Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tech Tuesday–OneNote for Your Blog ~ Fab Finds Posts


Thanks to Caroline Pointer’s posts "Using OneNote to keep up with those ancestors" and "More OneNote Features to Rock Your Researching World", I have become a OneNote fan!

I'm not saying I'm an expert by any means.  But I have found OneNote to be very useful for my genealogy blog.

And I’m not going to try to reinvent the wheel and show you how to use OneNote. Caroline Pointer, as well as others on YouTube, have already done that.

What I do want to share with you today is how I put together my weekly Fab Finds posts.

Yes, you guessed it.  I use OneNote to help me with these posts.  It’s a great organizational tool!  I've created several Notebooks for my blog and one of them is called Fab Finds Posts 2012.

The Fab Finds Post Notebook is then organized by month.  And within each month I've created a page for each weekly post.

So, here’s the process for my Fab Finds posts:

As I read posts during the week, I copy and paste the link of the posts I especially like to the current week's Fab Finds Post page in OneNote.

Fab Finds Post 1
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Then when I’m ready to publish my Fab Finds post, I go through the list of potential Fab Finds candidates.  I click on each link, which then takes me to the author's blog.  I could just copy the link from OneNote, but I like to actually revisit the blog first.  I then copy the link to Windows Live Writer.

Fab Finds Post 3
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As I go down the list of blog posts in OneNote, I insert a check mark next to the blog posts I’ve transferred to my draft in Windows Live Writer.


Fab Finds Post 5
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Once I’m done, I post the draft to my blog, preview it and then publish the post.  Voila!  Finished product!


Fab Finds Post 9
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Another perk to my method?  In the process, I am building a list that I can refer to at any time.  "Oh, where was that post about such-and-such?  Oh ya, I have it listed in my Fab Finds Notebook in OneNote."

Thanks for reading!


Copyright © Jana Last 2012

12 comments:

  1. Jana,
    Thank you for today's tops on One Note. I do have that program on my PC and after watching the video, I plan to try it out with my research. Great lesson to be learned!
    http://thebranchesonourtree.blogspot.com
    Betty

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    1. Hi Betty,

      Isn't OneNote great? I'm so glad Caroline posted about it, as I wasn't aware of OneNote before.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Yes, Caroline Pointer has so many great resources! Thanks for sharing your methods for OneNote, Jana. It is helpful to have that resource to refer back to when all those posts bury that one detail you're seeking.

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    1. Hi Jacqi,

      Yep, Caroline is such a tech guru!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

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  3. Now I feel the need to go and explore OneNote, but I'm less than techy. Might just have to email you for advice, Jana :-) (easily defeated by technology LOL) Jo

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    1. Hi Jo,

      Oooh, yes. You should explore OneNote. I really like using it. It's quite useful. And it's pretty easy to use too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Such a good idea! I have never tried OneNote, but evidently I should.

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      I really like OneNote. I sort of tried Evernote, but I didn't like it as much. OneNote just makes more sense to me with all of it's separate Notebooks and page. Kind of like a filing system or school bookbag.

      If you look closely on the two images showing OneNote (above) you can see some of my notebooks and pages on the left side. I even use OneNote as a backup for my blog. All of my blog posts are neatly tucked away inside their own little month section and page. Awesome!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. Jana,

    Thank you so very much for the shout out! I greatly appreciate it! I'm glad you found my OneNote posts and videos helpful and found a way to adapt it to your own workflow for your Fab Finds blog post. Excellent idea! =)

    I also reviewed the OneNote smartphone app which can be useful as well for on-the-go needs:

    http://www.4yourfamilystory.com/1/post/2012/05/onenote-on-the-go-the-app.html

    Once again, thanks, Jana! I really appreciate the shout out and your kind words! =)

    ~C

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    1. Hi Caroline,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog post. And thanks for your kind comments! I really do appreciate it!

      I'm so glad you like my idea for using OneNote for my Fab Finds posts. Coming from a Tech Guru like yourself, that is high praise indeed!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I'm a OneNote fan as well, and am always interested in seeing how other genealogists and bloggers use it. Great post - and thanks for the link to Caroline Pointers articles as a bonus!

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Isn't OneNote great? It's an awesome organizational tool. I really appreciate you reading my blog post and your kind comments!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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