Friday, February 22, 2013

Review - A Blog Planner

As our first review for the Mosaics Review Team we were given a choice of FREE printable blog planners to try out and review.  I'll admit - it took me forever to choose which planner to use, but I finally decided on this Yearly Blog Plan"her" by Homeschool Creations.  I am SO glad that I decided on this one!
I'll preface this review by saying that I have never really planned my blogging.  In fact, my blogging hasn't been timely in any sense.  I've been more of a sporadic blogger with exceptions to that rule when I feel I have something to say or something that needs to be heard.  Now, I'll continue by saying that I plan to blog much, much more.  The long term goal of using a blog planner is, in every sense, to help you organize your thoughts and ultimately end up being able to schedule your posts.  Now, I am headed down the right track and much of it is because of this planner.

The first thing I did was go through all of the printable options.  That helped me decide exactly what I would print.  From there I simply used my "handy dandy" three-hole puncher and prepared my pages to fit into my folder.  You could, also, take your pages to a place like Office Depot and have them spiral bound.  I wasn't 100% sure that I'd be using this for long so I didn't take that route.  However - NOW?  Well, now I will be doing that.  I use this planner more than I ever thought I would!

I LOVE the fact that when Jolanthe of Homeschool Creations created this planner she included everything I would need or want.  The 60 page planner includes a pretty cover page (this is what first caught my eye), 12 month at-a-glance pages with a focus list, pages to track reviews & giveaways, space to jot down some ideas, weekly post tracking pages, and tons more.  I printed tons of the additional planning help pages!

I won't take a photo of my websites & blogs page (complete with a place to put your passwords - hence why I'm not posting the photo), but I use it for everything!  It's really helped me organize myself & all my pages.  Other optional pages include twitter hashtags, blog statistics, income & expense sheet, and EVEN a mileage tracker.  I don't, personally, have the need for the mileage tracker just yet - but, I did include it in my planner for future happenings.

The last thing I'll mention about this planner is the color scheme - it's a pretty pastel green & pink.  I was looking for something "easy on the eye" as well as something that wouldn't take up too much printer ink - after all, I knew I'd be printing a lot of pages!  You could certainly print it out in black & white to save on the ink usage.

You can't go wrong with this planner.  Give it a try - even if you think a blog planner isn't for you.  It sure made my blogging much easier and I know I'll be using it for a very long time!


Carie said...

Your blog is beautiful! Thanks for the review :)

Carrie said...

I appreciated reading all the things you loved about this planner...

Christy said...

It took me a while to decide, too! Nice review!

Chrissy W. said...

I enjoyed reading your review.

Peggy Dalley said...

Great Review! The more I read about this planner the more I realize I need this one too.

momma24 said...

I'm really liking this planner! lol

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