When I was getting ready to start my new blog a few months ago, I was very excited about starting a new phase in my career, but one of my big fears about blogging was – what will I write about? I did have some ideas, of course, but I kept wondering if I had enough good ideas to sustain the blog. I also wondered how do I keep track of the blog post ideas that I have?
Here are a few things that I have found helpful for keeping blog post ideas organized. I do have to tell you that I’m very old school. I’m sure many of you will want to use your computer or smart phone for some of these tips, but I’m a paper and pen kind of gal.
5 Tips For Organizing And Writing Your Blog Posts
1. Write ideas down when you think of them. If you think of a great idea for a blog post, make sure to write it down right away. That way, the great idea won’t slip away. (Ask me how I know this!) I keep paper and pen close by wherever I am, in my purse, on my nightstand table, everywhere. I also keep a notebook on my studio desk, so that I can jot down ideas as I get them.
2. Beef up your blog post ideas. Occasionally I will go through all of my jotted down blog post ideas, and try to expand on the idea if I didn’t have time to when I first wrote it down.
3. File the ideas so they are easy to find later. I blog about several different topics, and I figured out pretty quickly that I needed some way to organize all the different blog post ideas I had written down. Now when I have an idea written down, I try to file it under the appropriate category, or sub-category. For instance, if I have an idea for a blog post about sewing a pillow, I would file it under Sewing/Pillows.
4. Use an editorial calendar to schedule blog posts. I’ve heard that you should schedule your blog posts for a whole year, but that’s more than I can handle! What I can manage is to schedule blog posts for a month or two. I like to print out my monthly calendars, and then write the post ideas in pencil for each month. I know that there are plug-ins that you can use to do this process on the computer too.
5. Write like you talk. This tip is about how to write your blog post, now that you’ve come up with that great idea for a post. I have never thought of myself as a good writer, so I was a little concerned when I first started blogging, about whether I could write my blog posts well. I finally figured out that I need to write my posts like I talk. It would be very hard to try to write in somebodies else’s style. Much easier, and more genuine, to write in your own style.