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Milan Latinović • Edited

Hi Madza, good question. I still do not have 'ready-to-publish articles' backlog because I was throwing everything I have at milanlatinovic.com to make "initial content".

However, this is something I will do in 2021. Idea is to have 5-10 ready to publish posts so I can have continuity in the 1-post-per-2-weeks approach. :)

I do have a backlog of drafts already. This is interesting as well. I write drafts only with headings (and subheadings) and bullets. Then, when I have the whole story that I want to tell, I would go through the article and write it in a nice way.

If you open my blog and start analyzing some of my latest articles you will recognize that they are very well planned, organized, and linked. This is because of the "draft backlog in bullets" approach if that makes sense. :D

Hopefully, someone else will find this helpful.

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swatiBabber

Hi Milan, I liked your idea of keeping drafts, i have so many of those in my OneNote, i think i should start putting them on the portal directly , might be helpful in motivating me to complete them.

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Milan Latinović

Yeah, exactly! It was the same with me, I had OneNote notes, Notion drafts, ideas all over Google Drive, same idea on multiple places, etc. Then I figured out to put everything to one place - my site and to keep Drafts and simply take them one by one.

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Madza Author

I still have to find a way to be more organized too.. 😉
Currently, my notes are all over the place - notion, trello, evernote, etc 😀😀

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Madza Author

they are very well planned, organized, and linked

Thanks the way to go 👍😉

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Mike Ekkel

This is more or less what I am doing as well! When I started my blog I set out to do a post every two weeks, but I found myself forcing it pretty darn fast. So I started 2021 with keeping a backlog of ideas. They're either just titles or outlines like you described.

If I'm feeling inspired, I'll take some time to write something and let it rest so I can come back to it and re-write it in a nicer way if I can. I think I'll be ready to start posting the first one sometime in the next two weeks, so I'm pretty excited about that.

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Milan Latinović

Yeah, that is cool, 2021 looks like a good year to start writing and produce some meaningful content :) Actually, the whole topic of "backlog of ideas" and "where to keep drafts" sounds like a good topic for a blog post. I think I will do something like that and then make a survey at the end to ask how others are doing it, or simply ask here on dev.to :D

It would be interesting to hear the other's approaches.

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Mike Ekkel

I had actually put the topic in my backlog already! Would love to read your thoughts on it once you've written a post about it! I'm always curious about insights / approaches from other people regarding the same topic.

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Milan Latinović

Very good :) In that case, I will let you know when I have it done, give you a link here.

Afterwards you are welcome to add any content (or do a guest post if you want) with link to relevant content from you site as well. I have added you on Twitter and follow you here just to keep in touch.

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Madza Author

Exactly what I do, as well 💯😉

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