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.)