In my previous post I gave hints and tips about starting a Bullet Journal for bloggers, with advice about materials that can be used.
This post is about setting up pages – or SPREADS as they are known in the Bullet Journal community.
Before I even started, I worked out what I needed to help with my blogging activities each month.
A monthly overview (1 page)
A weekly calendar that would incorporate my To Do lists (4-5 pages)
Blog post ideas and earnings (1 page)
A daily checklist with a list of blogging tasks and stat tracker for the month that would incorporate clients social media trackers too (1 page)
I also wanted to include
An overview of the year – this is called a FUTURE LOG (1 page)
A blog and social media stat tracker overview for the year (1 page)
A yearly earnings tracker (1 page)
Social Media sharing days (1 page)
Tips Before Starting a Spread
- Do some research first! Watch tutorials and check out instagram images for inspiration.
- Map everything out first (if you’re like me, I wanted the whole year to fit into one journal). I made a pencil note on each page what sort of content will be featured to make sure I had enough space.
- Draw and write things out in pencil first, and DOUBLE-CHECK before you go over it in pen.
A future log is an overview of the year. It keeps a record of all of the events for the year in one space, making it easy to see at-a-glance anything important that is coming up. I decided to put my future log on one page and created a calendar for each month with a space underneath to write birthdays and events.
This is in basic format – I may add in colour and decoration later on.
Future logs don’t have to be put just on one page though – check out this idea from study.nary
Contents Page and Key
It’s advised that you create a contents page at the front so you can keep an idea of where everything is. Some find it useful, others don’t. I decided to create one as this is my first Bullet Journal, and in my next I will evaluate whether it is necessary or not.
After the contents page, some also choose to write a key to use within their journals. Some are quite complicated in my opinion, so I use a simple system: I colour a square in if I complete it, I keep it blank if I haven’t. As this journal is solely for blogging I don’t need to colour code according to category, but I have seen some use different shapes and colours to represent different aspects of their lives.
I find it easier to follow things in a linear fashion – traditional calendar layouts don’t work as well for me – so for my monthly overview I drew lines in pencil, added the dates and then added the days for each date next to it. At the bottom I created a space for notes. It’s simple, it’s basic and it looks like a list, which I love.
However, many choose to do the monthly overview in the form of a calendar-style grid and include notes, events, goals etc around it. Here’s two ideas from giulsjournal and Leah Kim that are simple and well laid out.
I wanted to do one page per week, which would give me enough space to write down daily tasks (my To Do lists) that aren’t part of my daily checklist. I also decided to cut about a centimetre off the edge of the page so it would feel separated from the other pages in that month. The design of the weekly plan is entirely up to you and I have included two examples below to demonstrate how I have changed it up from month to month, altering the writing and layout style.
However, there are lots of different ways of setting you pages out – your week can go over two pages, or the page can be used in a vertical way. Check out these ideas from the extremely talented AmandaRachDoodles
This was the most important spread for me – I have been following the same daily checklist for the last two years. I have a list of tasks to complete or schedule, and I use it to track what I have done with my own blog and social media and (as I am a Social Media Manager for Twitter and Pinterest), what I have done for my clients social media accounts that day. I followed exactly the same layout that I have always used and drew a grid, with the intention being to colour in the squares as I have completed each task, and then rub out the pencil lines later. On the same page I have included my monthly stats tracker in an easy format so I can record the growth (hopefully) of my blog and social media accounts, and have included space to record the amount of referrals I receive from each area. At the bottom I have included space to include any clients social media account trackers too. At the minute a large percentage has been left blank because 1/ I don’t know what clients I will have then, and 2/ I wouldn’t want to include their names if I did.
Blog Ideas and Earnings
I am always jotting down notes about potential blog post ideas or something to try, so I have saved a space for this in each month. On the same page, I have also included a space for my earnings. All of the lines have been done in pencil so I can rub them out afterwards and add in further decoration should I wish to.
I have decided to stick to this format – again, I like a linear format, but I have seen this sort of idea done in grid form too. At the front of the Bullet Journal I have also created a yearly overview of earnings, separated out by month.
Some choose to separate each month out with a title page, and as I have little artistic talent I try to keep them as simple as possible. Some add in a calendar view, others choose to leave it blank. These are two examples of the title pages that I have created, inspired by numerous YouTube tutorials that I have watched (I will add in useful links when I find them again):
I really liked this design from wikas-view for her September spreads – I think including a quote and goals with it is a nice touch…
To separate the months out, I have started to add washi tape (yay – and excuse to use washi tape) over the edge of my title pages, almost acting as dividers.
This the very basic set up for a Bullet Journal for blogging. There are individual pages that can be added in at later dates, but these ideas allow me to track everything that I need to in my blogging adventures…
Gained some ideas? What would you include in a Bullet Journal?
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