Thursday, August 13, 2015

Keeping Track of Blog Ideas

I thought I'd share my way of keeping track of ideas for what I want to write about and the ideas that I've used.  Of course, because I often add to and use ideas on the list, it's a constant work-in-progress that I need to review.

What I do is keep a "perpetual" draft page on Blogger!  Brilliant, right?  If I need to add to the idea list, I can do so any time, just as long as I have internet access.  It's especially helpful when we are away from home.  Of course, when I don't have internet, I have to do it the old fashioned way, using pen and paper, but the idea is the same.

I like to be able to read on the computer or my phone, so I use a large font and a jot list format for my lists.  I do try to organize the ideas so that I can add to them easily.  For example, I have separate lists for tutorials, writing topics, quilting topics, tutorial ideas, book reviews, and so on.  

An easy way to organize the categories is to change font when I add a new category: as I add spaces or lines, the font follows along. Finally, I use color to help me keep track of new, timely, and used ideas.  All I have to do is type using one color then change the words to a second color to show that I've used the idea.  Those ideas are still available to help jump-start other ideas and help me remember years later what has been done.  A third color reminds me that I need to write about the idea soon.

This system works well for me for a couple of reasons: it's simple, it's available to me anytime and anywhere with the internet, and it's 
designed for my needs and can easily change if needed.  I could save a document in lots of other web-based places, but having this page on Blogger really makes finding it easy and convenient.  

And that reminds me of one more tip: every time I change or add anything--a word, line, space, color--the draft moves to the top of the post list.  VERY convenient!
Happy blogging quilting,

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