This is a mini challenge for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, a twice yearly blogging marathon but anyone is welcome to read and use the information. However if you are signed up for the blogathon or you sign up and participate before the end of the blogathon, completing this mini challenge improves your chances of winning a prize. The blogathon is January 25th-28th(at 8am est), 2013. If you are participating in the blogathon, please do not complete this challenge until the blogathon has started.
For this Challenge we are going to create a blogging notebook. If you are anything like me, unorganized but want to be, this challenge should help you get your blogging tasks organized. I have notes and file everywhere, in the notes section of my computer, in Google documents, in a composition book, receipts stuffed in my purse/binder and a few other places. To get it organized in to one place would be great. So I came up with the blogging notebook.
In the notebook there are many sections:
Blog Posts Ideas-to write down current/future ideas on what you want to blog about.
Weekly Stats-to keep track of how your blog is doing.
To-Do List-for organizing all your thoughts into one place and see what you need to do and list any ideas you come up with.
Blog Post Ideas-a more indepth ideas area, for writing down points that you want to cover in your posts.
Guest bloggers List-to write down info about guest bloggers and the info they are going to share.
Reviews-Here you put info on the reviews you need done.
Giveaway Sign-up Info-For keeping all the info when you sign up for giveaways and helping you to remember that you did sign up for that giveaway oh so long ago.
Future Giveaway Hop Info-A little bit more info for when you sign up for giveaways.
Blog Expenses-To keep track of all the money going into and coming out of your blog. Great for keeping track of expenses and income for tax purposes.
Blog Calender-to write do important dates pertaining to your blog or life.
Companies To Pitch-You see a commercial or another blogger talks about a product and you decide to pitch it, write down the products info to help you remember the product.
Giveaway Stats-Here you would keep track of the stats of giveaways to see if it was worth it. Was this a good product, did I get a lot of FB/Twitter followers from this? Helpful if you want to see what hops were/are helpful.
Affiliates-List all your affiliates as you sign up to keep track of them.
NEWLY ADDED for the January 2013 challenge:
Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly to do tasks-list the tasks you need to do for the time period you need them done.
Theme of the month-write down ideas for themes like Valentines Day or Christmas for recipes, crafts, checklists etc.
Twitter page-to write down hashtags and user names and a few blank spots to add more info.
Blog design info-add info about your blog design like colors, fonts etc. Mostly blank to add what info you want.
Forum/Website/Application Sign In Info-So many different sites forums etc, keep all that info handy.
Book Review Checklist- Need help remembering what needs to go into your reviews, this will help.
Product Review Checklist- Need help remembering what needs to go into your reviews, this will help.
Your Blog Info-Info about logins, passwords, urls, renewal dates go here.
Blog post ideas-write down ideas you can later expand on.
How to make a Blogging Notebook:
Supplies-paper, printer, 3-ring binder, 3 hole punch, pens
You will also need a link to the notebook. I created it to be printed as a PDF.
Steps to get to the document:
Click on this link to go to the document. (No need to sign up or sign in.) Click download. It will open up in Adobe Reader and then you can save and print.
Steps to make your own blogging notebook:
Print out what pages you need. 3-hole punch them. Add to 3 ring binder. Get pens and gather up all the notes and papers and start adding to your own blogging notebook.
How I did my notebook: I printed out the whole notebook page set but then pages that pertain to my blog, I printed out extra sheets as needed. 3 hole punched them and added them to a 3 ring binder. Added a pen and an index card so that I could identify the binder as my blogging binder. I also added a plastic sheet protector that can hold notes or receipts. I’m going to add page separators but couldn’t find any at home so will have to stock up at the back to school sales. Then I just need to find and add all the info.
To qualify for this challenge giveaway entry you MUST do these two things:
1. Print out notebook and use 1 page to help organize your blogging life. Leave a comment which page you used and what you added to it.
2. Post a comment stating what list(s)/form(s) you would like to see me add to the blogging notebook.
Hope you enjoy this challenge and just leave a comment if you need any help.