There are only a few tools that I would say are absolutely “essential” to my efforts as a professional blogger and Evernote is one of them.
Evernote is one of those tools where I have asked myself on more than one occasion something to this affect:
How in the world did I ever live without this thing?!
Not sure what Evernote actually is? Just think of it as a place and web service that you can access anywhere so that you can collect, record, and remember everything that you encounter online (and offline).
I do everything in Evernote as it relates to my blogging efforts. Here are just a few:
- I send myself audio recordings of thoughts that I’ve had about potential blog posts.
- I send myself off-the-cuff interviews with people.
- I use it to quickly capture and access documents to read.
- I use it to capture every type of media out there for viewing later.
- I use it to draft out blog posts. This is a much more safe approach than to using any native drafting board in any blogging platform.
- I use it to collect links of interest that might be used for drafts and posts later.
- I use it to even capture some of my financial information and reports
It’s simply amazing and I can’t believe it’s actually free to use!
There’s Wisdom in Upgrading
There is a paid version of the application starting at $5 per month (or $45 per year). Here’s a table for comparison:
The benefits were, without question, worth it to me. I wanted to be able to upload any file type, search within some of those massive PDFs that I have, and have offline access (I can’t let an internet connection stop my work!).
In addition, sharing my docs with others as well as drafts was crucial to being a part of a team.
Here’s an overview of what’s available, creatively (and appropriately) titled “Evernote to the Rescue!”:
So, what are you doing to capture thoughts, ideate, and draft out blog posts?