Free Editorial Calendar Template Download For Your Blog (2014 Updated)

Free Editorial Calendar Template Download For Your Blog (2014 Updated)

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UPDATED TO 2014 Editorial Calendar Template 

As part of my goals this year, I wanted to create a calendar to keep my future posts and due dates organized. I searched online for an editorial calendar template (download link) to fill-in-the-blanks and be done. I did find some, but nothing that was really simple, yet creative and fun. I liked the basics of this editorial calendar by Alan Peterson of Internet Marketing Nirvana, but it was for 2010, so I created a new editorial calendar.

editorial calendar template 2013

Editorial-Calendar-Template 2013 (download link)

2014-Editorial-Calendar-Template

Editorial Calendar Template Yearly Format

The editorial calendar template is for 2014 and color coded by month. The colors match my tabs in my binder where I keep all my information for my business each month. I also like the way the colors look. It is easy for me to see where each month is and I can look at the year in terms of weeks or months.

editorial calendar template closeup

Above is a closer view and you can see that I have Post Topic and Month Topic. The Post Topic are my weekly posts. I have a loose system of writing certain types of posts on certain days like this:

  • Sunday – Scrapbook Layouts
  • Monday – Write about websites, software and/or apps
  • Tuesday – Tech Tuesday
  • Wednesday – Wordless Wednesday, Quotes
  • Thursday – List Day & Book Reviews
  • Friday – Friday Fun & Goals updates
  • Saturday – Project 365 Updates

editorial calendare template

Month Topics look like this;

  • January – Organization
  • February – Relationships
  • March – Healthy Lifestyle
  • April – Career
  • May – Spiritual
  • June – Recreation
  •  July – Finances
  • August – Me Time
  • September – Education
  • October – Hobbies
  • November – Family
  • December – Balancing It All

If you don’t have weekly or monthly post topics, you can remove those sections.

Editorial Calendar Monthly Format

The 2014 calendar will have a separate file available next week for the monthly format seen below. It will be available as a freebie to newsletter subscribers. The second spreadsheet shows one month per page as seen below. editorial calendar 2012 month view I created the second version because I wanted more room to write in my blog posts. The full year on one page is great for me to see what the different topics are each month and as an overview.

editorial calendare month view

My monthly editorial calendar.

 

Now, you have the editorial calendar template, here are a few posts to help you set it up.

Editorial Calendar Download

Editorial-Calendar-Template (download link)

Let’s Talk About Your Editorial Calendar!

Do you have an editorial calendar? Do you stick to the calendar or is it just a loose guide?

 

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96 Responses to “Free Editorial Calendar Template Download For Your Blog (2014 Updated)”

  1. aimee says:

    Did you read my mind? Literally this week I’ve been thinking that I needed some sort of calendar to keep me on track with my blog and my blog-related facebook postings. Thanks!!

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  3. Sarah says:

    Just downloaded your template and I can already tell it’s going to save my life blogging this year. Thank you!!!

  4. Mike Manz says:

    This. Is. Awesome.

    Thank you so much for this; not even so much for the actual spreadsheet, but even just for the idea of the spreadsheet. I’ve become more and more “directionally challenged” with the blog I started last November and it never would have occurred to me to do something like this.

    Thank you again.
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  5. Kiersten says:

    Michele,

    We love your posts over at Digitwirl. Full of awesome tips- our subscribers would love your blog!

    Kiersten
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  6. Peggy says:

    Finally an editorial calendar with COLOR!!! Thank you so much for the template. I have been looking around and thought I was going to need to start from scratch to find a functional calendar that matches my personality :) you rock

  7. Richard says:

    Thank you very much. This was really helpful. Started using it on Tuesday and now I am scheduled through the end of the year with Monday Motivation, Tuesday Thoughts, Wednesday Wellness, Thursday Tour (this site will definitely be included), Friday Fun, Saturday Surprise, and Sunday Scripture.

    Now the fun part of taking action with the plan.

    Thanks again.

  8. Jared says:

    Great stuff Michele! This will definitely come in handy. Do you know if it converts to Google Docs correctly? …and I agree with Peggy, the color rocks.
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  9. dee foster says:

    Hello Michele,
    I came across your blog this morning while looking for a blog content editorial calendar i could download to help bring some sanity back to my life.

    I have several blogs(5 blogs) that I am building. SInce I can not bring myself to just commit to working on just one, I figured Id better develop a system that will help me to be more organized to make sure I can be successful at all of them. I thought a editorial calendar would work well for me.

    FOr this purpose my question is… should I have just one editorial calendar to manage all 5 blogs or should i create an editorial calendar for each one. My fear is if i create separate calendars i will create scheduling conflicts but if I do it all together it could cause issues as well. what do you recommend.

    For example, I have a beauty blog that promotes products as well as shares info on health, fitness, fashion, home etc. and i also have a blog for career/business topics.

    any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      Dee – My suggestion would be to create 1 editorial calendar. Then choose the days you want to post on each blog. For example if you want to blog on Monday & Thurs on the Health & fitness blog and Tuesday & Friday on the beauty and maybe Wed & Friday on the career, that will make it easier to figure out which blog to post on.

      Then if you want to have topics for the week sometimes to help out and to spread across all your blogs.

      Let’s say it’s June and you want to spend one week writing about weddings. You can write about planning a wedding and staying sane at your job on your career blog. Then write about beauty products and weddings on your beauty blog and so on and so on. That would also be a great way to cross promote your blogs which have very different niches.

      And as you are planning your calendar, you may see other areas where you can cross promote.

  10. Dee Foster says:

    Michele thank you so much! I am going to start working on this tonight. I feel that right now tht the only thing standign between me and a fulltime income with my online efforts is having a tool like this to keep me organized and on task. Right now I generate a steady parttime but like you i have 5 kids and would prefer to be at home running my own household fulltime while scheduling my work around it.

    the only minor tweak i may make to my spreadsheet is to make sure I target the keywords that i research. Also I tried to download your spreadsheet but all i got was a blank spreadsheet that said if you like this please send the person to this link……
    I could try to copy from your screenshots above but not sure how much i could capture. i have a binder that i can place it in as well as a similiar color code system where I can collect content, mag articles, etc for content ideas.

    thanks again for sharing.
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    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      Try downloading it again. I just uploaded it again. I’m not sure what you got, but hopefully it was just a bad connection. :D

  11. Dee Foster says:

    Yes! it worked that time. i saved it this time before trying to open.
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  12. Dee Foster says:

    Michele, I really want to thank you for the information you share from the bottom of my heart. I got up at 4:30 am this morning before getting ready to go to work and I was able to plug in what days I would create content for each of my websites (Crochet site, beauty direct sales, team training site,career/business site) . Since I work full time for 9 hrs a day and have every other Monday off. I was able to use this system to plug in a at least one day for each of these sites and twice per month for the beauty site out of necessity for the company product updates. My strategy is on the day that I have scheduled for a particular site is to create several articles that I can schedule to post at different times of the month to give each of my sites the appearance of being updated every week.
    You don’t know what a life saver this calendar is for me. I even redid the dividers to reflect sites I am commited to building content for so when I come across hard copy articles I can place them in the appropriate section to read late and I also will use the Evernote App to capture online articles that fit within each of my niches that I can refer to when creating content.
    I don’t feel overwhelmed anymore and when I feel lost and not sure what I should be researching for, I can just pull out my editorial calendar and see what site I have coming up that I need to create content for and make sure I am fitting research into my schedule. So when the time comes to create content all I have to do is start drafting the article with the info I have already been gathering.
    I also plan to create a complimentary spreadsheet to track the articles that I have scheduled and when they will post on my sites. That way I know I need to go back and promote those articles once they have posted, based on how I scheduled them out.
    Thanks again for all you do. You have also really inspired me to work harder on my passion site as well which is for crocheting. Even though I have been doing a lot of crocheting I have not updated the site in a while. I guess because crocheting is not all I love but I see from your site about your scrapbooking and technology passion you have used that to create a brand for yourself and everyone gets to see the complete you in one place. I am going to try to do the same with my crochet site without making it so broad that it starts to crossover with my other sites.

    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      Dee – So happy that the spreadsheet helped you. I think sometimes when we sit down to write, we don’t know what to write so we get distracted. I’ve found that having the editorial calendar lets me get focused on the writing instead of searching for ideas.

      Yes…I had a hard time at first because I have so many interests that seem very disconnected. After blogging for a few years, I realized that just about everything I do has a tech connection. I’m a digital scrapbooker so even my hobbies are techie. :D And I’m a runner, but I started running because someone showed me the Nike+ and I thought that was really neat!!

      Adding keywords is a great idea. I still have to get more organized in the keyword department. Baby steps I say! LOL!

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  14. Sujeiry says:

    New to the site but this is so informational! I’ve been meaning to create an editorial calender but never follow through monthly. I really need this as my schedule keeps getting busier and busier. Love that it’s annual so we can look ahead, which is so important for blogs and business. Thanks again for this!

  15. nichole says:

    I just downloaded your calendar. Thanks for sharing this. I am sending others over here to download also!

  16. Anja says:

    thanks so much! This was exactly what I was looking for. Love the colors :-)

  17. Michele says:

    Thank you for sharing this calendar. Quite comprehensive, and coming from a person who has faced the problem herself and has evolved whit method.
    Would be glad to keep in touch.
    Regards
    Pramodh BN
    Co Founder
    Business Marketing System

  18. Dana says:

    Thanks for this awesome template!!! It’s a major time saver.

  19. This was a really great post. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Jessica says:

    I LOVE THIS ED CAL!! You just made my morning! thank you for posting this I am going to show it to my team!

  24. Natasha says:

    Definitely one of he best calendars, I had started formatting my own but I love the colour coding on this, Thanks!

  25. Thanks for an excellent post Michelle, I use my outlook calendar at the moment but this looks great. I also use Evernote as it is great for hoarding facts and details for my future posts.
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  26. Hi Michelle- this is great! We have a simple editorial calendar that we have been using but I like your format much better! I’m going to update our calendar with your template- cheers for ‘simple’ organization… gracias!

  27. Thank you for sharing! I have been looking for an editorial calender like this to keep me organized and consistent with my posts.
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    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      Having an editorial calendar has really helped me be more consistent. It’s also a lot easier to see my schedule when I get another request for a review or campaign.

  28. Lisa M. says:

    Oooh, this is blissfully geeky. I have an editorial calendar by month, but yours is much prettier. :-) I love the idea of a yearly overview by topic, too. Think I may be “borrowing” that idea too.

    Thanks for so generously sharing.

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  30. lori says:

    I am having trouble getting the download. Is it still available? Thanks

    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      Yes, Lori it is still available. Be sure you download it first and then open it up. Let me know if that doesn’t work.

  31. I’m starting my blog and want to have a good idea of how to organize my posts. I found your format to be easy to follow. I also loved how you listed your “rough” outline of what you post. Extremely helpful. Thanks. Kathleen

  32. DJ says:

    I can’t seem to download the file. It gives me an error message that the page does not exist. Any thoughts?

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  35. R. Klane says:

    I’m interested in downloading the template also, but keep getting an error message saying that the page does not exist.

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    I’d love to download this but your download link is broken!

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    Thank you so much!!!! This is an excellent template!

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  43. Kerstin says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I love the colours. Do you have a template for 2013 as well?

  44. MonicaP
    Twitter: PearShapedGal
    says:

    Fabulous template! Since I just started my blog and it’s November – I sure didn’t want to start from scratch. Have been looking for a template for a couple of days.

    Best,
    Monica.
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  45. Mike says:

    Thanks for this. I seem to have hit a bit of a snag. I’m not seeing anything in the template. The excel doc is blank.
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  46. Carly
    Twitter: mochihome
    says:

    Thank you for the template and even more importantly the insight into how you stay organized. It’s very useful as I’m trying to get my act together for 2013!

    Plus, who doesn’t love a rainbow? Happy!

  47. Talaha says:

    I love to explore I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  48. Lee says:

    This is such a good way of getting organised and seeing where you are what you’ve done and what you need to do. I tell myself time and time again to do something like this but unfortunately it never seems to get to the front of the list of things to do. Which I keep I my head I must add. So I will attack this project why it is right at the front.

    So for that thanks lee
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  49. Amy
    Twitter: travid
    says:

    A good editorial calendar should be able to publish to social media sites. It should work with Twitter and Facebook because that’s where your customers hang out. Even better, it should combine content curation with content creation. Namely, it should be very easy to curate content, but also very easy to integrate with existing blogging platform like WordPress.

    ContentDJ has a good social media editorial calendar feature. It integrates with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and WordPress. You can drag and drop to schedule posts.

    The tool also helps you find the most shareable content to publish.

    • Michele
      Twitter: scrappinmichele
      says:

      But sometimes you just want a very simple editorial calendar so that you can plan ahead. I like having something on my desk that is printed out and easy for me to see at all times. When the editorial calendar gets too complicated, I don’t look at it. Simple is best for me.
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      • Amy
        Twitter: travid
        says:

        Michele,

        Completely agreed, simplicity is definitely the best. The tool is no replacement for a piece of paper that sits on your desk.

        But with a software based solution, you can share the editorial calendar with your team and access it anywhere.

  50. Sean says:

    All I wanted was a simple calendar with simplicity, and I’m happy to have now downloaded yours 2 years in a row. Thanks for making it free. It is amazing how many of these “content marketers” (aka people who write for money just like the rest of us) continually outsmart themselves by overcomplicating a calendar, how to download the calendar, how to customize the calendar etc. etc. I just needed a calendar. Thank you.

  51. Helena
    Twitter: pilatesfocus
    says:

    thank you for this post! really helpful and i plan to use the calendar for my website to motivate me to generate content more regularly.

  52. Debs says:

    Hiya :) I love this calendar and I know it’s something I would benefit from.
    If you don’t mind me saying your social media bar jumps out over your post and I have been unable to get to read your words or see the full benefit of what you offer on your blog. I thought it was just my phone at first but then I found it was the same when on my computer.
    Debs

  53. Joao Campos says:

    I needed a solution to visualize the vacation days of my company’s employees in a single sheet and your calendar was the perfect starting point. Many thanks.

  54. RandomPinay says:

    Thanks so much for this! It’s what I’ve been looking for. ;) Not overly complicated yet still a complete, working calendar to work with.

  55. Jesicka says:

    I love this!!!! I’ve been looking for a great editorial calendar for months since I’ve started my blog. Thank you so much for sharing this colorful delightful tool!

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  57. Jelli says:

    I used this same calendar last year and loved it. Just downloaded version 2014. Thanks so much!
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