Evernote as Blog Idea Starter

Have you ever had a great idea?  Something that you want to follow up on later because at the moment you are engaged in something else?  Or maybe, like me, you have a blog to write or some other deadlines to meet (either from your day job or your hobby).

Let me introduce you to a great tool called Evernote.

Evernote says of itself “Remember Everything”, “Capture Anything”, “Access Anywhere”, “Find Things Fast”.  Those are pretty ambitious descriptions, but the truth is, they pretty much achieve it.

The first way most people access Evernote is via a web browser.  But that is only one of many ways to use Evernote.  There are iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows, and Mac OS clients for Evernote.  There is an open source app called Nevernote which makes use of the Evernote API, but is not supported by Evernote.

The point of Evernote is to function as a repository for ideas or notes.  You can type new notes, update old notes, upload files for storage, send emails to your account, share notebooks with other Evernote users (think collaboration),   share using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or email from your Evernote account to others.  Further, if you are using one of the dedicated client applications you can make voice notes or video notes (if your device has a camera).

What makes it so useful, however, is not that you can merely store information at Evernote, but is that you can access what you have already saved there for a quick review.  I have found this to be invaluable for finding some piece of info that I need to have access to but cannot remember.

For a blogger, the usefulness would seem pretty evident.  A quick note or thought before you are ready to start writing lets you have a single place to go to for ideas.

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Have you used Evernote for collecting blog ideas?  Or for collecting anything else?

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by Thad on February 3, 2012 · 16 comments

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  • http://blog.themillionairenurse.com Dr Dean

    What does the app cost that has the audio recording capability? Have you used it on an iphone?

    • Thad

      The Evernote app for iOS is free. I have used the voice recorder on it and it works well. Saves the file as an attachment on the Evernote note, which is then available automatically across whatever device you access your Evernote account on.

  • http://youngadultfinances.com LaTisha @YoungAdultFinances

    I’ve never used Evernote but I am constantly coming up with new ideas for projects that I have to write down so I won’t forget them.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      Evernote is a great way to capture ideas. I use it all the time to remember things. Here is a great new blog post at the Evernote blog about using it that way.

  • http://www.smartwealth.org Evan @ Smart Wealth

    Very cool I’ll have to check it out seems like a useful tool

  • http://www.mastertheartofsaving.com Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    I still haven’t tried Evernote yet. Currently, I’m using OneNote and it’s pretty good. I’ll probably try out Evernote one of these day. :-)

  • http://www.faithandfinance.org Tim @ Faith and Finance

    Absolutely! I’ve used evernote to organize business ideas, blog ideas and school projects in the past. It’s a great tool!

    • Thad

      Tim, have you tried the pro version? Well, the upgraded version at least? I really am crazy about the PDF indexing and search aspect. I have another Evernote post in the hopper, so stay tuned!

  • Thad

    Marie,

    Evernote is much more than a web accessible document manager. There are client applications for Windows, Macs, Linux OS, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets, Blackberry in addition to the browser access. All of them stay in sync as well.

    I have found it to be incredibly easy to use and functional.

  • http://www.familymoneyvalues.com Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

    I haven’t used Evernote and probably wouldn’t. It sounds like a ‘cloud’ thing, so I’m wondering how it is different than any other web accessible document to jot notes in.

    • http://www.sooverdebt.com Andrea @SoOverDebt

      Marie – one thing that is different about Evernote is the ability to save more than just documents. For example, I can take a picture of a receipt with Evernote (my main use for it) as well as the serial number or barcode from what I bought. Then if I ever need to return it or use the receipt for tax purposes, it’s on my computer, phone, and iPad without any extra work on my part. You can also record voice notes that will sync across devices.

      • Thad

        I use it in just those ways. It has saved me tons of time more than once.

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