Revisiting Your Blog Topics Backlog

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I can’t speak for all bloggers, but if you’re anything like me you have dozens or hundreds of topics ready to go at any time. I’ve written about my blogging workflow before, but any time I have an idea for a post I log into WordPress, create a new post and save it as a Pitch (via the awesome Edit Flow plugin). That way it’s there and waiting for me when I get ready to fill out the post.

I noticed a few days ago that my backlog of topics was getting really long, so I decided to do a little editing. Looking through the list I found that many of the posts I had pitched or stubbed out didn’t make sense any more. Many were related to some then-current event. Needless to say those aren’t going to be of any value going forward, so I deleted them. If the post had some merit then I tried to come up with a way to make the topic more evergreen. (Evergreen is blogger-speak for content that is always timely and helpful).

Today’s a good day to take a few minutes and browse through the unpublished articles and pitches you have and do some paring down. Start doing some writing for the topics that you still really like. Delete the ideas that don’t make sense any more. At the end of the day you’ll have a leaner, tighter blog.

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