This post comes to us courtesy of our Lead Developer, Dan. It was originally published on his personal blog. When Dan is not using his mad-dev skills, he makes it a point to stay on top of the industry technologies and write about his findings.
I have been trying to get in the habit of writing more. But to do that, it helps to have a bank of ideas so I do not have to sit down and try to find something to write about. I’ve really liked using Trello to catalog my possible ideas for posts to write. This has really been helping me keep up with at least writing a few times a week since I have a large range of ideas to write about by using a Trello board
Trello has a really nice and simple app so you can jot down quick ideas. It is somewhat of a to-do app, but it doesn’t have that linear feel of a list.
You basically have a set of Trello cards in each main list.
You are then able to add lists of cards to each main card.
That way you can see multiple lists running in parallel.
This helps a lot when you have a large amount of loosely related things such as blog ideas.
It almost has a mind map type of feel to it, which I like. This makes it easy to add random ideas in semi-structured ways. I probably would not use it for a day-to-day type of to-do list, though. I am a pretty big fan of Asana, which we use at Matchbox Design Group. I almost used Asana for my personal blog, but it almost seems like overkill for my needs in this situation.
Using Trello has made cataloging ideas much easier, which in turn helps making writing posts much easier when I do have the time. Also, it helps me to not forget good ideas for things to write about. If I do not write the ideas down when I have them, they will usually be lost by the time I get to writing about them.
Here are some more ideas for using Trello direct from the Trello blog:
Ideas and Inspiration From The Trello Community: Volume 1.
There are some really good other ideas for using Trello in there, as well.
Check it out and let us know what you think.