Content Archive: Resurrecting Those Unfinished Thoughts for Killer Content

ideas for blog posts

How many half written blog posts do you think there might be crammed into this briefcase?

If you’re anything like me, ideas for great content come to you at some of the most inopportune times. You might be driving down the road, taking a shower, working at the office or any number of other places that completely hinder your ability to sit down and put your thoughts to paper. It happens to me all the time. Some of my best ideas seem to come at the worst possible time.

To make sure that the thought doesn’t completely escape me, I try and jot down the subject and a few notes so that I can come back and finish it later. I’ve even been known to copy entire paragraphs out of a document I’m writing to elaborate on it in more detail at a different time. The problem is, far too often I don’t.

Instead of coming back and expounding on those great ideas, most of the time I sit down and try and drum up new ones, starting the cycle all over again. I end up with tons of unfinished, half written articles and sticky notes with titles and bullet points floating around my desk, email inbox and my computers’ hard drive.

Just the other day while going through old posts on my website I discovered several blog posts that I started and apparently never came back to finish. One in particular was finished and merely in need of proofing and it would be complete.

This got me thinking of all the places I have ideas for great content just sitting, waiting for me to come back to. I’m not just talking about unfinished blogs but files on my computer, notes I scribbled down on the inside of book flaps, and other material that I’ve been holding onto with the intent of writing future articles about.

I’ve actually been carrying around a file with workshop notes from a presentation by leadership speaker Mark Sanborn for almost two years. Every once in a while I thumb through the pages and think to myself, “Man, there is great stuff in here that I need to elaborate on more.” And I close it up reasoning that I’ll come back to it when I have more time.

blog post ideas ideas

Most likely, you already have a ton of blog post ideas, just waiting to be written.

Coming up with ideas for fresh and meaningful content can be a challenge but if you’ve been writing for any amount of time, chances are petty good you have quite a bit of unfinished material right under your nose.

The next time you’re having trouble coming up with a new blog post idea, take a few minutes and dig into that content archive. You might just be surprised by what you find.

Your Turn

Can you relate? Do you have a few places that you tend to store unfinished articles or ideas for future ones that you seem to just never get back to?

Seth Fargher is a journalist, marketor and a story teller. He's spent the last four years pursuing a life long dream of working in the powersports industry and has met many of his own childhood heroes along the way. He writes for numerous offroad industry websites, has been featured in several publications and blogs about everything from faith, to relationships, to his experiences in his industry on his personal website http://www.SethFargher.com

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5 thoughts on “Content Archive: Resurrecting Those Unfinished Thoughts for Killer Content

  1. I started a Google document that is called, “First goes at blog posts”. Some entries are just outlines, some are random paragraphs edited out of other blog posts that I thought worth saving, and others are almost complete but for some reason I wasn’t happy enough to schedule them.

    I also carry around a little notebook in my purse so that when a thought strikes me, I can jot it down. It’s also useful when I arrive early (or my friend arrives late), and I find myself with time on my hands. This way it’s not wasted.

    For my blog post that will run this coming Monday, I found an almost completed, but not very satisfying post in my purse. Then I realized that if I took the first paragraph and went a different direction with it, it would be perfect.

    Thanks for the reminder that we already have had tons of good ideas. Now is time to harvest them.

    • That’s awesome Tammy. I like your idea about carrying a small notebook around…I have one but since I don’t carry a purse, more often than not it gets left at home. I totally hear you on taking a paragraph and using that to go a different direction completely. I do that quite a bit…hence some of those unfinished blogs :/ Thanks for reading and commenting. I like your post about camping. I could use a little get away myself!

      • Seth, guys do have a disadvantage with not carrying a purse (at least when it comes to being able to carry a notebook around). If you have a smartphone, you can jot down notes on it, since you’ll have it with you most of the time. It’s not as convenient as a notepad, but at least provides a way to capture an idea when you’re out and about.

        Great post, btw. Thanks for sharing it with my readers!

        Rebecca

        • My pleasure Rebecca…and as for using the smartphone, absolutely. I’ve even been known to send myself text messages so as to keep them front and center to make sure I see them :)

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