Using Trello for Managing Blog Posts

If you’re a blogger, it can be difficult to keep track of your blog posts. That’s why we’re using Trello for managing blog posts at Enigma Digital. Trello is a rapidly growing (free) project management application that’s recently acquired five million users. While we’ve tried other project management applications in the past, we’ve decided to stick to using Trello for managing blog posts because it’s simple to use with its easy drag and drop functionality. So how exactly can you be using Trello for managing blog posts? Read on…

An Introduction to Trello

Start by signing up or signing in on the Trello website. A new board will appear where you’ll be able to drag and drop your tasks between different stages of development. Now just to help you out with Trello’s terminology:

  • A board is an overarching project that includes multiple lists.
  • A list is a column that you can use to track the development of your cards.
  • A card is a single task.

You’ll be able to add members to each board and assign members to specific cards. You can also upload attachments to cards; create checklists on cards for chronicling the development of a task; assign due dates to each card; view cards in a calendar view; and archive cards so that they don’t clutter up a board.

Using Trello for Managing Blog Posts

So how are we using Trello for managing blog posts? Well, here’s our blog post board at Enigma Digital, titled “Blog Articles”.

Trello Enigma Digital Board

The setup that we’ve chosen in using Trello for managing blog posts is fairly simple. We have four lists showcasing the different stages of developing a task:

  • “Backburner” defines blog post ideas that need further development or that will not be published in the immediate future.
  • “To Do” defines up and coming blog posts.
  • “Doing” defines blog posts that will be published within a month’s time.
  • “Done” defines blog posts that have been published.

We have a number of cards that each resemble a different blog post idea. Using Trello’s drag and drop functions, we’ll move each card from “Backburner”, to “To Do”, to “Doing”, and finally to “Done” as we complete each stage of developing the blog post. Here’s an example of the card that I’ve used to chronicle the development of this very blog post. As you can see, I’ve assigned myself to the blog post, dragged it to the “Doing” list, and included a checklist. Now I just have to drag it to the “Done” list…

Using Trello for Managing Blog Posts Card

And as more blog posts get published, the more we’ll have add new blog post ideas so that they can get published in the future.

Wrapping Up: Find Out What Works Best for You

Fingers crossed that Trello should be able to help those of you bloggers with managing your blog posts. We’re very happy with the setup of our board in using Trello for managing blog posts and would encourage any bloggers out there to emulate us. However, if you’re not feeling it, then make sure you experiment with Trello’s boards, lists, and cards to see what works best for you. For more information on using Trello for managing blog posts or other projects, make sure you watch this video and read these beginner tips.

Do you like using Trello for managing blog posts and other projects? Or do you like using other project management applications? Feel free to leave a comment below!

1 thought on “Using Trello for Managing Blog Posts

  1. Pete says:

    I think the trickiest part of it is working out what lists/categories you should have 🙂

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