A Blogger’s Binder – Take 2

Oct 23

Although the blog recently hit the one year anniversary mark, I hesitate (in a huge way) to say I have this blogging gig all wrapped up in a pretty bow, under control and on lock. No-to the-way. I’m still very much a newbie around these parts…and learning as I go each day!

One thing I know for sure is there’s a lot ton more to learn and your blog is never a finished product. There aren’t only the hopes and dreams you have for the content and visual appearance of your blog. You should keep in mind how your readers view of your online space and stay connected to them (ex. answering their questions and comments), keeping up with social media changes, and then there’s the advertising or revenue stream to stay on top of…that is, if you’re lucky enough to make any money at all from blogging! And there’s SO much more too!

A few months ago I was feeling unorganized when it came to managing the blog itself so I created a simple binder to help out…

The binder was working well, but quickly realized it needed improvement. As we know, systems are a work in progress that need tweaking until you have the perfect recipe that works for you and your style. And of course, feel the need to tweak again. Ha!
Today I’m back with blog binder #2 Hopefully this one will keep me on my a-game for a while!
When you open my binder now, first thing you see is a colorful spiral-bound pad of paper
I needed paper in the binder so that no matter where I am, I have the ability to take notes and add them to each section. Sometimes I bring the binder with me to therapy appointments…where I sit for up to an hour waiting in the lobby.
The next section is dedicated to passwords / website info related only to blogging. To create this section I used tabbed, numbered dividers
Then used my label maker to add the section names…
The final section of the binder is what I’m really excited about!
One issue previously bothering me was where to keep ideas / notes regarding upcoming topics. Sure, I use pinterest, but sometimes I find a magazine page or suddenly have this great idea so I write it down. I needed a section in the binder dedicated to those topics.
And of course, when that big topic was published on the blog, I wanted to easily add a new project to the binder in its place.
To satisfy this need, I added two-pocket insertable dividers

Then labeled accordingly…

If you’re interested in knowing my labeled sections…here are a few (can’t share all because I don’t want to spoil some surprise topics up my sleeve)…

*Blog income – cash (Trust me, this is a smaaaaaalll section – but do like to keep track of income milestones)

*Blog income – products (Sometimes instead of a cash payment I receive product. Usually by way of an online coupon code. This is the section where I write down my codes and when they expire.)

*Weekly coupons (Where I keep track of my weekly coupon shopping results – then once a week post here and update my coupon savings ticker)

*Money making ticker (I keep track of how much money I earn selling items each year for my money making ticker…which is an ongoing project I randomly post about on the blog)

*Printables (a copy of any printable’s I’ve created or ideas for future printable’s)

*Fonts (fonts I use or that may be used in the future)

*Reader questions (Love to receive e-mails and comments from you guys! Truly enjoy hearing from you…and if you ask a question, I care about getting an answer to you. It may take me a while…but eventually I will get to it! This section is my way of keeping track of those questions, tutorial suggestions, or other inspiring ideas you’ve shared that may become a future project here.)

The next several dividers hold the bigger topics I mentioned. These are posts that require a bit of time on my part to assemble. The rest of my blogging ideas are on my wunderlist app.

A couple examples of how the inside of the pockets look…


My assembled binder…


I didn’t create a cover sheet for the binder, but did create a simple binder spine using the online Avery templates…


A tip for adding a binder spine…it’s much easier to slip it in when the binder is opened and laying flat like this…

Was excited to get the binder to work today! Been busy making notes and filling the pockets.
If you are a blogger, how are you organizing everything you need to stay on top of?

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  1. Chloe says:

    I love this! It's so colorful and that makes me happy. 🙂

  2. Great binder Samantha! I really need to get my blogging stuff more organized and I've been thinking of something similar. I like those pocket tabs…great for keeping all those little bits of papers together. I'll have to get some of those when I make my blog binder. Thanks for the great tips and ideas!


    • Hi Hilda!

      Am so glad my binder can inspire you while you create yours. Make sure to come back and let me know how your binder looks. And if you blog about it, send me a link. I'd love to see it and you may have some tips for me! 🙂

      Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a comment too!


  3. I am so inspired by your blog organisation. I am a mere month blogging and find it challenging to organise myself. I am still not 100% happy with the look of my blog and have some gadget/buttons to add but this note book is fab. I did take inspiration from your first binder and created some nice sheets for me to jot my notes down on. It really helps. And helps that they are colourful and pretty.
    Thanks a mil for this post, its a great one!

    • J,

      Thank you so much! I am sooooo glad I am able to inspire you! Don't worry about the look of your blog – all in time! You will learn a lot in the first year, just like me, and before you know it the blog will look the way you have been visualizing it 🙂

      You're welcome again and thank you so much for the sweet comment,
      Sam 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Thanks Samantha for such a great idea! I've been wanting to get my blogging stuff together in one place and this is perfect! I am 100% going to do this. Have a wonderful day!

    • Hi Amy!

      Thank you so much for letting me know this idea will be helpful to you! Makes it all worthwhile when I hear from sweet readers like you! 🙂

      Hope you had a great day too!

      All the best,

  5. Love this!!! Super cute & your ideas for each section are great!!

  6. Sabra says:

    Hey Casey!

    I'm new to the blogging world and trying to figure out the best way to get it all organized. So far I've just had random sheets of paper and post-its all over my desk and in my class binders! Thank you for sharing your great binder!!



  7. That is such a cute binder!

    I did something similar but I wanted to organize my Etsy Shops and multiple blogs so I made a Creative Business Binder Library.


  8. Chic Pixels says:

    Thanks for this post, found it on Pinterest! You have inspired me to get a little more organized with my blogging!

    If you are ever in need of a new blog design, I have the perfect theme to match you design colors and it's only $15 https://www.etsy.com/listing/221403767/minimal-pre-made-blogger-template?ref=shop_home_active_4

  9. Lisa says:

    I just started blogging and came across your pin! love it. I had been thinking about doing something like this so it was nice to see it all put together. Thanks for sharing.

    • Samantha says:

      Awe, welcome to the blogging world! So glad this post was helpful to you and grateful you found your way here – gotta love Pinterest! 🙂

      You’re welcome!
      Sam 🙂

  10. Great binder, just what I need. I currently have a couple of notebooks and folders but this looks like a great idea. I think I will have to get myself a binder and set it up something like yours. I just love stationary and orgainising things so it’s a project I will enjoy doing. 🙂

  11. I love this binder setup! I am in the very beginnings of starting a blog and love this binder. What a great planning tool! I am all about lists, notes, and something I can carry around when I need to. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Cara says:

    I love your organizer, just what I need. I’m going to set it up this weekend. Thank you. ????

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