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Going Back to Evernote

It wasn’t planned. It kind of just happened.

Earlier this year, I started using Evernote again.

No, I didn’t have a feet of clay moment. And it wasn’t because I was running into the (supposed) limitations of Simplenote.

It was a business decision.

In the early months of 2014, I was doing quite a bit of technology coaching and a number of my clients are either interested in Evernote or want to learn how to better use it. I couldn’t exactly advise and coach them if I didn’t use it myself, could I?

So, I reactivated my old account. Strangely enough, all of the notes (which I’d exported when I gave up Evernote) were still there. Some were even still relevant.

While I still think that Evernote is overkill for much of what I do, I can’t deny that it’s a useful tool. As before, I don’t use Evernote to remember everything. I use it to remember what I need to know. On top of that, I’ve been using it to:

  • Share session summaries with some of my coaching clients
  • Plan sessions for a meetup group that I help moderate
  • Collect information for various writing projects
  • Create a proof-of-concept for a website via a service called Postach.io

A few other things, too.

One annoyance I have with Evernote isn’t new: there’s no native desktop client for Linux. I get by (and then some) using the web-based version, and limp along using a desktop client called NixNote when I’m using my main laptop. But an officially-supported application designed specifically for the Linux desktop would be nice.

It looks like I’ll be using Evernote, at least for the next year. In that time, I might not be using it in all the weird and wonderful ways that others do — and I’m definitely not using a fraction of the apps and add-ons that are available. But that’s OK. Why? They way I use Evernote works for me. And that’s all that matters.

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