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One question I often get asked about Money Beagle is how I consistently come up with ideas.  I've been doing this for about three and a half years now, so coming up with fresh ideas isn't always easy.

The best tool I have for this is a simple pad of paper. When an idea occurs to me about a possible blog post, I'm usually not in a position to write it right then and there.  But, just like a dream that slips away from you a few minutes after you wake up, without taking note of it at that moment, the idea would likely be gone.

So, I do just what I said above, I jot down the idea.

This works, because otherwise what has happened in the past is that when I do have some time and motivation to write, I would sit there unable to think of a single thing to write about.

So, essentially, the ideas and the time never were in alignment.  By writing the ideas down, it allowed them to harmonize.  If I'm in the mood to write and don't have a particular idea in mind, I can look to my list.  Sometimes, I'll be honest, the ideas I have written down are unappealing at that moment, but many times I'll find one that hits that particular moment and away we go.  Chances are that even the unappealing ideas will turn into an appealing one somewhere down the line.  If an idea sits on my list for too long, I'll generally drop it, figuring if it doesn't get me motivated after a month or so, it's probably not going to be a good post anyway.

The list serves as somewhat of a self-filter against bad posts as well.  Not bad!