About this project
To purchase a Blog Buddy please visit us at www.blogbuddyplanner.com
“Cover to cover, it’s a comprehensive, yet simple and beautiful way to keep your blogging and personal life in order!”
“This is so much more advanced than I realized! It's brilliant! It's beautiful! Seriously it's perfect! Wow. So impressed right now. ”
“I've been trying to haphazardly create something like this for myself and I could never quite put my finger on what I needed.”
“It's really genius!”
Hi I'm Dani! As a busy mom and a blogger I have a lot on my plate everyday. So having a day planner and checklists are super important for me to stay organized in all areas of my life...and especially for my blog.
I felt like Goldilocks……this ones spaces were too small, this one didn’t have a weekly planner, this one didn’t have room for notes. You get the idea. So my life was a mess of spiral notebooks, sticky notes, slips of paper and great ideas scribbled onto backs of envelopes.
My blog started to grow but I was so disorganized that half the time I couldn’t even remember where I had stopped on a post when I went to pick it back up.
Once we had our second baby I knew something had to change or I was going to have to stop blogging….and thus the Blog Buddy was born.
After months of research and development, well over 300 hours of work and too many trees to count I am proud to present to you what I firmly believe to be the best business planner for bloggers on the market today!
***All Sheets other than Monthly Calendars are UNDATED for a full year of use***
Yearly, monthly and weekly goal setting.
Weekly Planner with ample room for appointments, Post Info/Social Media, and Tasks
A FULL 24 Month Calendar! (January 2014-December 2015)
2 Page Spread Monthly Calendars (finally no tiny useless squares!)
Guided To-Do Lists and Blank Notes pages
Post Completion Checklists (track multiple posts completion at a glance)
Reviews & Giveaway Tracker
Guest Blogging Opportunity Tracker (track posts pitched, written, published, etc)
Potential Advertiser Tracker (track contact and follow up dates easily)
Current Advertiser Tracker (track rates and renewal dates)
Blog Statistics (compare a year at a glance for all statistics you want to track)
Monthly Expenses (keep track each and every receipt!)
Revenue & Expense overviews (compare a year at a glance for revenue & expenses)
Quarterly Balance Sheet with Estimated Tax Payments (see your finances at a glance)
Click below to view a flip through the interior of the planner!
Please note: back cover is now blank and does not contain our logo as shown in preview. This is your planner not ours!
These are the spreadsheets I use to keep organized:
Revenue & Expense Receipt Tracker (individual entry for receipts/payments for tax purposes in case you prefer digital)
Important Contact Tracker (track influential contacts and consistently interact with them)
Social Media Tracker (organize your social media schedule)
The contents are super important but the actual design of the binder has been incredibly important to us as well.
BINDING: The binding is a heavy duty Double O Wire Binding.
Which allows it to be used completely opened:
or folded in half for a single page.
SOFT TOUCH LAMINATED COVER: The cover is a heavy duty chipboard that is hand wrapped with a beautiful natural feel paper which is coated in a soft touch laminate. We wanted something that would protect the cover from inevitable spills but we hate that fake plastic feeling of traditional laminate.
We are so pleased with the durability and feel of the cover!
I've dropped salsa on it, smeared dirt all over it and even drawn art on it in hot sauce and it has performed beautifully!
The covers rigidity provides a perfectly hard writing surface for one handed writing, or using the binder on your lap. It feels amazing in your hands!
OVERSIZED COVER: We wanted to be able to tuck pieces of loose paper into the binder and elastic band it closed securely. After testing our original prototype we realized that full sized sheets of paper stuck out about 1/4 of an inch which resulted in mashed edges of the paper. The tabs would have also stuck out resulting in having them pressed into your hand should you carry it on end.
So we opted for an oversized cover. It allows full size sheets of paper to be carried without being damaged and allows you to carry it on end without having tabs gouging your hand.
ELASTIC STRAP: We have included a built in riveted elastic strap (no misplacing this one!) that securely holds the binder and any extra papers you tuck inside together. This is heavy duty elastic that should withstand lots of repeated use without undue stretching.
INTERIOR PAGES: The interior pages are printed on professional quality 60lb matte paper which provides a nice weight for two sided writing and limits show through. Normal copy paper is 24lb paper for reference.
TABS: There are 6 heavy duty poly plastic tab dividers. They are a solid sheet of poly from binding to tab so they will not rip with wear. Our manufacturer hasn't produced them for us yet(machine costs) but we have samples of the poly in hand and a photo of what they will look like:
ZIPPERED POCKET: A full size heavy duty zippered pocket with lay flat zipper enclosure!
*****Zipper strip will be white not red in final binders*****
Use it to easily and securely keep receipts, business cards (yours and others) or even tuck in your ID/Debit card when you don't want to carry a full purse.
MOVABLE ERASABLE BOOKMARK: Each planner come with one white plastic bookmark with space for writing your yearly and monthly goals and things you are grateful for. It is movable so you can easily find your place for the week.
ERASABLE/PERMANENT PEN: Each binder also comes with a Staedtler Permanent Lumocolor Pen that is used for writing on the bookmark and can be used on the tab pages as well.
These pens dry almost instantaneously and are waterproof & smudge proof. They are used extensively by the military and Forest Service for writing on laminated maps.
But they are easily removed with basic rubbing alcohol or my favorite a bit of fingernail polish remover!
INTERIOR COVER POCKET: We have an awesome pocket on the interior front cover to keep bills and papers securely handy.
PRODUCED 100% IN THE USA: It's been said before but it's worth noting again that this product is produced entirely in the USA . We could have outsourced this project easily to China (and made a ton more money), but it is very important to us to try to keep our business local.
These products cost almost 4x as much as a standard $30 Walmart/Target planner costs to make. We are charging as little as we possibly can to cover our costs and bring you this life changing high quality business tool.
Please keep this in mind as you choose which planner to purchase this year!
Shipping update: February is our end goal...but as soon as we are fully funded we can have our manufacturer start printing which will expedite their arrival to you! So please back and share as soon as you can :)
We unfortunately will not be able to get these to you by Christmas. But we have made you an awesome card you can print for your loved ones for a Christmas gift letting them know they will be receiving their very own Blog Buddy!
International shipping is a huge issue with a product that is this heavy. We are actively working on solutions for this with a drop shipper and will be opening it for international orders if at all possible. Please pledge $1 if you would like to stay updated through the project on when international shipping opens.
If you are in Canada and want it regardless of cost our current rate is cost of Blog Buddy + $30 for shipping. We will extend the $50 early bird rate to anyone who is buying in Canada for the Kickstarter duration to help ease the cost!
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Risks and challenges
The only big issue that could arise is not meeting our goal to get these in your hands by February. We are ready to print and our manufacturer is standing by for funding though so we do not see this happening. In fact we are hopeful we can get them to you sooner! If delays do occur we will of course keep you updated with complete WEEKLY updates!
Timing/Time Sensitive Planner Info:
Our normal planners will only have monthly calendars for 16 months. These first runs will include a full 24 month calendar as well as a years supply of undated weekly sheets.
This ensures that you will still have a full years use out of the planner.
We don't anticipate any issues with producing these. Our manufacturer has been amazing to work with.
We have a background in product fulfillment and a crew of helpers. Also should we be funded in a very large way we have a drop shipper on standby who can help us do a mass fulfillment for all rewards within 3 days.
I used to work for Apple and consistently ranked in the top 5 Apple customer service agents. I know how to take care of customers the right way and will get on the phone with you immediately if something is not right. If we are funded in a huge way we have a local contact with a customer service company who can answer all calls without a phone tree to help us. You can also always reach me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
As previous small business owners with employees we know when to hire help and how to empower them to do their job right-- the first time.
We so look forward to serving you this year and in the future!
--Dani and the entire Blog Buddy TeamLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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