Updated January 18, 2016
I’ll be the first to admit it — I’m not a super organized person. I don’t get the thrill of planners and paper products. Lots of lists overwhelm me. Multiple planners… why?! I have one planner, a bunch of to do list sheets, and a few journals… and I wish I utilized them more.
I am always brainstorming, always thinking, and always dreaming. I guess it’s part of my personality. One thing I’ve been trying to do is narrow my focus in all aspects of my life, so everything feels more simple. Writing out a huge to do list overwhelms me, but writing a small one for the day seems much more accomplishable.
I was getting overwhelmed with organizing and writing blog posts. Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt a little better at how I organize my blog life due to a few things I’ve changed. Since I am always thinking and dreaming, I am always coming up with blog post ideas. I used to just use my phone for ideas, and in the long run, that wasn’t helping me. I have started organizing them in a few different ways and I am going to share them with you!
5 Ways to Organize Blog Posts:
The main thing here is that I use these ways to always give me inspiration or a topic to post about. Writing a bunch of lists in a lot of different places or being super strict about a calendar has never worked for me. Yes I write lists, and yes I use a calendar, but I don’t really use it in the most traditional way.
1. The Notes App
Instead of only relying on this method to jot down my ideas, I now only use this when I’m not by my computer. I don’t carry a planner or journal around with me. If I’m out and about and I think of an idea, I whip out my phone and write down my ideas in my Notes app. It’s a quick way to go back and reference something I’ve thought of while out and about. I will then transfer those ideas to drafts once I’m at my computer.
2. Composing Lots of Drafts
When I go to my posts in my blog, I do not click “posts.” That will automatically overwhelm me! Why? Because I constantly start new drafts. When it’s time to write a blog post, I will go to my Calendar in WordPress (the Editorial Calendar plugin) and either start a post from scratch or drag a draft onto the calendar. Lots of drafts can be overwhelming, but they actually help me a lot. I usually write a title and then maybe a list in the body so I know what I want to write on when I go back to compose the post. There have been many times where I have no idea what to write about, but visiting my calendar with the unscheduled drafts will get me inspired.
3. A Digital Editorial Calendar Plugin or Planner
Like I mentioned above, I love using the Editorial Calendar plugin. It’s great to plan out my week and also put in deadlines for sponsored posts. I feel like it helps me keep organized with when posts are going out. I am not strict with my calendar. I am constantly moving stuff around. Others love CoSchedule, and Google Calendar as a digital, visual way to see posts.
4. A Secret Pinterest Board with Inspiration
While most of my content is from my brain, I sometimes draw inspiration from bloggers and social media. If I see something that really inspires me, I will utilize Pinterest and pin it to a secret board. I have to emphasize here that it’s crucial not to copy other people. Don’t be a knock off. BE YOU. Your secret board should inspire an original post — another take on a topic, your perspective.
5. A Journal Specifically to Write Out Ideas and Outlines
I do have a little journal I will write down anything blog related. It’s kind of a little catch-all for ideas and outlines, and even small blog to-do lists. Outlines really help me a lot when I eventually go to compose my blog post. I will also write video outlines, if I am working on a video. That way it will keep me on track and not ramble in the video.
What about you? How do you organize your blog post ideas? Do you keep it all neat and tidy in one place?
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