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How to Keep Track of Your Post Ideas in WordPress

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How to Keep Track of Your Post Ideas in WordPress

Anyone who has written or blogged before, can tell you that the best ideas don’t always come while you’re sitting down to write. This is why all writing teachers and professional bloggers would recommend you to create a post ideas journal. If you had one of those great ideas while doing something totally irrelevant which you didn’t write down, and when time came to write you forgot about it, then this article is just for you. In this article, we will show you how to efficiently keep track of post ideas in WordPress.

Keeping a post ideas journal doesn’t have to be super complex. It can be as easy as carrying an old-fashioned notepad around. For those who have smart phones, you can try using one of the many notes app (i.e iPhone notes, Evernote, etc). Some folks like to create a Google Docs, and others like to simply use the QuickPress widget on the dashboard to save a draft. While all the methods work, there is a downside to just about all of them.

You can’t carry your notepad everywhere, and if you ever lose that notepad (there goes all your ideas). Your smart phone apps and Google Docs are great, but its hard to keep that organized. Post Drafts are awesome, but what if you accidentally hit publish. Yeah that would be a bummer. So what do we do?

For individual bloggers, you can use a plugin called Ideas. It creates a new post type called ideas where you simply create ideas, add idea summary, and relevant links. This way when you get back to writing it, you have everything you need.

The idea write screen looks like this:

Ideas Write Screen

You can see all your ideas listed on one screen like so:

Ideas Plugin Screenshot

This is a great way of storing and keeping track of post ideas in WordPress. For multi-author blogs, this might not work. But for that, we have already talked about a plugin called Edit Flow. It allows you to create workflow stages and assign custom statuses to each post. By default there is a stage called Pitch. This is where you can store all the ideas. Editorial team can review it, and get back to the author about the pitch.

Edit Flow Custom Statuses

Its a very neat plugin, and we use it on our sites to improve our editorial workflow.


Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress lovers led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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Comments

  1. Mattia Frigeri says:

    As a blogger and web designer, I have posts which I have to style and modify… some are tutorials.
    So I don’t write them directly in wordpress, only paste them…

    So:

    1) evernote works better for taking notes
    2) but I keep notes on my desktop anyway, because I have to work with it in every case

    But I think this plugin, for blogger-writers only, is really great…

  2. Rison Simon says:

    I personally use Evernote to organize all the ideas. But I don’t know how using ideas plugin will be of any benefit. You can access a tool like evernote on mobiles and desktops even when you are offline. But for adding content to WordPress, we have to offline. I think it was not a good idea to compare Evernote type apps to this plugin.

    Perhaps we can store ideas we are not sure about publishing to Ideas plugin, but I don’t think it plays much role in brainstorming for ideas.

  3. Larry James says:

    Why not just save your posts as drafts? Is that not what the draft is for?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      You can definitely do that. Except sometimes you can accidentally hit publish… Again, we use Edit Flow plugin to organize things in the backend.

  4. Brad says:

    I like this idea, as not one plan fits all bills. I frequently create a draft in wordpress just to end up deleting it. I also create a similar type page on one of my non wordpress sites jsut to keep ideas.

    Of course I use evernote as well. It all gets confusing. But I never rely on one plan

  5. Stuart Wooster says:

    “You can’t carry your notepad everywhere”

    And you can’t connect to WordPress everywhere due to ideas coming to you whilst away from an internet connection. So you need the combination of something that works offline and you can copy across or work directly from. To be honest I think Evernote does a great job in that respect and this is just more bloat to add to WordPress.

    • Birgit says:

      that’s what I have written just before, but my comment does not appear here.

      • Editorial Staff says:

        I wonder why your comment didn’t show. Did it show comment awaiting moderation? If not, then it probably was thrown into SPAM.

  6. Perry says:

    Great post! I’m TIRED of thousands of sticky notes! I’ll have to look into these.

  7. Birgit says:

    For these purposes I always use http://evernote.com, because I often have my blog ideas when I’m on the road. And with the Evernote App I can quickly add ideas as audio, snapshot or as written note.

    http://blog.evernote.com/category/tips_stories/

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Ok, so the reason why your comment didn’t show up right away is because you added two links. It was held for moderation.

  8. Laura says:

    What an awesome plugin-thank you! I seem to have ideas and put them in various notebooks etc. now they will always be where they should be. : )

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