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If you have been around for any length of time, you know I like to plan things. As a matter of fact, I was just discussing with a reader how I just might enjoy the planning of things even more than the doing of said things. Ahem. That doesn’t really get much accomplished, just so you know.
For my first task with Mosaic Reviews…what, did I not mention that I am now a reviewer with the awesome Mosaic Reviews team? Ok, wait a minute…
I have an announcement to make!
I am a member of the Mosaics Reviews team!
Didn’t see that one coming, did you? Anywho.
I have several things on the agenda to review with them starting in late March. I also have a few independent reviews coming up soon. You can look forward to reading my highly regarded opinion very soon. Speaking of which, the reason for this post!
Maybe I should take a moment to speak to those who are new around here. I enjoy humor. I do not think highly of myself. Seriously. You can check out my About Me page for more info on that.
Our first assignment was to review a blog planner. I chose to review the one created by Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations.
- 60 pages that cover a full year
- includes pages for tracking mileage, income, expenses, hashtags and link-ups
- map out weekly blog posts with reminders for social media promotion
- year-at-a-glance, month-at-a-glance calendars
- review/giveaway and affiliate program tracking
- website analytics page
- login and password page
How I Used It:
I fancy myself a creative, random person. I like to think I use this to my advantage, but I am also aware of the challenges this poses. I’m not good at following directions, whether it is a recipe or someone else’s planner…I have this insatiable desire to tweak things to make it my own. So, I did not print the whole thing out and have it bound like some of the other reviewers (look at me being all independent…).
You see, I already had spent a good chunk of time coming up with a blog binder using other free printables. I was already working well with that, but I was missing several of the pages Jolanthe included! So I printed out a couple weeks worth of the weekly post planners and a link-up tracking page for each category in my binder. Then I printed out the income/expense, mileage, and Twitter hashtag tracking pages.
What I Liked:
- visually appealing, aka it’s purty
- ease of printing out the pages I wanted after downloading the whole thing at once verses file by file
- being able to see two weeks of posts and to do lists at a glance
- the income/expense, mileage, Twitter hashtag, and blog link-up tracking pages
- the social media reminders for each post
- the ideas in my head page!
- month-at-a-glance page with monthly focus section
- I appreciate the flexibility of a planner that I can pick-and-choose from
What I Didn’t Like:
I got nothin’. In all honesty, this is one blog planner I could actually, probably see myself using as is. Gasp!
Do you use a blog planner for your blog? Would you be interested in seeing how I set my blog binder up?