Blog Planning Planner – Review & Announcement

Blog Planner reviewIf 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.

Details:

  • free
  • printable
  • 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?

100 Days to Christmas 2012 eBook Review

 

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Jennifer Tankersley, the owner of ListPlanIt, to review her eBook 100 Days to Christmas 2012. Since this is right up my alley (Christmas! Lists!), I jumped on it.

Did you know that Sunday, September 16, 2012, marks 100 Days to Christmas?!

It seems everyone always laments how they need to start planning for Christmas earlier next year, especially the closer Christmas gets. I’m one of them. Every year I think I’ll start as soon as the new year comes, I may pick up a few things, but quickly loose steam. What I like about 100 Days to Christmas is that it is manageable.

She walks you through planning (and getting it done):

  • wishlists, gift ideas, budgeting
  • cards
  • holiday photos
  • seasonal and holiday crafts
  • establishing traditions
  • entertaining
  • travel and/or hosting plans

The ebook covers more than Christmas, too. Several holidays fall in these 100 days, use this ebook to make the most of them. It includes reminders to enjoy all this season has to offer – apples, pumpkins, cool weather, leaves, etc.

I think my favorite part of the whole thing is the lists. She gives plenty of time to get things done, planning things like crafts and cards early on to do as the season goes on.

Jam packed with checklists, quotes, information and resources for only $5, I give it a good recommendation. I look forward to working through this ebook.

Bottom line

If you would like the extra help of an already planned out to do list or a daily reminder to think ahead, 100 Days to Christmas is for you. If you are naturally organized or have an established holiday routine, it would probably be redundant for you.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the ebook. All opinions are my own. I promise not to recommend anything that I wouldn’t use myself.