Evernote is a powerful note-taking tool that enables users to write and cross-platform share between computers, phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Evernote has the capability to save notes in different forms, such as: web sites, photographs, voice memos, or hand written (ink notes) notes. This tool is especially handy for anyone writing for the web.
As a blogger, it is important to keep track of many notes for current and future blog posts. Because Evernote is web based, it partners quite nicely with most blogging platforms, and enables writers to work side-by-side with their posts and articles.
Evernote can be looked at as a blogging workbench. By utilizing the following tips, you will better understand the purpose of Evernote, and will be able to efficiently apply these tips to your writing/ blogging routine.
Tips for Blogging With Evernote
In order to maintain consistency throughout your notes and entries in Evernote, it is important to set up a template that you will use when starting a note for a new blog post. To do this:
- Create a “new note”
- Title the new note “blog template”
- Inside the content of the “Blog Template” note, outline the basics of what your blog should have
- Include images, links, references, and themes
It really depends on how you structure your blog, but as long as you have an outline that incorporates all the components your posts typically displays, your template will be of good use.
Below is a sample template that Pro Blogger Michael Hyatt used, and referenced in his article: How to Use Evernote as a Blogger.
Integrate Evernote Into Your Life
If you are like most other creative individuals, your inspiration will come at any time. You might resort to making a mental note, or even scribbling down your thoughts on a piece of paper. The problem with this way of organizing (or lack of) is that it is hard to keep track of all the thoughts and ideas over time. This is where Evernote comes in.
Because of the compatibility and synchronization, Evernote eliminates the unorganized way you keep track of your inspiration. Every time you get inspired, or find something you want to use in a future post, capture it to your Evernote account. This saves it in a secure place, and you can access it from any device.
Create a New Note for Every Blog Post
If you have already set up your “Blog Template,” as mentioned earlier, it is important to create a new note for ever blog you plan to post. The reason for this is to allow you the freedom to write each blog out completely in the Evernote platform before transferring it over to your Blog Site. Doing this also allows you to properly track and archive your notes/ blogs in a way that will help you stay organized. Organization is the key to staying in your routine.
Write Down Everything
Because you are not paying for this service (unless you upgrade), you have the ability to save as many notes as you want. So as long as you can keep track of your notes and notebooks, it will save you from piles of papers at home, or hundreds of sticky notes on your mirror and in your pockets.
It is helpful to use this simple timeline when writing posts: Store blog post ideas; collect various post components, and then write the post itself.
Evernote can be a very powerful tool in helping you, as a blog writer, stay organized. If you choose to follow any of these steps, you will start to see your productivity rise, and your time spent trying to remember or find your ideas diminish. Please check out more services offered by Evernote that are designed to pair with your account to further expand your organization. If you find that Evernote is not for you, check out the alternatives listed below.
If you do not have an Evernote account, you can visit the Evernote Home Page to get signed up now.
You can also visit Evernote’s “Getting Started” guide through setting up, and learning the basics of your account.