Using Google to Organize Your Blog
Welcome back and Merry Christmas! How has your holiday been so far? Can’t complain here. I’m on vacation from the day job and keeping myself busy with holiday gatherings and getting posts ready here to share with you =)
Last week, I gave you a brief synopsis of why I use Google services to plan my blog life: accessibility, ease of use, color coding, reminders & notifications, sharing, free storage. If you’re just joining us, check out last week’s post and see what your homework was. Moving along… Today we’re going to get create a calendar and touch on a few features.
Ready? Set? Go!
~Renaming Your Google Calendar~
When you first start using google calendar, you will be set up with a default calendar. This will most likely be called YOUR NAME’s calendar, the YOUR NAME being the name on your Gmail account. Any events you create will automatically be logged on this calendar. Hence, default calendar ;)
I choose to keep the default for my daily planning versus blog planning, but the calendar name needed a to be spiced up a little. Let’s change the name.
Easy peasy! Right?
~Creating a new calendar~
Let’s assume you’re using the default calendar as your daily life organizer like I am. Now, we’re using this calendar to plan our blog as well, right? We need to create a post planning calendar. I already had one, so I created my Blog Maintenance calendar for the video.
~Changing the color~
Your new calendar will be assigned a color to help you identify it from the others. I like to make things color coordinated so that my calendar looks pretty even when it’s a big busy mess. You can use colors to show which calendar is more important or make it match your blogs color scheme.
~Printing your calendar~
Do you still need to have paper in front of you from time to time? It’s ok, I understand. Once you plan out your day, week or month you can print it if you need to.
Homework: Create some calendars for the areas of your life you need to plan. Set the default notifications and color code too.
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Stay tuned for the next post in the Using Google to Organize Your Blog Series will be Thursday, January 8th
Using Google to Organize Your Blog ~Why I Use Google
Using Google to Organize Your Blog ~Creating a Calendar