How to Use Evernote for Bloggers

 

As a Blogger just starting out it can be confusing how to mange your creation workflow.  This post is one example where Evernote can be your workflow solution.

As a blogger you can brainstorm, research, and write your posts all in one application and then copy/paste into your online blog of choice and take snippets for your favourite social media platforms.

Evernote has the option for free and paid plans and if you’ve never used it before I recommend starting with the basic free plan and testing it out.  What have you got to lose?

 

It is wise to keep a copy of your Creative Content offline

I like to ensure all my creative content is stored where I can get to it anytime, all the time.  If you’ve been around the techie traps for as long as I have you are aware social platforms and online apps come and go, change their rules or you just can’t pay for the privilege of using it any longer — and there goes all your content.  While Evernote is a web application, it also has a desktop option and if I ever plan to stop using it (not likely after 7 years) I can export all my notes prior to closing my account.

So I feel very safe in the knowledge that my blog content is saved and safe in Evernote.

 

How to Use Evernote for Bloggers

  • Set up your Notebooks (adding a number to the beginning helps with the sort order of your notebooks)
    • 1_Ideas
    • 2_Research
    • 3_Blog Posts
    • 4_Published Posts

 

  • 1_Ideas
    • Use the Ideas notebook for all this ideas you have to blog about
    • Create a separate note for each idea and then you can drag and drop that idea into the 3_Blog Posts notebook when you are working on it.
    • Another advantage of using Evernote is that you can send yourself an email and it will create a new note in Evernote.  When you setup your Evernote account you will be assigned an email account for posting your notes to Evernote.
    • You can also use the mobile app version of Evernote to record an idea (either via a voice memo, or type text) and then review later within your notebook.
  • 2_Research
    • As the name suggests this notebook can contain all your blog post research for your ideas
    • Use the Evernote Web Clipper (a free browser extension you can find here https://evernote.com/features/webclipper)
  • 3_Blog Posts
    • Write each blog post as a separate note and move to the 4_Published Posts once you have finalised it and shared it to you website and favourite social media sites.
  • 4_Published Posts
    • As you have posted your blog posts online, move them into this notebook so you can quickly find them again
    • Really useful for re-purposing your posts or find a similar topic to link to for later posts.

 

 

If you’d like to test it out why not start with the Evernote Basic (which is FREE) and take it for a test drive.  This plan will give you everything you need, as a blogger, to get started.

If you are a blogger I’m interested to know what your workflow process is.  Do you use Evernote?

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