The blogging world moves quickly. In fact, 87.6 million new posts are generated each month by WordPress.com users alone. Too bad your new blog post ideas seem to come at the most inopportune times, like when you’re in the shower or driving to work. Luckily there are many helpful tools available today for bloggers to fully capture those fleeting thoughts while they are still fresh. Here are a few:
Susan Reynolds, author of Fire Up Your Writing Brain, recommends documenting ideas the old-fashioned way — with paper and pen. Follow the spare, nomadic tradition of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso by toting a classic Moleskine journal to jot your ideas on the go. The soft covers and extra small size make these easy to stash in a purse, coat pocket or glove box.
If you have a hard time remembering to take pen and paper with you wherever you go, put them with something you can’t live without — your money. Travel wallets are ideal for busy people since they can accommodate a passport and airline tickets and, when you’re not traveling internationally, writers can keep a small notebook in the passport pocket. Some, like the Best Made Co. bonded canvas passport case, can even hold a pen or pencil.
If you want to quickly jot an idea down but your pen can’t keep up with your thoughts, consider a smartpen like Livescribe or the Moleskine Smart Writing set. These smartpens record your thoughts as you say them out loud, and you have the option to write corresponding notes or doodles on the matching paper. Later, digitize and organize your ideas with your smartphone or tablet.
That awesome podcast put your brain into overdrive about a new blog post? You can save your idea without interrupting your activity by using Instapaper. The app allows you to save, manage and make notes about anything you find on the internet, including videos, articles, song lyrics or recipes. The app works with any Apple, Android or Kindle device.
Ever helpful for brainstorming, keeping a stack of Post-its in several rooms of your house will enable you to jot down your ideas as they come to you. Then, using the Post-it Plus App, capture and organize your notes digitally. If you primarily come up with ideas while sitting at a computer, check out desktop sticky notes from Microsoft and Chrome.
Notes for iPhone
One of the simplest ways to capture your ideas while you’re out and about is to jot them down on your Notes mobile app. If you’re driving or need a hands-free option, use Siri to dictate quick notes without unlocking your iPhone 7 Plus. Just say, “Hey Siri, take a note.” Your ideas will be captured in the Notes app for later use.
If your brilliant ideas come to you during a good shower and then magically disappear with the steam afterward, you should consider a waterproof notepad like AquaNotes. The suction cup attaches the notepad to the shower and the paper is recyclable.
If you’re already a Pinterest addict, you can easily save your blog ideas there using a secret board. Simply create your “blog brainstorm” board and flip the Secret toggle to make it so that only you can see your ideas. Add ideas to your board while you’re out and about using your smartphone or tablet, and come back to it later when you have time to flesh them out.