Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tools, Gadgets and Widgets - Bamboo Paper

Yesterday, Sherrinda at Simply Sherrinda had blogged about starting the New Year off more organized. She came across a free-printable calendar to help keep your blog organized. There were places to write down blog ideas, giveaways, etc.

It's quite a nifty package, but managing two households, I'm awash in paper. My goal is to reduce my paper clutter electronically. You know me and widgets. I have two methods for taking care of blog or creative ideas.

The first method doesn't involve any kind of widget. I just take advantage of Blogger's built in scheduler. You know you can schedule your blog posts ahead of time in Blogger, right? Just compose your blog post and then on the right is a schedule pull down. You can set the date and time of your blog post. Easy. If I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to write about, but have an idea, I'll title the post, make a quick note in the text box as to what the post is about and then instead of setting the date and time, I'll just save the post as a draft. Then when I'm ready I go back and edit the draft, then schedule it or just publish it right then and there.

The second method involves a widget on the iPad. I may not be near the computer, but the iPad is my Gal Friday. Bamboo Paper is an electronic notebook system. Allows you to jot ideas, draw, doodle in an electronic notebook. Wacom, the manufacturer, claims the widget may have problems if you don't use a Wacom stylus, but I haven't had problems using another stylus or my finger. Bamboo Paper is free for iPad and Android users, but you get a limited number of notebooks you can create. For a mere $1.99 you can create 20 notebooks each with up to 100 pages!

I have notebooks for journal prompts,my calligraphy class syllabus, genealogy notes. It's the best two bucks I've spent on software. I don't have to worry where I'm going to store a notebook in the dollhouse, and I don't have to worry about losing a slip of paper.

How do you keep your blogging or creativity ideas organized?


  1. I always struggle with organization.
    I'm like you though, I LOVE that you can preschedule your blogs. I use that one all the time.

  2. Thanks for the heads up! I'm off to check out 'Paper'!