How I’ve organised my blogging ideas

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? In the little spare time that I’ve had these last few days, I’ve been trying to pull together all my thoughts and ideas from my bloggy break, and this is the happy result: my very own ‘storyboard’ for the blog.

As I mentioned last week, I spent a lot of time during my bloggy break brainstorming new ideas and reassessing where this blog was going. I scribbled down pages and pages of lists, notes, random thoughts as well as messy diagrams and flow charts. In the end, however, I decided I needed something concrete to emerge from all of it, in order for my ideas to be actionable.

So I started wading through my messy handwriting (oh yes, nothing’s changed since high school), and turned it all into one big convoluted diagram. I was not a big fan of that diagram. Then I came across this post on A Beautiful Mess, and I realised that simple Post It notes were the way to go!

With a black Sharpie, I wrote down the broad ‘topics’ that I wanted my blog to focus on. I stuck these across the top of an A2 piece of black cardboard, starting with my favourite ones on the left. For each of these topics, I then wrote out all the ‘categories’ of posts that came under that topic and stuck them underneath. So for example, memory keeping is a topic (my favourite one, in fact!), and the categories underneath include Project Life, scrapbooks, photo books/albums, memory boxes and process.

Where a category could be placed under another topic, I copied it onto an additional Post It note and marked x2 in the bottom right hand corner before putting it under the second topic, to indicate that it was a duplicate. For example, photography and organisation are two separate topics, and so the category organising photos goes under both of them.

I’m pretty stoked with the result. I’ve always kept running lists of ideas for potential blog posts, but this is the first time that I have an actual visual of where I want the blog to go. I love being able to see the big picture at a glance, which will no doubt keep me on track with each individual post that I write.

Do you have any tips for organising your blogging ideas? Would love to hear them!

(Linking up with Jess.)

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rooth July 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

That’s quite a good idea. I keep my blog ideas on Evernote, which I can update from both my computer and iPhone

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Fiona July 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Wow, that looks very organised! I am not organised like that at all with my blog (or anything else, really!). Does it seem overwhelming to you? Every time I try and make a big picture view of something I end up feeling overwhelmed. Random seems to work so much better for me (not really, I just tell myself that ;))

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

No, it’s great. Makes it all less overwhelming, actually, now that I can see how everything fits together. Love being able to see the big picture!
Ronnie xo

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Fiona July 12, 2012 at 5:52 am

Well, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since I read this post, so now I’m just going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, Ronnie!

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Ida July 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

What a wonderful idea! I’ve never organised my blog ideas but lately I’ve been feeling a little ‘blah’ about my content so doing something like this might help.

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Monica July 10, 2012 at 2:04 am

wait, people organize blog ideas?
:D

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Monica July 10, 2012 at 2:44 am
Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

LOL. No, no Kindle for me. :)
Ronnie xo

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Alice C. July 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

That’s a great idea. I actually just keep a running list, highlighted in different colors on the computer. But, I like the idea of manipulating things physically to reflect on and rearrange the thoughts in my head.

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thanks Alice, and thanks for visiting here!
Ronnie xo

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lamina @ do a bit July 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

That is such a great idea, so much better than having everything whirling around in a ones head or having a crazy amounts of list on lots of A4 paper hiding in lots of different place… hmmm I’m not terribly organised at all … I think may have to adopt this idea :)

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Mum of Adult Kids July 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

That’s a great idea. I like the visual aspect of putting the post-its on the wall.
I’m using Evernote for my blog ideas, mostly because I carry it everywhere (in my phone). But it doesn’t provide the visual aspect, I have to intentionally access the app to look.

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Chrissie at Me and My Munchkin July 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

What a great idea! I have been looking for a way to organise my blogging and this sounds great.

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hope it works well for you too. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Ronnie xo

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Yvette @ DTlilsquirts July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love it! And I really think this post (and Beautiful Minds post) will REALLLY help alot of us out there all over the place with our blogging aswell as those who go.. hmm what should I blog about today and come up with nothing!!

FABULOUS! :)

visiting from #teamIBOT :)

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BrigittaR July 10, 2012 at 11:01 am

Good tip. I keep a folder on my computer and drag images and links into it.

I think It’s important to go through the process you have. So many people don’t realise just how narrow their blog is and how having a bigger theme or story to tell is important.

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I know – I just wish I’d done it earlier! The process has been fantastic.
Ronnie xo

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Penny July 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Gee that looks beautiful on your wall too! I use to have a spread sheet on my computer but I like this way better!

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thx Penny, and thanks for coming by.
Ronnie xo

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Soph Russell July 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I used to do something similar.

I had a huge timetable for everyday of the week stuck up on the wall, then would just stick post-its with post ideas on the relevant day (back when I posted every day!). I found it much easier to then rearrange posts and push something back or bring it forward in the schedule. I got the idea off Mamamia – that’s how Mia Freedman and the team used to plan their posts!

I also keep two scrapbooks for blogging – one for ideas to scribble down, one to develop drafts (I’m a notorious planner – I never just write something; I always do drafts and post plans).

Gosh, can’t believe I had so much time last year to devote to blogging! These days I’m lucky if I can just sit down and read some blogs. Hoping to get back into the swing of things soon…

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Soph, thanks for putting me onto that! I’ve now done a complementary monthly schedule and I think the two will work really well together.
Ronnie xo

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Emily July 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Love it! And I’m totally copying. I’ve got scraps of paper and iPhone notes and word documents all over the place. I prefer something physical in front of me rather than something digital I have to open, so thanks for the inspiration!

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Go for it!
Ronnie xo

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trishie July 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

How very organised of you. I probably should do this for my blog!

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Catherine Rodie Blagg @CoTaaB July 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Great idea – love the idea of having them all out in front of me rather than having to flick through my notebook.

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Grace July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Great idea, Ronnie! It’s amazing how effective Post It notes are :)
I use my diary to jot down ideas and line them up in accordance to whether it needs to be a timely post or just a basic babble ;)
Love that photo of the neatly lined up Post It notes too.
You are so very well organised! (*Envy*)

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BossyMummy July 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I have blown up some monthly calendar pages and I have the next three months on the wall above ky desk. I then have post it’s of the blog posts I want to do and put them in the scheduled day. This helps me, as I try to do a play and development post on Mondays, a personal post for IBOT on Tuesday’s, recipe for Wednesday’s, etc.

I love post it’s, and I wish I invented them ;)

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I reckon that sounds like a great system! You and Soph have inspired me to do something similar, as a complement to my storyboard.
Ronnie xo

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Cappuccino Frio July 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

ohhh i really love your blog!!!

http://cappucinofrio.blogspot.com.es/

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Tahlia - the parenting files July 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I love your blog and just discovered it through #IBOT. Love post it notes and thanks for pointing me toward a beautiful mess. I heard about it only the other day and you reminded me. I really need to get organized as I am on a day by day plan at the moment. No plan really and I know a plan would give me less stress! Thanks for the tips x

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for your sweet comment Tahlia. It’s so lovely to have you here, thanks for stopping by. A Beautiful Mess is definitely worth checking out. One of my daily reads!
Ronnie xo

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eskimo*rose July 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

Love this Ronnie – I need to organise a space where I can create and ideas/mood board – still in half moved in upheaval mode, even though we moved a year ago! … I don’t know how you manage to be so organised with 3 little boys!
xxx

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katherine July 11, 2012 at 4:18 am

i LOVE how organized your from your projects to your blog is nice the way you do things.i really not to much organized when it comes to my blog mainly because i’m not to much of a writer so i really don’t have any great ideas so i really let just go by the way the day goes or if i got some photos to post well i’m a new blogger so maybe later on i will organized my self.

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Latrina July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

Brilliant! Such a great idea. I love how you kept doing it and doing it until you found the perfect method for organizing them… :) I really think I could benefit from doing this as well. I feel as though my blog is such a mess right now — so many categories and tags — it’s a terrible, and I only use half of them. I’ve been wanting to organize them lately and cut them in half — you have inspired me to do so! I had *no* idea how I was going to attempt such a thing… but I love your idea. Thanks, Ronnie!

Hope your week is going well!

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Pink Ronnie July 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Let me know how you go, Latrina. I’ve found that this just works so well for me. I’ll post the other part to the system next week probably.
Ronnie xo

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Shoko July 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Wonderful idea! I’m so disorganized. Definitely, definitely could use something like this!

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Laura Gofton July 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

What a great idea Ronnie (I’m not surprised, you seem to be a lady full of ‘em)! I simply scribble down ideas in the back of my everyday notebook. Definitely need a better way to inspire and organise ideas, and I think this is it (along with Soph’s idea of the weekly schedule).

x laura

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Pink Ronnie July 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’ve done the whole notebook scribbling thing too, but being able to see the ‘big picture’ visually has really helped, along with Soph’s awesome scheduling idea!
Ronnie xo

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Debie Grace July 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

I use todoist and wunderlist for the topics I could write on my free time and some DIY from blogs I could make when I feel like being productive. Anyway, I love this photo. This space in your place looks simple yet elegant :)

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