December 28, 2015

Prepare for another year of blogging - free editorial calendar 2016

free editorial calendar for bloggers

Just a few more days and we will be entering 2016. I have always loved the quote by Brad Paisley:

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

And while 2016 has an extra day, resulting in a 366 page book, I hope we can all write beautiful stories in our personal lives, but also on our blogs. And to help you out with that I'm sharing a free editorial calendar for bloggers with you today!

WHAT IS AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR?

An editorial calendar is a tool that is used by writers. Writers of any kind really. You don't have to be a blogger to use one. It's probably a tool that was first mainly used by editors of magazines to plan ahead for magazine articles. But it comes in handy too for bloggers, especially when you want to share content on a consistent basis on your blog.

It's not always easy to come up with blog post ideas, and when I take myself as an example I notice that I have very creative periods, where the ideas pop up like weeds in my head, followed by periods when the think tank is just drawing a blank ;-) I try to use the more creative periods for writing my posts in advance or at least document new ideas for posts. And while you can document your ideas and publishing dates on a piece of paper, you can go a bit more professional by using an editorial calendar.

The calendar let's you register your ideas for post titles, content and publish dates. When you start using such a calendar your year in blogging will be much more structured and therefore probably a lot more efficient.

WHAT DOES AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR LOOK LIKE?

The layout of an editorial calendar varies a bit. It depends on the purpose of the writer. It will look different when you are working for a magazine as an editor than when you use it for your blog. But it is basically a schedule, either in printed version or in online version (like an excel file).

To help us all out for the upcoming year I created a simple editorial calendar for bloggers in Microsoft Excel. It consists of 53 separate pages for the week numbers and each page (or week) is separated into seven days (Monday through Sunday). This results in a weekly schedule looking like this:

editorial calendar for bloggers

Notice that for each day you can fill in which blog post you will be working on (blog title - content - keyword - additional freebie) and when it needs to be finished (due date) and when it will be published (publish date). There is also room for noting the social media platforms you need to submit the post to.

If you need other categories you can easily rename the categories in the free file or add new ones (you need some basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel of course).

WHERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE EDITORIAL CALENDAR 2016 FOR BLOGGERS

With the link below you can easily download the Excel file (the calendar was made in Microsoft Excel 2013). The calendar holds 53 blank week schedules that can be filled in by you and an example week that I already filled in to give you an example of how to use it.

I especially didn't use dates in the calendar, only week numbers and day names. That way you can use the calendar in other years as well.

So make blogging a little easier on yourself in 2016 by scheduling your posts and ideas with the free editorial calendar for bloggers!





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