How to keep track of your blog ideas

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Last week I mentioned briefly that setting and committing to a blogging schedule has really helped me blog week in and week out.

One key to growing your audience is to post consistently …. at least, consistently enough that when they come back to your blog they’re not disappointed by lack of new posts.

One key to blogging consistently is to know what you’ll be blogging about ahead of time….

And how do you do that?

Pay attention to blog ideas when they find you and WRITE THEM DOWN. Tracking your blog ideas is not an easy habit to get into, but once it IS a habit it truly makes blogging regularly so much easier.

Some ideas to help you keep track of your blog ideas:

Pen and paper

Scratch paper, loose notecards, designated note book, no matter what you use, sometimes an idea just comes to you out of nowhere.

Driving, shower, at your ‘day job’ working on something else entirely.

Sometimes good ol’ fashioned pen and paper is the most handy tool.

I try to keep a small notebook in my purse at all times.

I use pen and paper to jot down ideas for blog topics, but also to write full blog posts sometimes. You know when you FEEL like writing, you should just let it come.

Unfortunately, I’m not organized enough to keep all my notes and ideas on paper…. I’d lose all the important ones, for sure.

But that doesn’t mean YOU shouldn’t give it a shot.

One drawback to using this method is you WILL need to take your paper or notebook and eventually re-type any or all of it – but sometimes writing with pen and paper is the best option…

Evernote (or similar)

OK. Honestly, I have downloaded Evernote to my iPhone but have never used it.

But I do know that some bloggers, writers and other creators SWEAR by it.

Seems like – basically – an electronic version of a paper notebook in your purse.

Of course, with Evernote, you can take a photo of your paper-and-pen blog idea list and digitize it.

The iPhone also has the ‘notes’ app, and I’m sure Android has something similar… If you’re the type of person that keeps your phone attached to the end of your arm, this might be the best option for you.

But even if you don’t want to download a dedicated app, you can always just make yourself a digital note by emailing yourself your blog idea or post draft.

Blogging software

This is the method I tend to use (kind of supplemented with paper and pen).

When I have a blog idea, as soon as I get near my computer I log into my blog software (I use WordPress), create a draft post and make whatever notes/ideas I have, and tentatively date the draft for sometime in the future.

I pretty much ALWAYS blog ahead, so when I have time to blog, I sit down and open the blog post drafts to the next week of whatever drafts are in there, and organize them roughly the way I plan on publishing, and then just finish up the drafts.

I hope that makes sense.

I admit that I DO have to spend some time every month organizing and reorganizing my drafts…. But there’s always going to be some kind of time/organization/maintenance needed with any method.

Bottom line: If you are really serious about blogging regularly, you’re going to need a bank of blog post ideas…. And since they don’t always hit when you sit down to blog, you need to figure out the best method of keeping track of your blog ideas.

Try one or more of these, or leave a comment with your best method for keeping track of blog ideas

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  • mel October 24, 2011 at 3:50 am edit

    I have started carrying the notepad in my purse, which has been great. Just need to have the time to pre-write a few I suppose! And maybe decide on a few consistent features, because mostly my blog right now is random things I feel like sharing, when I feel like sharing them. Hmmm… Random Feature Friday anyone?

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  • amy t schubert October 24, 2011 at 7:06 am edit

    consistent features does definitely help blog regularly, but you want to make sure they’re features you won’t get bored doing week in and week out …
    Glad the notepad in your purse is working out so far!
    xo

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  • Manda October 24, 2011 at 8:13 am edit

    I have started using Evernote and it really does help. When I have one of those ‘aha’ moments, I quickly put it in and it links up with my laptop at home. So, I never forget a good idea when I have one!

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  • carrynotes December 13, 2011 at 1:00 am edit

    Save your Blog ideas in http://www.carrynotes.com/

    Carrynotes allows you to have free online notes, with which you can have anytime access to your maintained database of all kind of learnings. Whether those are the details of your project, any health tip you have received from your friend, knowledge about new technology you searched on Google or particulars of your business trip, you can keep track of anything on Carrynotes.com.

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  • Mika May 7, 2014 at 5:56 am edit

    This is great! I am very, very new to blogging and I’ve already found that I hoard a bunch of handwritten notes and whenever I’m feeling particularly inspired, I just start writing a blog post for the future and then I can go back, edit and dress it up. I’m going through all of your blogging tip posts right now- thanks for all the advice (:

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