written next to it. Once I'm done with that post, I remove it from the list. I also use this to draft posts up if I'm not near my laptop or just want a rough draft without actually posting it right away. Or take notes on posts I want to make. Plus it makes it super simple if I need to change posts around or change my mind. So find something that works for you, whether that's Google Calendar, a physical calendar, or something else.

Be Flexible

Things happen over the course of a month, you never know what's going to happen or come up that you want to write about. Use the calendar as a guideline that can be changed. Because when you're writing out the calendar for the future, you don't know when you get to that day if you're actually going to still be inspired to write that post. Or if you're going to run out of time to write a post. And all of that is totally okay. Don't feel bad about any of that. You can switch posts around whenever you want or choose just to skip a day if you have to. Editorial calendars are just a tool to help you reduce stress, not create it. So don't put so much pressure on yourself and have fun with blogging. That's the whole point!

Do you use an editorial calendar for your blog? If so, what are your tips?