Last week, we talked about where to get inspiration for your next blog post.
This week, we’ll be teaching you how to use Evernote to collect those blog ideas as they come. If you didn’t know, Evernote is a free note-taking software that syncs between all of your devices – which means you can capture ideas on your home computer, work computer, or on the go with your phone.
Why should you collect your blog ideas when you find them? Because it’s easy to come up with a great idea, think “I’ll write it down later”, then lose it forever. With the method I’m about to show you, you won’t have to worry about ever losing another great idea again. Woohoo!
Let’s dive in.
Setting Up Evernote
First of all, if you haven’t already, go download Evernote. (Don’t worry – it’s free.)
Once you’ve got that installed, I highly recommend you also download the Evernote browser extension (they call it their “Web Clipper”). Without the web clipper, you’ll need to take screenshots and copy-paste, so it’s much easier to have it.
Finally, for the fully-immersed Evernote experience, go download their mobile app. (This isn’t required for what I’m going to show you, but it does let you do it from your phone as well as your computer.)
Got everything installed? Time for the fun part.
Saving Blog Ideas
First, find a cool web page that inspires you. If you don’t have one in mind, these posts cover some great ideas:
Got your blog post ready? Now it’s time to clip something that gave you an idea! You have a few options:
- Select the text you want to save
- Take a screenshot of the part of the article that inspired you
- Bookmark the page
- Save the whole article into your Evernote
Notice you can also add tags to help you when searching your notes, remarks (aka comments) to capture your thoughts about each piece you save and organize everything into folders. I highly recommend taking advantage of each of these features so you know what idea the post gave you and don’t have trouble finding it when you need it.
Evernote is an excellent way to keep track of your odd blog post ideas. It’s easy to use and organize, and it’s free. What more can you ask for? We have some other ideas for blogging tools too!
Don’t forget to check out last week’s post on finding blog topic ideas, as it pairs perfectly with this one!
What system do you use to keep track of your blog topic ideas? Will you be using Evernote? Let us know in the comments below!