Evernote is easy to use, highly customizable, and free. It does what it was designed to do better than any of its competitors – which is capture, organize, and contain information.
Think about the old school binders you used to carry that contained several spiral notebooks on the inside and you’ll have a general idea of the Evernote concept.
I should mention that Evernote can be used to organize anything you need organizing in your life. You can put together your own personally designed task management system using it’s reminder and checkbox features. I use it as a catchall for everything that comes my way.
A little upfront set up has returned me a blogging management system that’s unparalleled by anything else I’ve tried.
Now I double down on being able to find all relative material to a notebook and blog post by a copious use of Evernote’s tagging option.
Think of tags as those flimsy yellow paper pages you used in binders to separate sections of the binder by subject class etc. You know the ones with the colored tabs that extended beyond the pages.
I have tags named after every notebook I have set up. I also create a tag for every blog post I work on. Anything that I capture that’s relative to a particular post gets a tag named after the post’s title.The beauty in this is when I want to see everything related to a particular post that I’m working on or have published – a tag search pulls it all together in one place.
So If I’m working on a post entitled “bloggers I love” I make sure to create a tag for “bloggers I love” assign that tag to all captured information related to the post “Bloggers I Love”. I also create a tag for that blog I love ie seekthebestblog.
Why is tagging important?
I gather the information necessary for the post from Google and other sources and capture it in Evernote. Tagging gives me a robust search return on any topic. The tag search brings up everything related to that particular tag.
Also inside the draft itself, I can put links. If there is some notes in Evernote relative to what I’m working on I simply put a link to those I link to reference material that I have come across while the draft is in progress. These links are cleaned up before public posting.
I also make vigorous use of Evernote’s Web clipper Google Chrome Extension. If you’re a source checker and reference hound this feature will be Christmas come early for you. I’ll let the good folks over at Evernote tell you how to use the web clipper – Go Here.
This short tutorial illustrates how Reminders work.
Oh, I also have a notebook labeled “Published”. All published pieces get moved out of the Draft notebook into the “Published” notebook adding a “published” tag to the existing tags attached to the post. I also remove the “tentative draft” tag from published post so published post won’t show up in a search for “tentative drafts”.
Speaking of search. Evernote has one of the most powerful search mechanisms out there. If you can remember the beginning of the word of what you’re searching for in your Evernote database more than likely you can find it with ease.