• I’m a writer who writes a personal blog in which I talk about a variety of topics.
Make no mistake about that.
As such, I have a drawer in my desk where I toss pieces of paper on which I’ve written thoughts + scribblings + quotes that come to me when I’m not in a place to write about these thoughts + scribblings + quotes.
I do this randomly, both the thinking and the tossing.
This drawer, you see, is my idea generation process system based on one piece of wisdom in David Allen’s Getting Things Done. He tells you to capture ideas.
Well, I’m capturing them.
In my own way.
Then a few times a year I sort through the pieces of paper with the aforementioned thoughts + scribblings + quotes on them, to see what I might write about here on these hallowed virtual pages.
• Yesterday I reacquainted myself with what I’ve carefully saved in this drawer.
In reality, about 60% of what I saved I tossed out because I have no idea what I was thinking about when I saved the thought + scribbling + quote.
The brain, she be addled.
Another 30% of my thoughts + scribblings + quotes were good blog post fodder, but I wasn’t in the mood to do what it takes [research, personal reflection, finding an image] to write a coherent blog post about the topic.
So those thoughts + scribblings + quotes went back into the drawer, safely nestled among their own kind, until I’m ready to write about them sometime in the future.
Trust me, there are advantages of being a blogger whose blog leans more toward lifestyle newspaper column than daily diary. Plus, not to put too fine of a point on it, variety fights inertia, random is what keeps this blog going.
That left me with 10% of my thoughts + scribblings + quotes that I’ll turn them into exciting world-class blog posts such as this one.
All of which [finally] brings me to my actual reason for writing this post.
In my more anxious moments I wonder if there might be a better way for me to capture and generate ideas. A way that doesn’t rely on my current idiosyncratic, neatniks-need-not-apply idea generation process, as seen in the photo below.
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So tell me, gentle readers, how do you keep track of the ideas that you use to write your blog posts?
‘Tis possible that I could use some guidance.
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