Organization: Is Google Drive or Evernote better?

I use both Google Drive and Evernote to capture and organize my thoughts on the fly.  See how this mom uses them both.

Note: This is just a quick blog post before I run out, not a sexy post with a video and a podcast attached with a slick graphic.  Sometimes you’ve just got to speak from the heart…

Just a quick blog post to capture some thoughts that float around in my head like popcorn before I start my day.  It’s not easy to find the time as a mom of a 16 month old, who woke up tonight with teething pain, and just wouldn’t get back to sleep.  Well, neither could I.

Start of a New Day

So rather than try in vain to go back to sleep tossing and turning, I decided to get up, put on my gym clothes and get ready to head out the door for my 5 am workout.  Each day with a toddler is something new and you never know when your night’s sleep will be interrupted.  But at least I know I can count on the gym to get my body as strong as it can be for a little guy who since he learned to walk, has not stopped getting into everything.  Each day is a new discovery, not only for my son, but for finding something else that just hasn’t been childproofed yet.

What also keeps my sanity in an ever-changing day-to-day basis is my Google Drive.  I am typing this in a new document in my Blog folder, and then I just might pick it up in my SUV, if the gym just isn’t open yet.  As a mompreneur, you just have to be ready when the opportunity strikes to capture those daily thoughts and keep them organized.  I used to swear by spiral notebooks, but I have amassed a ton of them and I never know where that gem of a thought is to go back to.

On Organization

The only way I have found to organize my web of thoughts is by keeping them organized completely mobile.  I use Evernote, too, but I use it for different reasons.  I have different notebooks organized by different categories.  Some are to keep my online course notes for courses I have taken, some of them are to keep journals of my health and wellness. For me, Evernote is used to keep more personal notes on my agenda, and I prefer to use Google Drive for text that I need to jot down somewhere.

I have used Evernote for that in the past, or at least I’ve tried to, but the tablet version just wonked out on me sometimes.  Not sure why, but it was just easier to capture on my phone with voice to text.  This blog post I am typing on a Surface tablet at my dining room table, and as soon as I type it, it’s saved onto Google drive, without even saving it myself.

It’s pretty important to me to keep my thoughts and ideas organized because they will be gone once I get back from the gym.

Your Thoughts?

How do you like to keep your thoughts organized?  Do you prefer to go mobile?  Do you prefer pen to paper?  Please share your thoughts below!

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Podcasting and SEO: ID3 Tags (3 of 3) SOM 118


ID3 tags are a great way to boost your podcast SEO. You just have to know the right ones to use.

ID3 tags are a great way to boost your podcast SEO. You just have to know the right ones to use.

ID3 tags can be used to further optimize your content by loading more keywords into your podcast than meets the eye, AND they’re free. Nobody sees your ID3 tags, except search engines, but don’t underestimate the power of the ID3 tag for podcast SEO.

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Podcasting and SEO – Podcast Description (2 of 3) – SOM 117

SEO and Podcasting - Podcast Description (2 of 3)

You have two descriptions that help people find your relevant content – your podcast description, and your individual episode description. This episode will focus specifically on your strategy for your podcast episode description.



Your podcast description is also another crucial place for SEO, not only for web search, but podcast search engines that will serve your amazing content to your listeners’ ears. Remember, it’s all about being relevant, so use that description to include your keywords.

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SEO and Podcasting – Podcast Title (1 of 3) SOM 116

Podcast Titles are a crucial part of your podcast SEO.

Podcast Titles are a crucial part of your podcast SEO.

Podcast Titles are an important piece of the podcasting game. If you want to be found, you have to use crucial keywords in your title in a certain place.  If you already have podcasts that are live, it is never too late to go back and edit for better SEO.  See my examples below.

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Facebook Livestream – 3 Reasons its a NO for Online Marketing – SOM 115

3 Reasons Not to Use Facebook Livestream for Online Marketing

Facebook Livestream Lowdown for Online Marketing

I give you three reasons why you should NOT be using Facebook Livestream to repurpose for your online marketing.

3 Reasons To Not Use Facebook Livestream for Online Marketing

Here are three reasons why you should NOT be using Facebook Livestream to repurpose for your online marketing.


Transcript excerpt:

Hey everybody. Vickie Siculiano here, from Say WOW Marketing. Do you want to know if you should be using Facebook Livestream in your online marketing strategies? I’m going to show you in this quick video why I’m not going to be using it any longer. It’s 3 reasons and they’re pretty important, so it’ll save you a lot of time and effort. Stay tuned.

Reason number 1 is that your video is going to be flipped horizontally. When you download a Facebook Livestream video to your camera roll, it’s flipped 180 degrees horizontally. The text that appears in the background would be flipped and you’ll have to take it into a video editing software and flip it around unless you really don’t care that anything behind you, or yourself, is flipped horizontally. That’s another step you don’t really want to have to take.

Number 2 is that your video is also going to be shot in the portrait mode as the Facebook Livestream and will record in the Facebook app. Portrait video does not upload well to YouTube. It uploads, but the video will appear very small in the viewer’s screen. When you have one chance to make a first impression, you really don’t want a small video to do that. If you have the opportunity to do an HD one, like I’m doing right now.

Number 3 is that your video will also be poor quality because it’s going over wifi. Facebook is capturing your video over wifi, over your wifi, then their servers. It’s saving it. Then you’re downloading it, so there’s a lot of data interruption in all of that downloading. You really don’t want to have to send your video off somewhere, get it back and then upload it. You want it as crisp as possible. Do it right the first time. Get it in the camera and then share your video wherever you want, to repurpose that content. That’s the way that you want to save it. You want to save it as best as possible for your viewers, like this one is now.

If you have any questions, please give me a shout on Facebook page: and I hope to talk to you soon. Thanks for watching.


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