I’m thrilled to welcome book reviewer and blogger Casee Marie, who is here to tell us all about how to use the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin!
First of all, a big thanks to Molly for the opportunity to appear on her fabulous blog! In reading her book Blog It! I found myself being educated on some points while nodding along to experiences that were all too familiar. One of the many tips Molly mentions is using the Editorial Calendar Plugin for a self-hosted WordPress site (aka WordPress.org), and that’s why I’m here.
An editorial calendar is at the apex of a blogger’s sanity. If you find yourself plotting out blog posts and appropriate posting times in your head, you’re already working on an editorial calendar. Taking it to the next level by mapping it out visually will be tremendously helpful in planning your blogging endeavors. Some of us like the traditional pen-and-paper while others are keen on the more technical options, and for the tech-enthusiasts the Editorial Calendar Plugin just makes life complete. I mix my mediums a bit, using pen and paper for the seedlings of ideas, but the core of my blogging work goes on right inside the Editorial Calendar. For starters, we’ll look at how you can add the plugin to your WordPress site:
- From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins in the left sidebar, then Add New.
- Type in Editorial Calendar and look for the version created by Colin Vernon and company.
- Click Install Now.
- When WordPress makes the option available, click Activate.
Note: You can also download the plugin and upload in Add New > Upload.
In seconds, you’ve made your blogging experience so much easier. Now under Posts you’ll find a snazzy new section called Calendar. This brings us to the really fun part: what it actually looks like!
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When I mouse over my draft post, I’ve got a few different options. Edit will open the draft in my regular blog post editor, which is usually where I go to actually compose the blog post. Quick Edit will again open the small screen I was given when I first created the draft, which is great for changing the post’s scheduling details. Delete is kind of obvious, and View will open the blog post as viewers will see it, either in a preview if it’s a draft or on the actual post’s page if it’s already been published. I’m personally not fond of the View option because it doesn’t open in a new window, though one could easily do that manually (right click, “open in new tab”).
Another fun feature (and something I didn’t even know about until I read Molly’s book) is the option to drag-and-drop your drafts. I’ve been using the plugin for years and I had no idea that trick was in there! You can literally click and drag your drafts to different days and WordPress will update its settings to 10am (or whatever time you’ve chosen) on the new day. All in all, it’s a wonderful little plugin that, in my opinion, makes the WordPress experience overall a bit more visually organized. You can find a world of information, including more screenshots and a video from creator Zack Grossbart, and even a link to a testable version on the Editorial Calendar Plugin page at WordPress.org. Happy blogging!
Casee Marie is a Connecticut-based book reviewer and blogger. She spent five years contributing to a website for aspiring writers before launching The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, a lifestyle blog with a European twist. She began writing book reviews in 2011 before creating Literary Inklings where she shares book reviews, adaptation criticisms, and essays on the books and authors that have shaped generations of writers. In addition, join her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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