If you want some general tips on using Evernote, check out my post on 9 tips for using Evernote that I wrote last year.
If you’re not familiar with Evernote, it is basically a cloud-based note taking app. It syncs over wifi or a mobile network meaning that your notes are up to date even as you switch between devices. I use it on my laptop and desktop, my iPhone and my iPads.
Today I’m going to give you a bit of a rundown on how I use Evernote for my blogging, and then give you 5 Evernote tips for bloggers.
How I use Evernote for blogging
At the moment I have 11 notebooks in my ‘stack’ for the blog. I have notebooks for really specific things and one of my 9 tips is to be specific in naming your notebooks as it helps to keep similar content organised in one place.
The types of notebooks I have are:
- post ideas
- draft posts
- published posts
- relegated posts
- blog planning
- blog admin
- instagram hashtags
I also have notebooks for each of the blog courses I have done to keep all the notes organised in one place.
I’ll give you an idea of what’s in each of my notebooks (although for some it’s fairly obvious!) and how I use them to be as effective as possible.
I have a couple of different types of notes in this notebook:
- a straight brainstorm of ideas, basically a massive brain dump of all possible topics I could write about
- a brainstorm of ‘timed’ post ideas, broken up by month
- post ideas that I’ve started fleshing out with some dot points
Once a post starts to take more shape, it gets moved into the next notebook.
This is where I work on my draft posts. I have about 18 posts on the go in this notebook that I have been tinkering with over time.
If I get an idea while I’m out and about or at work, I’ll create a new note in this notebook and write out everything I’ve got in my head for that post. Sometimes it’ll get put into WordPress for scheduling that night, sometimes it’ll sit there for months as I tinker with it to get it right.
Once a post has been scheduled and/or published, I’ll move the note from draft posts into this notebook so my other notebooks don’t get cluttered up with posts that I’ve already used.
If I decide that a draft post isn’t right for publishing, I’ll move it into this notebook rather than just deleting it.
It means I always have the option to revisit these ideas in the future.
This notebook has all kinds of posts related to forward planning and scheduling of my blog including:
- schedule of proposed posts for the rest of the year, divided by month
- posts for social media, divided by month (I write out posts for social media to promote my posts so I can just copy and paste while I’m on the go)
- my categories and what type of posts belong in each category (I did this when I was restructuring my blog to clarify in my mind how my new structure would work)
- instagram schedule of the best times to post based on my iconosquare stats (check it out if you haven’t already, it’s really helpful to see when your followers engage the most with your content)
This notebook has a lot of posts related to the administration and back end of my blog, including:
- draft emails to brands/companies/collaborators that I work on until they’re ready to send
- my stats for each month (if you don’t already keep track of your stats, you should!)
- information for my media kit
- my about me blurb from when I redrafted it
- a note with my standard font choices for my graphics so I don’t have to remember what they are
- colours used in my blog (hex codes and rgb numbers)
I have a whole notebook for different types of posts I put up on Instagram and a set of hashtags I can use. For example, I have a note with hashtags for ‘outfits’, ‘photography’, ‘blogging’ and ‘general’.
Evernote tips for bloggers
The best way to make Evernote work as effectively as possible is to make sure you use it for everything. I know that sounds really simplistic, but it’s honestly the best way to use it. So I’ve got 5 more tips for using Evernote to make your blogging really easy:
- Every time you write something down for your blog, make a note for yourself, brainstorm ideas, start working on a draft – do it in Evernote. That way everything is in one place and is easily accessible. It means you can get rid of scraps of paper and you never have to worry about writing down an awesome post idea and losing it. This also goes for any backend stuff like colours or fonts you’ve used so you have an easy reference point.
Write notes on the go. One of the advantages of Evernote is that it is available on all your devices and anywhere you have access to a computer. I’ve written notes while waiting for appointments to start, while at my desk at work, while in the car (not while driving!!), at the shops – just about anywhere. It’s so convenient and it’s nice having access to everything in one place at any time.
Use Evernote for your post research. It’s a good way to pull together research for posts, you can use it to save webpages (kind of like Pinterest in a way) for your reference so you can easily find them again later. You can also use it to save almost any file type and it is fully searchable which is awesome.
Use Evernote to brainstorm and plan out your posts for the month/year. It makes it really easy to move things around and reorder your post ideas until you’re happy with them. You can create links to other notes so you can have a list of posts for the month with links to the draft post so you can keep track of which posts you’ve drafted and which you haven’t.
Draft your posts in Evernote. This is really good because it can help you just write and not get hung up on formatting. It’s also really handy to have a back up of your post in case something breaks with your blog.
Do you use Evernote? What’s your best tip?
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