If I were to tell you about a cutting edge tool that will make your blog (and life) better, you would probably want to learn more about it. Am I right? I thought so. However, if I told you that this cutting edge tool was a notebook, you would probably call me crazy. That’s right, a plain ol’ spiral notebook with real paper in it.
It’s true that of all the tools I have utilized in my life, nothing has been more beneficial than a notebook. It’s the once place I can write down whatever I want, whenever I want. I constantly write down thoughts and ideas that I want to remember later on.
Carrying around a notebook started as an experiment but I have now made it a habit to take a notebook with me everywhere I go. Especially when traveling.
How A Notebook Can Help Your Blog
So you’re probably wondering how a notebook can improve your blog. The answer is simple: More blog posts and better quality blog posts. How many times have you had a great idea for a blog post only to forget it later on. I have had dozens (if not hundreds) of post ideas that have never made it to my blog. I simply forgot them. It’s really easy to get distracted and lose your train of thought.
Luckily, I purchased a travel notebook about a month ago and have constantly been writing down post ideas. I now have more than 50 post ideas that I can turn to. The last 5 blog posts have all been based on notes I wrote down in my notebook. It sure beats trying to come up with ideas on the fly. It’s the main reason why I haven’t missed a day of posting in awhile. Even this post is a result of some notes I wrote down about why I loved my notebook.
So here is a few tips to use a notebook to your blogging advantage:
- Designate a notebook to blogging
- Create a few sections based on your categories (ex. Blogging, Travel, Humor)
- At the very minimum, write down blog post titles (it helps to add some key points)
- If you want to get advanced, create columns where you can write titles, main points, etc.
How A Notebook Can Help Your Life
Besides making your blog better, carrying around a notebook can also help your life. It’s a place where you can write down ideas, things to do, grocery lists, or whatever else you feel like writing. You could even use it to draw pictures.
It’s amazing how much information we process in the course of a day. Most of it goes in our head and comes write back out. That’s why it’s important to keep notes. It’s like science class only for life itself. A notebook is also a great place to keep your goals. You can easily track your progress and write down things you need to do to fulfill your goals.
Who Cares If It Looks Weird
I’ll admit that at first I thought it might make me look a little weird to carry a notebook around. But then I started thinking and who really cares what other people think. I’ve actually showed my blog post notes to a few clients and they were pretty impressed at how many things I write down.
If you are really worried about looking funny, grab a small notebook that fits in your back pocket or purse. It’s a lot easier to keep track of it that way.
So grab a notebook and give it a shot. Let me know if works for you like it has for me.
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