Stephanie asks, “Is there a good system for centralizing ideas? What tools do you use?”
For images, I store stuff in Camtasia’s SnagIt. For other stuff, I used to use Evernote, but I’ve since switched to the open-source package Joplin because of its full support for Markdown, one of the most powerful markup languages a marketer could learn.
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In this episode, Stephanie asks, Is there a good system for centralizing ideas? What tools do you use? It depends.
It depends on what the type of idea is.
There’s so many different formats and things that you can use to store ideas.
But there’s a few tools I think, are really essential.
The first one, I’ll bring this up here is Snagit.
So this is by techsmith.
They make the software screen capture software, and the ability to just take screenshots include parts of your screen and store them in an X that was really helpful.
And you can see here, I’ve got, this is the interface.
And then you flip this around.
What you can see is it has a library of all the screenshots you’ve taken in the past, which is, again, super helpful to be able to look at what you’ve done, what you’ve taken photos of, and catalog them things like that.
When it comes to images in general, though, the absolute best tool by far is Google Photos.
Because when you upload images, including like screenshots to Google Photos, it’s AI has automatic image recognition.
And it’s going to automatically analyze and scan what is in the photo.
So you could have been typing into the search box in your Google Photos account, you know, conference, room, table, dinner car, people smiling your dog.
And in doing so, it gives you access to a huge essentially catalogue of your own stock photography and your own ideas.
That includes having the Google Photos app on your phone.
Because again, if you’re out and about and you see something cool, we take a photo of it.
And obviously, all your phone is recording things like your location, the time, the day, all that stuff, but more than anything, it’s indexing it so you see a great idea on a billboard to take a photo of you does, you know some fun things happening outside I was going to say at an event, but those shouldn’t be happening.
Take a photo of it and it goes into Google Photos for indexing.
If you work on a content marketing team, setting up a generic gmail account for your team and having it linked to Google Photos is a super powerful way to have your own stock photography library, right? If you have people taking photos around the office and things loaded onto Google Photos, make sure they’re loading all of the stuff they intend to and not all their stuff.
You don’t want people’s personal stuff in there.
And then you have an index, you have a huge index that you can use for your own stock photography for writing, the tool I use, I used to use Evernote and I still do somewhat but when it comes to idea storage or retrieval, this one’s open source package called Joplin.
I love Joplin for a couple of reasons.
One, it’s free and it’s open source, which is cross platform to Joplin allows you Joplin allows you to sync with the cloud service of your choice.
So drive Dropbox, etc.
But most important, Joplin supports what’s called markdown.
markdown is a scripting layer.
It’s a markup language.
So what you do is you write in plain text than these specific characters to denote things like typography changes like that.
This is a bold word, this is an italic word.
You can break things up like headers with a pound sign before a word and make, you know headers, header one, header two, header three.
But it’s all in plain text, which means that there’s no formatting challenges.
If you go to open up a markdown document in 20 years, you will still be able to read as plain as day as if you had written it, you know, 20 years ago, it would still be just as compatible and that’s what’s so powerful about it.
There are rendering engines like Joplin has one built in pandoc, colbray, all these different free open source engines that can take a markdown document and then transform it into the format of your choice HTML Word document PDF EPUB or mobi for screen readers, latex and bibtex for no formal academic papers.
having that ability to to write in an easy to use format that is always readable, but then transform it into the format’s you want is super powerful.
So in Joplin, you can see here I’ve got folders or notebooks called and then text in those.
And you can see that in this example here, we have this one, my pandemic newsletter.
So there’s the markdown on the left side, and then there is what it looks like rendered on the right hand side and that’s really it right? Being able to store ideas in different folders and and driving down is super helpful.
The last thing for centralizing ideas is all of the tools that we have with these smart assistants and the ones on our phones, there is nothing better than being able to just literally yell out in the air.
Hey, smart assistant, remind me about content marketing vectorization that may not necessarily get the words right.
But being able to just yell out into the air, hey, this is the thing I’m trying to remember.
And then having the system dump it onto, you know, an app either on your phone or on your desktop is super powerful, because you don’t have to write anything down.
You don’t have to remember to carry a piece of paper with you can just open up.
Either a reminder, if it’s a short idea, or a voice memo app for longer ideas again, hey, hey Siri, open up a voice memo, start a new voice memo.
And what the system will do then is start recording and then you can speak your idea out loud.
That is really, really helpful for when you’re walking out and about, especially if you’re driving somewhere and an idea comes to you and you don’t want to be doing something other than like safely operating the vehicle.
Having that handy is is just invaluable, especially if you wire it up to a system like if this, then that or Zapier, that will allow you to take ideas from one system and move them to another system, there’s a If This Then That routine that lets you take your Amazon reminders and sync them to your Apple reminders so that all your ideas still flow into one area where that you can you can get at them.
At the end of the day, it’s just having tools available that can capture ideas as you have them because as we all know, they don’t last a whole lot.
Long time they they come in and they’re gone like that.
A lot of folks will keep like a journal or something right by their bed in order to be able to do the same thing.
And you know, certainly if that works for you great.
Again, being able to yell out into the air Hey, smart assistant.
Now remember this idea, or remind me of this idea allows you to do that.
In terms of being able to index it all Google’s photos is probably the best overall indexing solution.
And then again, one of the things that’s nice about Joplin is that because it writes essentially markdown files to your computer’s disk.
Any of this the things on your whatever your operating system you’re on to just find content in files will help you will find those Joplin documents.
If you’re not, you don’t have them in the interface and identify the specific document and then again, because it’s all plain text to go in, you’ll look at it and go, that was the idea was working on.
So those are the big tools that I use.
Would love to hear about what tools you use for centralizing your ideas how you capture all these ideas together, and turn them into content later on.
leave them in the comments box below.
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