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Day 1: Intro
Day 2: Time Management (printables)
Day 3: Essential Tools
Day 4: Ask a Blogger (spreadsheet secrets)
Day 5: The One with all the Resources
Today I have asked other bloggers to share their tips, secrets, (YES! spreadsheets!) for how they stay organized blogging and how they get everything done that they want to!
One of the biggest issues bloggers seem to run into is keeping track of their books. (their review books, their ARCs, their ebooks, etc. Not to mention all the new releases)
I have shared with you how I keep Organized, and how I keep track of my upcoming ARCs, but let’s see how other bloggers do it.
First, I want to say a HUGE thank you for all these great bloggers offering to share their tips and practices with us today on Book Briefs. And if anyone else would like to be featured, let me know in the comments or feel free to email me 🙂
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Nori @ ReadWriteLove28
Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat
Kindlemom1 @ My Guilty Obsession
Ani @ The Eternal Bookshelf
Other Bloggers Spreadsheets
Nori @ ReadWriteLove28
Nori is such a sweetheart and she has a great ARC spreadsheet. I saw someone tweeting her about it awhile ago, and then I started talking to her. She was happy to sent it to me, and she what she emailed was not only the excel spreadsheet, but also a really wonderful set of instructions/tutorial on how best use it to keep track of your ARCs. I love her spreadsheet and I find it to be perfect for what I need.
Nori is here today to share her method with you and to give you her spread sheet.
(You can grab Nori’s ARC tracker spreadsheet HERE)
Note: This is an abbreviated version of Nori’s rules, to see her rule instructions for the spreadsheet, you can grab a copy of them HERE
Whether you’re a new book blogger, or an old book blogger, there is one thing that everyone agrees upon- it’s hard to keep track of all of the ARCs and books for review! After all, it starts with one, but then grows bigger, and bigger, and bigger, until you end up with a pile that is ridiculously out of control. I will admit- I was one of those people who had a ridiculously huge pile, but NOT anymore. I have learned how to organize myself in a way that keeps my review pile manageable.
So, are you ready to learn? If so, I have the perfect spreadsheet for you!
It may look a bit daunting at first, but I promise, it is really easy once you get started.
I am going to break down the spreadsheet into a couple of parts. 🙂
Month: Put the MONTH of the release date for the book
*MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE NO MORE THAN FIVE ARCS PER MONTH*
With that being said, if you currently have more than 5 ARCs due in the same month, that’s okay. There is nothing that you can do about it now. But… make sure, for the future, you do NOT EXCEED 5 ARCS!!!
Pub Date: Yes, I know that this may seem silly since you are putting the month in column one, but this column is important as well! This will allow you to prioritize which ARC has the closest release date.
Type/Where From: Acronyms
PPR: (physical publisher requested- you specifically requested from the publisher)
PPU: (physical publisher unsolicited- you did not specifically request but the publisher sent it anyways)
PG: (physical giveaway- you won a physical ARC from a giveaway, NOT from the publisher)
NG: (received eARC through Netgalley)
EW: (received eARC through Edelweiss)
EO: (received eARC through some other source)
Read: This one is easy! Just put a “No” until you read it, then change it to a “Yes”
Reviewed: Put a “No” until you review it. Once you review it…YOU CAN DELETE IT OFF OF YOUR SPREADSHEET AND DO A HAPPY DANCE BECAUSE IT IS ONE LESS ARC FOR YOU TO READY!!! WOOHOO!
Need to Read Total: Okay, this one is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll explain it nevertheless. 🙂
This is where you should keep track of the total # of ARCs that you need to read for a certain month.
You may ask…why is this necessary if you have the first column? Well, the answer is- this shows you an overall outlook where you can see just how many ARCs you need to read, rather than counting how many rows you filled.
Also, notice that the denominator should be FIVE OR LOWER. This relates back to my original point about how you should never request more than five ARCs per month.
I promise, this tutorial is almost over! I just want to say a couple of quick, closing remarks.
While I know that this may seem daunting right now, I promise that it is easy once you have it set up! It might take you a bit to plug in all of your current ARCs, but it will be worth it! Once you have this, you will be able to stop yourself from requesting too many ARCs, which will then allow you to read more books for pleasure and get less stressed out.
I know that you can do it! And if you need any help along the way, be sure to ask. 🙂
Nori is the blogger at www.readwritelove28.com. She is obsessed with books (of course), especially YA contemporary and fantasy. She is also a beta reader and offers developmental editing services on her blog. In addition, she is the founder of UBUbiz, and will be hosting Bookitcon, a charity book event in August 2015. You can find Nori online at:
Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat
I have loved Shelly & Octavia’s organization features on their blog, so I was super excited when Shelly responded to me on twitter and said she wanted to participate in my organization feature.
Here are some of her great tips on how to stay organized while blogging.
Also be sure to check out Shelly’s posts on her favorite organizational tools and grab a copy of her ARC spreadsheet over at her blog! You can learn more about Shelly HERE
Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat.Infecting the world with her love of books via:
KindleMom1 @ My Guilty Obsession
My Guilty Obsession is probably the best at commenting ever. I am so serious, she leaves thoughtful kind comments on every post on all the blogs it seems like. And you can tell from her comments that she is such a genuinely nice person. And she writes great reviews and posts of her own. I bow down to her commenting skill. She is everywhere. Everyday! You rock!
And I love the tip she gives below for prescheduling her week and how she frees up her time during the week for commenting and interacting with the blogging community.
“The biggest thing with me is that I have to plan out my ARCs, not what I will read when, but I have to have a list of all that I have to read and when they release otherwise I feel so disorganized. Another thing for me that works is that I usually set aside one day a week to preschedule my posts, usually on Mondays. I have found that if I do that then usually I have more time during the rest of the week for everything else and if I’m at least one to two weeks ahead in posts then I can relax and get more read because I’m not worried about what or when I will schedule a post next.
I don’t have a spreadsheet, I’m old school and use a notebook LOL! I like being able to scratch out each book I read when I get it done!”
You can find KindleMom at:
Ani @ The Eternal Bookshelf
You can find Ani at:
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Other Blogger Spreadsheets/Book Trackers
Here are links to some other blogger spreadsheets and ARC/Review book trackers that I have found. (All of these have been shared on their blog. These are just links to their posts)
Carina @ All About Books has shared 3 spreadsheets:
Book Riot’s Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet
Kimba @ Caffeinated book reviewer has a great post on organization & avoiding blogger burnout . And you can see all of her tips and tricks HERE
Alexa Loves Books on Organization
Rhinn Reads Review books Spreadsheet
- Series Spreadsheet
- TBR spreadsheet
- other bookish spreadsheets
- how to manage a blog & reading schedule
Let me know what you think! What blogging tools do you use? Have any questions for me or some other topic you would like me to address, let me know in the comments below.
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I want to know how you do it all.
So I challenge each and every one of you bloggers to grab the button below, and show us your tips/tricks and best practices for how you make blogging work with your life.
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If you would like to be featured on the ask a blogger day, or if you have a blogging tips.tricks post or feature, or a tutorial and would like me to include it in the resource list (linking to your blog of course) send me an email. I would love to showcase you and a your blog!
Did I miss your amazingly cool spreadsheet? Know of another blogger that has great tips posts? Let me know in the comments below and I will link to them!
Oh gosh I might just have to start using a spreadsheet after seeing all these wonderful ones! 😛
Thanks so much for this and for the kind thoughts, I really appreciate them!! <3
Wow! These are amazing! I’m especially in love with the two first ones, I’d never heard of Wunderlist – something worth looking into.
I am loving this series of yours. I agree w/Shelly. Wunderlist is like my right-hand man and I use it for blogging as well as family stuff. I should really start using spreadsheets more, lol.
Michelle, thanks so much. I really enjoyed the posts so far, and I think that I can learn so much about how to improve my blogging from this series.
There is so much great stuff in this post! My inner organisational geek is going to have great fun going through all these links.
This is a great series Michelle. I bet many bloggers will benefit from the tools shared here. The spreadsheets are great! I’ll feature it my Sunday post 🙂
CJ @ Sarcasm&Lemons
So I shouldn’t have 25 ARCs for September? *dies* Seriously, though, this is the most useful post I’ve ever read! I’m going to steal ALL THE SPREADSHEETS and get myself organized for once! …soon. Very soon.
Sarcasm & Lemons
What a great idea! WE all struggle with staying organized, even the most anal retentive bloggers (me) have trouble keeping up with dates. Great ideas for bloggers looking for a way to stay organized!