Why hello there you gorgeous bunch of humans! So it’s time to mix things up here on the blog. And when I “mix things up” it really just means instead of yapping about beauty products (mostly makeup) I’ll be yapping about blogger tips/tricks/tools I use. Today I will be talking about a “tool” an app that can be used on the laptop/phone/Ipad – whatever you want and I basically use this for EVERYTHING and couldn’t function without it. So I’m going to tell you what I use it for / what other things this little gem can be used for too!
First things first – what is ‘Evernote’ ?
It’s a tricky thing to try and sum up what Evernote is. To put it in a nutshell, it’s a tool that allows you to create notes – whether you want to jot down ideas, type out work or an array of endless tasks. BUT unlike Microsoft Word, you can switch between different notes in one simple click rather than opening up individual documents.
First thing – you create something cold a notebook, say I did and called it “blogging” under this ‘NOTEBOOK’ you can create an endless amount of notes that are stored within this notebook, from the sidebar you can click between them as you please. Essentially everything is in one place. You can Sync this tool and whatever you type from your Laptop will appear on the Evernote app (on your account) on your Ipad, iPhone etc. It is for free, but if you want access to more goodies you can pay. I believe for free, you can have it on two devices to sync back and forth.
I find this tool a life saver for all things blog admin and all those little Knick knacks and today I want to talk to you guys about everything I use it for.
Keep track of your pre-written blog posts
You guys know how I pre-write my blog posts and boy oh boy is my stockpile of pre-written blog posts MASSIVE. So one of the notes within my Notebook on Evernote (and yes you can create many different notebooks if you want to store things separately) – is for jotting down pre-written blog posts. Now over time, I have tweaked this pre-written blog post list so it’s more organised. I’ve essentially divided it into three categories (by creating a table which you can do within a note on Evernote) – my 3 categories are Reviews, Non-reviews and Blog post series. For each of these main categories, I have subdivided them into makeup and skincare. I know exactly how many posts I have in what category and it’s easy to instantly know if I’ve written a particular post. Of course, this note only carries the name of the blog posts I’ve written because as you guys know I write my blog posts in Microsoft word (a word document per blog post). In a nutshell, it has been handy to keep track of all my pre-written blog posts.
Write up / Store your blog schedule
In addition to jotting down all my pre-written blog posts, in Evernote I also write up my blog schedule, which is essentially the order in which my blog posts will be going up, so a grab a bunch of posts from the pre-written pile and arrange them in order of posting.
Jot down blog posts ideas
I don’t do this particular one because I love having several notebooks to jot down ideas/to-do lists etc but you could also create a note and jot down any blog posts ideas you have, this is particularly handy if you have Evernote on your phone, you can jot down ideas on the go and they’ll be synced to your account.
Jot down pre-written Instagram captions
You guys also know that I pre-write my Instagram captions a week in advance so that I can schedule them on later. Here I write out the date for the next two weeks and write up a week worth of Instagram captions every week. I only delete them one at a time (every night a post goes up) despite them being scheduled on Later, in case there’s a glitch and I need to paste in them caption once again.
Store your Instagram hashtag bundles
Having different hashtag bundles for Instagram is also a must as it’s easy to be shadowbanned if you use the same hashtag bundle too many times in a row. So in one separate note, I keep all my hashtag bundles, plus other random hashtags. At the top of the note, I also have several vertical dots going down the past so when scheduling my Instagram posts on late I just paste in a hashtag bundle under said dots, then paste them into the Later scheduled post for the caption.
Store your Pinterest keyword bundles
I have a good 3-4 Pinterest keyword bundles that I switch between, so whenever I’m on a pinning spree I just go into this note, copy a keyword set and paste it in each pin I do for that session.
Include “disclaimers / disclosing paragraphs” to paste into blog posts
Whether I am doing a post that contains a few gifted products, solely focuses on gifted products or is a sponsored post. I have written out disclaimers for each scenario so whenever I am working on a post I can paste the disclaimer in at the bottom of the post, to ensure I never ever forget to disclose.
And that wraps up this post! Have you guys heard of Evernote or used it? What tools do you use to keep your blogging life organised? Name them in the comments. I hope you all have an awesome day, I love you guys and I’ll see you in the next post.