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note to self: never publish this

I keep a page with this title on each one of my sites, saved as a draft or password protected. I use it as a general “things to do next” and a place to document the invisible work I’ve done on the site. It’s amazing that I can remember what each of my six kids wore to Grandma’s birthday party in 2007, but I can’t  remember what articles I was planning to put on each site.

Each of my niche sites has a specific set of keywords they target initially, then as they grow I add new clusters of keywords (visualize Google’s wonder wheel, sort of)

As I look through my statcounter reports, sometimes I change my “plan” and choose to develop a different aspect of the site.  This all gets documented on the “note to self” page.

Whenever I stumble upon a site that makes me say “Wow- this is good stuff, I can use this as a resource for my site” I add the URL to an annotated listing that tells me exactly what I liked about it (because I do forget.  “Why did I bookmark this?”)

I used to use a physical notebook for planning, and I still do to some extent, but when I’m visiting a site in order to add content, I find it easier to just consult my note, which I also use to keep track of the time I spend working on each site (like a time clock)

So- do you have any silly organizational strategies for managing blogs on multiple topics?