Doing a marriage ceremony at a local baseball stadium is a first for me. The couple are baseball crazy, and would love the pastoral charge to have some connection with theirs and America’s favourite past-time.
Right now I am just trying to dig up some material. Who knows, maybe a quote, or story or stat, something that would add a baseball spin to the thoughts I want to deliver.
A recent web search yielded a solid hit. But how do I save that info and my thoughts of how I will use it, until I am ready to put it all together. My answer is Evernote, its web clipper and a quick annotation. Let me tell you how.
Snagging Web Hits with Evernote
Evernote Web Clipper is a simple extension for your web browser that lets you capture all sorts of content and effectively tuck it away for future processing. Using it with a desktop version of Evernote generates an input pop-up that allows you to define the Evernote title, tag, and notebook as well as the format of the clip.
But for me simple and quick are key features of this work flow. Evernote auto-populates the title field and for the most part I live with it. The Web Clipper also defaults to store the clip in my default notebook. That is good enough. I also can define a tag. Do I really need to? Is it worth the time? If so, I tag it with something that specifies the particular talk.
‘Remarks’ are key
Right at the bottom of Web Clipper’s input pop-up is the option to add remarks. This is key. Here is where I add a short comment so I preserve my own thoughts about how this web content fits into the talk.
Remarks are added to the body of the Evernote note prior to the web content that has been clipped. This makes them very accessible when the clip is recalled.
If you are feeling particularly tech savvy, you can use speech-to-text input and speak your comments into the ‘remark’ field. That really takes the work out of annotating the web content.
What are some of your key practices when using Evernote’s Web Clipper?