Book Blogging 101: Planning and Organizing

Hey everyone! I wanted to continue on with my Book Blogging 101 series, and I really wanted to talk about this topic.

I think one of the biggest things that’s helped me in my book blogging life is being super organized. I have a planner, an organizational spreadsheet for all my books, a filing system, a reading binder, so many other little things that all contribute to my blog being nice and tidy and organized.

I want to share how I use certain systems to organize not only my blog life, but regular life as well. Let’s jump right into it.


Reading Binder

First thing I want to touch base on is my reading binder. I have another series called Book Journaling 101, where I talk about my reading binder, how I use it, and I’m planning on doing a post eventually on the importance of a reading journal or binder in my case, but for now, we can go over it here.

My reading binder has a lot of amazing capabilities for organization, and one of the big things it does is keep track of all of my bookish notes. I take notes for every book I read, and I put them into my yearly binder, which is organized by month.

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Planner

A planner is a great way to stay organized, for literally anything, not just blogging. I have a planner from Little Inklings Design called the Always Fully Booked planner. Luckily, I was able to pre-order a planner from her, and I am so happy I did (they usually sell like hot cakes). It’s a normal planner, but with a little bookish twist, and I have been LOVING it so far.

Reasons To Use A Planner:

  • plan out your monthly/weekly blog posts
  • write in important dates to remember
  • a more organized life
  • a single place to keep all of your scheduling

I mean, there are many more reasons, but I think a big part of my success I’ve had with book blogging is SCHEDULING. It’s extremely important that I schedule my blogs, and if you haven’t tried scheduling yours yet, I would definitely change that. It changed my experience with blogging as a whole.

Spreadsheet

This is kind of new to me, but as soon as I started it I really fell in love with it. You can use excel, but I use google sheets for this. Basically, I have one spreadsheet for an entire years worth of reading. I keep track of the title, author, page count, intended audience, genre, publication date, format in which I read it, series number, star rating, whether it’s an arc, and whether I gave it a review or not.

Seem’s a little overwhelming at first, I get it. But man, does it help out in the long run. I don’t know about you guys, but after I get done filling out the last book I read in all of the columns, it is really refreshing to check that off my list, and it actually just feels more complete that I actually read something.

This helps with keeping organized and up to date with your stats, keeps all your books read from that specific year in one place, and it’s just a quick little overview of books you read without going into full reviews or details. At the end of the year, your yearly reading update will be very easy to write up using a spreadsheet.

Filing System

I do actually have a pretty simple filing system that I use. I have a few filing folders on my desk that I use to organize these simple categories: bookish interactions, book notes, and purchases.

Bookish Interactions

Basically these are all print outs of emails of me going back and forth with publishers, media people, other bloggers regarding my blog. Maybe book requests would be included in this, copies of arc’s, media events, stuff like that.

Book Notes

Going back to the reading binder thing, I keep loose book notes in this folder so I can have it ready for when I fill it out and ‘check it in’ to the reading binder.

Purchases

This I use for any purchases really, but a lot of it is online bookish purchases. Receipts, shipment slips, stuff like that.

WordPress Drafts

So the last thing I use that I can think of for organization is WordPress itself, and I love using their draft section in the posts part of their site. I love writing down ideas for posts in the drafts section using the title/header, saving it and then keeping it in the drafts part of the folder. If I don’t know what kind of post I want to write that day, I can look and see if anything in the draft topics may peak my interests.


So yeah, that’s basically it. That’s how I organize everything, and I hoped this help to get you guys organizing as well. Happy blogging!


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