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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

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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 3: Your media kit. I’ll post the Canva template I created soon. In the mean time check out this, this and this post.

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.

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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!

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Do you have a blogging binder? What do you put in it?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

  • I don’t have a blogging binder, but I am super organized in my own way – planners, notebooks, and online docs!

  • Janel Berchielli

    I don’t have a blogging binder either, but I’m all about going digital. I did buy a physical planner though to help me keep organized.

  • Leah

    pinned this for later. I need to get better organized

  • Anna Hubbard

    I definitely need to be this organized! Thanks for sharing this Alix!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • MK

    Checklists are probably the most valuable part of my toolkit. Along the same lines – processes. If I’m ever sick and need help, having a process outlines for someone else to do for me is invaluable. Of course, now that I’m typing this, I’m thinking my saved docs are probably out of date with constant social media updates. Time to fix that!

  • This is a really great idea. I have most of this stuff in separate places but it’d be incredibly helpful to keep them in one!

  • My Silly Monkey

    What a great way to stay organized. I am fairly new and in the past 6 months have accumulated so much information and all of it is in random spots on my computer or emails. Definitely using this to get organized before it gets out of control!

  • Emily Bendler

    This is such a great idea. I have all of this info all over the place. Time to consolidate!

  • My Google Drive is my “binder”!

  • Jamie

    I actually just went to Target and grabbed a binder to be my designated blog binder!
    I’m super excited to get it all organized, and finally have one set place for all of my stuff!

    xx, Jamie

  • This is so important! I have a digital blogging binder but it does the trick.

  • Gosh, I have been blogging for 3 years and I have never had a blogging binder! Yikes!

  • This binder sounds really important! I’ll have to make one soon!

  • mckenna bleu

    Binders are so important and i think it is really good to have one!

  • Great tips! I don’t keep passwords anymore as I use keepass to track them. Much more secure!

  • These are some great tips. I should really get my media kit together!! xoxo

  • Caption Da Fashion

    This is such a great idea. I like having hard copies, but it’s convenient to just drag and drop everything into a blogging binder folder as you stated.

  • Elly Leavitt

    damn this is organized haha one of these day’s I’ll need to start doing adult things for my blog too! this binder is such a good idea!

  • Mayra Brito

    This is such a great idea! thanks for sharing!

  • Debra Hawkins

    A blogger binder sounds like a great idea, I think keeping a hard copy of how to help my blogg

  • Love this list! I actually have a couple binders, I keep one full of the contracts and technical stuff. And then one that I can write posts in and formulation other ideas. Then one with E-books to read and work through.

  • momtrends

    Agree! Organization is so key when you are getting started AND when you are growing a brand.

  • I had a blogging binder at first! But, I accidentally left it at home when I was traveling.. for three months.. I basically had to redo everything and put it online so it was easily accessible. Don’t ever leave your blogging binder at home, haha!

  • Interesting, I never would’ve thought of this. I have my planner in a binder and include some of the information, but my media kit and a lot of others are all digital to make it easy to share

    • What do you use for a digital media kit? I use Fohrcard.com, but it’s not customizable at all.

      • So funny you use Fohrcard! I used that for the inspiration of my graphics in mine! But, if people don’t have a fohr account they can’t actually see your full media kit! Now I use google docs, so that whenever i send it to a brand it’s always updated in real time and they can stay up to do with my rate changes and stuff.

  • Ansleigh White

    This is such a great idea! I am so unorganized with blogging sometimes. I am about to make one today! <3 Thanks so much for sharing girl!

    XOXO
    Ansleigh
    http://www.sweetsoutherncurls.com

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    What a great idea. I use a monthly planner that has a large note section in the back but used a dedicated binder when our blog was new.

  • Heather Garcia

    This is great!! I have a system as well though it isn’t a binder. I love your binder idea. I keep mine items in a large planner for now.

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    I do not have a blogging binder… I’m just like you were. I have things on my phone or in my gmail or other spots. But, I should make a pretty folder with all important information in it. Smart idea.

  • Jalisa Marie

    I started a binder a few months ago and it was super helpful. Having everything online was getting so disorganized. I love how I can just grab and go.

  • Rose Sahetapy

    I need to use a binder! It’s a great way that suit me more to organize the blogging items and information. Thank you for your great tips.

  • Debra Schroeder

    What a neat idea. I don’t have a blogging binder because I’m more of a digital person. So I keep things in folders on my computer.

  • I want to give this a try. My organization is all over the place. I would like to have days and times where I do certain tasks, too. That would help tremendously.

  • Theresa

    I don’t have a blogging binder, but it sounds really useful. Thanks for the advice and tips!

  • Jennifer Anderson Marx

    A blogging binder is a great idea for someone who likes to keep things organized in a physical way (off the computer) and for those who shuttle between computers (like working at work and at home). It sounds like a useful tool!

  • Cassandra B. @PoweredbyBLING

    I’m a techy kind of girl so all my “binder” items are in a file on my laptop (and backed up). I love Canva for making your branding board and media kit

  • Krystel Seijo

    This is great info! I just started using a blog planner so I should transition over to this. This layout is perfect.

  • As a new blogger this is such a helpful post. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I have a blogging binder that has a few of these documents in it. Right now most of my blogging stuff is on my desktop in a folder.

  • I don’t have a blogging binder and now I’m wondering why not. I’m all about organization so these seems like a smart idea to me. Looks like I have a new project to start this week.

  • I’ve never had this in a binder, but I have a special folder on my computer with all this information stored and it’s seriously the best thing I’ve done!

  • Courteney Noonan

    This is so useful! I want to be more organised when it comes to blogging because at the moment I’ve just got a notebook full of random lists. I really need a blogging binder

  • This is a great idea! I think it would totally help me get organized! You’ve inspired me!

  • Really great post! I have a binder but I definitely need to update it a bit. It’s nice to see how someone else does it. Happy weekend!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  • Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)

    this is such a fun idea! I love it!

  • TheNewClassy

    I love how organized you are! That is my thing. I have to have things together in a certain order. I have to have a binder or planner like this too.

  • Having a blogging binder is so helpful!! It keeps me organized (as much as I can be). I don’t know what I would do without my binder. Great tips!!

  • Wow such a great idea to get organized. I don’t have a binder, but I try to keep everything saved digitally. I should probably do the binder thing lol! Totally inspired.

  • That’s such as good idea. I have my stuff all over the place haha. Should start to organise one of them! X

  • Irina Vakulchik

    This is so important. I’m not an organized person and I need to be. My WordPress expired and I did not have my password in a handy place. Wow did I panic. So glad I found it and was able to login and renew it.