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?
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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:
You can see all your ideas listed on one screen like so:
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.
Its a very neat plugin, and we use it on our sites to improve our editorial workflow.