As I mentioned in January in this post, I’m part of a review team with Homeschool Mosaics. I’m excited about the opportunities that will come my way from being part of this group. We are already reviewing products and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming months. In fact, I get to share the first one today, and the best part is, it’s a free product! Also, it’s the perfect tool to help me get better organized on this blogging and review posting journey: a blog planner.
We had several to choose from, and I loved various features from a bunch of them. It was a hard decision! In the end, I picked the one from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Here are just a few reasons why:
- The planner had less than 30 pages, which was a good thing since I was printing it out at home. Saves paper and ink!
- It was a simple design that incorporated a lot of features, but wasn’t too bare bones.
- It included boxes to check off whether posts have been scheduled or promoted via social media–helpful reminders!
- There were sections for post ideas and reviews, a separation which I feel will be helpful in keeping things straight in my own mind.
- I just liked the flowery design–I felt it matched well with the homeschool planner I’ve been using already this year. This, of course, is not a make-or-break feature. 🙂
Most of the sites I visited that featured free downloadable blog planners mentioned printing them and spiral binding them at an office supply store. And they looked very nice that way. But I wasn’t sure another booklet to keep up with would work best for me. Since I already had my “life binder” that I mentioned in this post about organizing for our homeschool, I felt the best way for me to use this blog planner was to holepunch the pages and slip them into the binder in between the homeschool planner and the file folders. I put a sticky tab on the top of the first blog planner page that said “2013 Blog Planner” so it’s easily accessible from wherever I may be in the binder. As you can see in the photo, I also holepunched the calendar pages so that they would lay flat opposite the notes page–no flipping back and forth! I love being able to see the whole month and all my ideas and review needs in one glance.
If you’re in the market for a free blog planner, I recommend you check out this one at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She even has two versions of the planner (one with the calendar grid pages, one with a lined format).
Edited on 3/01: Check out more of the Mosaic team’s reviews about these and other blog planners on the Mosaic Reviews blog.