How I Use Evernote for Blogging

How I Use Evernote for Blogging

How I use Evernote for Blogging

As a content manager I use Evernote daily to keep track of all my code, social media posts, blog posts, checklists and project plans. You name it and I probably have a notebook dedicated to it in Evernote. So what exactly is Evernote?

Evernote is a digital notebook designed for note taking, organizing and archiving content. Basically, you can capture anything on the web and store it in a notebook for reference later. As Evernote describes “your thoughts are always with you, always accessible, always in sync.”

There are three levels of Evernote and depending on whether you have the basic, plus or premium level, determines what features you will have access to.

Many users get by with just the basic plan. However, I have opted for the premium plan as I like to annotate pdf’s, save emails and know that I have enough storage. I also am a firm believer that if you love and use a product every day, that there is no better way to support the ongoing development of that product by paying for the service.

Evernote has quite a lot of features, however, for this post, I will stick to how I use Evernote for blogging.

Blog Post List

Instead of carrying around a notebook, I have a workbook dedicated to blog post ideas within Evernote. Within the workbook, I have a page for each category on my blog. When I have an idea, I write this down on the appropriate page.  I have the Evernote app on my iPad and iPhone, so when inspiration strikes, I just open the app and jot the idea down. No more pieces of paper are floating around my desk or stuffed into my handbag.

Blog Post Drafts

I draft all of my blog posts in Evernote. This saves so much time as whenever inspiration strikes; I can open up Evernote on any device and then start typing away. The note then syncs across all devices. There is also a plugin for WordPress available that automatically will sync new posts to your WordPress site, and you don’t even have to copy and paste.

Task Lists

I use Evernote for managing all tasks related to my business. I have a workbook dedicated to managing tasks and type these out on a page and then add a checkbox beside them so that I can tick them off as I would if I was using paper.

Organization

With Evernote, you have notebooks and pages within each notebook. You can also create categories (tags) so that you can search and filter on these to find your content quickly. I currently have four primary notebooks – Blog Post Lists – Blog Post Drafts – Task Lists – Social Media Management. I also have a bunch of random notebooks for managing things such as shopping lists, extensive notes from different seminars and conferences that I attend and meeting notes.

Other Features

I also use an App called Penultimate that links to Evernote. With Penultimate I write my notes with my Apple Pencil on my iPad Pro and then these handwritten notes immediately sync with Evernote. I usually use Penultimate to take notes in meetings and when attending conferences as I find my retention rate when writing things down is higher.

Penultimate also has so many great templates that I find so useful for everyday work such as meeting notes, minutes, presentation slides, wide ruled pages and to do lists. If you are using Evernote, make sure you download Penultimate if you like to take handwritten notes.

I have so much more that I can share with you on how you can use Evernote within your business to boost productivity. My e-course is currently in development so sign up to my newsletter to make sure you receive notification of when this is ready. You won’t be disappointed! Evernote will change how you organize your life and manage your business.

12 Comments

  1. November 10, 2016 / 7:12 am

    This was very helpful – I saved it to my Evernote :).
    How do you use the tags though? I use notebooks and notebook stacks, and I never know how to use the tags so they would be helpful, and I only ever see posts from people who use either notebooks or tags. Since you seem to use both, what system did you set up?

    • Liza
      November 11, 2016 / 2:14 am

      I am glad you found this helpful. I plan to write some more about using Evernote, so stay tuned. 🙂 Think of your tags like filters. For example, I have a workbook called “blog posts” within that workbook I have added tags for all my blog topics. So I have a tag titled evernote, a tag titled social media etc.. Then I can go to the tags option and select social media and all the notes that are tagged with social media will come up. If I didn’t have tags I would then need a lot of notebooks to organise my material. If you have any further questions let me know.

    • November 14, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Great post! You’ve now convinced me that I need to start using Evernote. To date I’ve been using Pocket to pop all my web pages and posts that I’m interested in and tagging them for reference. Evernote will allow me to keep ideas that come to me at weird times 😀

      • Liza
        November 15, 2016 / 3:22 pm

        That is great to hear.

  2. November 10, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Thanks for this. I have a love/hate relationship with Evernote, but I’m trying to love it again. I’d be interested in the plugin that connects it to WordPress. I did find a couple on WordPress.org, but neither one seems well-cared for. Is there another one that I’m missing?

    • Liza
      November 11, 2016 / 2:11 am

      I am not using a specific plugin as I found ones on WordPress.org not up to scratch either. I am using Zapier to connect Evernote to WordPress. You can create a free account and you can set up automatic workflows based on your process. I created what they call a “Zap” where when I create a new post in a particular workbook it creates a new draft post in my WordPress site. So far so good. If you need further instruction on this let me know as I’d be happy to help.

  3. Anthony Chappell
    November 16, 2016 / 1:42 am

    I enjoyed your post discussing Evernote. Could you please comment upon when using Evernote is preferred instead of using Microsoft One Note?

    • Liza
      November 16, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Hi Anthony. I use both Evernote and OneNote. I use OneNote when I really need to keep on top of projects and tasks and have a lot of correspondence. OneNote is, in my mind, the better tool to manage your workflow and keep on track of project work and collaboration. It has so many features where you are able to tag and highlight items and then search and also link to Outlook. If you use OneNote with Onetastic, even better. You can have a truly paperless office.

      Evernote I only use for my writing and personal documents such as scanning receipts, business cards and research. I love writing on my iPad Pro and use Evernote’s other tool Penultimate to hand write on and then automatically sync to Evernote. Evernote also has a much quicker and reliable syncing features and is always available so I use Evernote when I want to quickly jot down something. Nothing worse than having an idea and having to wait to log into an App to write it down. OneNote can be temperamental.

      They are both great tools and have their pros and cons. Look out for my next blog post which covers my ten reasons for using OneNote for productivity.

  4. November 23, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing your experiences with Evernote. I’ve tried incorporating David Allen’s GTD with Evernote and it has helped keeping my mind clear of tasks.

    My question for you – how do you divide up your notebooks? I find it a challenge to build out subfders within notebooks.

    Love to hear your feedback!

    • Liza
      November 28, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Hi David. I don’t use the GTD method but have seen it in use both in Evernote and OneNote. I work a bit differently in that I create a workbook for a particular stream of work such as blogging, projects, e-courses. I then have a page per blog post, course, task within a project. As long as everything is related to writing it goes into Evernote. I have a separate notebook for research and then move it to the appropriate notebook once the research becomes a blog post, e-course or is related to a particular project. For project and task management I use OneNote. I hope this helps.

  5. November 26, 2016 / 6:23 am

    Liza, evernote is like my second brain and I am a blogger as well. I use Google drive for drafts and storage but evernote for more reference and database of information. All tagged and ready to retrieve when I need it. Nice article, thanks for sharing…

    • Liza
      November 28, 2016 / 11:35 am

      You are welcome Ahmad. It is always about finding the write tool to use when. I use Evernote for all my blogging and article writing plus social media management. I then use OneNote for task and project management.

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