Bullet Journaling for Book Bloggers
Hi everyone! Today I have an exciting post for you!
I have been using a bullet journal for a few months now and I love how there is this wonderful online community of people who share ideas and layouts for bullet journals, but I’ve noticed that there really isn’t much out there for book bloggers. There are some great reading modules and things, but they really don’t go beyond monthly TBR lists, reading progress bars, and lists of books that you’ve read for the year. So I decided I’d go ahead and share how I use my bullet journal for my reading and for my book blogging. I definitely use a bullet journal for TBR lists, reading progress bars, etc., but I also use it for so much more!
Bullet Journaling 101
For those of you who don’t really know much about bullet journals, there are tons of great posts and videos online that give you some basic information about what they are and why you might want to use them for all kinds of things, not just for your reading and book blogging. But I’ll just link to a few of them that I really like.
Here’s a post from Buzzfeed that helped me realize why I might want to switch from a regular planner for my blog to a bullet journal: WTF Is A Bullet Journal And Why Should You Start One? An Explainer. And here’s the official Bullet Journal website, and its video about how to set up a bullet journal. And Kara from Boho Berry, who is a blogger and YouTuber in the bullet journal community, just started a new feature called Bullet Journal 101, and her video Bullet Journal 101: What is a Bullet Journal? just went up yesterday. She has tons of fantastic bullet journaling videos, so her YouTube page is a great source for ideas and info.
Bullet Journaling for Book Bloggers
I use my bullet journal every day for all kinds of things, but for the most part, I use it for daily to-do lists and for planning my blog and tracking my reading. And because I have so many modules that deal with reading and book blogging, I decided to make a video where I share all those modules. It’s my first YouTube video EVER so please bear with me. The intro is a bit long but I just had a lot to say! Also, I have a lot of things in my bullet journal that I didn’t show, because I just taped up pages that weren’t relevant to this post. Maybe one day I’ll do a video of all of my bullet journal modules, but we’ll see…
In the video, I mentioned a module for the On The Same Page (OTSP) Secret Sister project, but I wasn’t really able to show it because I had all the information filled in for the person who I send to, and I didn’t want her to know that I was her secret sis! So, as promised, here is what that module looks like (because I was smart and took pictures before I filled out all of the info).
This first photo is where I put all the info that my secret sister filled out when she signed up for the project. Her likes, dislikes, etc.
And with this photo, the page on the left is more info about the person I send cheer to, and the right page is where I keep track of the letters/cards/packages that I’ve sent to both the person I send to and the one who sends to me.
Here’s another look at some of the other modules I shared in the video.
Monthly TBR lists:
My Review Schedule (one of the ways I tried to plan specific things far in advance):
Monthly blog calendars (once I have finished writing a post and schedule it on my blog, I write the title on this calendar, so I can kind of visualize my blog posts for the month):
Monthly blog post planners (this is for me to schedule out all of my posts in advance–another one of the ways I plan specific things far in advance. This first photo is what the calendar looks like before I fill out any info):
This next photo is what a monthly blog post planner would look like after I’ve filled in the info for what I want to post when, and when I need to write it:
Library due dates (this is the one I’m super proud of because I came up with the layout and everything all by myself!):
And monthly book releases:
So there you have it! I hope you guys enjoyed my video, and that you found some ideas for your own bullet journal! And don’t forget, if you’re participating in Bloggiesta next week (September 15-18), be sure to check out my mini-challenge where I’ll be challenging people to make their own bullet journal module for their book blog!