Six months or so ago, when I really started trying to get myself into a routine with blogging again. I was determined to find a way to make it work more than every before. I started planning and scheduling using various tools; it was a lot of trial and error. While I was trying to figure it all out on my own, I decided to spend some time looking into other bloggers to see what tools they were using, how they were planning and keeping themselves organized and on task.
I joined some groups and took advantage of some free downloadable templates that I could print out and use in my planning process. Those templates helped a lot and were a big part of the reason why I was able to get myself organized and up-to-date most of the time with the blog. As I planned farther and farther out (I already have my editorial calendar full into March) I realized that I needed a way to break down each blog post into smaller tasks and schedule them in advance so that I wasn’t stuck doing entire blog posts the day they were due. That is how I failed every time in the past. Blogging is nearly a full-time job in itself and as I got more and more into blogging, planning tasks out in advance became more and more of a necessity that I needed to figure out.
Breaking the posts down and planning the tasks in advance was the one thing none of the other tools I tried allowed me to do. I loved my printed templates because I am such a visual person and they provided me with the visuals I love. I also really love being able to jot down notes by hand so these printed forms also allowed me to do that. Even with all the things I liked about the pritned templates, they didn’t give me a good way to break things down and plan ahead….then I found CoSchedule.
I can’t really remember exactly where I stumbled onto it but it got great reviews and seemed like a tool that might help me so I decided to do the free trial. I worked late into the first night plugging in most of my editorial calendar, scheduling things out by tasks. I quickly found my way around, how to copy task lists, plan social media and voila! Instant love!
I didn’t even wait for my trial to expire to purchase my subscription. I knew it was everything I had been looking for and I didn’t want to wait another minute to make it a part of my toolbox. It’s worth every penny and everything I was looking for and then some. It also connects to other tools I was already using like Evernote and WordPress which makes it that much better! Despite the best planning, unexpected things come up and when my day-to-day schedule means I’m not able to keep up, I can easily move things around or reschedule and I don’t feel like I’m stressing about it.
Thank you CoSchedule for taking the stress out of blogging.
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