Second best blogging advice: aaa

Note: this post is because fellow bloggers are up in arms have a collective effort to encourage people to write, podcast, stream and generally create content.

Good ideas come at you at any moment. Writing a blog post takes an hour or two and usually you don’t have that at any moment. If you just go on with your life, the idea can fade and you are left with the hollow feeling of “I had an idea but I don’t remember what”.

I have a pretty effective method fighting this. Any time I have an idea, I open the blog engine and write the post title and schedule the post at some date which serves as a deadline to actually write it. Since I can’t do that with an empty post, I write “aaa” as content. Later, when I have time, the title reminds me that I have post to make.

Sure, sometimes I mix up the dates and manage to actually post something with nothing but “aaa” in it. This is annoying. But I rather post “aaa” ten times than forget something good.

Sure, the post sometimes contain more than “aaa”, like the link of a post I want to reply to or some other notes, but somehow even then I add “aaa”, out of routine. It served me well over the decade of blogging. It will serve you well too. Just make sure that the title is actually good enough to remind you of the idea. If so, it’ll be good title for the readers too.

Author: Gevlon

My blog: https://greedygoblinblog.wordpress.com/

One thought on “Second best blogging advice: aaa”

  1. Good ideas come at you at any moment. Writing a blog post takes an hour or two and usually you don’t have that at any moment. If you just go on with your life, the idea can fade and you are left with the hollow feeling of “I had an idea but I don’t remember what”.

    a idea takes no time. you have one and it is already there. what most people lack is proper context switch and capture methodology. that your brain gradually trusts and accepts.

    The only one really putting this into easy to understand methodology and words without making himself into the next Guru (and adding future dependency) is David Allen and “Getting Things Done” (GTD). that book is self contained, meaning you only need that book that describes the whole shebang about GTD. it is written for initially setup and maintenance. so you pick up that book every now and then and rethink your setup and start to min max your tools. Without needing “the next fix from your guru”.

    Overview of Getting Things Done – youtube.com/watch?v=pvjOhLV3V6c

    It really adapted great into my life. As someone with really short attention span and switching around “topics of focus” too fast. his stuff was the first time I really felt a structure and methodology that keeps me on track.

    here the ted talk that got me into his GTD
    The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen – youtube.com/watch?v=CHxhjDPKfbY

    I don’t follow the hype. I bought his first book and the revision to check for “gurufication”. this guy as far as I can tell is genuinely interested into getting the method down so people are less distracted on Jupiter orbit or in the kitchen at home or at the desk at work in a cube.

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