I am notorious for pretending organizing is the same thing as cleaning. It really isn’t. Spending hours sifting through stacks of papers, out of date magazines, rearranging closets of clothes or creating binders for the home is not equivalent to a sparkling, lemon-scented toilet or a crumb-free counter top. If anyone were to really look at some of my Pinterest boards, they would think that I run an incredibly organized, clean and efficient home. The truth is – I try to but not always successfully. Some days are better than others and of course, on the days that aren’t, I beat myself up about it all day. I have good intentions and great ideas, but not necessarily a great track record with follow through.
However, I am determined to look at every day as a beginning and not an end, in all areas. I kind of compartmentalized everything in my life too, like marriage, family, friends, blogging, personal health, etc. I have systems and goals for each of these areas. I have collected shelves of books on each of these subjects in the hopes of being better at everything. Unfortunately, I haven’t implemented many of them, because I’m always looking for that next “best” system. My latest obsession is trying to be a better blogger, a more consistent and intentional blogger. It made sense to me to just start looking at successful bloggers that I admire and learn from their resources. After all, why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to? At least not at first. I figure that I might use an idea or two for a while and then eventually tweak it in a way that makes more sense to me and my writing style or my writing goals. But for the most part, I have found that truly creative people, who love what they do, are more than happy to share their ideas and help others in their quest for success.
And then there are those who just want to make a profit.
I was incredibly sad today to see a blogger passing off someone else’s creativity as their own and selling it through their on-line store. The original idea is truly brilliant and one-of-a-kind and was given out to the public freely in February of this year. And then the blogger selling the duplicate idea (and I mean duplicate, even down to their video presentation) presented her product just this month. One month later? Really? And not even one change to the design or function? So, while one blogger gave her ideas to readers for free in the hopes of helping them be more productive, the other is making the same idea available for $30. It was a no-brainer to email the most generous blogger with a link to the most unprofessional bloggers blunder.
The thing is – you can Google “printable blogging planner” and come up with oodles of great resources, all for free. There were a few others that intrigued me for a small fee, but they were unique to themselves. I am not against creative people earning a profit from their creativity and talent, let’s face it, I would LOVE to get paid more often for my writing and oboe playing abilities. However, I am against people stealing words and ideas without acknowledging their inspiration.
So – without further ado, I would like to share with you the Top 5 most promising blogging organization and planning ideas that I came across today and hope to start utilizing them in some manner soon. They are all free and easy to download. A few of them are even customizable. #1 and #2 are my absolute favorites and have already been printed out. (There I go again, not committing to one system!) There are also plenty more great blogging and writing resources pinned to a few of my Pinterest boards, as well. I even think you can pin some to my boards for me if you think I am missing something amazing. My hope is to create a blogging binder by the end of this month, and as I do, I’ll share it with you (acknowledging my resources and inspiration, of course).