Trying Out Editorial Calendar for WordPress

Screenshot of Editorial Calendar PluginAfter seeing this blog post by Chris Brogan about this cool plugin for WordPress, I decide to give it a shot and see how it works.

The pluging is called Editorial Calendar and it works like a charm. In fact I started this post using the plugin.

If you fail to plan, you may be planning to fail!

I have not been great at getting content to my blog, and I really need to do a better job of it. So when I saw the post from Chis I thought this may be something that could help me schedule posts, and keep blogging on top of my mind.

The cool part is being able to start a new post right from within the calendar. So if you have ideas or maybe a series of posts you want to write, you can schedule them right here as drafts. Within moments you can have a handful of posts started and scheduled.

Another cool feature is drag and drop… being able to move your post drafts around the calendar as needed.

If there were any features I would like to see added it would be for the calendar to automatically move any draft that did not get posted to a future date automatically. Having a draft 30 plus days old that you have to scroll back and find is my only complaint. But that is really not a big deal as you can still see all of the drafts in the traditional view, just no drag and drop available there. Maybe they will add that feature down the road? You know, kind of like an unfinished task in outlook that just keeps on haunting you until you complete it!

Anyway, if you like to blog often, or need a great way to help you visualize what you are doing to help you plan ahead, I highly suggest using this plugin.

According to the plugin page, here are some of the Editorial Calendar features:

  1. See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
  2. Drag and drop to change your post dates.
  3. Quickedit post titles, contents, and times.
  4. Publish posts or manage drafts.
  5. Easily see the status of your posts.
  6. Manage posts from multiple authors.

I am planning on using this plugin to get my blogging butt in gear, and help to plan more content for my site.

How do you see yourself using this plugin, could it help you as well?

Would love your comments below.

Until next time,

Doc

PS: In case you do not click through to the post by Chris Brogan, here is a great video tutorial from the developer Zack Grossbart.

2 Responses to Trying Out Editorial Calendar for WordPress

  1. Hey Doc,

    Thanks for the great write up. We love to hear about bloggers using the calendar and we really love feedback. We’ve heard the issues about handling drafts before. We’re trying to find the right way to handle drafts in the calendar that still makes sense with the rest of WordPress. Other suggestions are a special section outside of the calendar just for drafts. I’m not sure where those drafts would end up in the normal WordPress edit section. We’re working on it.

    Thanks,
    Zack

    • iGoByDoc says:

      Zack,

      Thanks for the quick response. Glad to hear you are working on that idea. Yeah, possibly a separate view, but on same page in the plugin, so you can still drag and drop. Love the drag and drop!

      I have also installed the plugin on my other site http://www.localjoints.tv... and I am excited to use it over there as well.

      It really is amazing just how different you look at your blog planning when you can have a calendar view of it!

      Great job on the plugin!

      Doc

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