Confession: I have been blogging for over a year and didn’t have a blogging binder. My content ideas were stored in my phone and I didn’t really organize anything. When I first started blogging, I didn’t worry about finances, post topics, content ideas, scheduling or checklists. Thankfully, my blog has grown and organization is key to beat blogging burnout.
Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I didn’t have a blogging kit. It has helped me stay on track and not loose my mind looking for important info I need. Take a look at what I have in my binder then download the starter kit I made for you (you’re welcome).
To get started, buy or empty out a binder
section 1: My domain and hosting services info, Bluehost and WordPress info (like usernames, passwords, purchase and expiration dates etc.)
section 2: Blog/brand info (i recommend taking a screenshot of your pages and printing it out for visual reference), the colors, fonts, pictures, info you put into your blog and all that jazz
section 4: The brands you’ve worked with and their info. Sometimes I even print out the emails a brand sends me (especially if it has info on it). Other times they send you an attachment of their requirements with photos, links and extra details you might need for their post.
section 5: Finances. Recipts, income, expenditures, budgets, charts, records, spreadsheets, etc.
section 6: Legal documents. Disclosures, contracts, copyrights, privacy statements, terms and conditions read this post for more info (P.S. her site is jam packed with legal blogging advice! Highly recommend).
section 7: Worksheets, checklists and other downloaded items. Like almost every blogger out there has a content upgrade that’s either some kind of checklist or worksheet. If you liked their article (ahem) opt in, sign-up and download what their offering.
Sometimes it’s nice to have hard copies of all this, but most of the time I just drag and drop everything into a blogging binder folder I have on my desktop. Whatever floats your boat really!