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DIY Blogging Binder

January 13, 2015

It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for 4 years! And I still love blogging just as much as I did when I first started. This is a space where I can talk to all you fly mamas and fashionistas. I appreciate all your support, comments, likes and retweets! Please keep it going : ). This blog has granted me all types of amazing opportunities. With these opportunities comes more responsibility, expectations and deadlines. Blogging is a great way to make some extra cash and you can learn more about how to set up your own blog on The Money Sack. Mo Money (or No Money), Mo Problems. I have no choice but to get organized. Yes, I put everything in my Google calendar, but sometimes that isn’t enough. I jot down notes, only to loose them in one of my many handbags. Then I forget who owes me money. Then I have to rummage though my email trying to find post details. I finally got my life together with my blog binder inspired by fellow planner geek, Curls and Mo.

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I started with a 1 1/2 inch 3 ring binder I had from my 1st attempt at getting organized. Then Curls and Mo posted this video. And it gave me all sort of organizer life! Most of the things Mo talked about in her video HERE, I had in my office already. I put a journal and note cards in the front pockets for easy access. I added a pencil case to store SD cards, business cards, post it and pens (duh).

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Of course, more pictures of my little sunshine Peyton. I picked up a pack of binder pockets to hold cards from events so I can go through them. I had to punch new holes to make it fit. I loved that Mo had a lot of inspiration words in her organizers so I grabbed all the ones I had. I added my infamous Beyonce quote (Etsy).

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I picked up a several (pack of 5) plain dividers to make sure I had enough for each month and all the tabs I wanted to cover (the cute ones just cost too much).

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I headed to Etsy in search of some instant downloadable calendars. I got mine HERE but you can find some free downloads HERE. I start each tab off with a monthly view. I like to add my birthdays and big events here.

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After the month view, I added 4 sheets for each week of the month. I use my weekly planner so I can see everything I need to do for the week. I add all my appointments, sponsored post dates and editorial calendar here. FYI, this picture was taken weeks before so it wasn’t filled out. My calendar tends to look like someone threw up.

blog binder 6After all the monthly tabs, I have my admin tabs. I made a tab for contracts, income tracker, content inspiration, event planning, articles and more. The income tracker is my favorite. Now I know who I have to go all Big Worm on. After these tabs, I have folders to keep extra pages for the calendar, income trackers and more. When I sit down to work on my blog, I open my binder and everything is there. I can move about the house or even take it on the go.

If you are not a blogger and just need to get organized, Mo has started an Etsy shop with custom organizers. Below are links to more items I have to get me get more organized to achieve my goals this year.

Blog Action Planner (Giveaway here)

Curls and Mo Video

Pretty Pink Planner (Curls and Mo shop)

Imperfect Concepts (ICB Consults) Business Essentials Prints

You can find most of the items you need to create your own binder at Dollar Tree, Walmart and the dollar spot at Target. Let me know how you keep you blogging life and life in general organized. Do you have a blogging binder?

  • Mary Byrd
    January 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I so need one of these I need some organization in my life. Great post!


  • B James
    January 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I so love this idea! So much needed items packed into one binder…my calendars and notes are all over the place in different books. I’m going to implement this idea this week! Thanks for posting!

  • tasha
    January 13, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    This is a really great post Trina. So many people are trying to get organized for their business and blogs.

  • Mo
    January 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    T, you my boo for life. Thank you.

  • Nickie Evans
    January 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I just ordered my planner from Curls and Mo!!! (Etsy Shop) Thanks again

  • Aracely
    January 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    This is a great post! I don’t have a blogging binder – thanks for the inspiration. Opens new tab to Curls and Mo’s Etsy shop! 🙂

  • carissa
    January 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I love it! I have been using a Sugar Paper planner this year so far, but I have been seeing more blog planners and I am considering making me one! I really like this idea!!

  • Bobbir
    January 14, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Great post, Trina! I think I may need a blog binder so that I can get my blogging life together

  • Whitney 'Nic' James
    January 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing and Happy New year, girl! XO!


  • Tiffany C.
    January 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

    This is great. This is good for organizing other things too, not just blogging. I am trying to get a budget in order this year so this is just perfect.

  • Stacey Ferguson (@justicefergie)
    January 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    omigosh this so simple and yet DUH! i’ve been living in blog chaos for years. i’m so doing this!! thanks 😉

  • Paula Salcedo
    January 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hi Trina! This is Paula from My Strawberry Baby. I am glad how that you are using the planners I made! I hope it continues to help you to organize your blogging experience. Have a wonderful day!

  • Ebony
    January 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent explanation and I never thought to add a tab for events!!!! I will be making that addendum to my planner asap.

  • Mrs. Delightful
    January 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Love this post! I have to get my blogger life organized 🙂 Thanks for posting