One thing I would definitely recommend to someone who is starting a blog is to always have some way of taking down notes. Personally, I have 2 ways of taking notes virtually all the time, and I find myself writing down post ideas in some of the weirdest places at all hours of the day.
The first method of note taking is pretty traditional – I have a pocket size Moleskine that sits in my back pocket most of the day and I am always ready to write in it with my Fisher Astronaut Space Pen. I jot down ideas for posts or web links or just notes from articles I read online.
The other way I take notes is with a wonderful application called Evernote. This is a great app that I use on my Mac Book Pro, my PC, my iPad, and my iPhone. Because it runs on all my devices, I can take notes with it at anytime or place. I'll use the virtual keyboard a lot of the time, but when driving, I can dictate notes and Siri will write them out for me or I can make an audible note. Along with post ideas, many of the blogs I follow have tags, I created in the app, that I apply to posts I have saved from their sites. So when I read a post I like, I save a copy to Evernote and often go reread it to get further post ideas.
I think between the 2 methods, I have all my note taking needs covered and would recommend that if you start a blog, you give both of them a try. As things stand now, I have dozens of post ideas in both systems that I go through whenever I can't think of what to write about – and this post idea was pulled from Evernote.
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