I've really been enjoying my Postachio blog for link blogging (disclaimer). Whenever I find a great article, I clip it into Evernote in my link blog notebook that is tied to Postachio. This gives me not only a public link blog, but also a (private) full text index inside of Evernote. The full text search is pretty amazing, since it doesn't rely on me tagging everything correctly, and also saves the content even if the original article is changed or goes offline.
Why link blogging? I'll point to what Tris Hussey wrote on link blogging (where he mentions both Evernote and Postachio):
The posts and links and cool stuff we share (and find) on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are really, really hard to find later. Unless you click and stash everything to something like Instapaper or Evernote (or both), chances of you finding that helpful or inspiring post that you remember vague bits from, are slim. Tris Hussey, Evernote, IFTTT, Automatic Posts, and the Link Blog
Why link blogging separate from this long form blog? Well, the two activities are very different, and I want different things from the output & display as well, so I use different tools for each.
The part of this flow that I'm still working on is getting articles into Evernote. On my desktop computers, I use the Evernote Web Clip functionality. This works great. I can choose which notebook to file into, including directly into the Postachio link blog notebook, and even publish / tweet it right away by adding the right tags. Plus, the comment field in the web clip overlay lets me write a short note that ends up on my Postachio blog as well, to add a bit of context to the link.
Evernote Link Blogging on Mobile
On my iOS mobile devices, I've tried a couple of different things. First off, I have to say that I don't use Instapaper, Pocket, Flipboard, or any other read later or news reading apps (I have a Newsblur account for RSS, but I'm on hiatus1).
The Dolphin Browser has an Evernote plugin, but my main use case for that is directed browsing - looking for a recipe, researching a product, or other private link storage that doesn't make it to the public link blog.
You can always email yourself links (or anything else) directly into Evernote from your mobile device, but it won't grab the original link source article and copy it into Evernote for you.
The main way I find new articles is reading my Twitter stream. I use Tweetbot and skim articles that look interesting with the built in browser. If they are good, I favourite the tweet. This tweet favouriting kicks off a stream of activity. The links make their way into Diigo and Pinboard through direct integrations that those two bookmarking sites offer2.
My current favourite app that is linked to my Twitter favourites is Context Booster. ContextBooster grabs the tweet source, follows the link in it, and puts both the original tweet context and the full article from the link in Evernote. Yay! Ready for slow reading and possibly link blogging by moving it to my Postachio link blog notebook.
Technically, the main point of ContextBooster is to "context boost" Evernote content by looking up related (semantic) facts, and linking them to the source note. This is where the problem of using Context Booster for link blogging with Postachio comes in. Postachio doesn't display the full note contents for link posts by default, except for Evernote Web Clip-compatible comments at the beginning of an article. The way that Context Booster inserts articles, it wraps the whole thing in styled HTML, which makes it very hard to edit the note to add comments in such a way that Postachio will be display them.
So, I'm not clear that Context Booster is the best way forward. I love how it grabs both the original tweet and full article and puts it into Evernote, but I'd a) like it to land directly in my Postachio blog notebook and b) I don't want it context boosted / want to be able to easily add comments (even after the fact).
Postachio plus Evernote Food
As well as link blogging (that tends to be tech / startup topics), I've started using my Postachio blog for my main use case of personal blogging - food. I'm using the Evernote Food app to record both restaurant meals and recipes I make at home. By configuring the Evernote Food app to use your Postachio blog notebook, it's easy to just add the tag published and post it live.
However, Evernote Food notes are completely non-editable outside the app; you can't even edit tags or notes in the main Evernote desktop or mobile apps. Little things like linking the restaurant name to its FourSquare entry - or to Yelp, or to the restaurant's own website, or really to anything rather than just being text - would be great as well. Not sure if the geo tagging features in Evernote are something for Postachio to do (your blog posts on a map, geo RSS extensions, etc.).
Feature Requests for Postachio and Twitter
My main feature requests for Postachio revolve around integration with Twitter. Rather than using Context Booster, having your favourite tweets or RTs or other content that you interact with on Twitter flow directly into Evernote may be something best handled directly by Postachio.
Here are a few of my feature requests - if you're a Postachio user, leave a comment if you want some of the same features (or post them to your own Postachio blog).
- Save Links from Twitter Favourites: favourite a tweet, grab the content of the tweet and the content of the linked article, and save it to Evernote.
- Tweetbot Custom Image & Video Endpoints: Tweetbot supports custom handlers for image and video uploading. Postachio could offer a unique endpoint for each user, where users could have their images and videos uploaded to a Postachio post, and the link to the image or video is inserted into the tweet (if you integrate with the Tweetbot API, this is how it works by default).
- Custom URL shortener: currently Postachio uses the same URL shortener for all tweets. It would be great to have the ability to attach a custom domain to be used for URL shortening.
- Link directly to source link: currently, when Postachio tweets link posts, the shortened URL points to the permalink on your Postachio blog, not to the original link. The number one complaint people that follow me on Twitter have is that the first click points to my blog, where they have to click again to read the full article I'm referring to.
All of these feel like premium features - I'd definitely pay for premium for any of them.
I'm currently on an RSS reading hiatus. Technically I have a NewsBlur account, but I've dropped RSS reading from my regular routine of finding great articles. In part it's a general unease with different services (Newsblur is at least open source), and unease with the value I'm getting. With pulling full text into Evernote, I've at least got a copy easily accessible to me.
Why two bookmarking sites? Why not! I've paid for Pinboard, and Diigo is less anti-social. Full text articles in Evernote seems to be a better solution (including the ability to do private notes, and share privately, too), with Postachio for sharing publicly.