Thursday, August 4, 2016
Beyond the Books - How I Stay Organized with Blogging
This week I'm linking up with KissinBlueKaren for Beyond the Books. This is a meme where we all answer a non-bookish question. It's always so fun to see everyone's answers and get a peak at the blogger beyond the books. This week's topic is - How I stay organized with blogging.
Okay, now that I've stopped laughing I'll try and answer this question. Seriously, is anyone really organized? Is there a way to be on top of everything with blogging? Help please!
But anyway, back to the topic - how do I stay organized? I'm a big fan of simplicity. I've tried to do spreadsheets and complicated things to stay organized and while it is easier to track releases it ended up being too time consuming to keep up with. Now I use a standard planner like this one:
Each week has it's own page and then at the beginning of the month has the calendar for that month. I use the month page to keep track of ARC release dates for that month and the week page to keep up with posts. See that circle on the 2nd day? That means the post is done and scheduled. If it's a blog tour I'll put a "BT" to let myself know it's not a date I can shift around. The blank day means I haven't decided what's going to go there yet but it'll get filled in as time gets closer.
I have a number of reviews in my draft folders for books I've read that are older releases that I keep on hand to plug in if I get behind and don't have a review for that day. Though that list isn't as long as I like. I'm also trying to work on my memes early - like this one and Top Ten Tuesday. I love the idea of being at least 2 weeks ahead but so far I've only managed to stay about a week ahead.
I do use my phone some but only to keep track of lists and update Goodreads and Litsy. I have a list for each month that has past in my Reminders that has books I haven't gotten too yet. I also keep track of my extra posts there as well. I like the Reminders because it's so easy to check off the book when I've reviewed it. I also use the Blogger app to reply to comments though I'm not quite as good at that as I'd like. I'm trying to get better and am making a little progress.
So this is how I keep myself organized at the moment. I need to figure out some systems with email and the like but haven't gotten there yet. How do you stay organized when it comes to blogging?