What Was I Thinking?
How many of you have done this? You’re reading something or talking to someone when a great blog post idea hits you. You struggle for your tablet, phone or a scrap of paper to write the idea down. You get the gist of it in a lame note to yourself but you think at least you got it. Hours later, when you try to make sense of what you wrote down, you scratch your head and think either “what the hell does this mean?” or “this is just stupid.” Chances are it’s not that the idea was bad. The real problem is you didn’t get enough of it or in a place you can really develop it. That’s why I recommend going directly to your WordPress site, logging in, hitting the “+New” button on the top menu bar (WP 3.5.1) and start writing!
You can then enter a quick title and get right into the idea you have. Don’t write for editing. Just put as much info as you can recall into the body of the post. If you get ideas about product tie-ins, write them down too. Anything that hits you as relevant while you’re writing put it in there. The important thing is to get it recorded! Later, you can return and edit the crap out of it before posting.
Before you say “but I can’t always get to my desktop or laptop” let me tell you there is a WordPress app for smartphones and tablets. If the virtual keyboards are too slow for you get a bluetooth to use with it. There’s really no good reason to lose a blog post again!
“The only GREAT blog posts are the ones that get written” – Unknown
I advise you to wait at least a day before returning to edit/revamp the post. This will give your mind time to process the idea you had and clarify it before you edit it. Believe me, it makes editing a LOT easier if you don’t try to do it right after you’ve written something.
How many times have you lost a blog post because you couldn’t get it recorded quick enough, couldn’t find where you put it or couldn’t make sense of it when you did? Do you have any tips on making the blog writing process easier and less painful? I’d love to hear them!