6 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Blog Post Ideas

 Ideas for the blog always seem to pop into my head at the most inopportune times. When I’m driving. When I’m in the shower. When I’m in the middle of a meeting.

I want to get the idea down right away because I know my brain. I will forget my idea and not be able to recall it later.

So how good am I at doing that?

Items to help keep track of blog post ideas- a keyboard, notebook and pencil along side a cup of coffee

I’d love to say I have a consistent way to keep track of my blog post ideas. Sometimes I’ll jot them down on Post-It notes. Other times I’ll open up Google Docs and start a list or even start a post. Then there are the lists I make in numerous notebooks.

No organization. That means when it comes time to do something with my ideas, I have ideas all over the place.

Being disorganized wastes time. Time you really can’t afford to lose when you work a full-time job. After all, you don’t want to have to be searching for something you are sure you wrote down…somewhere.

There are several ways you can record your blog post ideas. You may want to try several to see which works best for you.

  • Keep a notebook handy– You can’t argue with a tried and true method of keeping track of things. You can even bring it into modern times with a smart reusable notebook like Rocketbook.
  • Utilize Post-It Notes- It’s easy to stash Post-It notepads around so they are available whenever inspiration hits. The trick is to have a place to keep them so you find them after you put down your ideas. A notebook or journal is a great option to place your Post-Its. You can even organize them by category.
  • Make a draft post in WordPress- Throw in a working title, add your notes and you have a draft post waiting for you to give it more attention before you hit publish.
  • Use a note app- What could be simpler than just saying Hey Siri and get your idea down. On Android, keep the Google Keep app in an accessible location so you can easily open it and type in your note.
  • Use Google docs or Google sheets– Keep a running list in a Google doc or sheet and just add your ideas as they come.
  • Use a project management tool – Trello, Airtable, and Asana are all popular tools that can help you keep your blog ideas very organized.

Go ahead and test the different methods and see which processes you will be sure to use. Then use 1 or 2 ways to record post ideas. Using those tracking methods consistently will help get your post writing off to a good start.

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3 thoughts on “6 Easy Ways to Keep Track of Blog Post Ideas”

  1. I am a pen and paper person. I always have a note pad on my desk to jot ideas down, to do lists you name it. I prefer it to opening up another app on laptop before starting work. Plus for me there is something about writing that ideas can flow freer than typing. I hope that makes sense.

    • It absolutely does! I love using a notebook book too! But then I leave it somewhere and have to go find it when I’m ready to work on my blog.

  2. I used to keep ideas as drafts in WordPress, but then I’d never look at them. A year later I’d stumble across it and think ‘oh, that’s a great idea – should have already finished it!’. Now I have a whiteboard above my desk with the must-have posts, and a list in my notebook with nice-to-have ideas. I tend to flick through the notebook every couple of weeks, so it keeps the ideas front and centre.


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