Content, content, content. While many people believe they have nothing to say or feel stuck about what to write about, others are deluged with ideas. In my article on 6 Ways to Constantly Produce Quality Blog Content, tip #3 is to keep a running list of ideas as they occur to you. But what's the most efficient and effective way to do that? Of course it will depend on personal preferences.
- scrawled handwritten notes in notebooks
- called in ideas to my voicemail
- added as tasks in my calendar
- post-it notes scattered around my desk
- kept an open text doc on my computer and typed in ideas as they occurred
How do you keep track of your blog post ideas? I've finally found a system that works well for me.
I discovered, or actually finally checked out, Evernote. And I love it.
Evernote is a free multi-platform system to help you remember everything. When you set up an account, you can access it on the Web, on your desktop and on your mobile phone. I have access everywhere as well as an add-on for Firefox so I can easily save anything I find on the Web. Everything you save is synced to all your access points.
Let me back up. With Evernote you can save text, clip web pages, record audio, and snap photos that are automatically saved to your account. You can organize your content any which way you want.
You create notebooks by topics and then tag your entries so you can cross reference all your content.
Back to blog content ideas...I have a notebook called "blogging articles." Any time I read an article about blogging that I think may useful to either share or serve as inspiration for my own articles on Build a Better Blog, I save it to the notebook. Now, no matter if I'm on the road with my netbook or at my desktop computer, when I need content ideas, I check my blogging articles notebook and I'm inspired.
I use the Android app on my phone to call in ideas during my runs or take pictures of things I may want to inlcude in my posts. Everything syncs up seemlessly in the background so I can access it anywhere, anytime.
I only recently started using Evernote and I wonder what took me so long to check it out. I've known about this tool for a long time and it's now an invaluable resource I use every single day.
Recently, I started collecting quotes that relate to business, taking action and success. I set up a notebook for quotes and everytime I find one I like, I copy and paste it into the Quotes notebook.
TIP: If you have multiple blogs, set up a notebook for each blog, or you can go deeper and set up a notebook for each category on your blog. You can set up notebooks for resources, photos and links you want to share on Facebook and twitter as well. It's an efficient way to track and plan your content strategy.
Are you using Evernote? If so how do you use it for blogging, or for your business? Do tell so we can all learn how to leverage this tool even better!
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