Blogifying Part 3: Dealing With Ideas

In this last Blogifying post, I’ll deal with some of the ways I deal with inspiration, ideas, and concepts for this blog.

The essential idea in this post came from something Steven Furtick said on his blog the other day…

For now, keep your eyes open for every little piece of inspiration God gives you. And have a pen ready.

The inspiration we are given that we do not immediately record will likely be lost. We as writers need some kind of system to notate our ideas. Here is what I do.

1. Paper

I carry a Moleskine notebook with me wherever I go. I used to carry a different brand of notebook, but got the idea to check out Moleskines from Michael Hyatt. It is sturdy and just the right size to carry in my bag or in my Bible cover. I use it to write down all kinds of ideas, but when a blog post topic comes to mind, I label it as a “blog seed.” When I look for things to write about, I thumb through my Moleskine and pick up topics I have not yet covered.

2. Phone

There are a few apps on my iPhone that I use to record ideas. The most often used is Evernote. I love this app, and have versions of it on my iPhone, iMac, and my work laptop. All my notes, voice notes, web clips, archived emails… anything I put in it… are synced to all devices and the web. I set up a folder to hold “in progress” posts, and get a rough draft down as quickly as I can.

I also use Dragon Dictation. This app types what I say. I have written entire posts in my car just by saying them into my phone.

The WordPress app is wonderful. I can write, add photos, and publish entire posts from start to finish straight from my phone. I have done so a couple of times.

3. Whatever works.

If none of these means are available (rarely the case), I write things down on whatever is handy. I ALWAYS carry a pen (well, the only place I don’t carry a pen is the gym, for obvious reasons). I have grown to love my Uni-ball Jetstream RT, so I use it to write on anything I can find. I’ll write on my hand if necessary (ask people that know me – I often have pen on my left hand). Whatever it takes to NOT LOSE an idea.

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