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!




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.


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.

You can find the extensive list of blogger planners here: bloggingwithsimplystacie

or on my Blogging Pinterest board!

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Comment by Mariann Dyson on March 6, 2013 at 7:23pm

Thanks Ladies for all of the wonderful comments. I didn't receive notification that I was even receiving comments over here. I will connect with each of you on your social media accounts!

Comment by Jess Elaine on February 19, 2013 at 4:11pm

Thank you so much for this information!

I can't wait to start mine!

Comment by Penny Roach on February 18, 2013 at 7:22pm

Your blogging Pinterest board is VERY cool!!  Thanks so much for sharing!

Comment by Marie Pugh on February 15, 2013 at 3:56pm

I hear you too well!!  I have started and gave up many times - changing my focus, trying anything I could to get that break.  Sometimes I read posts from other bloggers and just feel like throwing in the towel again because it's like some kind of secret club where they all know something I don't!!  But, I agree with you - this time I'm doing it for fun.  If the money and offers start to come in eventually too, then yay!!

Comment by Mariann Dyson on February 3, 2013 at 9:02pm

Thanks so much for your comment Victoria. I think you're on right on the money. We have to love and appreciate what we've created with our blogs. Yes! Let's stick with it and watch what happens! Thanks again!

Comment by Victoria on February 2, 2013 at 2:19pm

That sounds exactly like me! The amount of time i've deleted my blog and started again is crazy..but like you for once ive decided to stick to it. It may not be huge or overly popular but i love it, its my own little space in the blogging world x

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