Ask anyone I know: I’m organized as all hell, or at least it looks that way. Color coded notes? Calendars? Dates and times planned well in advance? Oh yeah, definitely. And that’s mostly because of my bullet journal, so I figure today is as good a day as any to give you a peek at that!
(… Pardon the fuzzy picture quality. I don’t have the steadiest of hands or the best of phone cameras.)
Books I’ve Read
This is one of my favorite spreads. Yeah, Goodreads technically serves this purpose, but I really like having this list ready at hand in the front of my bujo. It feels good to see it in written form, since GR shows a list of images that you have to click a button to expand in order to see them all. It’s also a good way for me to keep track of the order I’ve read books in this year, since I try to write them down in the exact order I read them whenever possible.
I started on this page in June, right after I got back on my feet after a hiatus early into blogging. It’s handy for tracking follower growth, though you’ll see I’ve crossed one field out. That was my book Tumblr, which I found wasn’t really good for much except reblogging edits, which isn’t really my field anyway. My reviews got so little traction there, and my other posts got just about nothing at all.
Anyway, it’s really neat to look where I started with May stats, and then to look where I’m at based on my end of July stats (which aren’t in this photo because I took it early, whoops). I’m really looking forward to how small this page might look after a couple years, providing I blog that long (which I hope I will!). That, and I get to see that my blog is always growing, even if it grows slowly!
I actually just introduced this spread as of August, but I’m planning to include it in full when I get around to my 2019 journal. It’s awesome to see what’s coming out that I’m looking forward to well in advance so I can budget for pre-orders or contact my library about pre-ordering it for their collection when I don’t have the money to do it myself. Also, any ARCs I get, I make sure to put down here so that I can review them close to their release date, and hype them on Twitter if I enjoyed them! It keeps all the important dates in a bunch without getting them mixed in with birthdays and appointments that go in my future log.
Bonus Round: Google Drive
Technically, Drive doesn’t do a thing for my bullet journal. I tried a digital bujo once and it was a nightmare, so I’m never doing that again. For book blogging, though, Drive is awesome. I keep a link to the blogger network spreadsheet I’m a part of so I can follow newbies to the network, as well as a folder for templates (for reviews, weekly wraps, and monthly wraps), and a folder of to-do materials. Then the to-do folder includes an awesome TBR spreadsheet that Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books has provided (it’s so satisfying to change the red bars to green as I finish reading and scheduling things!), as well as a 2018 calendar spreadsheet that I use to schedule my own posts. June actually looked like this when I was all done…
…but when I’m in the process of writing, days without a post are white, days with an idea are turned yellow, and days that have been written and scheduled are turned green. If I cancel a post, I usually just delete it rather than turn the box red, especially since a day can (on occasion) have multiple posts. That way, it’s easy to see at a glance what I have left to do for the month, and it motivates me to get that scheduled post count way up. Nothing like seeing more than 20 scheduled posts in my WordPress queue!
What kind of bullet journaling tricks do you use in your blogging life, if at all? Or are you someone who likes to wing it as you go? Let’s share our bujo secrets. It’s for the greater good.