Have you ever sat down, energized to write a blog post, only to realize that you have no clue what to write?
So you sit there, just staring at a blank document or aimlessly surfing the web, praying for inspiration to strike.
Then finally, an idea!
You write, edit and publish. And then you reflect and realize that 75 percent of the time it took to publish your post was spent coming up with an idea to write about.
Here’s how to never have this problem again. You’ll save huge amounts of time, have an enormous list of ideas to draw upon, and it’s incredibly easy.
Capture your ideas using Evernote.
If you’re not familiar with Evernote, at its core it is a note-taking application that saves notes in the cloud and syncs them across all of your devices. If you’d like to learn more about it, check out their website here.
How to use Evernote.
The way I use Evernote to ensure I never run out of blog ideas is pretty simple. I’ve got a standing text note that I’ve aptly titled, ‘Blog Ideas’. Every time an idea strikes, I’ll add it to the note. Saving notes to the cloud may seem like an inconsequential feature, but I’ll tell you that I really appreciate that my notes sync across all of my devices. When I add a note to my phone, it’ll appear when I launch the app on my laptop and am ready to write. It’s seamless and efficient.
Why is it so useful?
It is with you at all times. When’s the last time you didn’t have your smartphone with you? I’ll guess you can’t think of the last time it wasn’t within arm’s reach. If you get in the habit of using Evernote to capture ideas for your blog, you’ll be able to document every thought no matter when it comes to you, and no matter where you are.
It will save you huge amounts of time. We all have ebbs and flows of ideas for our blogs. On the best of days, thinking of an idea to write about can take time. I do find, however, there are unpredictable moments when ideas seem to come as easily as my next breath, and to capitalize on these moments, having an application like Evernote to jot all of my thoughts down is invaluable. Having an ever-expanding list of preconceived ideas to draw upon can make your blog writing process faster and more efficient.
It can improve the quality of your content. Particularly on days that the ideas just aren’t flowing, having a list of content ideas to draw upon can save you from exasperation and conceding to writing about one of the few thoughts you’re able to muster up. Often times, these ideas aren’t the strongest, and you’ll end up writing a sub-standard post as a result. If you have a list of great content ideas, call upon it to ensure every post is reflective of the quality and image you want to project for yourself, business or brand.
Its use is scalable. If you want to use Evernote to quickly capture a fleeting idea, it’s perfect for that. Further to simply listing ideas, I frequently use it to capture some of the main points I might want to make when writing my post. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could even use it to write an entire piece.
What is your process for conceiving ideas to write about?
What tools do you use to maximize the efficiency of your blog writing process?
It would be great to discuss your answers or any related thoughts you have in the comments, or on Twitter @RGBSocial