Hi everyone! Today we have a guest post from Allyssa Barnes.
As a blogger, inspiration can strike at any moment, so it’s important to keep a record of post ideas as they pop into your head. That way, when it comes time to sit down a write a post, you’re not struggling to come up with an idea. Instead you can simply consult your list and go from there. But what’s the best way to organize these ideas? Here are some tips to keep them organized so you can get to writing faster:
I’m a big fan of Evernote. It keeps my entire life organized, including my blog post ideas. A great way to use it is to create a blog post ideas notebook in Evernote and fill it with notes for each post idea you think up. You can even tag your notes with the appropriate blog category. This method is great as it gives you the ability to create a blog post outline in the note and save relevant links/info along with it. When it comes time to write a post, everything you need is already there.
Another great solution for organizing post ideas is Trello. The first step is to create a board for your ideas. Then create a list for each category you write about. As you come up with ideas, you can add a card under the appropriate category. Cards have a bunch of cool features such as checklists, comments, and even deadlines, which is a great help in keeping those ideas organized.
When all else fails, just keep an ongoing text document with your ideas. You can create headings for your categories and add the ideas as they come to you. You’re not limited to a basic text document either. You can use Word, Google Docs, or even just a simple Evernote note to keep a running list. This is probably the simplest, no frills solution for organizing your post ideas.
Pen & Paper
I personally like to store all my ideas digitally, but sometimes good old pen and paper is the way to go. A good idea is to create a notebook decided to post ideas, then fill it up! Even if you choose to go the digital route, having a small notepad handy is always smart. When you’re laying in bed and an idea pops into your head, you can quickly jot it down before you forget. In the morning (or maybe even once a week) you can take your notepad and add your ideas to your preferred organizational method.
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