How to Use Evernote as a Blogger

A few weeks ago, I started using Evernote as my primary “blogging workbench.” It is where I store blog post ideas, collect various post components, and then write the post itself. This has proven to be a robust solution that enables me to be working on several posts simultaneously.

My Evernote Blogging Workflow

I thought I would share my workflow with you. Yours will be different, I’m sure. But, hopefully, this will provide you with a few ideas.

If you are just getting started with Evernote, I suggest that you buy Brett Kelly’s remarkably practical e-book, Evernote Essentials, 4.0. It will save you HOURS of learning Evernote on your own.

My go through the following six steps in creating a new blog post.

  1. Set up a blogging template in Evernote. There are certain components that I want to create or collect for every blog post. For example, I am now using the SCORRE™ method from the Dynamic Communicators Workshop (DCW) to prepare every post. This is an acronym for Subject, Central Theme, Objective Statement, Rationale, and Evaluation. I store my template in an Evernote notebook called Templates, along with numerous other templates I use on a regular basis.

    The template looks like this:

    My Evernote Blogging Template

  2. Create a new note for every blog post idea. Whenever I have a blog post idea, I go to my Template notebook, select my Blog Post Idea template, right click on it, and select Copy to Notebook. This puts a fresh copy of the template in my Blog notebook, complete with a “post ideas” tag. I then give the note title a unique name (the working title for the post) and then fill out as much of the not as I have the time and inclination to do. As a result, at any one time, I have dozens of post ideas in various stages of completion.
  3. Assemble the various post components. When I get ready to really work on a blog post, I begin assembling the various pieces. I usually begin with the subject and the central theme. Then I add whatever is easiest to add first. It might be the relevant links, a few images, and then the objective statement. (I don’t have space in this post to go through what these elements are. If you want to learn the SCORRE™ method, I highly recommend DCW. You can get a $200 discount by using the special discount code: HYATTVAIL) Although it is primarily designed as a speech preparation tool for public speakers, it works equally well for bloggers.
  4. Write your blog post in Evernote. I write the first draft of my post in in Evernote. i like having everything in one place. I don’t worry about formatting. I just try to get the post out, resisting the urge to edit my work as I am creating it. Once I have the first draft, I go back through and edit it. Once I have a stable draft that I am relatively happy with, I am done in Evernote.

    The completed note may look like this:

    A Completed Blog Post in Evernote

  5. Copy your post to your blogging software. I select all the text in my post and copy it to MarsEdit, my blogging software of choice. This is where I add the metadata (i.e., post category, tags, and description). I also add all the formatting, including bold text, italics, lists, and other styling. I like a lot of control, so I personally work in HTML mode. However, this is not necessary for most bloggers. In fact, you could copy and paste your draft directly into WordPress.

    Here’s what blog post looks like in MarsEdit. Keep in mind that this is HTML code.

    The Same Blog Post in MarsEdit

  6. Schedule the post and review your work. When I am happy with my work, I edit the date I want the post to appear. I always schedule mine for 4:00 a.m. CDT. I then upload the post to WordPress. I then usually preview the post and review it on my site. The post isn’t live yet, but it gives me a chance to see the post in my blogging environment. I then proofread it a couple of more times and declare it done.

Evernote has enabled me to be more productive in my blogging. I love having one place where I can store everything.

Question: Have you tried using Evernote as a blogging tool? If so, how is it working out for you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Jonathan

    Thanks!
    The outline you posted is really helpful, and I’ve been using Evernote since I saw you recommend it a few months back. Thanks for the lead!

    I’m a young “blogger” – I was wondering if you have some articles or recommendations on how soon I should focus on developing an email capture section to my blog. 

    Thanks for everything you do. You bring lots of value.

    Sincerely,
    Jonathan

     

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Jonathan. I would add an email subscription option from the get-go. Make it easy for people to subscribe: email or RSS.

    • http://cjstott.com Chris Stott

      Johnathan - You might find this post over at Social Triggers useful re: email capture http://socialtriggers.com/leaks-cost-subscribers/

      Michael – Thanks. Been using Evernote on and off for years, but I’m revisiting it now thanks to your posts. I find the template a great idea – I’m fine at cranking out first drafts, it’s the follow-up actions that I fall down on and this will help.

    • Joe Lalonde

      Jonathan, I like having the option to subscribe to a blog via email. I would add it right away as it makes it easy and convenient for your readers to get updates about your blog.

      • Jonathan

         Thanks so much for the leads guys!  Will get on it. :)

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        I agree.  I prefer RSS feeds over email subs, but I have several readers on my site who love the email option.

        • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

          I started signing up for email subscriptions before I ever learned what RSS feeds were.  Now, I opt for RSS first.  That said, I think many people do not understand RSS, are not likely to visit blogs every day to check for new content, and desire a simple way of having information (posts) sent to them.  Thus, email subs are a great opportunity to keep people connected with a site.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            There are only a few blogs that I subscribe to via email (MichaelHyatt.com
            is one of them), but I follow hundreds of other blogs via RSS, which is
            extremely easy and helpful. I love using Google Reader!

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            Google Reader has definitely changed how I process blog information – allowing me to much more than I did before using it!

  • http://bloggingwithamy.com Amy Lynn Andrews

    OK, that’s impressive. Just curious how for in advance you schedule your posts?

    • http://intentionalbygrace.com Leigh Ann

      I have the same question. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. The scheduling part is NOT impressive. I am usually finishing up and scheduling the night before.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Oh wow! So is the how far in advance you write your posts? I always try to write them about 2-3 days ahead of time…

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          That is what the best bloggers do. Sadly, I’m just not there yet.

        • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

          I typically write mine the day of (although I already have written down for blog posts to chose from). I wish I was doing it 2-3 days before, but am not there yet either!

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            I don’t always get it 2-3 days before…but most of the time, I do. It
            really helps!

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            I quite often have ideas and partial drafts written days, or even weeks, before using them.  However, final drafts usually don’t happen until the day before (when I am looking through my ideas and partial drafts for the one that seems the best fit for the next post).  I like the idea of having posts ready and scheduled in advance – maybe someday I will get there consistently.

  • http://travisrobertson.com Travis Robertson

    Loving your tips on Evernote, Mike! Keep up the fantastic work! I can see how this tip could be great for organizing webinars, presentations, content for video posts, etc.

    Thanks!

    Travis

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m glad you got that application. That is what I intended. I have all kinds of templates for stuff. Speaking outlines are another. Thanks, Travis.

  • http://tecsollers.blogspot.com Catharina Pinheiro

    Always great to find good blogging ideas. I already used Evernote as a blogging tool, but not in a way as focused as this. Thanks a lot, Michael!

  • http://www.warriorshepherd.com/blog Dave Hearn

    I write down ideas in Evernote, but I am definitely not as organized as you.  Sometimes I write the whole thing in Evernote and then copy and paste into WordPress, and sometimes I get as far as the outline in Evernote and then write the rest in WP.

    It varies.

    I have a “stickie” on my desktop with my basic template that I copy and paste each time, but I like the idea of making an Evernote template.  

    Thanks again…

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Ah, the artist’s way… This is similar to my process. I hope to get more organized.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I have been writing in wp everytime. Maybe I should use evernote?

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        It may be worth trying.

      • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

        Brandon I love Evernote and it is a great tool for blogging and storing information. Definitely worth a try.

    • Anonymous

      It seems to me like templating might be a useful thing to have in Evernote. Instead of having to work from existing posts, be able to define templates that you can select from the “New Note” button.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        That would be the best way to implement templating.

        • Jeff

           Just finding this (excellent) post now! Is there anything in the Trunk on this (Custom New Note)?

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            Not that I am aware of. That would make a great app!

  • George Bullard

    Michael, you must be on the payroll of Evernote. All these suggestions are really unnecessary and can be handled in Microsoft Word if you know how to use the file manager and save weg pages as PDF files. I have tried Evernote several times, but it just created a second place to have things filed. I use the file manager and save all files in DropBox and it is easier to organize and have home, office, remote, and mobile access to everything. Other cloud programs like DropBox probably work equally as well.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, I am not on the payroll of Evernote.

      The important thing is to find the software that works for you. I am not interested in arguing which software is best. There are lots of ways to accomplish similar results. If your Microsoft Word -> PDF -> File Manager -> Dropbox solution works better for you, then by all means use it. The goal is increased productivity, not the use of a specific tool.

      Thanks.

      • http://toppup.com Russ Pond

        Yes, that’s good Michael. Different tools provide different solutions based on your workflow. I use DropBox daily but for a different purpose (collaborative creative work) and I’m starting to use Evernote more for personal organization and communication.

      • Anonymous

        I’m curious if you’ve had a chance to give thought to the iCloud concept that Apple’s rolling out. When I watched the presentation, it looked like it was going to do a lot of the things that Evernote does. However, I still think there will be a place for programs like Evernote.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I am really excited about iCloud. Honestly, I don’t know enough about it to know how it will impact Evernote.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kevinthompson Kevin Thompson

            iCloud is going to be great but it’s not going to replace Evernote.  When it comes to file syncing, it’s only going to work with iWork apps.  Plus, Evernote is already in the cloud and syncs across devices, so I’m not sure if iCloud can/will replace it.  Mike, great suggestion on MarsEdit.  I bought it today and hooked all of my sites to it.  Wow, it’s easy!  Thanks again.          

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Yea, I love MarsEdit. It has become more important than a word processor for me.

    • http://wewannado.com Ryan

      The nice thing about Evernote is that you edit files in it and store files in it. I haven’t tried DropBox but I have the perception that it is intended simply as storage and then you need an editing tool (I don’t own Word).

      Another idea would be Google Docs but I have never felt it is as easy to organize documents as Evernote. Also, Evernote can live on your desktop or the web while Google Docs is web only.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        The beauty of Evernote is that you can search across all your notes and attachments. I don’t know that you can do that with DropBox or Google Docs. (I am not that familiar with either of them.)

        • http://wewannado.com Ryan

          Google Docs does offer the ability to search across all documents.  The organizational structure focuses on tags called “collections”, but the service is more focused on files (spreadsheets, word docs, presentations, and drawings) instead of quick notes.  I find Evernote quicker for jotting down that random thought and more useful for easily saving websites via browser add-ons.

    • http://www.warriorshepherd.com/blog Dave Hearn

      Doesn’t Microsoft word add a bunch of html gobbledygook when you copy and paste into WP?  It’s done that for me in the past so I don’t use it anymore for drafting blogs.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        If you paste into WordPress’s HTML mode, it strips all the formatting and HTML codes out.

  • http://twitter.com/OrdainedBarista Barry Hill

    Michael this is impressive.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Extremely helpful, Michael. I also draft everything in Evernote with a bit less detail, but I really like your template. It overcomes resistance by having the prep work done already. I copy and paste directly into WordPress. Would you say Mars Edit is a must have?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      For me it is. Mostly because I have saved and use all these Markup Macros. This allows me to do my HTML markup very quickly. I also like the ability to schedule my posts, so that they show up at the exact time I want. You can also do this with WordPress, of course, but I like doing it offline in MarsEdit. I think you can download it and try it out for 30 days free. That will give you a chance to see if it fits your workflow.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Hmmm… I may have to think about this.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I was thinking the same thing…

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            I have been using LiveWriter (since I am on a Windows machine) to do similar things.  I really like the offline environment for writing, editing, and setting up the nuances (links, posting date, categories, etc.) of the finished blog post.  It even gives me extra tools for handling images and will automatically upload images and thumbnails when I publish an article.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            I use Live Writer, too. I like it. I’m kind of disappointed that I can’t
            use half of the things that Michael suggests, because they’re Mac-only
            software.

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            There are lots of great ideas that come through here that speak about a Mac app.  However, there are usually great concepts behind those ideas that I am able to look at from the Windows side as well.

      • http://www.journeyofwords.com Eric

        I am a recent convert to Mac (in the last month!) and fell in love with MarsEdit the first day I worked with it. It is definitely on the “to be purchased soon” list.

      • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

        I may just have to try this. I notice you also use Scribe SEO. How do you like that program? I’ve read up on it a little. I’m always hesitant to pay for programs but it seems like the best bloggers invest in things like this.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Yes, I love ScribeSEO. It has REALLY helped with traffic.

          • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

            As a blog post idea, I’d love to know all that you pay for your blog monthly. I think that would assist us bloggers in knowing what it takes to go to the next level. Not that investing a lot of money is everything, but it’s probably more than we think. Thanks Mike.

    • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

      David,
      I like what you say about overcoming resistance – great point!

  • http://twitter.com/seanearleyrocks Sean Earley

    Evernote is one of the best pieces of productivity software I have ever used.  I pretty much write my whole brain into it, both via laptop and iPad.  Thanks Michael for the workflow example and the template.  I’m going to give that a try.

  • http://intentionalbygrace.com Leigh Ann

    I don’t use Evernote (yet), but I liked seeing your work flow. I am terrible at not editing as I write. By getting so caught up in the details, I lose so many points along the way because I forget them. Frustrating. Nevertheless, I’m going to look into Evernote. It sounds like it may be right up my alley. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Being able to right without editing is an important skill to learn as a writer. You might want to even try something like OmmWriter or ByWord. They both create distraction-free writing environments. You can’t do anything except write. They don’t allow you to futz around with formatting or anything else.

      • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

        It is so hard for me to “let go” of the editing process while I write, but as I’ve been blogging (for a short time) I am becoming better. This is an art – to shut down that resistance while we put our big idea on paper.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Yep. Exactly. There is a time for editing, just not at the beginning.

          • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

            Are the two you mention apps for the phone or desktop computer?

            Formatting and editing get me a lot of the time, but not usually while I’m writing. Normally I try to format it at the start and wait until I’m done to fix any issues. I tend to tear apart other’s work.

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Evernote has versions for all devices. WordPress does for most. MarsEdit is only available as a Mac desktop app.

      • http://intentionalbygrace.com Leigh Ann

        Thanks for the suggestions. I will take a look. I’m sure just simply closing down email, Facebook, twitter, etc. would be a huge help in and of itself. *sheepish look*

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          Those can definitely be distracting! :) Except the distration for me (b/c I don’t have FB or Twitter) is my google reader and wordpress!

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I am impressed that you don’t have FB or Twitter!  That’s virtually unheard of today!

          • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

            No twitter for me either.  Although, I do use FB (but sparingly).  I just run out of time to keep up with everything :)

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            :)

      • S Young

        “Being able to right without editing is an important skill.”

        I see what you did there.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Same here. I haven’t used evernote yet…I do think it would benefit me though. I just don’t know how much?

      But I do tend to forget to write some points when I am typing a post. Then when you are done, you don’t feel like rewriting the whole post again…!

      • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

        I am starting to use apps like Evernote to collect ideas.  Not every idea is post-worthy at that moment; but, being able to collect ideas as they come helps me to not ‘freak out’ about the possibility of forgetting about the great ideas I encounter.

  • darrell brown

    Never thought of building templates. I have soo00oo much to learn, and I’m loving every minute of it. Thanks Michael for another wonderful post.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Templates weren’t really practical in Evernote until this last release. But they are a huge timesaver. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Templates are a HUGE timesaver. Whenever I create anything in Evernote—or anywhere else—I ask, “Can this be a template?” If there’s any chance I may need to use it again, I do it.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        I don’t know if your self-hosted blog has this, but in the wordpress.com, they have a new feature that lets you write based on a template that you used in a previous post. I haven’t used it yet, but I thought it was pretty cool!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I don’t have this in self-hosted WordPress, but that sounds like a cool feature.

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            Oh really? Who do you use?

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I a not sure I understand your question. I am using the self-hosted version of WordPress, and it doesn’t have this feature. My bog is hosted on Ion.

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            Ok. Gotcha! I was just wondering what platform and hosting you use… How is
            Ion in price and service? (I’m looking into self-hosted pretty soon)

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Brandon, I don’t really know, because it is part of a package I have bought with my developer. It includes his maintenance, updates, etc. I can tell you this: I have experienced ZERO down-time since I switched six weeks ago. I had 15 outages with MediaTemple the month before.

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            That’s a great improvement! I might have to check them out to see what they
            offer…

          • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

            Brandon let me know if you ever decide to go self hosted. I have a server with all my sites on it and I could try to work out a good deal for you!

          • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

            Awesome! Thanks! I will definitely let you know!

  • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

    I started using Evernote to store ideas. By writing an idea down immediately, it is easier for me to recreate that moment when I actually get to sit down and write. If I simply try to remember the idea, I usually lose it because the context of my idea is gone. I love how convenient this system is.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Thanks for your marathon posts on Evernote. I am encouraged as we are also going paperless in our function of  my organization.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grandyman Adam Grandy

    Thank you for showcasing templates! I hadn’t known about them in Evernote. I’ve been using Evernote since you started recommending it and hope to get a ScanSnap in the future.

    I also appreciate the transparency of your own life and processes. Your blogging workflow is just one example. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

    Michael,
    Posts like these are the reason that I value your opinion so much. You are so open and transparent about how to operate and how you produce material. For a young blogger like me, this is invaluable.

    I have been sitting on the “edge” reading your Evernote posts without much action on my part, but I will be setting up this template today. I love the outline format – that’s how my brain works. I’ve been saving my blog posts in a folder on my desktop, but I’ve struggled with organizing. I know this will help.

    The specific details are what make this blog so relevant. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Micheal,

    Thank you for sharing this with us.  I have been struggling with ways to improve my blogging and how to capture ideas for my blogs.  I will have to set up and try this on Evernote.

    I do have one question, I have been unsuccessful with copying to/from Evernote.  I only use the free version.  Is this something that is allowed in the upgrade?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Not that I am aware of. Copying and pasting should work on both.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Sometimes, Evernote, I’ve noticed, will add HTML formatting to your text. You can fix this by copying and pasting into notepad or textedit.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Yep. I have done that trick, too.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          I love how you can easily convert to plain text. Text edit is one of my favorite out-of-the-box Mac programs, particularly because it doesn’t suck up a bunch of RAM.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Jeff, I will try this.

  • http://www.journeyofwords.com Eric

    Michael,

    Thanks – I also have started using Evernote in earnest after reading through your series and, thanks to you and your “online mentoring” so to speak, I have learned much in the areas of writing, leadership, and how I wish to run my (very small) business. Keep up the good work.

  • http://lifeengaged.net Joseph

    I actually drafted a post in Evernote for the first time this week. Thanks for the helpful information. I don’t know s whole lot about the program but this will help! :)

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    John Saddington at TentBlogger.com didn’t cover this particular topic but, in the comments’ section, a lot of responders left a wide Evernote trail of how they use it to prepare their articles then post. Yesterday those comments gave me a general idea of Evernote’s use. Today you’ve offered specific details. I’ll have to process the info, handle the tools, and see if Evernote provides a boost in the proficiency and productivity department.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    I think I need to get that book.

    • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

      Me, too.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Make that an even trio. Whoa! An odd trio?

      Mike, I was wondering if you had a discount promo code in connection with Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials.” I at least followed the link but stopped short of buying the book.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        No, I am sorry, I don’t.

    • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

      I’ve been thinking the same thing, Jeff. Hey, do you have any relatives in Alabama?

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Yep! A bunch in Florence and surrounding areas.

        • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

          Huh! Do the names Arlan, Baron, or Kristin mean anything to you?

          • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

            nope

          • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

            Oh well. I tried. We can still be friends.  

          • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

            Maybe…

          • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

            ….hurtful.  

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Worth it.

  • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

    Evernote should hire you as their personal spokesperson…if they haven’t already!  I have a droid, and my best friend recommended Evernote to me as well, so I will have to give it a try.

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    OK, I tried Evernote at your suggestion several months back and never got into. The more you post about it the more convinced I should give it another go. Last week I even commented that you were convincing me to give it another go. I haven’t even finished reading the post, and if I could get cell service in my office I would be on the app store right now.

    But for the record, I’m a bigger fan of Mrs Hyatt’s Tweetdeck then your Hootsuite right now. Haven’t finished running it through the ringer yet (see also my blog post on Comparison Without Committment http://bit.ly/mn5M0o).

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Tweetdeck does have some nice features. I think they are pretty comparable. It’s mostly a matter of preference.

  • http://bible.mythoughtspot.com David Peach

    ” I then proofread it a couple of more times and declare it done.”

    I think even a couple more times wouldn’t hurt. :-) ‘I’ is always capitalized.

    “Are you tried using Evernote as a blogging tool?” Nope, I are not tried.

    This one seems worse than others. I understand you propensity to produce first and clean up later, but sometimes it might help to have your wife read it over before you put it out there.

    • http://bible.mythoughtspot.com David Peach

      And I have a typo in my criticism. Serves me right.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You can read my philosophy of proofreading here.

      • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

        There seems to be an issue, at least on my computer, with the link to your philosophy on proofreading. It keeps telling me something went wrong. Does your link need proofreading or is it working perfectly and that’s the point?

        • http://bible.mythoughtspot.com David Peach

          http://michaelhyatt.com/should-you-hire-someone-to-proofread-your-blog-posts.html

          There is the real link.

          Yes, I read that before and I agree with it. This one just seemed so much worse than other ones. Especially when you took the time to say that you have already proofed it a couple of times before posting.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Fixed. Thanks.

  • http://jancoxabetterway.wordpress.com Jan Cox

    Is the Evernote Essentials for the free version or the upgrade? And is the template in the free version?
    Thanks,
    Jan

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Evernote Essentials speaks to both. The major difference between the two is that with the premium version you get more storage and can attach more file types. I don’t know about the Copy to Note function. It is in the most recent Mac beta version. I assume it is available in the free version as well.

  • Anonymous

    Note: I see the “copy to notebook” option on Evernote on my Mac, but not on PC.  And both are at the latest version.

    I haven’t checked Nevernote (for Linux) to see if it has this functionality as well.

    • http://bible.mythoughtspot.com David Peach

      Nevernote does not have that feature. You can copy a note and manually paste it, but there is not a single step option to do this.

      The Mac and PC versions of Evernote are not feature identical. Some of it depends on the functionality of the OS that it is running on. Then other times there are features that one team implements that another doesn’t for a release or two.

      • Anonymous

        I’m surprised somebody else on here has heard of Nevernote.

        • http://bible.mythoughtspot.com David Peach

          I am a long-time Linux user. I really wish Evernote would release a Linux client. Nevernote is fine, but I usually end up using the web client instead. I live in a developing nation and don’t always have Internet access. So I occasionally fire up Nevernote to get an updated local copy of my data in case I need it offline.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      As someone else pointed out, the Mac and Windows versions don’t correspond feature for feature. Also, this copy-to-notebook function is only available on the most recent beta release.

      • Anonymous

        I found a couple windows users who have exported some of their notes to a folder… then import them when they want to use the template. Not bad.

        I think copy & paste would serve just as well too.

        I really enjoyed the post Michael.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Yep, both those options work.

      • Joe Mudd

        I’m on a Mac and have the latest version of Evernotes – according to my Evernotes “check for updates” feature. I don’t have Copy to Notebook functionality, only Move to Notebook. How do you get the beta version? I don’t see it offered on the Evernote website.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Form the menu bar, select Evernote | Preferences | Software Update | Update to beta versions when available. The click on Check for Updates Now.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          From the menu bar, select Evernote | Preferences | Software Update | Update to beta versions when available. The click on Check for Updates Now.

  • http://www.chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    I love your posts on Evernote. I’ve learned more from you in the last few weeks than after having it on all 3 iOS devices for a year now. I use it and you make me want to get the most out of it but I can’t just can’t get myself to “live” out of it. Not that I don’t want to, there are just times when a week may go and I never launch Evernote.

  • http://wewannado.com Ryan

    I tried Evernote a while back for organizing stuff and didn’t get it. Thanks to all your tips, I have slowly started defining a system for using Evernote based and it has made a big difference.

    I also like the tips on templates and the SCORE method. I have not of SCORE before and will try it out.

  • http://twitter.com/jonalthoff Jon Althoff

    Michael, I’ve been enjoying your blog and getting your emails each morning. There was just one thing that stuck out to me with this post though. You mentioned that the last thing you do is proof read a couple times. There were a couple typos in this post and I wondered if WordPress points out things like grammer error. For example, your last question should begin “Have” instead of “Are”. Also just before point 1 it reads “My go” instead of “I go”.

    I know these are minor things, but for some reason they always jump out at me. It raises the question in my mind of how much one should comb through for errors in blog posts. The content gets across just fine.

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I’m learning a lot.  

    Jon

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      You must be in a college composition class right now! :) I am in my last yr of college English, and my brain now seems to be wired to find all the grammar mistakes! haha

      • http://twitter.com/jonalthoff Jon Althoff

        No, I’ve been out of college for 9 years, but my mother was an English teacher. I think she ingrained it in me!! :)

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          That explains it! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for catching those. I have corrected them.

      I always have a difficult time catching my own errors. Thankfully, readers like you usually provide a helping hand.

      I think you do the best you can, then publish. It’s easy to get bogged down in perfectionism and never ship anything.

      Thanks again.

  • http://livingthebalancedlife.com Bernice Wood

    Wow, I appreciate you breaking this down for how it can work for a blogger. I love how you showed your work flow.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Bernice
    The Happy Fisherman

  • http://mattcarlisle.com Matt Carlisle

    I too have been using Evernote for some time now. Thank you for sharing the SCORRE method. As a web developer and blogger, method and process are critical to success. Can’t wait to start implementing. Blessings!

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    I’m loving Evernote and I’ve started doing the same with my blog posts. I am not quite that organized yet with Evernote but I think I better start because I don’t want it to get out of hand with Notebooks all over the place.

    Another exciting this is that I’ve introduced Evernote to my wife and she is absolutely loving the concept of this. She is really excited about scanning all of our paper documents and storing them in Evernote. This is great! Thanks Michael.

  • Rebecca

    I use Scrivener for my book-length writing and adapted my blogging process to work in Scrivener as well. Granted, Scriv has a ton of options I’m not completely aware of that might make it even easier, but for now it works. 

    I’ve been gradually figuring out Evernote and can see how beneficial it might be to blogging. But at the same time, I love the idea of all my writing together in one program – book in progress, blogs, Scripture notes, etc. If I want to see everything I’ve written or noted on, say, Luke 13, it’s a lot easier to access it quickly.

    Do you use Evernote for all these eBooks you’re cranking out, or are you content if your writing isn’t all in the same place? Or are you aware of any ways to integrate Evernote with programs like Scrivener?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have tried Scrivner. It is an excellent program. I even tried blogging in it; however, I want to use as few tools as possible.

      I am using Evernote for everything, including my books. However, I don’t actually draft the book in Evernote. I attach each chapter file to a separate Evernote note.

  • Jill

    This post is very helpful.  Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Jeffsterlaw

    I love Evernote…I am disappointed in the format options however. I can’t seem to get the formatting to look good, indent, etc.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Evernote is not great at complex formatting. However, you can attach a Word or Pages file just fine. That is what I do when I need some more format intensive.

  • http://jefftippett.com Jeff Tippett

    Excellent. Just excellent.

  • http://jhwist.tumblr.com/ Henrik Wist

    Michael, thanks for the post, I like your Evernote series a lot, and this particular post comes in very handy. Just yesterday I used Evernote (on my Android, right before bed-time), because I had an idea for a blog post. No fancy template there, just a few things I didn’t want to forget when I actually write the post. 

    I never thought of Evernote in such a sophisticated way, but I love the template trick. Will definitely incorporate  that.
    Thansk again!

  • Anonymous

    What a great idea. We have a firm blog. So i will definitely be trying this. 

    Imagine this would also work for pleadings… keep the tips coming. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I know lawyers who use Evernote for all kinds of case-related work.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Thanks for mentioning the SCORRE method. It looks like it will be very helpful!

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Great stuff mentioned here! How does the online evernote work compared to the app version?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It works okay. I like the offline mode of the app, so that is what I always use. You can try both for free.

  • Pat Callahan

    Thanks for your posts about Evernote, Michael. They have really been helpful!

  • http://twitter.com/EvangelismCoach Chris Walker

    I used to use Evernote to compose blog posts.  It’s now more of an idea capture bin, rather than a composition place.

    What I don’t like is the copy and paste direct into wordpress has lots of useless HTML that Evernote puts in there, much like MSWORD does.  

    That creates an extra step of having to send the text to a text editor to strip it out, and then paste it into WordPress.

    If I’ve formatted some text (like bold or underline) in my composition, I have to redo it.

    It might work to paste to the HTML window of the TinyMCE and then convert to the Visual editor, but again, extra steps.

    I used to use WindowsLiveWriter too, but that creates more extra steps for me as well with regards to tagging pictures, formatting, metadata etc. . .

    I’ve gone back to simply doing most of my composing in the wordpress editor.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Since I use MarsEdit and rarely access the WP edit window directly, this is not a problem for me. If I was using the WP editor, I would paste into the HTML tab. For me, it wouldn’t be an extra step, because I prefer working in HTML.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  I am not using Evernote for blogging now, but this is great.  You have really made blogging a stream-lined process.  Thanks for this value tool.

  • Anonymous

    This is great.  While I do not use Evernote for this,  you have provided a great easy to use template for this.  Thanks so much for sharing.  You have really stream-lined blogging.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    I tried to use Evernote as a blogging editor for a little bit; I found that it inserted unnecessary HTML into the post that I would then have to correct later.  However, I like the idea that Evernote acts as a repository.  I like your approach of writing a draft in Evernote, then putting it into a blog writer (I use Live Writer right now) to edit before publication.

    My only complaint with Live Writer so far is that I have to do some additional editing once I publish it to WordPress (meta tags, featured picture, etc.).  I’ll have to check out MarsEdit.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Odd, when I paste directly into the WordPress HTML tab, I don’t get any formatting. Regardless, I paste into MarsEdit HTML mode, so any formatting be stripped out automatically.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, when I right-click on a note, I do not have the option to “Copy to Notebook,” as you have in step #2.  Is this a paid-version-only feature?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You need to be using the latest beta version. You need to go to Evernote | Preference on the Mac and select the Software Update. Then make sure you have checked “Update to beta versions when available.”

  • Anonymous

    You mention MarsEdit which I assume is a Mac product is there something that you are aware of that works as well in the Windows platform?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      When I was on Windows, I used BlogJet. I loved it.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks.  I will check it out.  You are a great virtual mentor for all of us.  Thanks for sharing your wealth of knownledge as well as engaging with us in the conversations.

  • http://twitter.com/lettner Michael Lettner

    That’s for your Evernote blog posts. I had Evernote on my computer and phone for awhile, but didn’t really use it for much. Now with you having posts on how you use it, I can see how it works into my flow. It was especially great of how you use it to have a paperless desk. My desk at home was cluttered and way behind in filing the papers. Now I am working on scanning them into Evernote having a drawer full of papers that I need to scan & working the pile down a little at a time. It’s good having a It is really nice having a home desk that is clear! 

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I agree. These post on Evernote have been tremendously helpful in getting
      me to use Evernote more (or to see the many uses of Evernote in my
      workflow).

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I agree. Evernote has really made this possible for me as well.

  • Jill Bratcher

    You plug Brett Kelly’s book about Evernote so often, he should give your readers a discount… Just sayin’!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m not the publisher, so I don’t have control over that.

  • Robertkbeeson

    Thanks. Very Helpful.. I am fairly new to blogging but increasingly enjoying it.

    Question: The images you use to show template etc on your blog are small and thus illegible… is there a way to see what is actually written on the template… I tried to click it but to no avail.

    Robert Beeson

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I probably should have created those images as thumbnails. They are legible on my laptop, so I assumed they would be legible everywhere. Evidently not. Sorry about that.

  • http://twitter.com/carlthomas carl thomas

    I am continually amazed at the depth of content on your blog.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Carl. Very kind of you to say so.

  • David Grissen

    Just put Evernote into my computer based on your recommendation.  Have already put some stuff into it and I like how it’s working so far.

  • http://www.christopherneiger.com/blog Chris Neiger

    Thanks for sharing your workflow on this. I’ve never tried MarsEdit, but I’m definitely going to check it out now. I put all my blog ideas into EN as they come to me and then choose one based on what I want to talk about that particular day. 

    I’m curious as to how long your blog post process is from start to finish. I find mine is about 2 hours long, which includes writing, proofing, editing and finding an image. 

    I solicit the help of my wife before I publish my posts as well! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      My process is anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t use it with this much detail yet, but I use it to record all of my blogging ideas. If there’s a certain blog topic I choose to write about, I can also insert the link. 

    You’re teaching me so much about Evernote. Love it. 

    Very interested to check into the book as well. 

  • http://twitter.com/KimbaGreen Kimba Green

    I do everything in Evernote. From gathering information for a blog post to scanned copies of my appliance warranties. Yes, I really do that. Having all my household information available on my phone, my desktop or the cloud has saved me several times. But back to the blogging. I keep an editorial calendar and when I run across information that I can refer to I clip into Evernote under the file named for the week/subject. This way there is no remembering where I found something relevant. Since most of my post are ‘ghost’ post I have to stay organized to keep my clients happy with the subject matter. 

  • bethanyplanton

    Thank you for sharing tips for both Evernote and blogging. They are so helpful. I like the idea of keeping everything together in Evernote. I can’t wait to get started. 

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Good to see the “behind the scenes” way others do things. I like to see how the successful people run into blocks and how they overcome them too. Reveals the “human side” of the greats. Also offers a real “how-I-do-it” process which makes it real (like you’ve done here). There’s no getting around doing the work. I think to a lot of people, it’s like great stuff just shows up without thought or action. Like what you’re doing here, MH! Blessings.

    @WMarkThompson:twitter

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mark. I think a picture is worth a thousand words.

      • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

        I agree with that… especially with my mind. Learn better visually.

  • http://daddybydefault.com Craig

    I’m a fan of cloud software anywhere I can use it, but for my blog posts I’ve been using Circus Ponies Note software. I used to use evernote, but just found it cumbersome.  It’s been over a year since I’ve gone back to it,  but the way you break it down in this post makes me want to take a second look now.

  • http://jbdeaton.com J. Ben Deaton

    I love the detail in this post — I think working through the SCORRE template is an awesome reason to draft posts in Evernote prior to MarsEdit.

    One idea: your templates could also be saved as a TextExpander or Typinator snippet. Then, to create a new blog draft, you don’t have to go to the Templates notebook, find the right one, and copy/paste. You’d just open a new note in the Blog Drafts notebook, type your blog template shortcode, and the whole template expands into the note. 

    Not a huge thing, but would cut out one step. Thanks for the great post.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Actually, I tried saving the template in Typinator first, but you can’t format the Evernote checklists. Thanks.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Very informative, even just the structure of how you write your blogs was great information!

    • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

      That’s what I thought too, Dylan. By the way, like your blog “Looking For Purpose”. 

  • http://www.jameswooollam.com James

    Thanks for this template in particular, really helpful. Do you still use Nozbe for To Do and, if so, how do you relate your to do list there to your evernote content for blogs?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I still use Nozbe. You can actually attach Nozbe projects to Evernote notes. I don’t do this often, but it is helpful when I need it. You can also forward an email, including attachments to Nozbe when you need to reference a message.

  • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

    Wow! I love this post Michael! Thanks for sharing your template. I already have begin writing all my posts in Evernote, and now have learned to copy from Evernote and paste as plain text. It has really helped my workflow.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Yeah, I like the template, too. And the SCORRE method. I’m going to give
      both a try.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. I am glad. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing this.  I will definitely try using the template you shared.  

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    Any chance you can share your template as text for those of us who are lazy and don’t want to type from the image file?

    Thank you for sharing your workflow. I’ve thought about using Evernote for blogging, but hadn’t thought of a good enough system to use it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I just exported it and uploaded it here. Just download the file and then import it into Evernote.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Michael.  I had attempted to build a template myself once today but got side tracked.

      • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

        Thank you. I appreciate it. Hopefully it’ll help me accomplish something blogging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.beck Bruce Von Beck

    Really enjoying your blog and the topics that you cover.  Such practical information delivered in an easy to understand format.

    I don’t have blog right now, but I”m starting to use evernote for a couple of things. First, I’m using it on a special research project I’m doing that has 4 different resources.  As I read over the material, I’m clipping snippets to evernote so that I have all my notes in one location. I can then just scroll through to study and refresh my mind. Very handy! Second, I want to centralize all the many articles that I read into a notebook for each author.  

    There is a third item.  Just used evernote to take notes on a conference call. Took the notes, entered the title, and done!  

    Thanks again for sharing,

    Bruce

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Using Evernote for meeting notes was how I got started. It was very handy.

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

    @jeffgoins:disqus  talked to me about the SCORRE method and it has really helped my writing.
    Michael, once again, thanks for sharing something that you could have kept to yourself. This helps a ton

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kyle. The SCORRE method is really invaluable.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    After reading your Evernote info in the morning, I had a chance to work with a new process in the evening. An hour later than I hoped I finally got into bed. Before hitting the pillow, I had several blog thoughts bouncing around. I put those thoughts into Evernote where I know I’ll be able to easily find them. Thanks for helping me not only get my illustrations, notes, and examples from others into one place, but too also gather my thoughts into one place.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Excellent, Tom. Evernote is one of those apps that the more you use it, the more you use it!

  • http://roborr.net Rob Orr

    This is an awesome idea and concept – Thanks Michael for sharing so much about how you’re getting mileage out of Evernote, it’s been pretty revolutionary for me.  This post is a bit reminiscent of my english comp 1 & 2 classes in college!  A lot of the same structure, but I love it’s broken out here with the resources and rationale. Keep ‘em coming!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4DORU7I2LY7NJHKPROGWRRBOU Sarah

    Michael, I’m quite amaze at the quality and quantity of your blog post. Further amazed that you do in partly in html. The SCORE method looks interesting & methodical. Might give it a shot.

  • Anonymous

    I got the distinct sense you were using SCORRE. I would strongly encourage everyone to make it to a DCW training if you ever communicate (that would be everyone)!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ken Davis says I was using it even before I knew it. With SCORRE, I can be much more intentional about it.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent. I was looking for a way to import my Evernote material to WordPress without losing some of the formatting. Never knew about MarsEdit. Nice! Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/NickCelovsky Nicolas Celovsky

    Started using Evernote a few weeks ago on your recommendation. It’s absolutely revolutionized my organization and preparation. Automatically clipping from the web into Evernote is an unbelievable time-saver. Used it the other day to research and frame my blog.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Anonymous

    Great post! I’ve used Evernote off and on for about a year now and bought Evernote Essentials within the first couple of weeks that it came out. I hadn’t thought of incorporating it into my blogging workflow like this though… After this post, I’m going to have to revisit how I use it – it might very well become one of my ‘must-have’ apps.

    I especially like how you set up templates. I hope you share some more of your Evernote templates in the future!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Okay, I’ve taken another step toward what you suggest. I’ve started an article in Evernote. I haven’t posted from Evernote to the blog yet but I’m moving closer to that final step (until you write and I read another step to take).

  • http://www.thedailywalk.net Adam

    I love this workflow Michael. I have been looking into getting Mars Edit. I have been wanting a desktop blogging software and noticed Tentblogger spoke highly of it over on his site. 

    I love the template idea as well. Definitely something I think I will imp implement. 

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  • Jeff

    I love the IDEA of Evernote but struggle with reality. The more you can get into it, the more valuable it can become…the promise of a digital brain. However being in high tech management my ‘life’ is in email(Outlook).

    Michael – I assume your CEO role yielded a lot of email. How did you (or would you now) decide what to replicate into Evernote vs. leave in email (which is also structured/searchable/etc)?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I only forward stuff to Evernote that is part of a project—something I think I may want to be able to review with that specific project.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing so openly about so much of your life and workflow. It is refreshing and inspiring. I am learning so much from your experience. I do not have a blog yet, but have started using Evernote and writing “practice” blogs based on the information in your posts.
    In fact, I am speaking at my church tomorrow morning and you have inspired me to share more openly about some of my own daily spiritual practices and processes in an effort to “pay it forward”.

  • http://twitter.com/roteague Robert Teague

    I do all that with Microsoft OneNote. It’s a a far superior program to Evernote. Thanks for the tips.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I haven’t looked at OneNote in years. However, I’d like to know …

      - Is there a Mac version?
      - Does it offer a clipper for your browser to clip pages with two clicks?
      - Can it integrate with Google Reader?
      - Can you forward email to it?
      - Does it sync across multiple computers and devices?
      - Does it have a vibrant third-party add-in market?
      - Does it have an active support forum?
      - How does the price compare?

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Great thoughts!  I’m in the process right now of changing my backups of all my posts over to Evernote instead of leaving them in my file tree. 

    I’ve also started using EN for listing my post ideas, and goals.  Next step:  writing in EN.  I like the way you’ve laid out your template.  I may have to try something similar as I make the transition.

    Just a quick question:  MarsEdit takes the place of the “new post” in WordPress?  Once it’s in MarsEdit, does that program connect to WP and post for you, or do you have to transfer it over to WP?

    Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, MarsEdit connects to WordPress and posts it for you. You just hit “publish.”

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  • http://www.helenaritchie.com/ Helena

    Thanks so much for this! I’m going to borrow your outline for my blog posts. :) 

    I’ve just started using Evernote more, mostly only because it makes it easier for me to switch back and forth between the laptop and the desktop without having to move files all over the place. I’ve not yet started to explore its other possibilities, but I will definitely do so now!

    Thanks again,
    Lena

  • http://www.upperlinefinancial.com H. Jude Boudreaux, CFP®

    Michael, I was wondering if you could comment on your post time being 4am.  Is there a specific reason that you like them to hit at that time?  Thanks for your work!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid I don’t have anything very scientific. I just want to be the first thing in people’s feed or email when they wake up. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/RickSmith Rick Smith

    Great post! This is helpful information. Thanks for sharing the provess you learned at DCW!  I was hoping you were going to share some of what you learned!

    -Rick
    http://NoahsDad.com

  • http://twitter.com/savagecabage david birney (✖☉∆)

    i might just give these templates a go. i have the same sort of system in evernote in that i have a separate post in each note, and now that evernote allows note links i have one note which is a type of directory that links out to each blog post/idea. i find it a bit easier than searching through the note thumnails to find the certain notes

    also, i have been trying to reach evernote on the forums about the “email note” feature, but no word back from them yet…

    since your able to email your blog posts into wordpress and posterous now, you can sort of do it with the evernote email, the only problem is that when you send it from evernote it puts a banner up the top saying “from evernote” so you have to go and cut that part out when its emailed to your blog, which means you have to go in and edit it anyway so you might as well just copy and paste. 
    but if there was an option to remove the banner it would be great for bloggers as you could just email your blog posts right from evernote!

    im gonna keep pestering them until they do it, one letter a week! it worked for that guy in the shawshank redemption

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  • Michael Derosa

    Thank you for this post. 

  • http://thejourneydeeper.wordpress.com/ Darlene

    This is such a helpful site you’ve created – thanks! Am I correct to assume that using Evernote as a blogger can only be used with a Premium account? Or, is there a way to use it with the free account?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, you could do pretty much what I outline with the free account.

  • http://twitter.com/ashleighallen Ashleigh Allen

    This is such a helpful outline! Thanks for sharing. 

    Quick question– Do you think you could post a screen shot of a completed note for a blog post that is not primarily persuasive?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Sure. Here’s this very blog post as it existed in Evernote.

  • SkyInwv

    Hi Michael. Are you no longer using Omnioutliner?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I am still using it for some projects. It is part of my toolbox.

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  • http://www.quantum-cmg.com Stæven

    This is a really helpful post. I love productivity to the Nth degree, and its great to hear how you approach this. 

    Really love MarsEdit too. Great program, glad to hear you use it!

  • http://bournemedia.com David Bourne

    Excellent advice. As a heavy evernote user and a blogger, this was right up my ally. 

    I’m wondering if there is a good Mars Edit-like app for the PC. I am a mac user, I love Mars Edit but have users that are on a PC. 

    Thanks again, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is has been years since I have used a PC, but when I did, I loved BlogJet.

  • Anonymous

    This post has been a God send! Thank you!

  • http://www.mosaicmiami.org Shari

    Not ready for this…just yet! I find this reall clear to understand though. Thxs as always for the current topics! 

  • Anonymous

    Just curious how your workflow changes when you post using a custom post type for a quote, announcement, video, link, etc?
    Do you use MarsEdit for those?

    • Anonymous

      Just realized I used the wrong term. I meant custom post format.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        No, I have to do those on the back-end. Since we created these types ourselves, I don’t ever see MarsEdit supporting them.

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  • Davidgrissen

    I took your advice about Evernote as I started to blog.  It’s a great tool, although I’m only using it at the moment to store my blog post ideas and content.  It seems when I write a blog post in evernote and then transfer that to wordpress, the formatting doesn’t transfer over well.  So I draft my posts and then publish directly in wordpress.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t do any formatting in Evernote. I just do the raw writing. I do the formatting in WordPress. (Actually, MarsEdit, but the same workflow would apply.)

  • Perry Emerick

    Hi Michael, love the site! I have wavered back and for between Evernote and Onenote, but like the shared element of Evernote. I loved this post too. Is this a template that can be downloaded?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Here’s a shared link to the template. Let me know if that works. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fabian-Rueda/533517830 Fabian Rueda

    Somebody
    has tested http://clicktoapp.com with Evernote??

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  • Anonymous

    Just got MarsEdit. Looking forward to exploring it. 

  • http://www.christianrayflores.com Christian Ray

    Love this post Michael. I just got MarsEdit and don’t have those SEO, guest post etc fields in the editor. How did you add that kind of functionality to ME? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You do it under Blog > Settings > Custom Fields. However, you have to control the processing of these fields in WordPress via PHP and CSS.

      • http://www.christianrayflores.com Christian Ray

        Thanks a lot! I’ll work on it. 

  • Steph_Sikorski

    I am falling more in love w EVERNOTE everday. I write a weekly column for my local paper and use it to blog. Is there a word count feature? I searched EVERNOTE but can’t see to find an answer.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid there isn’t.

  • John

    This might be an old question, but I’ll ask anyway. Is there a way for you to share some of your templates with us? Wasn’t sure if you could do that from Evernote. I would love to have a copy of your Blogging and Speaker templates.

    Love the posts on EverNote. Keep them coming. You are helping me a ton!

  • John Mayson

    I’m not much of a blogger.  I do have one, but I rarely post to it.  I do however enjoy writing short stories.  They’re mostly just for me (nothing published).  I’ve been wondering how to take it to the next level and now I think I know.  I’m going to adapt your template idea to other forms of writing.

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  • http://www.hlminteriordesign.com Matthew Iacopelli

    Michael great post! I believe this will be very helpful to me. By any chance could you recommend a PC equilvent to Marsedit?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      When I was on a PC, I used BlogJet, but that was years ago. I don’t know what is available now.

  • Pitch Joseph Arunsuwannakorn

    Thank you Michael. This is very helpful! My wife and I have been reading your blog and it has empowered us to be more productive at work and in life, and it has also empowered as to intentionally lead.

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  • http://twitter.com/ddschultz Diane Schultz

    This is one of the most helpful articles I have ever read about blogging.  I love your template.  I am a checklist fanatic, and this will help me immensely.  Thanks so much!

  • http://twitter.com/rovingjay Jay Artale

    I used to be a One-noter, but converted to Evernote when I got my iPad – and I’m sold on it!  

    I write multiple blogs, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the multitude of blog post ideas and reference material I collect whilst surfing online.  Evernote helps me consolidate all of my inspiration and stay organized. 
     
    I use self-hosted WordPress as my blog platform, and have been leveraging the drafts folder to store partly completed blog posts, but I like the idea of using a SCORE template to work the story ideas in Evernote before I move them into WordPress.

    Thanks for the Inspiration.

  • Bbobnet

    I am brand new to blogging. Any suggested resources for learning the basics?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      There are lots of resources on this site. Just search for “blogging.” Also check out Problogger.com and TentBlogger.com.

  • Dave Mariano

    Hey Michael

  • http://www.intunestudios.com Dave Mariano

    Hey Michael. Ever since this post I’ve been using Evernote for blogging and it’s been really helpful. I’ve only published a couple so far for my church, but I’m working on a website and blog for my new business and it’s been great to get a jumpstart on the posts even before it’s live.

    One quick question: do you delete a post draft from Evernote after it’s published, or do you move the draft to a “published” folder in Evernote? I only ask because I was thinking it may be easier to keep separate the drafts vs. published. Thanks.Dave

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I just tag it as “posted.”

      • http://www.intunestudios.com Dave Mariano

        Ahh yes, that makes sense too. Thanks.

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  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    PHENOMENAL! I need this so much. I am a BIG Evernote fan, but have never used templates. Starting w/this template immediately! Thx for sharing!

  • Eric Gustavson

    I created everblog.org for this purpose. It directly displays a public evernote notebook as a blog. It is missing a commenting system, but otherwise, its a good start.

    • http://twitter.com/MasterNoteApp MasterNoteApp

      Just published a new app for Evernote – MasterNote which offers Templates for Evernote… to minimize the repetitive tasks of recreating the same notes in Evernote like you are doing here.

      To save all the hard work you all are doing, create a template in MasterNote http://www.masternoteapp.com and create the fields Michael has highlighted above you need for your blog post.

      Now when you are ready to write your blog, in MasterNote – fill in the the correct information to the specified fields, export the .enex fields to Evernote and you will have your nicely formatted blog post ready to go.

      Other great uses include: Meeting Notes, Workout Journal, Diet / Food Log, School Reports, Papers, Homework, Class Papers, Teachers: Syllabus, Curriculum, Tests, Quizzes, Handouts … and more.

      MasterNote solves the lack of printing the Evernote title problem too.

      Thanks!

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  • http://CaptivatingCappadocia.com Duke Dillard

    You should do a series on Mars Edit like you did on Evernote. My Mars Edit dialogue boxes do not look like yours. You have clearly done a lot of customizing. Is it from apps like Scribe SEO or is it your own doing? Does each of those custom fields translate to something in WP? If so, how? Also, I have found nothing on scheduling posts. If you are ever looking for post ideas, this would cover a few.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would love to do that, but I think the audience would be pretty small.
      Yes, I have added custom fields to MarsEdit. Look under Blog | Edit Settings | Custom Fields. I then mapped the fields from All in One SEO Pack.
      With regard to scheduling posts, look at Post | Edit Date. Just schedule a date into the future. Hope that helps. Thanks.

      • http://CaptivatingCappadocia.com Duke Dillard

        Thanks for the reply, Michael. I’m not sure how small the audience would be. You have recommended it to your 200,000+ readers. If only 10% use it, that is 20,000+ people. Regardless, thanks for the tips, that helps. I understand the scheduling now. That is such a great feature. It is weird they don’t highlight it more and make it closer to the surface. Regarding the custom fields. I do not understand what you mean by “mapped the fields”. I know how to make the fields, just am not sure how correlated they are to scribe. Again, I appreciate your tips. And if you ever take a vacation to Turkey and come to Cappadocia, which you should given that your Orthodox, then know that you will be well taken care of.

  • ifeelgod

    Hi Michael,

    I use Evernote as well. Your post has given me a zillion new ideas on how to use it better. 

    Great info about a GREAT system

    Thanks

    btw, I clipped this article IMMEDIATELY with my “clip to evernote’ chrome plugin (use it EVERYDAY)

    In Him,
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  • http://findingmytribe.wordpress.com/ El Snarkistani

    Fully realizing this will disappear into the abyss that is comments on blogs, but since this is the only way to provide feedback, apparently, here goes:

    Thanks for this article. I’ve been looking for a way to revise my workflow to be more efficient as a blogger. 

    I’ve had Evernote for…years…I think…but didn’t fully understand it. 

    I did buy the e-book you recommended, and I’ll need to actually open it, but I’ve been going at it full tilt, and it’s making a world of difference in my research, etc. 

    Not using the same template you used, but the workflow you recommend from Evernote to MarsEdit (or BlogJet on my Windows machine) into the blog has been nothing short of phenomenal. 

    I’m more organized in my writing, and a lot better able to put things away to write about later than I ever was using Pinboard. 

    Although I still love the Pinboard. 

    Again, it’s something that’s helped me tremendously…my writing was starting to irritate me because I never felt very organized. 

    As a blogger who’s trying to post 500+ word posts daily (usually it’s closer to 1,000), this has made it so much easier. 

    Thanks again!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashwin.ramesh.73 Ashwin Ramesh

    We’re launching EverBlogger to solve this problem with completely integrating an entire blogging platform on EverNote. You can sign up for the private alpha on http://www.everblogger.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Cool. I just signed up. Thanks.

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  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    I ran across this post doing a search for Evernote-related topics. I’ve started generating a blog post idea using Michael’s shared template. After about 20 minutes, I’m sold. I love that I finally have a way to really organize links, blog themes, image ideas, etc. I’ve spent too much time either writing a blog from the seat of my pants or struggling to find a strong workflow. I’d have easily paid $10 for this template.

    The only problem was that I had to remember to change “Gail” to “Stephanie” in the “Read aloud” checklist, or else my wife would probably be asking some very challenging questions! :)

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  • Offthemapknives

    I like the idea, but that is too much work. This is the one feature I feel Evernote is lacking. Using MacJournal, I write a note, and hit one button, and it is published to my blog. No copy/paste, no opening up other software. Seriously have the blogging account has been set up, it is a one button affair.

    I hope Evernote gets this soon. If it does, I will abondon MacJournal for Evernote. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Interesting. I’d like to give this a shot. Can you edit in HTML mode?

  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    You are welcome to use the template.

    I have not found a decent iPad blogging app. I do everything from my MacBook Air. Thanks.

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  • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

    You simply insert them into the post. There’s a function for that in MarsEdit. It’s kind of like attaching an image to an e-mail message.

    • http://www.holgerheinzephotography.de/ Holger Heinze

      Hey, thanks for the quick reply. 
      That’s what I thought – it’s not Drag-and-Drop into Evernote and then Copy-and-Paste over to MarsEdit. (Which would be very nice – my blog posts have 20+ images and it would greatly reduce the time it takes to post them if there was a way NOT to individually have to click them into MarsEdit. 
      Anyways – great post, thanks for the follow-up!
      cheers from Australia, 
      Holger

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  • http://twitter.com/SpringSteve Steve Spring

    Michael, is it possible to get a copy of the blank Evernote blog post template?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sure. You can find it here.

      • http://twitter.com/SpringSteve Steve Spring

        Thanks Michael!

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  • http://twitter.com/AnnieMueller Annie Mueller

    Hi all, just a tweak to this system: using a script to open your template up in Evernote with one click. There’s now a little icon in my top menu bar – one click and I’ve got my template of choice opened up in my notebook of choice in Evernote. You can create a script for each template you have. I like this method because 1) I don’t have to have another notebook for Templates (I like to keep it as streamlined as possible) and 2) It’s one less bit of copy-and-paste.

    I followed the instructions here for setting it up on my Macbook: http://www.mysimplecuriosity.com/getting-things-done-with-evernoteprojects-part-2-note-templates-for-mac/#more-352There are also instructions at that site for Windows users. 

  • douglasmcclure

    Mr. Hyatt,

    I came across this post and wanted to thank you for your openness and generosity in sharing!

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  • http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/ Ellory Wells

    Michael, thank you for sharing your template and your methods in this article. I just completed my first article using your outlined strategy and I have to say, it was easier and faster to collect my thoughts and clarify my message using your guidelines than using my own.

    Thank you for your wisdom!

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  • http://soulofatlas.com/ Mark David Henderson

    Under Evaluate, there are tiny checkboxes that look like they have been checked later. What are those and how do you put them into the template?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s just Evernote’s standard To-do. Just select it from the menu under Format | Insert To-do.

  • http://www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com Aaron Maurer

    Michael, can you share this template? I would like to use it to write up some blog posts.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sure, Aaron. You can find it here. Thanks.

      • http://www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com Aaron Maurer

        Thank you so much. Going to test this template out and see how to improve my writing.

  • Arin

    Nice workflow. On that note, have you tried using postach.io (http://postach.io)? The service lets you post markdown formatted posts to your blog and create a specific notebook in your evernote only for blogging. Somewhat like what you’d do with using github and jekyll for blogging but much less fuss.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I have not tried that, but I am looking into it now. Thanks.

  • markjl

    Hello try using postach.io which creates a blog site automatically from Evernotes you choose to tag

  • Graeme Spice

    Thanks very useful – I use Evernote for loads of stuff and htis makes a lot of sense for me – I have 3 different wordpress sites with Blog elements which I crosspublish and post out via social ledia accounts – I always have ideas but pulling them all together is my challenge!

  • RonnieTabor

    I’ve been riding on the Evernote train for the last 12 months and have in the last 3 months improved my effectiveness with Evernote ten-fold. Thanks for sharing all the great resources and information Mike.

    Ronnie
    http://www.ronnietabor.com

  • RonnieTabor

    One of my new favorite evernote features is being able to embed audio notes into a note

  • Stephen Fisher

    I love Evernote and I plan on using it more in the future. It’s a great tool that I can use through all my devices. I haven’t found as much functionality as Michael yet, but as I use it more, then I believe it will become even more useful

  • http://brianmittelstadt.wordpress.com/ Brian Mittelstadt

    Obviously I’m late to the party here, but thank you for the post. I have been using Evernote, but not at this level. I created a copy of your template to help me with my blog posts!

  • Rose

    Absolutely love this post and the comments only make me want to write more! (always a good thing) I’m just starting out with blogging for an audience and this post has given me lots of ideas, like actually creating a template to follow. Yet as much as I love Evernote, I still can’t get myself away from using Word to type my draft. I know many of the things you can do with Evernote (I’ve been using it for at least 2 years)…but I can’t break out. I think I lean on Word’s spell-check, grammar-check automation a lot. Perhaps that won’t be needed as much once I write more. Anyway, thanks for posting this and your other Evernote posts.

  • http://myharpblog.com/ Elliott J. Scott

    I made the decision a couple of days ago to start using Evernote more to my advantage. Before, I only used it to backup a few files. Thanks for posting this, Michael!

  • http://www.DavidJBradley.com/ David J. Bradley

    Years later and this is still an excellent post… The list is very helpful in my blogging! Thank you @mhyatt:disqus!

  • reason19

    Very useful, thanks.

  • sony

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  • Williesha Morris

    Just saw this – super awesome. Only problem with directly copying and pasting from Evernote into WordPress are those darn tags that prevent proper spacing. I usually take the text from the WordPress editor, paste to Notepad/WordPad and find/replace and then put it right back in!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Have you tried pasting into the Text editor of WordPress rather than the Visual Editor? I don’t get any HTML at all when I do that.

      • Williesha Morris

        That’s brilliant, no I haven’t tried that. Thanks!

  • angelacacc

    Hi Michael,

    I just re-read this post again. You recently introduced me to Evernote and I love it. I have a serious app crush on it. But when I post the blog from Evernote to WordPress it doesn’t paste correctly. I looked at MarsEdit but I am trying to keep the new items that I am using to a minimum so I can build a solid foundation. I was wondering if you had any tips or advice on how to get your Evernote blog complete with the current formatting transferred to the wordpress post. I am specifically referring to spacing but a few other things as well. If you could let me know when you have a moment I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I would advise you not to try and copy the formatting. Evernote uses it’s own HTML and it is not going to give you want you want if you try to cut and paste. The best thing to do is to write the post as plain text (using Markup if you want to format it), and then pasting into the text editor of WordPress rather than the visual editor.

      • angelacacc

        Thank you!

      • Richard Covert

        Are you using the simplify text feature in Evernote? That has worked for me.

        If I cut and paste from Evernote itself to visual I don not use bulleted lists and such. In WordPress I use WP Edit Pro for most of the formatting.

  • Owen Hemsath

    Since reading this series on Evernote I’ve dramatically increased the amount I’m using Evernote and it’s a challenge. I do however believe that systems like this will increase my productivity. I just got the tool kit too! Looking forward to seeing what’s in there!

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    Again, a very useful blog post. Thanks.

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  • http://michaelboezi.com/ Michael

    Yes, my process is different, but the idea is similar. Evernote is a great place to capture ideas as they take shape. Thanks for sharing your method with everyone!

  • Richard Covert

    Evernote and blogging

    I combine Todoist, a reminder app, with Evernote. For future post ideas I send them undated to Todoist in a Project Notebook called Hold. I use Todoist robust notes feature to note why I thought the idea note worth.

    Working on blog posts in Evernote I use a two note approach—POST NOTES..xyz…. and POST..xyz.. When writing the post I open both notes and arrange them split screen. Then I sort the hodgepodge in the Notes note in my draft post screen.

  • markjl

    Hello. Do you tag Evernotes once the blog entry is posted? Do you add a URL to them. Put another way, how do you filter out the ideas implemented and those to do? Thanks

  • Phillip Swindall

    Mr. Hyatt-
    My problem is, if I post hyperlinks for my post in EverNote, I lose the links after I paste it into WordPress from EverNote… Any ideas?

  • http://www.Lamberjules.com/ Amber Baldwin

    Thank you for such a great post. I was looking for an outline to really help me pin down my thoughts into a format so that I could more easily express to my readers what I’m trying to get across. I hadn’t heard of SCORRE before this and have now used it in one post. Love it!