Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest minds in history, always carried a notebook – to capture his latest ideas. They contained philosophical thoughts, new inventions, drawings, scientific findings – and many other pearls of wisdom. In total his notebooks contained over 13,000 pages.
Bloggers, much like Da Vinci – are exploratory writers. We compile our thoughts, invent new ideas, and dive into philosophical ramblings. Considering the large amount of thought & content going into every blog post – why wouldn’t bloggers also carry Da Vinci notebooks?
Finding The Right Notebook
The first step in creating your Da Vinci notebook is to find the right medium. Some prefer recorded phone memos, while others prefer a spiral bound notebook.
Find something you’ll be willing to bring with you on your outings, vacations, and home life. For myself I carry a standard spiral bound notebook, and tuck it into my laptop bag.
What To Write
You’ve got the notebook. What should you write?
In my own Da Vinci notebook, I write anything from my day to day dealings that might correlate as something of value for my blogs. A metaphorical thought, ingenious idea, or captured image. They all fit snugly into my Da Vinci notebook.
Life is spur of the moment – and I’ve found that some of my best blogging ideas have come from spontaneous events in my interactions with others around me. Don’t lead yourself to believe you’ll still remember the idea when you get home. In most cases – you won’t. Make sure you capture the idea, and lock it away in your Da Vinci notebook.
Bringing Your Notebook To Life
After a few days of compiling thoughts and ideas in your notebook, take the time to pull the pertinent information from its pages. What would make a good blog post? Are there design and layout ideas? Did I write about a new marketing technique to develop?
Sit down with your Da Vinci notebook and transfer those thoughts and ideas into blog posts, marketing plans, and fruitful layouts.
And So It Concludes…
Da Vinci was a mastermind of many talents. He brought our world unthinkable inventions and ideas regarding anatomy, optics, philosophy, civil engineering, and hydrodynamics. He was truly a brilliant mind with brilliant thoughts.
Although we’re not required or expected to have the intelligence of Leonardo Da Vinci – each of us is the Da Vinci of our own blog(s). We produce the content, manage the marketing, and design layouts.
It’s important as a blogger to have a mindful eye, artful touch, and powerful linguistic capabilities. Increase these skills, and many others, by harnessing the great power of a Da Vinci Notebook for blogging.
Share with us how you capture ideas for your blogs!