Blogging 101: 7 Ways to Capture Ideas Like a Ninja

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Blogging 101: 7 Ways to Capture Ideas Like a Ninja


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You'll remember from the introduction to this Business Blogging 101 series, I mentioned the three BIG problems keeping you from doing a better job of leveraging blogging into business: 

1. You are unable to write QUICKLY

2. You are unwilling to write BRIEFLY

3. You are inefficient at IDEA CAPTURE.

Good news for you - #3 is the final topic we'll tackle today and you'll become an idea capture ninja before you're done reading this post...

Business Blogging 101: 7 Ways to Capture Ideas Like a Ninja

1. Set up a blog idea file in your email account. I filter everything through Yahoo! Mail and here's a shot of my "Blog - Best of the Web (BOW)" folder that sees a lot of action every single day. Drag, drop, captured!! 

7 ways to capture blog ideas


2. Use the Notes feature on your smartphone. I'm an iPhone guy myself but here's the idea that will work on any smartphone or tablet device...

7 ways to capture blog ideas notes  

3. Use a task manager on your computer, phone or tablet - handy for portability across all devices you use - and make a TO DO entry called "Blog fodder." Here is what mine looks like on the terrific to-do/task manager called Wunderlist:

7 ways to capture blog ideas wu 7 ways to capture blog ideas wu2

4. Carry a notebook and pen. Everywhere. All the time. Yep, seriously. Pictured below is one of my favorites - the Dot Grid Journal from The Creatives Outfitter.

7 ways to capture blog ideas dgj


5. Keep a trusty pad by your bed. In the nightstand, on the nightstand, under your pillow, doesn't matter - but late at night, early in the morning and sometimes at 3am is when you WILL get your best ideas. And if you don't write them down, they are gone, baby, gone... I like these "NOTE TO SELF" pads from

7 ways to capture blog ideas self

6. Carry a pocket video camera. Sure, you have your phone. But if you want HD video, external mic capability, and some special features, why not keep one of these in your briefcase like I do? See a celebrity at a conference? Three-minute video interview - BOOM! See something amazing on the street or while traveling that's worthy of a video blog? Two-minute video blog - BAM! Lots and lots of ways you'll be able capture ideas with this little guy. I own this Kodak Playtouch which runs less than $90 and shoots in 1080HD. Awesome...

7 ways to capture blog ideas kodak

7. Use micro-notes. In addition to my main notebook you see pictured above, I also keep an "Action Cahier" which is a much smaller notebook. You can throw one of these in your car, one in your bag, and keep one around the office for jotting quick blog ideas, questions, brain blurbs, blog titles, subject lines, all sorts of random and useful idea-starters. If one of these is always nearby, your next brilliant idea doesn't stand a chance of escape!

7 ways to capture blog ideas action 

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Great advice David. Curious--what is the model of the small video camera you showed in the picture? I'm looking for something like that and would like to be able to check it out further.
Posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:44 AM by Michael Hudson
Thank you for reading and for your kind words. The camera I use is the Kodak Playtouch. Check it out on amazon here: 
I also added the hotlink to the body of the blog post after receiving your question - so thank you again! 
-- David
Posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:47 PM by David Newman
Thanks David! As you know I use Evernote to capture blog ideas and more. What's great is that it synchronizes between desktop, laptop, iPad & iPhone. O'course I'm not utilizing half of its capabilities yet!
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 8:52 AM by Jennifer Ledet
Yes indeed - a great tool. I'm hearing so many good things about Evernote from their raving fans that I may have to check it out myself :o)  
-- David
Posted @ Saturday, June 01, 2013 9:13 AM by David Newman
Great list, David. I think people get so caught up in the next digital productivity tool that they forget the simplicity of paper. There's not a productivity software out there that is as fast the pad and pen I keep at my desk, though the advances in Google Now are getting close. Then, the next time I'm in Wunderlist, or Evernote, I'll add three or four tasks or notes at a time from my notepad, and cross them off there.
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 10:45 AM by Brandt Krueger
Yes indeed - totally agree. Thank you for reading and for sharing that great tip! 
-- David
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 11:45 AM by David Newman
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