Blog-a-lot Blogging Tips 001: WordPress Editorial Calendar

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 28 - 2011

So, I blog.  Am a blogger.  Or a blobber as my MIL once called me, I think by accident.  Aside from blogging for myself, I blog for other people too which feels quite different because I have to make sure I don’t swear and I very nearly always use a spell-checker.

I don’t really write about blogging too much simply because the majority of you aren’t bloggers (makes sense right?), but I’ve got a few tips and thoughts on blogging that I’d like to share with any bloggers who do read this.  Rather than do some big ol’ preachy post about it, I thought I’d drip-feed a few tips here and there to help clear my brain of the “blog fog” that is never far away.

WordPress Editorial Calendar

If you’re on WordPress *watches 3/4 of you hit the back button*, there’s a great plugin that really helps me quickly schedule my blog posts.  WordPress Calendar appears in the dashboard as a month-by-month calendar format and allows you to add a draft post simply by clicking on the desired day.  I’m not explaining this very well, let me throw in a picture.

This shows last month’s blog schedule and you can see just how “at a glance” it makes things.  I can schedule weeks in advance without having to count on my fingers (not that I’m ever this organised) and I can locate future posts and edit them quickly.

If you’re on WordPress and blog frequently, I really recommend the WordPress Editorial Calendar.

 


14 Responses to “Blog-a-lot Blogging Tips 001: WordPress Editorial Calendar”

  1. Wande says:

    thanks for this, i would love more blogging tips from you. ur tempting me to switch to wordpress!

  2. Kat M says:

    Wow, I’ve used WordPress for quite a while, for a couple of my non-beauty related blogs, as well as stuff that I do for clients, and I never knew about this calendar! Learn something new everyday :)

    But, I think that’s the great thing about blogging: it’s ever-changing, and we’re constantly learning and adapting 😀

  3. Oh I use this – it’s come in handy so many times. Once or twice I’ve gone 4 days without posting (when usually it’s 2 days, max) because I’m not good with numbers and that whole some-months-have-30-or-31-or-28-days rubbish and the editorial calendar has made me stay on track :)

  4. Saara says:

    I’d love more blogging tips! I’ve never blogged before so the knowing the basics would be really helpful- like what sites to sign up with, whether to get your own domain etc. I vote for more blogging basics!!!

  5. Jan says:

    I do truly love posts like this because I know that they contain useful and important information, trouble is that I was born 45yrs ago, I was at school when computers were the size of rooms (note the plural), I remember playing ping pong on my gadget loving Uncle’s tv – you see I don’t know what I don’t understand let alone understand. It is like when I went to France with basic O-level French and I was getting on fine with a few bonjours and mercis and made the mistake of thinking that I could join a tour of Josephine Baker’s chateau, it was all going fine as in I was understanding about 3 words per 8 sentences and then the guide said something and everyone laughed bar me. Keep them coming Charlotte, I’ll be the one grinning and waving in the background giving the thumbs up sign I think xx

  6. Geek Faerie says:

    Blogger needs a tool like this, so helpful. Please keep the blog tips coming, I do so appreciate when bloggers I follow do this. It help me polish my own blog as well as stream line and organize my methods. <3

  7. kelly says:

    If you blog on blogger and want to switch to wordpress, do you lose your blogger stuff?

  8. Ooh this is brilliant! I’ve been plotting posts on Google Calendar and then scheduling them in WordPress. Never even thought to look for a plugin. Thanks for the tip!

  9. I know this isn’t the point of your post but I’m still laughing at blobber…..heeheee!

  10. I have mine done up on a spreadsheet, because 1) I don’t use WordPress; and 2) I’m more than a month out; but without some kind of editorial calendar, I’d be so very very lost!!!

  11. I’m with Jane on this one, blobber sounds like something my dad would say!

  12. Zendadachick says:

    I’m a novice blogger and I’m on wordpress. I’m trying to get my perfume blog up and running at a regular place. Usually I just blog on the fly every other day. I’m afraid I can’t keep this up any longer because I have accumulated so many perfume samples to review, I’m starting to forget what I’ve reviewed and what I haven’t! This wordpress editorial seems like the ticket! I need to get myself more organized and plan ahead! Thank you for imparting your blogging wisdom!

  13. I was just about to say the same as modesty brown, haha I’m in stitches here!! xxx

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