Blogging, Giveaways

Creating a Blog Outline for Organization and Inspiration & *Giveaway* Results

Am I the only one who enjoyed making outlines in school? I really did. They made my analytical mind very happy, lol. Such an organized way to sort information! Anyway, a while back, I began using this technique (outlining) to organize my thoughts on blogging.

By making an outline, I am able to clearly see my blog’s focus and how deep I can reasonably go into each topic. I also found out that a few topics really weren’t going to provide enough content over time.

Going through the process of outlining gives me inspiration and provides me with no shortage of topics to write about. I make a new outline for my blog every so often as my interests and focus shift and evolve.

To start making an outline, I choose main topics or very broad categories. Things like:

I. Healthy Living
II. Motherhood
III. Crafts and Sewing
IV. Homemaking
V. Book Reviews
VI. Thoughts & Happenings

Then I take them a step further by giving them at least two sub-categories, if possible:

I. Healthy Living
   A. Green Products
   B. Recovering from Anxiety
   C. Food
II. Motherhood
   A. Pregnancy and Birth
   B. Baby Care
   C. Homeschooling
III. Crafts and Sewing
   A. Learning to Sew
   B. Easy DIYs
IV. Homemaking
   A. Minimalism
   B. Day in the Life
   C. Weekly Meal Plan
V. Book Reviews
VI. Thoughts & Happenings

And finally, I choose sub-categories for the sub-categories, remembering that in an outline – you don’t have to have any, but if you have one, you must have two! (I’m not sure why, by WordPress isn’t letting me indent this last part, so I apologize for its non-outline appearance.)

I. Healthy Living
A. Green Products
1. Etsy giveaways
2. Product reviews
B. Recovering from Anxiety
C. Food
1. Recipes
2. Food Diary
II. Motherhood
A. Pregnancy and Birth
B. Baby Care
1. Cloth diapers
2. Monthly updates
3. Breastfeeding
C. Homeschooling
III. Crafts and Sewing
A. Learning to Sew
B. Easy DIYs
IV. Homemaking
A. Minimalism
B. Day in the Life
C. Weekly Meal Plan
V. Book Reviews
VI. Thoughts & Happenings

And there it is, a basic blog outline! You can, of course, go in as many levels deep as you need to, but this is a starting point. :)

* * *

And now, for the results of the F&C Sewing *Giveaway* !!

Congratulations, Katherine (Welcome to the Nursery), you are the winner of the eco makeup pads! I will get them in the mail to you shortly. :D

If you didn’t win but you love Misty’s shop and products, don’t forget you can use the COUPON CODE, “SPRINGCLEAN10” for 10% off your purchase through April 30th.

17 thoughts on “Creating a Blog Outline for Organization and Inspiration & *Giveaway* Results”

  1. Hmm, outlines … I never thought of it for a blog, but it seems so obvious now. I always go for a list!!

    Oh man, I won something?! Wow! I never win anything!! Cool! I’m so excited!!! Thank you Valerie! :D I have to say, I’ve been thinking about her Etsy shop since your post; I’ve been contemplating her Swiffer pads. I will try these pads and then pop over to her shop. Also, I have recently been wondering if making homemade pads (for periods) is something I might do in the future; I NEVER would’ve considered that if it weren’t for your blog post, one of the first posts I read on your site. It’s taken a few months for me to warm up to the idea, lol. But your green methods and sewing projects are having an effect! :) Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah, congratulations!! :D I love winning giveaways; I’ve won maybe five of them since I started blogging (in 2012). It’s always so exciting!
      That’s awesome, I love that you are looking into reusable options partly because of my blog! ^_^

      Like

  2. Great idea! I definitely need to do this. I am a list-maker, not an out-liner. Also, I keep all of my blogging notes in one notebook, so it’s really beginning to look like a mess. I write all over the margins and everything, and it’s also where I have been writing my drafts. But then I will have an idea in the middle of writing and jot it down anywhere on the page. Later, I have to go searching for it, haha. I have been trying to keep up with my blog more, so this would be very useful. Thanks for the tip!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love the idea of making an outline – not because I am a very organized sort of person, but because I love blogging so much that I could see it being fun just to brainstorm and organize all the things I want to write about. My blog is new, but it is a spinoff of a blog I’ve had for awhile. I’m blogging at https://journalofahappyhousewife.wordpress.com/ Drop by and visit if you have time. I’m following you. I love this list!

    Like

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s