If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you probably know several things about me: I’m a college student, girly girl, lover all things pink, a coffee enthusiast, and I’m slightly obsessed with being organized. That slight obsession with being organized definitely rolls over into utilizing an editorial calendar for my blog. For me, the months that I’ve actually taken the time to plan my content I get the posts up, but when I just decide to wing it, I get hardly any posts up. Today, I’m sharing with you why I think it’s important for every blogger to use an editorial calendar.

Saves time

For me, if I wait until the week or even the night before to come up with my content, I’m going to be spinning my wheels for a while thinking of something. Maybe I’m just not very good at coming up with something on the spot, but I see it as so much more convenient to be able to sit down and make a list of ideas and then schedule them into my Google calendar. Sometimes I even plan posts out months in advance. For example, if it’s January I could have posts planned for all the way through early April just so I have all of my ideas and content covered.

Allows you to create series

If you actually sit down and plan your content in advance you are better able to plan for a series. Planning it out will allow you adequate time between the posts so you can get other content up. For instance, if I’m posting in my The College Girl’s Guide series I prefer not to post those too close to each other unless finals or back-to-school season is coming up soon. That way, the series is spread out and I can cover other topics in between.

Allows you to track more than just your posts

If you have an editorial calendar, especially if you use a physical planner, you are better able to track more than just your posts. In an editorial calendar you can track deadlines for brand deals, when and how much you will get paid for sponsored posts, social media stats, post ideas, track posting on social media, and more. What you track in your editorial calendar is completely up to you and personal to your blog. If it seems fit, track it.

Track your growth

In addition to what I said above, I think it’s important to track your growth through your editorial calendar. I highly recommend using a section to track page views and social media followers. It’s super nice to be able to look back and see just how much you’ve grown. Especially when you can look back and see that six months ago you were getting 5,000 page views a month and now you get 50,000.

Stay on track with your content/branding goals

If you ever sit down and write out where you hope to go with your content and branding, planning it out with your editorial calendar helps you to stay on track. I personally planned out how I would add Disney College Program into my blog and have been able to implement that and hope to add fashion/beauty and health/fitness in the fall. I’m a lifestyle blog and it’s important to me to expand my brand. Especially since I only have a year and a half left in college, I’m going to have walk away from college blogging at some point.

Plan content in advance

Probably the most obvious reason that you need to have an editorial calendar is to plan your content in advance. I might be a bit of an organized freak, but before heading out for my college program I made sure I had content planned from January through May because that was how long my program lasted. I didn’t know how much free time I would have to plan so I made sure that I had everything planned out to make my blog posting goals happen. I definitely am glad I planned in advance so I can use that time for other things.

Do you have an editorial calendar? Why do you think it’s a good idea to have one? If you don’t have an editorial calendar do you plan to implement one now? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

While I’m not a big fan of the whole “new year, new me” attitude that comes along with the New Year, I am a big fan of reevaluating your goals. No matter what day, month, or time, it’s never too late to start something new. I guess it’s just a mental thing for me that when the new year comes along, it means it’s time to really set my goals. And if we are being honest, I’m not in school during the New Year so I actually have plenty of time to plan things out.

With reevaluating my goals I set some blog goals as well. While I won’t be sharing those goals today, I will be sharing what changes and new posts series I hope to publish throughout the year. For me, 2017 means that I will be participating in the Disney College Program, pursuing an internship, (hopefully) participating in an internship, and even starting the beginning of my senior year of college. When I started this blog, I knew that I wanted to incorporate whatever phase of life I was in into my site, which is exactly what I’m hoping to do this year. And with that, here are some of the things that you can expect to see on Love Megan June in 2017.

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Disney College Program Series

Since I’m participating in the Disney College Program (DCP) in the Spring of this year, it’s definitely something that will be incorporated into my blog. I already have a huge running list of ideas for this series including posts on everything from the application process, potential phone interview questions, tips for the phone interview, my DCP bucket list, finding roommates, and even posting about my favorite online Disney shops and YouTube channel. I’m even hoping to do individual posts featuring my roommates in either an interview or having them give tips about their roles for people interested in those.

#GirlBoss Series

While this name is tentative, I am hoping to start writing posts geared towards women preparing to enter, just entering, or in the work force for a few years. I’ve had to come to the fairly harsh realization that I won’t be a college student forever and that I should probably start working on expanding my brand. This series will hopefully work with that. I’m hoping to talk about productivity, planning, interviewing, and more so far. I don’t have as big of an ideas list for this series, so if you have any ideas let me know down below.

I’ve also tossed around the idea of potentially writing a series more geared towards managing your side hustle, which also goes along with being a girl boss. I’m probably going to end up making it one big series, but let me know in the comments if you think I should make side hustle more of a separate series or incorporate it. Maybe I’ve just been thinking into this too much…

Behind the Blog Series

It’s no question that blogging has become something I love. In fact, I’ve even begun bringing in a bit of an income because of it. This year I’m hoping to write about how to start a blog, how to grow a readership, using social media to expand your brand, why you need an editorial calendar, and more.

The College Girl’s Guide

Of course, one of my very favorite series to write will continue in 2017. I have all kinds of exciting ideas running through my head for this series and I can’t wait to share them with you all. I’m hoping to cover getting organized for the semester, how to recover from a bad GPA/grade, time management, how to deal with test anxiety, why you should be involved on campus, and how to recover from the mid-semester slump.

Internship Series

In conjunction with the fact that I will *hopefully* have an internship over the summer, I’m hoping to share tips for finding internships, applying for internships, networking, interview tips, what to wear for interviews, what I learned from having an internship, and more. Since I haven’t actually had the internship yet I don’t know exactly what I hope to cover about having an internship, but I’m pretty excited to get writing on my current ideas.

Beauty and Fashion Blogging

While this is something that I’m not going to be incorporating until mid-year, I really want to dip my toes into the fashion and beauty blogging world. While I will never be a full fledged fashion blogger, I am a lover of all things fashion and beauty and hope to be able to share that with all of you. Plus, I love trying new things and that will definitely be something new for me to try. Just smile and nod when I attempt a style post for the first time and look super awkward. Oops.

If you have a blog, what are you planning to post about during 2017? If you don’t have a blog, what are you most excited to read about on Love Megan June? I can’t wait to read your thoughts in the comments below!

Hello, my name is Megan and I’m obsessed with reading blogs. I stumbled upon the blogging world when I was in 6th grade and ever since then I’ve kept up with at least a few blogs at a time ranging from college to food and style to mom blogs. Today I thought it would be fun to shout out some of my current favorite college bloggers. While I keep up with these ladies blogs on the regular, I’m not the best about commenting, so I’m sharing the love with a post. Please not, I did not base the order based on favorites or who I prefer over another and if your blog isn’t on this list, please don’t be upset. I just wanted to keep this list to a minimum. Although if you want to comment a link to your blog so I can check it out I definitely wouldn’t mind. So with that, here are some of my favorite blogs!

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XO College Life

I’ve followed Alex’s blog since the beginning of my freshman year of college. I actually came across some of her posts about sorority rush after I had gone through sorority rush myself. To me her blog is a breath of fresh air. I love her sweet personality and amazing photography aesthetic. Seriously, if you check out just one thing of hers check out her Instagram. I especially enjoy her day in a life posts and her printables posts. I live for her printables honestly.

Cristina Was Here

Cristina’s blog is another account in which I absolutely love her aesthetic. I love the fresh, bright, and vibrant vibe that her photos give off both on her blog posts and Instagram account. Recently she has started posting a YouTube video every Friday and I’m definitely always watching. I love her more recent posts about healthy living and I’m slightly obsessed with her desk and room set up.

Sara Laughed

I found Sara’s blog through Pinterest when I searched for college blogs and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love her simple but colorful blog design and the way she has branded her photo editing (can you tell I’m a marketing major? Hah!). I always turn to Sara’s blog if I’m looking for tips as a college student and need some piece of mind. Her e-book “How to Succeed in College” is wonderful if you are looking for a great guide to navigating through college. My brother is headed off to college in the fall and I fully intend to also buy him a copy to refer to when he starts school in August. Because you know, he doesn’t want to hear tips from his older sister.

As We Stumble Along

Although Courtney recently rebranded to a twenty something blog, that definitely doesn’t knock her off my list of favorite college bloggers. I’m super excited to see where see goes as she takes on blogging full time and I’m looking forward to the day when I’m not working during her Twitter chat. Courtney has an amazing guide to starting a blog of your own and she even offers an e-book on college health. Although what I look up to her most for was her post about depression and anxiety. I could go on and on about how those are two of the things I wish were discussed more and that the stigmas surrounding them wouldn’t be so harsh, but ultimately she opened up about her struggles with it and I greatly respect her for that.

As Life Grows

Samantha’s blog is a favorite of mine to turn to. I’m a sucker for her college relationship posts and even though I’m not currently in a relationship (or have the remote possibility of being in one anytime soon…) I definitely admire the relationship she has. I also love that recently she has started to incorporate her faith into her blog posts, including posting about how to find a church near your college. Her newsletter is one of my favorite things to see in my inbox and I’m absolutely obsessed with her blog design. I follow her on Twitter and always love seeing her updates. She’s definitely someone that is on top of her Twitter game, that’s for sure.

Seashells and Sparkles

I need to start this off by saying that I’m completely and utterly obsessed with where she lives. If you have read my blog for any amount of time you know that I have a slight obsession with the east coast and dream of living there, so I’m a tad jealous of her location. Rachel posts amazing outfit posts and her blogging advice tips are some of my favorites to read. I follow her on Twitter and often find myself literally laughing out loud at some of the things she posts. They are both insanely relatable and totally true to my personal life.

Organized Charm

I’ve read Kirsten’s blog since I was a senior in high school. While she doesn’t post as often anymore due to her crazy hectic schedule with her new teaching job, I still enjoy taking the time and reading through her old posts. If you are looking for any tips, tricks, or advice on getting organized and being productive in college, Kristen’s blog is the one to turn to. Some of my favorite posts of hers are how to organize your planner, how to make an assignment spread sheet, and how to make a daily prioritized study list. I love her bubbly personality and even though she isn’t blogging as much right now, she does still post awesome Instagram photos.

Chase the Write Dream

I love Tori’s blog. I tend to look to other’s that have accomplished what I’m working towards and have continued on to be successful, which is exactly how I see Tory. She has her bachelor’s degree, something I’m working towards, her master’s degree, and has worked in the education field. With all of that experience, her tips are definitely something to read and follow. I specifically love all of the posts under her “successful students” because they are always so helpful. Tori also has a Stress Free Scheduling e-course and a Successful College Student workbook that you need to check out. They are definitely game changers and I’m hoping to work through them both before I start my junior year of college in August.

What blogs do you read? Are there any blogs that you think I need to check out and add to my list? Do you have a blog that I need to check out? I’d love if you left a link in the comments below!

To say the least, I’m excited for this summer. Sadly, this semester was absolutely crazy and blogging was put to the back burner. I was having difficulty finding the inspiration to blog so it just wasn’t happening. I’m excited to be back and I’m excited to be sporting a new blog design. The lovely Hayle of Hayle Olson whipped up this amazing new blog design for me, including my header, signature, favicon, and a business card design. I decided to go with a blog theme from Pip Dig and Hayle was kind enough to install everything with my new theme.

With a new season in life also comes new blogging goals. I’m hoping with a new routine and a fresh mindset blogging is something that I will begin to prioritize more.

Make YouTube Videos

I’ve been tossing around the thought of doing something like this for a while, but just never went for it. I finally decided in March that I would attempt the whole YouTube thing. My goal is to do a weekly video about anything, whether it’s school, planners, routines, favorites, or day in the life, my goal is to do something once a week. If I decide at some point that it’s not for me, then I will move on to something else. I just want to know that I tried something I had thought about doing for a while.

Make a blogging routine

I strive off of routines. They are what make me tick. If I don’t have a routine then I have a hard time sticking with things and sadly when it comes to blogging I didn’t have much of a routine going. My goal is to develop days that I take blog pictures, Instagram photos, write posts, schedule tweets, when I will pin on Pinterest, schedule Facebook posts, and pull together when I will do my Instagram posts. Hopefully once I’ve developed a routine then I will be able to stick to blogging.

Create a newsletter

I know, I’m literally the last blogger to not have a newsletter, but I wanted to make sure that I found a good company to host my newsletter do. I’ve done a bit of research and now I’m hoping to get it launched within the next few weeks. Stay tuned friends!

Join in on Twitter chats

This summer I hope to finally be able to join in on the Twitter chat fun. I need to make some form of schedule to see when chats I’m interested in are hosted because I always seem to miss them. I’d love to be able to network and get to know other bloggers within the community.

Make money blogging

I know that this is a silly thing to want to do with my blog, but it is true. I’d love to make a little extra money on the side from my efforts in blogging. I’m not here purely for the money, but I’ve gotten several exciting offers lately that will open new doors for me when it comes to my blog income.

Do you have any blog goals for this summer? Do you have any favorite Twitter chats I need to check out? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Over the last three months I’ve watched my monthly page views grow drastically. In fact, for the month of January I’m predicted to set another page view record. And while it’s definitely not all about the numbers, there definitely is something to be said for the excitement that comes with watching your numbers go up month to month. The other day I decided to at how many page views I’d gotten over the last 90 days and it was over 50,000. I can’t believe that over 50,000 people have stopped by and read this little blog of mine. Today I thought it would be fun to share some methods that I think have been helpful in helping me reach this number.

How I Reached 50,000 Pageviews

Utilize an editorial calendar

As a type a perfectionist I sometimes decide that I need to be a little more spontaneous. In December, I made the decision that I was going to stray away from my editorial calendar and allow myself to be more spontaneous with my posting. I decided to walk away from scheduling my time to write and what posts I would work on and even stopped planning in my editorial calendar. I ended up posting a whopping four times in December. Four.

Needless to say, blogging is not the place to be spontaneous, especially if you are hoping to get somewhere with your blog. I personally have a blogging notebook and an editorial calendar separate from my every day planner. In my notebook I have a list of post ideas and before the beginning of the next month I always sit down with my notebook, editorial calendar, and a pencil and pencil in what posts I want to do on what days. It is an absolute lifesaver. During the school year I also lay out my personal calendar that includes all of the important dates for my classes, organizations, and work so that I can plan the best days to put up a post. I will also mark off 2-3 days in a month to devote to blogging just so I can stay ahead on things. And by devote to blogging, I mean that I work on my blog before I dive into school work since I have the most energy as in the morning. Such a rebel, I know.

Regularly repin your blog posts

Pinterest is my number one traffic source for my blog. If you’ve been reading for a while you know that I always talk about how important it is to publish posts with pinable images. On top of doing that, I also think that it’s important to regularly repin your blog posts onto your boards. I like to follow a general rule that for every two blog posts of mine that I pin, I pin at least three pins from other sites. This way, I’m not cluttering my followers with just my posts but am still getting my pins out there to get seen more.

One of the biggest things that I’ve learned from pinning your own blog posts to pin throughout the day at different times every day. Your followers will log on at different times throughout the day so you want to make sure they are able to see your pins because in turn from them pinning your image, you get more page views.

I also recommend that if you have a post that you feel is good, but you don’t think you published a good enough photo with it originally, edit a new photo, add it to the post, and start pinning it to get it out there. Remember, blogging isn’t perfection from the start and small changes over time can definitely pay off.

Use a scheduler for Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/etc.

If you are anything like me, you aren’t going to remember to post your latest blog post to your Facebook page or to tweet out regularly on your Twitter page. In fact, if you are like me you will realize that you are three posts behind on updating your Facebook page and haven’t tweeted out since last Tuesday, oops. Over the last three months I decided that things needed to change and that I wanted to have a more active social media presence. I took the time to schedule a Facebook update to my page when new posts went up and started using TwitTimer to schedule tweets. I will spend five minutes before I go to bed and write and schedule tweets for the next way. It’s the perfect way for me to stay active on social media without feeling overwhelmed about having to remember to post every few hours.

Work ahead on blog posts

One thing that I haven’t shared much on the blog is how important it is to me to stay ahead on blog posts. It’s typically my goal to be at least a week ahead on my blog posts, which for me is being three posts ahead. Sometimes I might even be two weeks ahead. While some might argue that doing this makes my posts less “authentic” or that I’m need to chill out a little about all of this, it’s what helps me keep a piece of mind. Looking at my blog’s dashboard and seeing that I have 3-6 posts that are written, edited, and have a great pinable image is an incredibly great feeling. It prevents me from freaking out went up. While some say working under pressure is best for them, it definitely isn’t the case for me.

Write quality posts that your readers can learn something from

While I follow several bloggers that simply blog about their day to day life, it doesn’t always bring them the traffic that they hope for. I have nothing against day to day lifestyle bloggers, but since my goal is to reach a larger, broader audience, writing such personal posts wouldn’t be a good idea for me. I want to publish posts that you can walk away from with new knowledge, tips, ideas, and things that you want to try. I want you to read my posts and think about how something that I recommended or posted about would definitely help you better your time management and is something you try in your day to day routine. Typically, your blog will be more successful if you write these helpful posts for your readers.

Choose your “niche” and stick to it

Personally I’m a college lifestyle blogger that loves to write about all things related to school, studying, organizations, planners, health, beauty, fitness, and more. While I may add a post here or there that is a little more personal to me, I always feel like somehow the post stays true to the “Love Megan June” niche and brand. If I were to suddenly post something about cars and how they run, it wouldn’t match my brand at all but if I were to write a post about driving home and having homesickness, it would match my niche and brand for my blog.

Remember that sometimes your page views will decrease and other days it’s higher than ever

Yes, it’s true. And sometimes it’s horribly hard to have to deal with day to day, but it’s just something that we face as bloggers. Sometimes you have a post that goes baby viral, sometimes that tweet from another blogger brings you a ton of traffic, and sometimes you just have days where your page views go down and there is honestly nothing that you can do about it. I always have to remind myself that page views go up and down a lot and sometimes seeing that down hurts a little. It could be because it’s a holiday or its finals, or just maybe you didn’t get as many searches as usual for your SEO.

Write in your own voice

I was thrilled when one of my friends told me that when she read my blog she could literally hear my voice as she read it. I saw it as a huge compliment. I want you to know that my posts where written by me and that I wrote them with a lot of care and thought, which is how my friend described the feeling when she read my post. While yes, there are a lot of college lifestyle bloggers out there, I’m the only one who has had the particular experiences that I’ve had and the only one that can write in this voice.

What have you done that has paid off page views wise? Is there anything that you would add to this list or that you will be trying from this list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!