Why is Blogging so hard?

Like so many others, I’ve been trying to break into the world of blogging. And like so many of those before me, I’ve been having my butt handed back to me, after it’s been severely kicked.
It’s been more years than I care to reveal, in which I’ve been trying to make a meaningful impact in the blogging universe. Need I say, that I’ve been met by a great resistance?
I’ve called it quit several times, but after a short hiatus I find myself back at it again. Something inside of me just won’t let it go. I guess, unconsciously, I’m determined to succeed and conqueror what I set out to do, so long ago.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been concocting  a foolproof attack plan, as it pertains to my blogging efforts.
I’ve been soliciting advice, reading countless bloggers success stories, pinning (and actually going to the sites) and reading every single link that I come across on Pinterest.
I’ve learned about linking up, hosting giveaways, having Twitter parties, creating strong SEO, supporting other blogs and marketing my own blog. I’m still trying to figure out how to start reviewing products (fingers crossed). I’ve decided on who will host my new and improved website. I’ve even laid out how I want my new website to be designed (now I just have to find a blog designer). But, my biggest weapon has got to be my blog binder!
I hadn’t a clue as to what a blog binder was. Matter of fact, I never knew such a thing even existed! After visiting several blogs and realizing that a blog binder is an essential item to running a kick-butt blog, I jumped on the bandwagon and created one.
Originally, I pieced one together. I was happy with it. It was simple. It would get me off to a good start. It would do!
Just when I was gushing over my little creation, I ran across this wonderful pin about blogging on Pinterest.
After going through the extensive lists of printable blog planners, from various bloggers, I decided to scrap mines and go with one from the list.
I’m glad that I did. Only because  now, I feel well prepared. I don’t feel like this planner is missing anything. Every single detail has been covered and now the rest is up to me!
So what is a blog binder?
A blog binder is a blogger’s best friend. A blog binder keeps the blogger organized and on task! It houses everything necessary to run an efficient blog: a yearly planning calendar, daily duties and to do lists. There’s a section to jot down notes. There’s a social media checklist, SEO ranking. There’s a place to keep track of reviews and giveaways. There’s a section for your future blog ideas and a whole slew of other things. All the great bloggers advise they you create one for yourself.
To follow are a few pics of my binder!
cover

monthly calendar

Blank monthly calendar with note section at the bottom.

weekly calendar

Weekly calendar with to do space at the bottom.

I placed all of my pages in protective covers and I separated each section with dividers.

tabs

I also placed some empty protective covers in the back to hold pics, business cards, etc. As my children will now have voice on my blog, I inserted several more blanks calendars in the back for them to use. I prefer they have their own calendar to write on versus using mines!

I’m super excited and can’t wait to put all of my newfound knowledge to work. Wish me luck!

Here’s the link from which I downloaded my blog planner:
www. homeschoolcreations.net
You can find the extensive list of blogger planners here: bloggingwithsimplystacie

or on my Blogging Pinterest board!

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Why is Blogging so hard?

  1. So interesting a post, delving into completely fresh areas for me. Thanks so much for the post!

  2. Best of luck! I started blogging 9 months ago and still feel like a new blogger in so many ways. There is so much to learn! Thank you for sharing your blogging binder – I actually hadn’t heard about that before.

    • Thanks and much luck to you too! There is SO MUCH to learn and know. It can be a bit overwhelming! I’m breathing my way through it! LOL!
      I hope you find it all helpful! Thanks for the comment! Let’s stay connected. Support is the key!

  3. Hi Mari! I’m struggling with blogging too, so your post really hit home. I haven’t used a planner but will definitely check out the links you gave. My health and physical challenges can really interfere with my ability to post, but maybe I’ll find the perfect planner to help make things easier!
    Discovered you via SITS Girls and your tweet on Twitter this morning :)

    • Hi Cynthia! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! YES! I think this planner will help make your blogging efforts easier! Let me know if I can be of any help. I hope your health improves 100-fold and your physical challenges become a thing of the past!
      SWEET! Gotta LOVE SITS Girls & Twitter!

  4. Interesting! I’ve been blogging for quite a while but it would be good to get more organized. For me, I think the best way would be to set up a folder on my computer with Word and Excel docs… a “virtual” blog binder. This is good inspiration for me to get going on that :)

    • Do you know, that thought crossed my mind. I was wondering if there was such a thing (online blog binder……”virtual: is better wording). If not, you can ALWAYS invent your own, eh!?
      When you do, be sure to share! They say organization is key! We’ll see! Thanks for the comment.

  5. Mari, after looking at all the planners listed, I decided to go with the one that you chose. With the bonuses of being able to track affiliate info, Twitter hashtags and usernames, it really stood out. And with those additions, hopefully my fibro fog and short term memory issues won’t be as problematic. Yes!!
    Adding this to the weekly (life) planner that I created (if you’re curious, see http://thebottomlessheart.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-weekly-planner-for-rest-of-us.html) should really, really help!
    Thanks SO much, again, for your post – and I’m looking forward to staying connected to you :)

    • OMG! I’m so glad that you found one! I think it’s gonna make a HUGE difference! Yippee!!
      The one that we’re using jumped right out at me, when I first saw it! It’s PERFECT!

  6. Great post, never thought of using planners, although sometimes I wish I did! xx

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