For me, blogging is a tale of two emotions. In general I find it very enjoyable of course, however, there are moments when it becomes stressful to keep up with a publishing schedule because of other things I have happening in my life.
That being said, I’m learning a few “shortcuts” that help me reduce these moments of anxiety. In the interest of brevity, I thought I’d share just one of them with you in this post. I hope you find it helpful!
Using Evernote to track topic ideas
Evernote is a web site/app that is designed as a way to track all sorts of notes using various notebooks. It’s really robust and has a lot of features that I don’t use but are great to have, just in case!
If you’re not familiar with Evernote, think of notes as individual documents (like MS Word docs) and notebooks as folders. I have found it to be a much simpler way to keep track of things, including my blogging “stuff”, as everything within the Evernote app syncs between all your devices and it’s much easier than using folders to find things.
OK, here are some quick tips around how to make this work to track topic ideas.
1. Create a notebook within Evernote
Once the notebook has been created, I create a separate “note” for each topic idea. I then keep idea snippets, links, pics, etc. in the body of the note. This in and of itself is great since my posts tend to “evolve” from the time I have an idea until the actual post is published. I can add thoughts or content to the individual note as it develops in my head over time.
2. Use email to send/forward topic ideas
Of course, there are the standard ways of accessing Evernote (i.e. via the web, phone app, tablet app, etc.), but I love that you can also send “notes” to Evernote via email. There are a lot of how-to YouTube videos on this topic. Here’s one that I found useful if you’d like to see it actually brought to life.
You can even specify which notebook the email should move to once it arrives in Evernote. I love this feature as it allows me to forward emails I receive that inspire ideas for a post, or I can simply to shoot myself a quick note using Gmail when a moment of unprovoked inspiration strikes.
3. Text those random thoughts
The same I describe above can be done via text. Here’s how…
- Setup an Evernote contact in your contacts, listing your Evernote email address in the details (Here’s a link to an article that shows you how to locate your Evernote email address.)
Simply send a text to yourEvernote contact with the details for your note
This option will cause the notes to appear in my default Evernote notebook (I renamed it to “INBOX”), then I move them to my Topic Ideas notebook when I log-in later if needed.
OK, that’s my quick blogging hack post! Please let me know if you found it interesting. If so, I have a few other “hacks” I’d like to write about as well. This is a deviation from my normal type of post, but a few of the recent interviews I’ve posted prompted my thinking that this type of information might be fun to write about for a while.
Do you have hacks such as this that you find helpful as a blogger? Please feel free to share in the comments! I look forward to reading your tips and tricks.