Quick note on how “If This Than That” and “Evernote” saved this blogger a whole lot of time
I love finding tools that make mundane tasks easier. One of things I needed to do was to find a way to get all my blog posts into a list. That way, I could have them at the ready for editors who ask for samples. Additionally, it’s good to have your blog posts listed out so that you can link back to yourself–a great way to keep traffic.
For a while I was trying to copy and paste posts but I fell off from doing that rather quickly. No surprise there. But then @digitalmiss started praising the site If This Than That (on twitter) and I saved her tweet to instapaper (one of my favorite ways to save sleuthing for later!) and then researched it. Using IFTTT, you can make “recipes” that tell apps and web tools you use how to communicate with one another. Think: rules in email. “If I get an email from Joe send it to trash.”
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I‘m assuming people use rules in email and that that was a good example. I love setting someone’s emails to trash when they’ve earned a gold medal in getting my last nerve. It’s so satisfying to know that they have no idea you never see a damn thing they send you.
NOW…WHERE WAS I?
Oh yeah…I have been singing the praises of Evernote for a year now. I swear by it especially since it’s cloud-based so it automatically synchs to my phone without me having to connect my phone to my computer. Evernote is where I insert all my game notes when I’m watching live games or NFL game remind or film on you tube. It’s also good for plugging in sections of books, play examples, and diagrams. It’s no problem for me to use Evernote in that manner when I’m taking notes. But what about when I’m blogging?
Using IFTTT, I set up a recipe to send ALL blog posts on this blog to my Evernote notebook called “Posted blogs.” Evernote uploads the blogs just as they’re written and with the link at the top. It also includes the tags so that I can search them. I couldn’t ask for more. I later set up a recipe that posts to my personal facebook account everything that I post to my blog page facebook account. I’m trying to figure out more stuff I can do with it.
I hope this is a helpful tip for writers seeking greater efficiency in their processes.