One of the best things I’ve done in my blogging career has been downloading Evernote (and no, this is not sponsored by them. Sadly.) I’m a hugely disorganized human being and I needed help when it came to my bog.
I’m serious. There were tons of blog post ideas written everywhere around me; my planner, my notes in my phone, my notes on my computer, in WordPress, etc.) Plus, I had no editorial calendar (aka when I was going to post my blogs) and that made it all crazier.
So, I searched around and came across Evernote. It was something I’d used in college for taking notes in some classes & loved, but then promptly forgot about as soon as I stepped out of my last lecture.
Today, I’d like to outline how I use the app, in hopes that I can inspire some other bloggers to use it as well. (By the way…the version I use is FREE.)
First thing: Evernote is super easy to use. Okay? Okay. You organize your ideas in pages, and each note is a new page or “file”. Then, you can organize your pages by notebooks, or the “file folders”. You’ll see Recent Notes on the left side of your screen, followed by pages where you can find your notes, your notebooks, trash, etc. It’s very easily laid-out and visually appealing (which is important to me!)
Inside each note you type, you’ll be able to add a headline which is what the note will be called when you go to search for it. Then, the note is very similar to a word doc, with a few extra & awesome things. You can add little boxes that you can check off when something is complete. Also, you can connect pages to your Google account and connect different files from there (i.e.: calendars, google docs, google slides, etc.)
It’s also super simple to add pictures to posts, if that’s something you’re interested in doing! (I’ve written a few blog posts on here when I don’t have internet, and then copy/pasted them to my blog.)
This is the one thing that’s helped me immensely since I’ve started doing it. I have one page dedicated to blog post ideas (organized by what type of post they are) and a schedule below that.
Here is what part of my schedule looks like. Although you can’t see it, I’ve planned up until the end of July, using ideas from above. I write the day of the week I’ll be posting it on & the actual date. As I did above, it’ll be “checked off” once it’s been completed.
If I do something later or earlier than I was planning, I’ll write that down as well.
This is an awesome place to link a calendar from Google, if you have one you use for scheduling. However, I simply use my Planner to do this and just write down a non-visual schedule here.
SOCIAL MEDIA GOALS
Y’all gotta keep on top of this, ya hear?! If you want your following to grow, you need to (at least somewhat) be aware of who’s reading what you’re writing, and posting. It’s important and beneficial to have a goal each of month of how many followers you’d like to have, so that you can motivate yourself toward that.
However, don’t be upset if you don’t reach that. Followers aren’t everything or the only thing.
I also keep specific track of what I need to do on my blog, other than the posts I need to write. There is always something that you can do to improve your blog and, most likely, there will always be something you need to fix or work on. By writing it down and putting a check-box next to it, you won’t forget you have to do it.
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I’ve also got a list on here for working with both Tribe 21 and Step-Up Magazine, just in case I’ve got anything I need to do for them! They’re both blogging-related, so it’s the perfect place to put it.
This one has been suuuuuuuuuper important! I keep all of my accounts listed here, in case I forget login info for one of them (which I do on a normal basis.) This probably isn’t the most secure of places to keep that information, but as for now, it works.
I organize my accounts by Social Media, Affiliate Programs & Blogging Tools. This way, I can easily find whatever I’m looking for.
It’s also a great way to remember what accounts you have, because it can become daunting and you will become forgetful. There’s always one account I forget to check for a while, and that can sometimes hurt your blog!
As you may or may not (!) know, I’ve started a newsletter for my blog! My subscribers will receive e-mails about each new blog I post (including an explanation that you won’t see anywhere else), a weekly Friday devotional, and some awesome graphics every now & then.
On this page of Evernote, I write down everything I’m planning to do with the newsletter (which you just saw above) and have a schedule created. This way, I’ll know exactly when I’m planning to send out an e-mail and can prepare for it!
This isn’t something I’ve integrated into Evernote yet, but still is super important to my blogging! Right now, I’ve got an Excel file (that I’ll integrate into Google soon) that shows my stats. Every month, I’ll record the numbers I’ve received from the past month.
These numbers include everything from my social media, money I’ve made, newsletter followers & blog views/comments. It’s all super important to know, so don’t forget to do something like this on your blog!
I created a graph out of all of the information as well, so that I can easily see what I’m growing in and what I’m not.
I wouldn’t be quite so organized if I didn’t have Evernote in my life, so I’m very thankful that I decided to start using it. You can do so much with it (way more than I mentioned), so start exploring it today! I’m serious!
What tips do you have for keeping your blogging organized? Comment below,