Sunday, 11 December 2016

Say Hello To Nellie and Co's Free 2017 Planners!

This time last year, I shared with you my 2016 Blog Planner, and boy was that a petrifying day. I kept convincing myself that it wasn't good enough, even for something I was sharing for free, and that nobody would care, or bother downloading it, but to my complete surprise, you really liked it, and some of you even shared with me your usage of it. I'm telling you, you have no idea how happy that made me, and the pride I felt knowing I'd finally achieved something I'd wanted to do for a long time.

I'd also made the decision to improve upon that planner, and create a new one for 2017.

Alas, as you know, this year has been a rollercoaster, with mental health, a few breakdowns, and getting myself back into a blogging rhythm, so naturally, creating the planners sort of found itself left on the bench of not-so-important priorities. Fast forward to October/November when Olivia @Writing4Joy asked me on Twitter if I'd be making a new and updated planner, and I didn't know. I was still trying to find my footing back on Nellie and Co, and I had all these plans, for changes and new directions, not to mention, you know, keeping my head screwed on, until I remembered how much I enjoyed creating last years planner. Was it stressful? Hell yes, but the reward was amazing, and if there was ever a time to make myself feel proud, it would be now.

Say hello to Nellie and Co's 2017 Planners!

Now, I say planners specially, for two reason. The first being that this isn't specifically a blogging planner, although it did start off that way. I realised that, really, a lot of the original pages could be altered to be none specific, allowing them to be used in any way, which really works for me moving into next year. The second reason being that there are actually two versions of the planner this year, both of them feminine and floral, one blue and yellow themed, the other in pink.

At a quick glance, you can see that 2017's planners look a lot like last years, and that's because I used last years as a template because it worked so well, but there are a few sneaky little changes that were made, in terms of new additions and sprucing up.

The biggest change by far is the design. Unlike last years, the design has nothing in common with Nellie and Co's look, and that was actually intentional. As far as branding goes, I find it extremely important to create a cohesive brand, and while I've seen other peoples brands move into their products, I didn't want to do that this year. It was important for me to create a few product that people felt belonged to them, and no to somebody else, and that had more of a personality. The brighter colours and themes really were a huge part of the process, and I wouldn't have them any other way. Both designs are identical bar their colour schemes, so you're going to get the same quality no matter which one you choose.

Another change was, as already mentioned briefly, switching the planner from a blogging planner, to just, a planner. This to some may look like a step backwards, almost a missed opportunity to target my perfect market, but I'm not really targeting anyone, and neither do I gain much out of pushing the planner on specific people - it's free. I wanted to create a planner that worked for everyone and anyone, whether you're looking for something just to take your notes, file away your plans, and track your year, or if you're super into monitoring everything you do, it can work for you. It's totally up to you which pages you use, customisation to the maximum.

In terms of what is available, there's only a few minor changes on last years version.

The Basics Collection

  • Single-Page Weekly Overviews (Jan '17 - Jan '18)
  • Double-Page Monthly Overviews (Jan '17 - Jan '18)
  • Double-Page Yearly Overview (Jan '17 - Dec '17)
  • Monthly Title and/or Motivational Quote Pages
  • Project Planner and Note-Taking Pages

The Goals Collection

  • Goal Planning Page
  • Goal Tracking Page
  • Yearly Goal Tracking Page

The Blogging Collection

  • 2017/2018 Statistics Overview Page
  • Blog Post Planning/Drafting Page
  • Blog Post Planning Checklist Page
  • Double-Page Google Analytics Page

The Book-Blogging Collection

  • Double-Page Books Read Page
  • Double-Page Books Bought Page
  • Double-Page Books Reviewed Page
  • Only The Best Books Tracker Page

The best thing about all of these pages is that they're all available in both the blue and pink versions, so you choose which pages you want and which you don't, while still having the option to use them at a later date. You could even, if you wanted to, mix and match the two, as their designed the same way. It was always my intention to create something a little, different from Nellie and Co, connected, but also it's own thing, and I really can't wait to be using my own copy really soon. You can download the planners below (as compressed zip files), and if you do download and print them out, share your creations on Twitter and Instagram, and tag me @nellieand_co so I can see them too.


Best of luck for 2017, enjoy your free forever planners!

What do you think of this years planners? Let me know in the comments below.


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