Blogging (or Writing) Tip of the Day

Thursday, January 7, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:13 AM

Originally Published 2007-06-01 13:09:42

Take notes.

That's it. Really.

I have at least a half dozen ideas for blog entries every single day, but often, when I sit down to write, they've all left me. So, instead of a 12 paragraph masterpiece about how to improve your bottom line, you get a tip on how to take better notes and remember the key points from those proverbial 12 paragraph masterpieces. I haven't yet discovered the perfect method for meme-recording, but here are a few ideas:
James and the Giant Peach Cover (from Amazon)

  • I once read an essay on the craft of authorship by Roald Dahl of James and the Giant Peach fame. He stated that he once used his index finger to write out the word "elevator" in the dirt layer on the drunk of his car to preserve a meme. I'm afraid, however, that I've no idea if his elevator story ever got written or published.

  • On a more serious note, use your blackberry to email yourself that meme. I don't have a blackberry (gave it up years ago because of the "leash" factor), but I still do email myself to keep track of things to do on an almost daily basis.

  • Use an electronic tool like google notebook or tada lists. I've used both with varying success, but I still have a hard time pulling away from my email inbox as a list manager. Both are AJAX enabled (that's a techie way of saying "web 2.0") and user-friendly.

  • Use a personal Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool like Backpack or Salesforce. Both products have free versions. I haven't tested either solution thoroughly, but I'm impressed by the feature set and usability of both at this point. (Although it should be noted that Backpack charges just to use the calendaring feature, which has prevented my wholehearted adoption.)

  • Voice mail yourself. Sometimes I have neither a computing device, the diligence to SMS (like when driving), nor a pencil and pad. But you always have your mobile phone with you, right? In moments of desperation, I've definitely gotten a pretty girl's number this way. Once I even asked to use her phone to make the call.

  • Carry an old fashioned paper-based notebook. Low on the geek-cred, maybe, but they're cheap and always of utility.

  • Get more post-its. A set of green, pink, and yellow slips of paper all the way around your monitor truly shows that you are the go-to guy or gal. (j/k, folks! :-))

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