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Quip – My Favorite Tool for Writing

Quip on Angela's iPhone | Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

What’s Quip?  It’s a modern word processor that works great on my laptop, tablet, and even my phone.  I first heard about Quip in 2013, probably from a tech blog article.  I went to quip.com, read Quip’s About Us page, and saw that their founding team worked at Google and Facebook.  I signed up and started using it to start up a non-profit, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Soon afterwards the Quip team reached out to me, asking how I liked Quip and if I had any feedback.  I happily replied, since I came to love the product.  By the way, Quip team member Josh rocks!  Such a friendly and approachable guy.  Anyway, a few months later I’m sitting here writing a Quip guest post 🙂

When I need to collaborate with someone on a document, Quip is the place I go.  I can share documents and folders so we can edit and brainstorm together in a simple workspace, and we can see a complete history of our revisions and comments. I also like to use Quip on my own.  It’s a simple and fresh app that’s a joy to use.

Check out my guest post on the Quip Blog: Starting a non-profit, organizing a school curriculum and more, all using Quip.  I share how we use it to collaborate at the Boise Modern Quilt Guild, and how I use it for homeschool organization, writing sewing patterns, and book writing.

Thanks, Quip folks, for an awesome free product!

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Platform Planner – Profit and Loss [Printable Worksheet]

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

Platform Planner Profit Loss

Knowing the financial position of your platform is absolutely necessary.  Knowing your numbers will help guide smart decision-making for your platform.

With all the available accounting software packages, it can be overwhelming to decide which one you should use.  And if you don’t have complex transactions, you might want a very straightforward template for reporting your revenue and expenses each month.

This worksheet was designed with the blogger in mind.  It is not at all meant as tax advice; for that, please seek a tax professional.  I simply designed it for myself to track my platform profitability.  So use it if you’d like.

This step of the Platform Planner series will help you track your profit and loss.

  1. Print this worksheet: Profit & Loss
  2. Cut out the blank margins and glue to pages 24 and 25 of your comp book.
  3. Write in your numbers each month.

Since our goal was to keep data-tracking simple, this worksheet is designed to be completed by hand, versus maintaining a spreadsheet on the computer.  Like I said in the Getting Started post:

Did you know that you may find a more meaningful connection to your content when you write by hand?  You will more likely remember something you’ve handwritten, versus something you’ve typed.  Physically forming letters with your fingers seems to make an “imprint” upon the brain.  Which is completely appropriate when planning, isn’t it?

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

 

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Platform Planner – Channel Analytics [Printable Worksheet]

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

Platform Planner Channel Analytics

Analyzing the performance of your marketing channels is definitely a worthwhile task.  Knowing your numbers will help guide you in deciding where to spend your time connecting with your audience.

With all the metrics at your disposal via social networks and other services, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones you should be looking at.  And once you start looking at the numbers, it can be easy to get sucked into the data vortex by spending too much time tracking retweets/shares/favorites rather than creating content or having authentic conversations in these places.

To keep your data-tracking simple and to prevent “paralysis by analysis”, you need a straightforward template for channel analytics each month.  You want to just focus on some basic data about your owned media, earned media, and paid media.

  • Owned media are channels that you control.
  • Earned media are channels that others control.
  • Paid media are channels that you paid to be a part of.

This step of the Platform Planner series will help you track your channel analytics.

  1. Print this worksheet: Channel Analytics
  2. Cut out the blank margins and glue to pages 22 and 23 of your comp book.
  3. Write in the information you want to track, using a variety of services as your source, depending on what you use.  Many of these row labels are left blank on purpose: so you can track what’s important to you.  For example, Twitter – do you want to track followers, retweets, favorites, or mentions?  It’s up to you!

Since our goal was to keep data-tracking simple, this worksheet is designed to be completed by hand, versus maintaining a spreadsheet on the computer.  Like I said in the Getting Started post:

Did you know that you may find a more meaningful connection to your content when you write by hand?  You will more likely remember something you’ve handwritten, versus something you’ve typed.  Physically forming letters with your fingers seems to make an “imprint” upon the brain.  Which is completely appropriate when planning, isn’t it?

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

 

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Platform Planner – Website Analytics [Printable Worksheet]

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

Platform Planner Website Analytics

Analyzing the performance of your website is definitely a worthwhile task.  Knowing your numbers will help guide smart decision-making for your platform.

With all the metrics at your disposal via Google Analytics and other services, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones you should be focused on.  And once you start looking at the data, it can be easy to get sucked into the information vortex by spending too much time on web analytics rather than creating content.

To keep your data-tracking simple and to prevent “paralysis by analysis”, you need a straightforward template for website analytics each month.  You want to just focus on some basic data about your audience, your traffic sources, and your content.

This step of the Platform Planner series will help you track your website analytics.

  1. Print this worksheet: Website Analytics
  2. Cut out the blank margins and glue to pages 20 and 21 of your comp book.
  3. Write in all your information, using Google Analytics as your source.  Need to set up Google Analytics?  Consider using John Saddington’s 10 Step Visual Guide to Setting up and Installing Google Analytics.

In case you want to know what SEO Queries are: they are keywords that bring people to your site.  Any other questions?  If so, let me know in the comments.

Since our goal was to keep data-tracking simple, this worksheet is designed to be completed by hand, versus maintaining a spreadsheet on a computer.  Like I said in the Getting Started post:

Did you know that you may find a more meaningful connection to your content when you write by hand?  You will more likely remember something you’ve handwritten, versus something you’ve typed.  Physically forming letters with your fingers seems to make an “imprint” upon the brain.  Which is completely appropriate when planning, isn’t it?

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

 

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Platform Planner – Track Your Online Tools [Printable Worksheet]

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

Platform Planner Online Tools

With all the online tools out there, it is very easy to lose track of all the websites, usernames and passwords.

This step of the Platform Planner series will help you track your online tools.

  1. Print 2 of these worksheets: Online Tools
  2. Cut out the blank margins and glue to the 2nd and 3rd pages of your comp book.  The left page is alphabetical beginning with A and the right page begins with whatever letter flows best for you.
  3. Write in all your information, leaving a row or two in between each letter, to allow for inserting more later on.

There!  Doesn’t it feel nice to have all your login information out of your head and in one place?

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

 

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Platform Planner – A Weekly Editorial Calendar [Printable Worksheet]

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!

Platform Planner Weekly Editorial Calendar

Having a weekly editorial calendar is critical to getting your content scheduled and published.  Whether you’re publishing 5 times per week or once a week, you need a way to bring your platform publishing tasks into your day’s responsibilities.

With all the planner choices out there, it can be hard to decide what format your weekly editorial calendar should be.  I have designed a format that ties in nicely with the rest of this series!

This step of the Platform Planner series is where all your content planning comes together – in your own Weekly Editorial Calendar.

  1. Print this worksheet: Weekly Editorial Calendar
  2. Cut out the blank margins and glue to pages 44 and 45 of your comp book (after your Post Title pages with all the sticky notes).
  3. Fill in the blank with the current week, at the top of page 45.
  4. Move your sticky notes from your Post Titles pages to this page, under the day of the week, as you want to schedule them.
  5. Write in any other helpful information in the area underneath the Post-It note.

Confession: I actually don’t use this worksheet since I have my Comp Book Day Planner.  So you really have two options: use this worksheet or make your own Comp Book Day Planner like I did.  It doesn’t really matter which one you decide to use; the important thing is that you bring your Post Title sticky notes to the day you want to publish it.

This is part of the Platform Planner series.  Check out the other posts!