In January, when The Husband was “fun-employed” for a few months, I took on more paid blogging work. Even though I’ve had this little ole blog for years, I was more in it for the writing than the money for most of the time. (That’s my pretentious way of saying I didn’t really understand how to make it a business so I used the “artist” excuse for not making enough cash.)
This year though I changed a little and when I got my head in the game I realized I really needed to get my head in the game. Thankfully, I happened to go to a networking event with exactly the right person when I needed her product most. Isn’t life funny that way?
Melissa McDowell is the creative genius behind House of Papier. Her exquisite invitations could compete for space at the best of Fashion Week’s Runway shows, they’re that stylish. In addition to being creative, Melissa (thank the gods!) is also quite practical when it comes to organization and motivation. Being a Business Woman Who Blogs, Melissa understands the importance of posting regularly but understand the difficulty this can be. Thus, she created The Editorial Checklist Planner, to keep us and all our ideas stylishly organized at our fingertips from this day forward.
I love using it because it takes me one step farther than the running list of ideas I used to keep on my phone and notebook. There are prompts to make me think a bit further about each idea and that has been a huge help when I go to actually write the posts because more than just a sentence is there to trigger my creative juices.
I have also found it useful because when I have sponsored posts that have specific requirements, I have a place to keep all that together. And let me be honest, I have never been able to successfully embrace a spreadsheet (there’s that artist excuse again) but I do love me a pretty notebook.
Thanks Melissa for making it!
If you’re interested in The Editorial Checklist Planner, visit the shop at House of Papier this week is free shipping! You can also watch the lovely Melissa explain how she uses her planner here.
* Disclosure-I was given a copy of an Editorial Checklist Planner for review purposes. I was not compensated for this post otherwise. All opinions are my own.
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