When you first start a blog, it’s probably just a place to put your ideas down and express yourself. Each time you write a post, it’s about something that has happened to you in the last week or an issue that is close to your heart. Inspiration strikes and you post about it, without too much forethought.
However, as your blog starts to grow and you get more followers, you need to take a more organized approach. If you are serious about making money from your blog, you stick to a regular posting schedule. Your readers will come to expect new content and if you can’t keep up, you will start to lose subscribers. That puts a lot of pressure on you as a blogger because you need a stockpile of new content ideas so you don’t fall behind.
Often, the reason that people struggle to stay on top of their blog is that their ideas aren’t organized well. When you are trying to plan posts for the next few weeks and keep track of all of your ideas, things can quickly get on top of you. But if you have a system in place, you can make life a lot easier for yourself. These are some of the best ways to organize your new blog ideas.
Use A Note Taking App
Note taking apps are perfect for bloggers that need to keep their ideas in order. There are lots of great ones out there and a lot of them are free, so there’s no need to pay a subscription for one. You can use a note taking app to create different pages for your initial ideas or research links for new posts. It’s easy to break things up into different categories so you can divide posts up based on subject matter or how far along the writing process they are. Once you start organizing things in this way, the big pile of ideas suddenly looks a lot less daunting.
Keep A Journal
You never know when inspiration will strike and if you have a good idea when you are out and about or when you are in bed, you don’t want to forget it by the time you get back to your computer. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a journal to carry around with you in your bag or by your bed. Whenever you have an idea about a post, you can jot it down and come back to it later. They don’t have to be fleshed out ideas at this stage, it’s just a place to keep any rough ideas. Then, when you need some new posts, you can go back to your journal, pick an idea that you like, and start developing it.
Organize Your Photos
Blog posts need good photos, so you should always take as many pictures as you can, just in case you might need them later. If you’re going to a new restaurant or taking a day trip, for example, you should get a few snaps in case you want to write a review at some point. The problem is, you end up with lots of photos and if you don’t stay on top of organization, it’s impossible to find what you need. This can be so frustrating when you write a great post and you know you have the perfect photo for it somewhere, but you haven’t got a clue where it’s saved. If you take a lot of photos on your phone, you can use this guide to help you put things in order so you can find things in seconds. It’s also a good idea to backup all of the photos on your phone to the computer so you don’t lose anything and you can easily upload them to your blog.
Use Project Management Apps
Project management apps are brilliant for organizing workflow and making sure that your posts get finished on time. Applications like Trello, for example, allow you to create multiple cards and move tasks from one to another. So, you can have a new ideas card, a card for drafts, and one for finished posts that are ready to publish. By tracking the flow of posts through project management apps, you can make sure that you don’t fall behind.
Use Calendar Apps
Having a well organized calendar to keep all of your deadlines on is great for managing your workflow and staying on top of your new ideas. If you set yourself goals for developing and finishing new posts and then put these on your calendar, you will have more motivation to get things done. There are some great editorial calendar plugins you can use on WordPress, which are better than simple calendar apps. As well as being able to see your calendar and set yourself some goals, you can also schedule posts once they are finished so they are published automatically. Your readers expect a regular posting schedule and using a calendar plugin helps to make sure that you always get posts out at the exact same time each week.
Keep Inspiration On A Pinterest Board
When you are stuck for ideas, you need to find places to get some inspiration. Pinterest is a great place to store ideas that you see on other blogs or social media pages. Whenever you see something you love, pin it to your board so you can come back and look at it later. It’s important to remember that you’re looking for inspiration here, not posts that you can copy. Your blog is a success because it has your own personality in it, so don’t lose that by imitating other bloggers too much. When you find a post that you like, use it as inspiration but put your own unique spin on the subject matter and tailor it to your readers.
If you follow these tips and tricks, you can make sense of your new blog ideas and stay organized so you always have fresh new content ready for your readers.
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