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Blog From Evernote With

Blog from Evernote with via BrothaTech.comFor those of you really know me should not that I’m a serious advocate of Evernote. It’s my one-stop shop for doing just about everything. Now I’m not going to sit here and outline of list of the many different uses for Evernote (I’d be here all day and I ain’t got time for that).

One of the uses I take advantage of DAILY in Evernote is draft blog posts other articles. I include formatting, images, links, and all the other intricacies related to your typical blog post, then break down the formatting then copy/paste to WordPress and do all the typical tweaks (excerpts, SEO, image formatting, tags & categories) you have to do to a blog post before you hit publish.

That’s ‘Kool and The Gang’ for my brand/business blog. I’ve always wanted a personal space where I blog about what’s going with me as a person outside of the brand, but I REALLY don’t have time to be setting up a new blog or adding another microblogging/social media site to my list of things to view/manage/update.

So when I found out about a new service called I can take my Evernote entries and automagically publish them as a living breathing blog, I was in. Without getting too much into the details, is really no different than other major/micro blogging platforms – You sign up, create a profile, add a theme, connect your social media accounts and share away.

What makes dope for me is that it takes literally 3 minutes to do all that (no domain hosting, or customizing themes) AND creating blog posts/pages is no harder than creating an Evernote entry. All I do is tag my entries as “published” sync my account, and the entries are converted into blog posts. Peep my first blog post done entirely in Evernote.

First Silvie Mod – New Shoes

Since I’m in Evernote all day anyway, that roadblock from finally creating my own space has been removed. So I can blog from any device that I can access Evernote, which is all of them, including email. If I want to share something, I don’t have to think too hard about it in Evernote as I normally would trying to create a typical blog post entry with WordPress for example.

Sure, there are not as many bells and whistles as a WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Squarespace platform, but for my own little space where I share things about my family, hobbies, or rants that may not be kosher on my professional site, I just need to get the word out, sans all the joy (and pain) of a traditional platform…AND I just learned that I can create IFTTT recipes to send Twitter, Facebook, Instagram posts…and everything else under the sun to!

*It’s a wrap* is currently free and in beta. Now I can’t promise it will always be free once it picks up steam, but I can promise creating content to share with the world might actually be enjoyable if all you have to do is create an Evernote entry.

Shout-out to my homegirl and fellow Evernote junkie Chatterbox Christie for hipping me to

Terrance GainesBlog From Evernote With

Closing Out 2013 Black Enterprise’s Black Blogger Month Acknowledgements

BrothaTech acknowledged during Black Enterprise 2013 Black Blogger MonthI need to do more shameless plugging, self-promoting, and downright bragging on myself. So here goes:

Ya’ boy is running the anchor-leg (had to find a better way to say last) of this year’s Black Blogger Month on Black Enterprise!

Some Most of my idols in the Digital/New Media space have been honored with the distinction before me, so that makes it even sweeter that this year I get to sport the Black Blogger Month badge in my site’s sidebar.

If you’re not familiar, every year for an entire month, Black Enterprise acknowledges some pretty dope folks who are paving their own way via Digital Media. Bloggers, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, doesn’t matter what your subject matter, niche, or area of expertise is, Black Blogger Month is a “celebration of the most impactful and successful voices in the online space.”

Like I said before, many great names I look up to, have been able to meet in person, and call friend have been honored, so it’s just cool that I was even considered to follow along in their foot steps. But enough about them (this is about me dang-nabbit), check out my 2013 Black Blogger Month entry and find out how the BrothaTech blog, brand, and business got started (and who pushed me to start a blog in the first place). I also talk about how I measure sucess, what I would be doing if I wasn’t blogging, and my advice for those looking to get into this digital game.

Black Blogger Month: BrothaTech, Breaking Tech Talk Down for the Masses

“Brooklyn we did it!”

Terrance GainesClosing Out 2013 Black Enterprise’s Black Blogger Month Acknowledgements

Share Slideshows on Your Blog with Guidecentral Web Embeds

A Babble Joint

Guidecentral Adds Web EmbedsI recently wrote a post on how to use the IFTTT app for iOS to back-up your Instagram images to the cloud. The post included a tutorial slideshow I created with Guidecentral that walked you through each step to set everything up.

Guidecentral is a mobile app for iOS that lets users create DIY guides, tutorials, and step-by-step slideshows from your smartphone. Since Guidecentral is very photo-centric, anybody that knows how to take pic or capture a screenshot with a smartphone, can quickly create and publish guides and slideshows on just about anything.

Previously, the only way to people to view your guides was if they also the Guidecentral app, or if you shared a link via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or email for people to view on the the Guidecentral website. Now users can share their guides and slides anywhere on the web, including your own blog. In other words, you get to keep people on your site if they want to view your guides, instead of letting somebody else get all your views.

To learn more on how to embed Guidecentral slideshows on your blog, check out my latest post on Babble

Terrance GainesShare Slideshows on Your Blog with Guidecentral Web Embeds

Tech Tips To Rock Your Next Conference

Later this week I’ll be headed out to the Blogging While Brown Conference in New York to talk tech, do some networking, and learn a thing or two. Since I am who I am, or in Coach Dennis Green terminology “He is who we thought he is” I will be using (and sharing) some tech trips and tricks I have perfected over the years to get the most out of #BWBNYC and beyond.

Travel Management

Once I get my conference ticket, book my flight, hotel, and ground transportation arrangements, I forward those email confirmations to my TripIt account. TripIt is a website/mobile app that automagically builds an travel itinerary complete with dates and times, confirmation numbers, addresses and maps, phone numbers, and the local weather. I don’t have to hunt around a bunch of emails to get travel details, it’s all in TripIt.

I wait until the last-flippin’ minute to pack, but I’ve got a good idea in my head of what I want to pack. Apps like Packing Pro and TripList help me organize and plan what I need to pack, better than forgetting that tiny tube of tooth paste…’Cause it was in my head.

Expense Management

If I’m lucky enough to find a sponsor for a conference I want to attend, or if I want to track all my expenses for the trip for my own record, I either forward email receipts or snap pictures of my receipts with my smartphone and send them to my Shoeboxed account. Shoeboxed scans all the receipts and creates a report that I can export and keep for my records (can you say write-off?), or forward to validate my expenditures.

Another service is Lemon Wallet that can organize receipts, ID cards, credit, loyalty & rewards cards as well – Think of it as your one-stop shop for all your paper & plastic that will help you avoid digging through all your junk at the front desk.

Network Access

Once I check-in at the conference’s host hotel, I’ve learned that I can’t always trust the room or the conference Wifi. So I bring connectivity with me. For the hotel, I create my own in-room wifi using the room’s data jack and a travel router. The connectivity is stronger and more secure, since my devices are the only devices connected, and I lock-down the signal with my own password.

For the conference, I would suggest investing in either adding the mobile hotspot capabilities to your wireless carrier plan, or using a Mifi device. I prefer the latter because (a pro-tip is coming) If the conference area Wifi and my wireless carrier network is #Fail, my Mifi device from different carrier than my smartphone is a solid third option.

Taking Notes

Since I’ve invested my time (and my money) into attending conferences, I make sure to learn a thing or two. One my favorite services to take notes and keeping track of general information is Evernote. The two features that impress me the most is the ability to organize session notes, RSVP event emails, manage contact information, save content links; as well as sync it all across my smartphone, tablet, laptop and the web.

Another Pro-Tip: I can keep track other attendee notes in Evernote as well by sending all the dope Twitter RT’s to my Evernote account. That way, I can take physical notes in one session and save highlights from another session “At the same damn time!”

Evernote hater? Looking for additional options? Well, both Microsoft’s OneNote service or the Springpad app do a good job of making it easy to save/sync various types of content as well.

Mobile Blogging/Vlogging

One of my blogging flaws is that I feel I need a ton to say before I can create a blog post. (With the exception of this long post) I’m working on just getting the content out there versus crafting a mini eBook with every post. So I force myself to create conference-related content by only using my smartphone or tablet, and the WordPress app for written content and SocialCam for video content.

That way, I’m limited in the amount of content per piece because my mindset changes when I create via my mobile device versus sitting in front of my laptop or at my desk. The content is also fresher when I create on the spot versus waiting.

Contacts Management

At blogging/social media conferences, networking is essential – It gives people a chance to put a face to a Blog, Facebook page, or Twitter handle. Brands are also there and you never know where a quick in-person chat can lead. So quit faking on the Internet and start meeting people in real-life!

I got off track a little, this section is supposed to be about managing contacts. At blogging/social media conferences, you will meet a ton a people and get a ton of business cards. Instead of waiting until you get back home to forget who 70% of the business cards spread out on your bed belong to, why not take the time to digitize and organize them when as soon as you get them?

CardMunch is an app that scans business cards and searches the #1 networking site LinkedIn to create digital contacts. If a LinkedIn profile is found, the app will display their LinkedIn info with all the connections you have in common.

Evernote Hello takes business card scanning a step further and adds context to your connections. You can save meeting dates & locations, additional meeting notes, snap a real-life picture (versus the “Glamour Shot” social profile pic), and email that person your contact information, if you run out of business cards. EN Hello can even pull in data from LinkedIn, Twitter & Faceook to build a rich contact profile.

Gadget Power

What good is all the above technology if your smartphone or tablet dies 3 hours into the conference? I always have extra power with me, so here are my favorite gadgets I use to keep my devices “All the way [charged] up”

The MyCharge Peak 6000 and the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo are powerful battery packs that can simultaneously charge mobile devices repeatedly. The Peak 6000 has visual and audible queues to let you know what it’s charing up and how much power it has left, while the Powerstation Duo is sleeker and more portable.

They are bigger and a little expensive, but I prefer either of these battery packs over those extended battery cases for smartphones because they can charge all my mobile devices thare are with me at a conference/social event: My iPhone 5, Pebble smartwatch, Jawbone UP activity monitor, iPad and Bluetooth keyboard…all without fighting with other conference attendees to sit on the floor next to that ONE wall outlet…suckas!

I’ve been curating this list of go-to travel/conference/social event tech for about two years, so by all means, try out a couple and let me know what you think the next time you see me at your blogging/social media conference.

You probably have your own social event tech tips & tricks, so be sure to drop a line in the comments section to let me know what you use so we can trade notes.

Terrance GainesTech Tips To Rock Your Next Conference