They say that what you measure grows. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but I do know that if you don’t measure it, you won’t know if it grows! I’ve been tracking my monthly blog stats on paper for two full years, and trying my best to actually use the blog planner printables I create for most of this year to keep me organized. Because I love using these printables and hope they help other folks, too, I’ve shared monthly planner calendars and stats trackers in 2016. I am posting free blog planner printables for 2017, too, but doing things a little bit differently this year.
Actually using a calendar to plan my posts helped me realize that having just one month at a time isn’t enough. Today I’m sharing monthly blog planner printables for 2017 – the whole year! Each month has cute graphics because I’ve found I’m much more likely to use something that seems fun and attractive. I’m also sharing a set of “post idea” printables where you can brainstorm for each month before committing post ideas to the schedule. You can see a slideshow of the pages below:
I’ll still provide monthly stats tracker printables on a month-by-month basis. I’ve found that printing out a fresh, new sheet at the beginning of the month gets me excited about filling it out and more likely to do so in a timely manner! Additionally, the social media landscape changes very quickly. Remember when Google suddenly took away Google Friend Connect? Or how in October of this year it was announced Vine would go away soon? By continuing to create social media stats tracker pages each month, I can include new networks or remove services that disappear.
Because of all the graphics, the calendar printable file is quite large (121 MB! Eek!). You can grab it on Dropbox here.
The file of printable “post ideas” sheets for each month is a separate file, also available on Dropbox, right here.
Since it’s almost January, I have the blog stats tracker page for January 2017 available right here. It looks like this, in case you’re wondering:
If you’re on the fence about whether to use blog planner pages or stats trackers, get off the fence and do it! Having the information easily accessible and at your fingertips is incredibly powerful. You can see what works (and doesn’t work!), keep organized, reduce stress, and reassure yourself on rough days. When I was feeling a bit like I was just treading water earlier this month, I pulled out my stats tracker page from December 2015. What I saw completely changed my attitude! I’ve been working to grow my Pinterest following this year (it’s my second largest traffic source). At the end of December 2015, I had 820 followers. At the time of writing, I have 2,339 Pinterst followers! If I hadn’t written those numbers down, I couldn’t have quantified the growth.
Do you use blog planner pages yet? What’s your favorite reason to use a calendar or to track your blog stats?