Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

What do you do with life’s constant stream of snippets of information: all that stuff you need to remember, or pass on to someone, throughout each day?

Snippets like someone’s name, or a phone number, or a reminder to replace the batteries in your keyboard… Those items of information which aren’t tasks, or appointments, and which are hard to categorize.

They’re not important enough to add to an information store like Evernote, or to your To Do list. They’re ephemeral, like Twitter. And as you might expect, there’s a Twitter-like app to deal with them: Fetchnotes.

I downloaded Fetchnotes because it sounded as if it might be the perfect way to take a quick note on my phone without making a production of it.

Fetchnotes: find and collaborate, with hashtags and mentions

Once I started using it, I was amazed at how perfect it is.

At its simplest, it’s a note-taking app. However, it’s also a way of sending someone a quick message. I find myself referring to Fetchnotes’ tab in the Chrome browser often through the day.

Your snippets are easy to find, either with the search function, or via the tags list. Just as with Twitter, adding a hashtag to a note makes it easy to find.

If you want to send someone a quick message: “pick up some milk on the way home”, or “project completed”, just type “@” plus an address book name, a phone number, or an email address. Your recipient doesn’t even need to be a Fetchnotes user.

Want to attach something to a note? You can attach files, images, anything you like, no matter where the file is stored.

Once you’re done with a note, archive or delete it.

I use Fetchnotes for snippets of information, but you can enter longer notes if you wish. If the muse grabs you, and you want to write a scene from your novel, go ahead. Fetchnotes can handle it.

Fetchnotes is free

Since Fetchnotes is free on popular devices; check it out. You may find it as useful as I do.


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Get Organized and Blog: (Free) Trello Makes It Easy

Get Organized and Blog

Want to make blogging easier? One word: planning. Plan your content, and then collect material for blog posts as you go through your day.

I’ve talked about blog planning before. Trello’s one of my favorite tools for planning various forms of writing. For me, it’s invaluable for plotting novels, as well as for collecting material for nonfiction.

Trello’s especially useful for blogging. If you’re a professional blogger, and blog for others, you’ll bless Trello. You can create a Trello board for each blog, so that you can focus on one blog at a time. And if you blog on the go as I often do, you can check your boards anywhere, on any device – Android, iOS, or Windows 8 Tablet.

Collect the graphics and other materials you want to use

When you’re planning blog posts, you need more than text. These days, graphics are vital, so that your posts stand out. You can drag the images you want to use this week or this month onto separate cards: an image will often provide the seed of a post. Add additional cards for keywords, post descriptions, and title ideas.

Once you’ve collected your materials, posts will almost write themselves.

Trello makes it easy to collaborate with others. After you’ve created a board, you can invite people to share it. They can add cards with information like checklists, assign tasks, and everyone working with a board gets notified of any changes.

Search and (never) destroy

Forgot which board you added a note to? Trello’s search works across all boards, so no matter how many lists and cards you and your co-workers add, you can find what you want easily.

Of course you can keep boards private too. No one else can see your personal boards.

If there’s a mistake – someone removes a list or a card – you can get it out of the archive. Trello is forgiving: you can add, move and remove lists and cards as much as you want to… and get material back if you need it.

Trello is an amazing tool for bloggers. Give it a try. You may find that blogging becomes less of a chore, because Trello will inspire you.


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