The best notebook for you depends on how you think and organize. The same goes for online note taking. There are a lot of options.
But I’ve been using WordPress blogs to take notes when I have Internet access. Why?
- Access notes from anywhere
- WordPress is a great writing app
- Notes are searchable
- Categories and tags help you organize thought
- Turn notes into blog entries
Here’s how I use WordPress as a notebook:
You don’t have to publish everything you write. You can save drafts and take advantage of the categories and tags. Drafts also are searchable.
WordPress has coding for a bookmarklet that you can add to your browser’s bookmarks. Click on it and you will get a mini-post writing window with a link to the page you want to remember. Then save the post as a draft. All formatting, categorization and tagging options are available from the “Press This” window.
WordPress has iPhone and Android apps so you can save your notes from anywhere. The “Share This” function in Android will let you choose WordPress so you can save photos, web pages, video and text to your notebook.
Post Via E-mail
Your WordPress blog will post any e-mails you send to it. This makes it easy to update from anywhere. The problem is that all the posts become live.
You can create free blogs on WordPress.com and keep the content private. This allows you to create an account that serves solely as your online notebook. Since you don’t have to save everything as a draft, you can use the e-mail option to post private content.
Instead of using WordPress.com, I created a secret directory on my website that contains a WordPress blog no one knows about. This is my noteblog. I can send notes via e-mail, the “Press This” bookmarklet and smart phone. Perhaps this is extreme, but it gives me a feeling of more control than the other cloud options.
Give WordPress a try - it does a great job of keeping track of my ideas. I’ve also provided another useful link for those of you who give WordPress a try and it doesn’t pan out for you.
(Image courtesy of See-ming Lee under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 generic license.)
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