I've had this blog for about 4 years now (really?!), but I've only really committed to posting regularly since last December. I'm still learning so much, and lately I've been trying to get a bit more organized. That said, I keep things pretty basic around here. Although I'm crazy about cute planners, I just haven't found the time to actually put one together. Turns out my computer holds everything I need to keep me organized when it comes to scheduling blog posts, brainstorming topics, and organizing sponsorship info. I like having everything I need in one place!
Google Calendar: I just love love love this calendar. This is where I plan all of my posts. It's easy to access (I always have it open in a tab) and incredibly simple to edit. I schedule blog posts days, weeks, and sometimes months in advance. I also move things around a lot, so I love that you can just click and drag topic to different days when plans change. Easy peasy and no erasing or scribbling out. Yay!
Google Docs: I use Google Docs to keep my sponsorships organized. I document tweets, pins, and feature posts to keep track of numbers.
My phone/camera: This is an obvious blogging essential. I carry my iPhone 5s everywhere, but for the last month I've been borrowing Madison's DSLR. It's pretty much amazing, and the quality of photos is incredible. Aside from photos, I use the notes app on my iPhone to document blogging ideas that come to me. My google calendar is connected to the calendar on my phone, so I have my blog schedule everywhere I go! Convenient, right?
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Good luck! Now tell me, what are your blogging essentials?