How to Organize Your Blog Files

Reorganize the blog files

When I started my blog, my organization plan for my blog files was simple. I created a “Girl, Organized” folder, and then a few subfolders for pictures and blog design. It slowly grew to more folders as I wrote more blog posts, read more blog tips, & designed my blog. Also, I love saving printables, ebooks, and design elements, so I eventually created even more folders! Next, I started separating my pictures by posts, so they were easier to find. While I still kept creating folders for every post, I sometimes found myself just placing files in the generic Girl, Organized folder to “file away later.” Yes, that happens to even the most organized!

I do try my best to file it away immediately because it does only take few seconds, but that does not always happen. Every few days, I take a minute or two to go through my downloads, then place everything in their respective places if I’m keeping them, or delete the ones I know I’m getting rid of. Since I have blogging for almost 6 months now, it is time for an overhaul of how I organize my blog files.  

What I started with

The pictures below are what my Girl, Organized folder looked like before the reorganization process began. Let’s be honest, y’all, it is a bit of a mess. I mostly knew where everything was, but I kept getting lost in my own files. Change was definitely needed! 

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Let’s ignore the main documents because those need to be better organized as well! Baby steps, y’all. Do what you have time to do, and break down big tasks into smaller, more doable tasks. 

The above pictures are a few examples of some of my bigger folders, that really needed some added subfolders and reorganization. First, we have my Pictures folder which started as a good way to organize the photos for my blog post, but has gotten too big to sort through easily. Second, is my Printables folder because I like to save any printable I find. They are always so helpful! While this one isn’t as bad, it is definitely in need of improvement. Third, is my LLC or Business folder. This folder holds documents, information, and invoices for my organizing business, but it has no subfolders! There are several other folders as you can see, but I am going to focus on these.

Plan it out

First, I took out a pen and paper and wrote down my current folders and the subfolders I wanted to keep. Then, I brainstormed ideas for new subfolders, and how I wanted to reorganize my blog files.

I decided to make a Blog Posts folder which I separated by years and then months. I also have an Unpublished folder for posts I’m working on. When I am done with those posts, they will be moved to the month folder. I’m already loving this! It is so much easier to find pictures for my posts to upload to wordpress or when I would like to post an older picture to social media. 

Make new folders

So once you have decided on your plan of action, the next step is to start making those folders and placing your blog files inside! I also went ahead and renamed a few files or took out some words so I could better understand what they were without opening them. 

I did a major overhaul on my previous “ebooks” and “organizational education” (What a mouthful!) folder, and decided to combine them. I had my ebooks under the printables folder before, but they didn’t really belong there. I divided this new “Education” folder into Blogging, Business, Growth, Organize & Misc. This makes it so much easier to find an e-book when I need it. 

Then, I repeated the process for my other blog files, Printables, Pictures, and LLC folders and created better categories for my subfolders in each of these folders. My Pictures folder is now for miscellaneous images that do not go in posts.

While this post is geared toward my blog files, you can easily take these same tips to organize any of your digital files!

 

How do you organize your blog files?

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Espinosa
    February 9, 2015 / 10:47 AM

    this is something I need to do at work, for files AND email in outlook! ack!

  2. February 9, 2015 / 11:15 AM

    This is something that I decided recently needs to be a focus of mine. I always save files half-hazardly all over the place and don’t have a system for naming and well, now that I’m treating my blog as a passion AND a business that’s getting a lot more confusing. Thanks for the tips!

    • February 9, 2015 / 7:18 PM

      I do the same thing sometimes! I used to have a bad habit of just keeping everything in my downloads folder. That was super confusing haha Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. February 9, 2015 / 2:18 PM

    I am trying to keep all my blog stuff organized. Even though I am a new blogger I actually write a lot. I have folders for Graphics/Photos, Graphics I made, Blog Post Copies, Blog Post Featured Images. I also have 2-3 folders for stuff because I might start making things for Teachers Pay Teachers. I am such a nutter with organizing my computer. I went to my moms house and almost had a panic attack when I saw her desktop covered with icons!

    • February 9, 2015 / 7:19 PM

      I can’t stand icons on my screen for some reason, drives me nuts now! I’ve helped many friends organize their computers!

  4. February 9, 2015 / 3:26 PM

    This is a great way to organize them! Honestly, mine are a mess. I have three different computers that I occasionally blog on. I have files scattered across all three computers and two flash drives!

    • February 9, 2015 / 7:24 PM

      I definitely understand, I blog from 2 different computers mainly, and I have like 5 flash drives! At least the flash drives help keep it organized when you’re switching computers.

  5. Rikki
    February 10, 2015 / 4:21 PM

    Oh my goodness! I have a “to sort late”r folder. I will definitely be learning from this!

  6. March 10, 2015 / 2:35 PM

    I was just looking at all my blog files last night thinking “I have to organize these better.” Great post

  7. Julie DenOuden
    March 15, 2015 / 6:41 PM

    I NEED to do this ASAP because my current file system is just not working for me!

  8. April 26, 2016 / 6:13 PM

    This is so helpful! I’m not naturally organized by nature, so I’ll take all the help I can get. Great tips!

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  9. August 7, 2016 / 9:41 AM

    Awesome, i struggle to organize my blog files. This help me a lot. Thanks

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