As a blogger something that is important to me is supporting fellow bloggers. I’ve been in the blogging community since I was in 6th grade and stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman’s blog and have been hooked ever since. And while a lot has changed since I (finally) started my first blog during the 8th grade, something that hasn’t changed is supporting and encouraging other bloggers. I had plans to write a 2017 blogger’s post round up at the end of the year, but simply couldn’t wait any longer to share some of my current favorite posts. While I plan on the round up for 2017 being much longer, I thought I’d share a little bit of the love with all of you. And be sure to stay tuned for the post coming at the end of the year too.

Disney

Our Top Tips for Disney Cruises by Laura Pitcher of The Bucket List Narratives

Flower and Garden Festival Part 1, 2, and 3 by Emily Jones of Oh Yeah Em

Magic Kingdom’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour by Jaycee of Sisters from Disney

How to Plan a Disney Cruise on a DCP Budget by Miranda Townson of Ms Townson

Planning

Review of the 2017-2018 Erin Condren Life Planner by Jennifer Mackintosh of Wildflowers and Marbles

How I Use My Planners by Dani of Dani Dearest (yes, I know it wasn’t published in 2017, but I stumbled upon this most in March and had to share!)

Setting Up My Day Designer for a New Year by Kayla Rivoli of Kayla Blogs

College

College Backpack Essentials by Caiti Sloman of Caiti Nicole Blog

The 4 Lessons That Got Me Through College by Sara of College Compass

A College Graduate’s Advice for High School Students and Incoming Freshman by Samantha of As Life Grows

Beauty and Fashion

Sneakers 101 by April Collins of Darling April

Summer Internship Capsule Wardrobe by Cristina Mandujano of Cristina Was Here

Wardrobe Essentials: Splurge vs. Save by Kendall of My Styled Life

Travel

What to Eat and Where to See in Nashville by Kayla Rivoli of Kayla Blogs

10 Day Travel Guide: Rome and the Amalfi Coast by Amy Littleson of I Believe in Pink

What It’s Really Like to Move Abroad After Graduation by Sara of Sara Laughed

Blogging

How to Start a Fashion Blog by Dani Austin of The Dani Austin

20 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Full-Time Blogger by Erica Ligenza of Coming Up Roses

How to Grow to 2,500 Daily Blog Views by Morgan Timm of Mostly Morgan

Creating an Instagram Aesthetic by Alex Eisenhardt of Alex Marie

What is LIKEtoKNOW.it? by Rachel of Hello, Her

The Pressure of Social Media by Rebecca of Sunny Rebecca

Where to Promote Your Blog Posts After You Hit Publish by Jamie Beckham of The Blonder Life

Are there any posts that you have been loving lately? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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.

Love Megan June

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!