This is 12 Important Reasons to Keep a Blogging Notebook. In this post I’ll show you why keeping a blogging notebook with you at all times as a new blogger can be one of the best decisions that you ever make.
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Your Blogging Notebook
A blogging notebook is simply a place for you to record all of the different things that you think about when it comes to your blog and your business. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be something portable, and something you care about.
It’s also helpful if it’s not overly large, but still has plenty of space for you to write down in store lots of information over time. This notebook and you are going to become very good friends, and it’s going to make a big difference in your blogging.
If you think about all of the different ideas that you have throughout your day, it should be no surprise that if you were actually able to remember and use all of them, that you would be more successful.
Now, you won’t have to worry about that anymore.
Save Your Best Ideas
The primary use for your blogging notebook is to save all of your ideas. Throughout your day, between when you get up, taking your shower, and even your commute to work, you have so many ideas running through your mind.
In fairness, not all of these ideas are good ideas. That’s OK, all that means is you’re similar to the rest of the world. However, there are plenty of gems in that stream of thoughts you have all day long, and writing them down is the first step in organizing them.
Once you start organizing and writing down your ideas, you can begin to pick out the good ones.
Sometimes, when you have an idea you don’t even realize how good it is. After you write it down among several others, it can start to look better.
You can even have an incomplete idea at one point that seems OK, but then a few weeks later the rest of the idea comes to you and now it’s brilliant. Without writing down that first thought, the second half may not have been able to stand alone.
Blogging Notebook Assignment No. 1 will help you develop the habit of writing down your ideas daily, and it will make you a better blogger over time.
Forget Less Ideas
Unless you actually write your ideas down, by the end of the day they are typically lost. What might’ve came to you as a brilliant revelation or flash of insight is now something you don’t even remember. It’s a shame, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Your mind is such a beautiful and wonderful thing. You have such ability when it comes to creativity, making connections, and thinking of the future. The big problem that most of us have though, is that it’s difficult to remember things.
I don’t know that it’s necessarily difficult, I just think that the sheer volume of thought that happens in a typical day makes it hard to retain all of it. This is where your notebook comes in, because you’ll forget a lot less after you write it down.
Your mind is not meant to be weighed down by memorization and data retention. Your mind is a creative fountain, not a water tank. When you write your ideas on paper, you free your mind for creative processes, and the paper becomes the storage device.
Brainstorm Blog Post Topics
Another thing that you can do with your blogging notebook is to brainstorm blog topics. If you are like me, different topic opportunities come up every day. Write those down, and you can go back to them later.
Coming up with topics is the focus of Blogging Assignment No. 3
Something you’ll be able to do with those ideas is create more topics from the one topic that you wrote down. For example, if you just happen to want to talk about a good book that you read, there might be several different blog topics hidden in there.
A book review doesn’t have to be a one topic event. You can actually look at the table of contents and pull several different topics that can all be used to help your readers and also highlight the author of the book.
If you’re using it for pure brainstorming, open up a blank page and just write down every single thing about your topic. Each of those can be revisited later and then worked into titles, and then you have the seeds for your blog posts.
Creating titles from keywords and phrases is the topic of Blogging Notebook Assignment No. 2
Creating Post Outlines
One of the best parts about having a single place where all of your best information is stored is that you can easily flip through it and create post outlines. These are the bones behind your posts, and they make the writing process very easy.
Once you know what you want to talk about, all that’s left is talking. This is the biggest hurdle for most writers, because they start their writing process with the very first word on the page. For many, this is actually a terrible strategy.
Until you really know what you want to say about business, marketing, or whatever your topic maybe, you don’t know what to write about. You may know that you want to cover tips on improving your grammar, but until you know what those tips are, writing is going to be hard.
It’s much better to use your notebook to plan out all of your sub headings and points that you want to cover before you even begin writing the post. This way, you have all of your framework completed, and all you have to do is talk about each of those elements.
This is one of the big secrets to writing quickly, and writing in a way that is very easy, flows freely, and is not frustrating. Check out How to Write Faster for more speed tips.
Keeping Ideas for Later
There are going to be concepts and ideas that you come across that you know are important, but that you don’t have the ability to do right now. These can range quite a bit in scope, but you probably already encountered a couple of them.
As beginners, there are often things that you have a feeling you need to do, but you don’t necessarily know how to do. Your blogging notebook is a good place to store these things, because it will give you a chance to expand upon them, and take notes.
For example, you might hear something about website structure and interlinking that sounds really important, but you just don’t know exactly how to execute. Write this down, and as you do a little research here and there, add those notes too.
After a while, you’ll have a fairly good basis for the new idea or process, and it’ll get you closer to implementing. You can do this with as many of these kinds of future topics as you need, and when the time comes, you’ll be more prepared.
See Also: Blogging Assignment No. 7 | Making Lists
Write Out a Blogging Schedule
A single page or notebook can have multiple entries, one per line. All you do is add the date, and then put the title of the post next to it. Do this in pencil, that way you can move around the entries if something more important comes up.
This is the blogging equivalent of making a task list. In the beginning, it can be difficult to keep all of the different balls in the air, and writing content every week or every day can be overwhelming.
Instead of letting all of that get to you, your blogging schedule tells you exactly what you need to do, and exactly when you need to do it. If you know you have a post coming up next week about a certain topic, you know exactly what you need to accomplish by then.
If you’re struggling with producing content at a regular rate, I definitely recommend creating a blog schedule, and putting that information in your notebook. It will make a big difference, and you’ll always know what you need to do.
Form Connections from Old Ideas and New
Over time, and as you add more and more ideas to your notebook, you’ll have a unique opportunity to do something that people who don’t write their ideas can’t do. You’ll be able to look back at all of them and make connections.
Since most people forget their ideas, they rarely have an opportunity to look back and see if any of those old ideas get better when combined with new ideas. Since you have everything written down now, you have a much better opportunity.
After a month or two, go back through your blogging notebook and read your old ideas. Some of them are going to jump out at you so much that you’re almost feel like you should’ve understood them better at the time you wrote them down.
That’s the nature of this process. At the time you wrote it down, you didn’t fully understand it. Now that there’s more information, suddenly that old idea has a ton of new value. You may have even forgotten that you wrote it down in the first place.
Whenever you go back and look at your old ideas, and you see one that’s valuable, and that you have forgotten until you just read it, that right there makes your notebook worth the time and effort. You may never have came past that idea again had it not been for your notebook.
Not that this is going to happen all the time, but you might end up having several breakthroughs as a result of taking notes and looking back upon them. Each time it happens, your notebook becomes more and more valuable.
Always Have Something to Write About
Once you start writing down all of your ideas, and turning many of those good ideas into blog post titles, you’ll always have something to write about. That’s one of the big benefits of keeping all of these notes.
When you need to write, but you don’t have any ideas, and you don’t really know what to write about, it can prevent you from even starting. When that happens, obviously no writing gets done, and another day passes without moving forward.
Make it easy for yourself to do the right thing. Keep a nice long list of ideas in your notebook, and all you’ll need to do is open it up and take a look to find what to write about. It will be much easier, and your start up time will be much quicker.
Many times we let the littlest things prevent us from moving forward. Something as simple as not having a topic right away can mean the difference between writing another blog post, and taking another day off because you just don’t know what to write about.
In reality, you do know what to write about. You just haven’t really thought about what to write about long enough to get some of those ideas on paper. Next time, brainstorm your topics first, and you’ll always have something to write about later.
Form a Habit of Idea Creation
As you continue to work with your notebook, what may have been a little bit frustrating, or a little bit of a new process in the beginning will start to become familiar and old. This means you’re forming a habit, and the notebook is just becoming part of your life.
It’s a wonderful thing when this happens, though you might not be able to pinpoint exactly when it does. That’s OK, the effects will still be there, and you will have a much easier time adding to your notebook on a regular basis.
The other habit that this cultivates is the habit of having ideas. Sometimes, with the day being so full of distractions, it’s hard to find time just to think. When you know you have to add ideas to your blogging notebook, you’ll intentionally make more thinking opportunities.
When you think more, you accomplish more. You come up with the ideas and the concepts needed to bring these different things to life. It will become a habit after a while, and before you know it you’ll be a spring of ideas and information.
When it’s Full it Will be a Treasure
There will come a time when you look back through your blogging notebook and you realize that you have created a personal treasure. It may take a few months, or it might take longer, but it will happen if you add to a daily.
Since this notebook is 100% you, your goals, your dreams, your ideas, and your accomplishments, it will be so much fun to look at. It will also be incredibly valuable, because that’s where you get the ammunition to move your blog forward.
It’s inside of those pages that you bring your best ideas to life, and those translate into better things for your business. You’ll have such love and respect for your notebook, and that will cause you to use it even more.
Complete a Big Project and Build Confidence
Filling up many many pages with your best ideas and blogging exercises is not something that happens overnight. In fact, if you fill the notebook up in an afternoon, you’re probably doing it wrong. If you simply allow the process to unfold, you’ll be much happier.
At the end of a big process like this, when you finally reach the last page of your notebook, and you fill in that very last line, you’ll feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. You’ll also have to go out and buy another notebook.
The feeling of completing a large project is amazing, and it also teaches you something. It teaches you that you have the ability to slowly and steadily persist through something that doesn’t immediately seem like it will ever be finished.
This has a big parallel to blogging. There really isn’t going to be one post that puts you on the map. It can happen rarely, but more often it’s going to be every little post that you write creating an incremental increase in your overall reach.
Lack of persistence is the number one cause of failure in blogging. Those who are persistent enough to continue pushing forward even though it doesn’t seem like much distance is being made are the ones that can eventually achieve success.
Working on your notebook is a parallel to your blog, and by the time you have a well filled out notebook, you’ll also have a very full blog. This means you’ll have two very large accomplishments that happen close to each other. That’s a double win.
Store Important Dates
Finally, you can use your notebook to store important dates, which will help you prepare yourself for any renewals or automatic payments that are coming up. In the beginning you may not have many, but I promise you will forget them.
You can start a blog without spending a lot of money, you can even start one for darn near nothing, but over time, and as your revenue increases, you may add more paid features. As this happens, it will be even harder to remember them all.
Instead of worrying about one of your plug-ins expiring, and having problems on your website, just make a note in one section of your book that reminds you when you need to renew. A couple weeks before, make sure you go in and pay.
Your Blogging Assignment
Now that you have a very good understanding of how a blogging notebook can help you become a better blogger, it’s time for your first blogging assignment. The very first step is to buy a notebook, and I can help you with that.
My blogging notebook makes it very easy to store all of your ideas, and it’s the perfect size to be taken with you everywhere you go without being obtrusive.
It’s only $10, and it has 200 lined pages to work with. That’s nearly double the other books on the market.
Your first assignment is to write down to one idea for your blog every single day, for 30 days. This doesn’t have to be a world changing idea, it just has to be an idea. Do this for 30 days, and then look back at your notebook.
I promise that you will have forgotten a lot of the things that you wrote down, but reading them all together will help you form even more ideas, and take your blogging farther.
Make this a habit, and in the future you will credit this activity as one of the pillars to your blogging success. It’s definitely one of mine.