Save a Tree, Use Evernote Instead of a Blog Planner

I don’t want you to think for a moment that I don’t plan or think about my posts ahead of time.  Blogging takes work if you are trying to turn your “little hobby,” as my husband puts it, into a part time or even full time job.  You have to spend time planning, thinking about topics, engaging your readers, and all the little nuances of the blogging world to make it work.

As a result of this, blog planners have become all the rage.  Every blog that is run by someone who does crafts, design, or has Photoshop, has created a blog planner.  Some are free, others aren’t.  And while these planners are beautiful, and I have downloaded a few of them, I have found that there is really no purpose.  The exception to this statement is people who prefer to write things down vs. having them on your computer.

Personally, I’m on my laptop all the time for one reason or another, though it’s usually because of my blog.  While doing this, that, or the other thing one day, I discovered a program called Evernote™.  While I have no idea why their icon is an elephant, I can tell you that Evernote™.has take my already absurdly organized self to the highest of levels.  Why?  Because there isn’t much that it can’t help you do.

I have the app on my computer, my phone, and my iPad.  By doing this, they are all linked, so no matter where I am when inspiration punches me in the nose, I’m ready.  On my phone app, I can take pictures, write a standard “note”or even record something.  All of this then automatically syncs to my account and shows up on my other devices.

With Evernote™, I can have my blog and home life organized in the same place, yet separate by creating “notebooks” for all the different things I need.

Within the notebooks, I have notes, I can take screen shots of my computer and I can even “clip” articles and save them.

I have a notebook for my blog, but also for Christmas.  I have notes for blog topics, funny quotes, who to invite to our birthday party and just about anything else I can make a list out of.  Using the “clip” feature, I can copy an article to my Evernote™ notebook to have a collection of articles about social media tips or whatever else I might want a collection of.  I can start a blog post when inspired in the parking lot of Target, then finish it at home when I can access my computer. This gives me the most organized, simple to use and complete way to hold all the information I want or need for anything in my life. 

Why keep a paper list when you can have a list with you at all times simply because your have your cell phone or computer nearby?  And you can access your notes even when you are not connected to the internet, so there is never a worry about the fact that it’s a web base program.

The one and only thing I adore about physical blog planners are the editorial calendars.  I happen to have one built into my website which allows me to drag and drop my posts all around to schedule them.  It’s very easy to use and easy to see what goes live when, but what about other important things to track?  Are you tracking link ups, blog hops, and other social events in the blog world?  You should be.  It helps you to remember when each link up you love is.  You can also use them to track hops you are co-hosting, giveaways and anything else that can be rotating or one time only.  But aside from that, I think Evernote™ is the way to go.  So much easier and I don’t know how I lived my life before it!

*Note, I was not paid or sponsored to endorse Evernote™.  I simply adore their product.

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

17 thoughts on “Save a Tree, Use Evernote Instead of a Blog Planner

  1. I love using evernote! I think their icon is an elephant because their product allows you to have the memory of an elephant? haha.

    Evernote is a great way to move seamlessly between your phone, tablet and computer to finish notes or rough drafts. I love it!
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  2. I have always love paper and pen. But, I do have to admit, it is a pain to carry a notebook around all the time. Not to mention that there are scribbles all over the place and I have to keep going through the pages to see if I missed anything.

    I have Evernote, but never thought about using it. After reading this article, I think I may just have to check it out a bit more.

  3. Thanks. I’m looking to incorporate this into my planning regiment. Also, I think the elephant is in regards to the statement “an elephant never forgets”. Which is good for a company that keeps your information for you

  4. I use Evernote all the time, this is a great idea!
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  5. Hey! Just found your blog from the Aloha hop. Love your design! Evernote has been a favorite of mine for a while, but I had gotten away from it. You reminded me to get back to one of my favorites!
    Thanks for hosting!
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  6. I am a new follower from the blog hop. You have a really nice blog! I hope you come over and check mine out too!

  7. Hi. I haven’t heard of Evernote, but I am intrigued. I like writing things down but am on my computer so much that it might be time to look into something digital. Thank you for sharing.
    I’m following via Aloha Blog Hop. If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and look around. Thanks.

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  8. I’m already a Networked follower of your lovely blog – I’m just stopping by from “Aloha Friday” blog hop to say thanks for co-hosting.
    PS – I would also like to invite you to a blog hop called: “The Great Blog Train” currently live on my blog – Thank you!

  9. thanks for the information, i might try it because i’ve been writing my blog notes on an easily access – like post it, iphone notes, my planner, a draft on my blog, etc…

    just checking your blog out as one of the co-hosts of Aloha Friday Blog Hop and now following you too..

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  10. I’m your 22nd follower on Bloglovin, here from the blog hop :)

    Lovely blog you have!

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  11. A girl after my own heart… I LOVE Evernote. However, I use it more to save the bigger articles I want to reference back to later. I just use the “Reminders” App on my iPhone/iPad to write done post concepts & headlines.
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  12. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration and thoughts. My daughter uses Evernote – I have added it to my computer, but don’t have the knowledge to make it work in my favor just yet. Knowing you love all these things about it really helps.
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  13. I definitely love using a paper one. I’ve tried going digital, but my brain isn’t wired like that. So I printed out a notebook and I can see each month what I have planned, and topics I might want to write about. I like it that way!
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