Trello: A Content Creation & Management Tool

Creating a blog is exciting and it can be very uplifting.  We all have different goals for our blogs but one thing remains the same for us all if we have longevity in mind; post inspiration and organisation.

There are a lot of ways to organise your posts but Trello is the tool I use and love.  I adore using Trello for 4 main reasons:

  1. You can create lists.
  2. It also has a calendar.
  3. It has colour labels to help you categorise.
  4. It is accessible on all your devices and updates on them all when online.

Trello actually has loads more features than these so I recommend you check it out but I’m going to talk about why I use this tool for blogging and how it helps me not only stay organised but also helps me find inspiration for new content.

You can create as many lists as you like.  You can create some for organisation and others for ideas or info.  I have a few main lists for organisation; my To Do list which includes all the posts I have planned that need to be written as well as ideas for posts that need to be fleshed out; my Scheduled list which includes the posts I’ve written and are scheduled for publication in WordPress; and my Published list which includes all the posts I’ve published.  You might be wondering why Trello is so special when you could write all this down but each item that you add to a list can be easily moved from one list to another (yay, no more crossing out!) and can be edited to include a date and a label.  The date places each item in the calendar so when you switch to calendar view all your list items/posts are organised so that you can see very clearly the distribution of your posts throughout the week, month, and year.

The calendar view can help you plan for the long term.  You can decide in advance to schedule certain posts belonging to specific categories to publish on a specific day of the week or month.  In this way you can publish your content in a well spaced and consistent way.  You won’t be bombarding your readers with one topic all month long only to switch to something completely different next month.  You can sprinkle different topics throughout the month. The calendar will help you achieve this easily with its ability to give you a visual overview.

The labels are another wonderful visual way of helping you see this topic distribution in both list and calendar view.  For each post type or category you can assign a label colour.  Every time you add an item to a list or the calendar you can assign it a colour to help you organise your content.

So, how does all this organisation help with inspiration?  Well, for me, it means that all the nitty gritty post planning and distribution is taken care of and it is done in such a way that I can now sit back and see very clearly what I’ve written about and how regularly.  Inspiration comes in when I can see what I should write more of and when so as to enhance the overall balance of my blog’s content.  You are now no longer pulling ideas from thin air but are guided to think about ideas within certain topics or categories.  I find this extremely helpful, motivating, and far less intimidating.

Trello is a fantastic creative and organisational tool.  Check it out and see if it’s for you.

Lilolia is Expanding: New Topics & Content

Lilolia will soon be expanding to include new topics and content.  For the readers who have come to know Lilolia, rest assured that all the current content related to reading will continue as normal.  Lilolia will remain dedicated to reading and books.  I have always had a vision for this blog that included more topics and different kinds of content though and I now have a much better idea of what I would like to expand into.

Learning, creativity, inspiration, expression.

Some of the areas I would like to blog about are self education and continued learning, creativity, photography, other forms of creative expression, and topics related to how we can live creatively, express that creativity, and continue to learn and expand throughout life.

Just as I have tried to give you all some reading inspiration, I hope to provide you with inspiration for other creative endeavours.

I’m on a journey.

Lilolia began as a personal journey through the world of literature to learn more and be more engaged.  The new topics and content are part of my personal journey too and the perspective will be the same.  I will share what I learn, what I think is interesting and helpful, and hopefully help others on similar journeys.

I hope you enjoy what’s to come!




6 Reading Picks for Bloggers

Today is the 6th Anniversary of my blog, Lilolia!  I created Lilolia after having just moved to a new country where they speak a different language and I needed a creative outlet.  A book blog was a natural choice for me since I’ve always loved reading but I also have a tendency to dive deep into reading when times get a bit stressful.  To put all this reading to good use I embarked on blogging.  It has been a wonderful learning experience.  My content has ebbed and flowed over the years but to all of you who read my words and to those that even return for more, THANK YOU!

I’ve put together a list of 6 books for bloggers and those looking to start blogging.  There’s a little something on writing, on my favourite social media, the mechanics of blogging, and creating content.  As always, if you have any other books to add I would love to hear about them.  All blurbs are from GoodReads.

Blog Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho & Meg Mateo Llaso

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community joy cho

“With roughly 95,000 blogs launched worldwide every 24 hours (BlogPulse), making a fledgling site stand out isn’t easy. This authoritative handbook gives creative hopefuls a leg up. Joy Cho, of the award-winning Oh Joy!, offers expert advice on starting and growing a blog, from design and finance to overcoming blogger’s block, attracting readers, and more. With a foreword from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge plus expert interviews, this book will fine-tune what the next generation of bloggers shares with the world.”


Born to Blog by Mark Schaeffer

Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time

“Launch a business and ignite a movement with a powerhouse blog! “Born to Blog” is filled with practical, street-smart techniques and ideas to help you create and manage a winning business blog. Learn how to attract a loyal following, promote your blog, and write powerful content that generates new business.”


The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

“Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?  In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.  In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical know-how, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish.  Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right.”


The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan

The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

“Anyone can write a blog post, but not everyone can get it liked thirty-five thousand times, and not everyone can get seventy-five thousand subscribers. But the reason we’ve done these things isn’t because we’re special. It’s because we tried and failed, the same way you learn to ride a bike. We tried again and again, and now we have an idea how to get from point A to point B faster because of it.”  Three short years ago, when Chris Brogan and Julien Smith wrote their bestseller, Trust Agents, being interesting and human on the Web was enough to build a significant audience. But now, everybody has a platform. The problem is that most of them are just making noise.  In The Impact Equation, Brogan and Smith show that to make people truly care about what you have to say, you need more than just a good idea, trust among your audience, or a certain number of fol­lowers. You need a potent mix of all of the above and more.  Use the Impact Equation to figure out what you’re doing right and wrong. Apply it to a blog, a tweet, a video, or a mainstream-media advertising cam­paign. Use it to explain why a feature in a national newspaper that reaches millions might have less impact than a blog post that reaches a thousand passionate subscribers.”


What the Plus! Google+ For the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki

What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us

“You are ninety minutes and $2.99 away from mastering Google+. That’s all it takes. But don’t take Guy’s word for it. Here’s what three experts have to say about What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us:
“We didn’t expect over 100,000,000 people to join Google+ so quickly. If we had, we might have written a tutorial like this one. Lucky for us, Guy has written this wonderful introduction to Google+. Highly recommended!” Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President, Social, Google
“What The Plus is the G+ motherlode! Guy’s book will make you fall madly in love with Google+ and never look back!” Mari Smith, author The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day
“People ask me why I like Google+ better. I struggle to find the words, but Guy Kawasaki not only figured it out but shows you how to get the most out of this new social network.” Robert Scoble, Rackspace videoblogger”


The Tao of Twitter by Mark Schaeffer

The Tao of Twitter, Revised and Expanded New Edition: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time

“You’re busy and you don’t have time to decipher the confusing world of Twitter. In less than two hours, Mark Schaefer’s bestselling book will show you how to connect and start creating meaningful business and personal benefits right away!  Behind every Twitter triumph is a well-defined success formula. This is “The Tao of Twitter” a path that holds the potential to improve your daily life at work and at home . . . if you know the way.  Through real-life examples and easy-to-follow steps, acclaimed marketing expert Mark Schaefer teaches you: Secrets to building influence on Twitter The formula behind every Twitter business success 22 ways to build an audience who wants to connect with you Content strategies, time savers, and useful tips 20 ways to use Twitter as a competitive advantage.”