Wow. I’ve been blogging for over two years! I can’t believe it’s already been that long. I’ve written about how much I’ve learned along the way and some of the things I often dislike about the blogosphere. One thing I haven’t touched on, which I know would help out a lot of new bloggers, is how I organize all the things that come with blogging. For me the answer is Trello and I’m going to share with you how I use Trello for blogging.
What is Trello?
Trello is a web based project management app. It allows you to collaborate with others and keep track of your to do list in a visual way. Since I’m a team of one, I don’t use the team features but I’m sure they are awesome as well. Another great feature is that you can use the app on your desktop or on your phone. It syncs seamlessly and helps you keep track on the go.
I first learned about the organization app after listening to Dana Malstaff’s BossMom podcast. I can’t recall the episode but she explains how Trello helps her run her business and then directs the listener to a free short course on how to use Trello.
Ever since listening to the podcast and taking the short free course, I’ve been using Trello at work to help manage the many projects I’m involved in. At a certain point I also thought, why not try using Trello for blogging. Once I started using Trello to organize my blog thoughts and plans it all became a bit clearer.
How do I start using Trello?
Head over to trello.com and you’ll be given the option to “sign up” or “login”.
You can also choose to login using your google account. This is actually the easiest way in my opinion, so that’s what I do.
When you login your initial screen won’t have much. It might have a welcome board but that’s about it.
How to Use Trello for Blogging – the Lingo
Like every platform, Trello has it’s own “language” for the different elements you can use.
Boards are similar to the headings. For me, I use my boards as my project names. I’ve added “stars” to all of my blog related boards to bring them to the top of my screen. Also, because I use Trello for my professional life, I can’t share those boards on my blog.
Once you open up your board, you can create “lists” and under the lists that you create you can add your action items.
When you click on your action item, there are lots of details you can add.
You can add a description by clicking on the “edit description” section or add comments if new ideas come to mind. The side bar is pretty self explanatory and my favourite elements to use there are the labels, checklists and due dates.
Labels are different colours you can give to your action items. It’s another way of visually organizing content.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the Trello language and how to set up an account, I can go into how I use it to organize my blogging calendar.Learn one of the easiest ways to organize your blog content! #blogging #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
Using Trello to Plan your Blog Content
Personally, I use 6 lists in my Blog Post board and they are:
- In progress
- What has to be done before I hit publish
- Ready to be published
- What to do after I hit publish
I use several labels as well. My labels are basically the different areas I blog about. For example, I use a “blue” label for food posts, a “green” label for parenting posts etc. By labeling my ideas this way I can see what my current focus is.
If you have a post idea that comes to you in the middle of the day, you can add it to your “Idea” list and colour code it. So the next time you’re struggling to find something in a specific area you can just look for the colour on your Trello list.
It’s super easy to add the colours as well. You just click on add label and the options pop up. It even sets out what each label is inside the colour. This is especially helpful if you’re forgetful like me!
I keep all of my ideas as to do items that I can then label and categorize. As I move along in the process, I move the to do item as well. Having the before I post and after I post checklist right there also helps remind me to take some key steps. These too are easy to add and delete as you see fit.
There you have it! How I use Trello for blogging. Do you use Trello? Share your favourite way to use the platform in the comments.
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