Once bitten: backing up with Evernote

After my recent blog melt-down and apparent loss of (about) two year’s worth of writing, I’ve decided to adopt a “safety first” approach and ensure this never happens again.

Aside from scheduling regular back-ups of the WordPress blog itself, I’m also using the very excellent “If This, Then That” (IFTTT) service to send all new WordPress posts straight to an Evernote notebook.

IFTTT is an idiot-proof tool for linking up your online services in very creative ways. I’ve been using it for about a year and love it. For example, I have one recipe that sends all my Foursquare check-ins as appointments to my Google calendar. This then represents a log of where I’ve been and with who. For someone with an appalling memory (due part to my Epilepsy), this is a handy way of logging my movements for the future.

I’ve just realised how this latest incarnation of my blog has little or no reference to Evernote. Therefore I can only surmise that 2011 and 2012 were big years for Evernote in my blog – and these are the blog posts I’ve yet to rescue.

Put simply, Evernote is probably the most useful app I’ve discovered. Think of it as the most flexible notebook that you’ve ever owned. Like an article on a website? One click later and it’s saved forever for offline reading. Want to save a receipt for an online purchase? Forward the email to your unique Evernote email address and it’ll be magically transformed into a note for safekeeping.

Evernote can also be used to track to-do lists, store scanned documentation, photos of belongings… the use cases for this tool are pretty much infinite. It’s also (mainstream) platform agnostic, being available for iOS, Windows, Mac, Android, Windows phone and even Blackberry.

I’ll definitely have to write a few posts on how I use Evernote – I’m a bit of an advocate and have converted a number of colleagues to using it. In the meantime, I can rest easy knowing that each new blog post is automatically logged in my Evernote account for the future.

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