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My friend Kevin Dietz has created a note-taking system: LotsOfJots.com. “Jots” are notes of any length. They live on “Pages.” There are “Topic Pages” and “Journal Pages.” It is a simple and wonderful way to keep track of anything at all.
The pre-release version is ready to be tried out. It’s bare-bones, in a sense, but already supports text notes and drawing notes, as well as attachments. Soon will come bit-map graphics, audio, and video.
Here’s an intro and an invitation code:
What Is LotsOfJots?
LotsOfJots is a cloud-based information organizing, note-taking, and journaling system created by Kevin Dietz.
Signing Up For LotsOfJots
LotsOfJots is currently in private beta. To register, visit:
Invitation Code: dietz-8465-jun2012
IMPORTANT: Please be sure to write down and remember your user id and password.
Who Uses LotsOfJots?
LotsOfJots is designed for organizing any kind of knowledge work. The types of users we have in mind are managers, engineers, small business owners, researchers, students, teachers, and consumers. You can use it as a diary / journaling system, a note-taking system, an online bookmarking system, a to-do list manager, a paperless, electronic filing cabinet for documents, a place for taking notes on any projects you are working on, a home and auto maintenance filing system, and a place to store and organize just about anything you need to remember related to your life, your work, or your family.
Basic Design Philosophy
The system stores information in two types of “pages” – topic pages and journal pages.
Topic pages are shown in the left-hand pane. By default, you have one topic page, the “Root” topic page. You can add topic pages as needed, and topic pages can be nested inside of other topic pages. They can also be cross-referenced, so the same topic page can be contained in any number of other topic pages (multi-parented).
The other type of page is the journal page. The system automatically creates a journal page for each date as you navigate to them. The idea is you always have a chronological record of what you were working on. Entries to topic pages are automatically cross-referenced into the journal. Switch back and forth between the current topic page and the current journal page using “Show Topic Page” and “Show Journal” in the menu at the top. Navigate forwards and backwards through your journal using “Previous” and “Next”.
Content is placed onto these pages in the form of posts, which we call “jots.” As a general guideline, jots should be kept short, about 1 paragraph or so per jot Generally it’s not a good idea to write many long paragraphs in a single jot. The more granular the better. Jots can then be rearranged by dragging and dropping them, as can topic pages.
Here is a video that briefly describes some of the differences between LotsOfJots and two other note taking systems.
For more information, contact Kevin Dietz at Kevin@timpanisoftware.com
Happens to the best of us, you know.
We’ve all been told to let the words flow loose and easy and free, but instead, we stiffen up like a British banker before his annual rectal exam.
It feels horrible too. Instead of enjoying writing like we’re supposed to, we end up gritting our teeth through the entire experience, knowing something just ain’t right but feeling so uncomfortable that we can’t help sounding like a robot.
The good news is that deliverance is at hand. Like any good friend, I hereby pronounce myself ready to pry said stick out of your posterior, curing you of robotitus once and for all.
It’s Sunday, January 27, at 9 am, at my house.
You will learn how to write and publish your book.
Any questions? Click here now!
Hope to see you there!
As an author–or as an aspiring author–you already know that success in today’s democratized publishing world is all about marketing. You probably also know that the least expensive, highest-return marketing you can undertake is a blog.
My fellow book coach and friend Randy Peyser has been coping with fast-moving breast cancer–without health insurance. She is fighting hard. Friends have put together a benefit concert and silent auction for her on January 6 at the Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road in Watsonville, www.corralitoscultural.org.
My favorite book marketer, John Kremer, has been creating infographics for books that capture their essence in interesting ways. The one he just created for my book can be seen here. If you want to see your book achieve the kind of success you always wanted, a conversation with John would be in order.
Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch have done a favor to the aspiring author by creating “APE – Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.” In down-to-earth and entertaining language, they have created the most comprehensive guide to the world of publishing I have encountered. Of course, it helps that they agree with me that self-publishing represents a new and powerful opportunity for the aspiring author. After reading my book on how to write your non-fiction book, you should get Guy and Shawn’s volume and refer to it frequently as you explore your publishing options.
The longer I write, the greater my desire to improve my storytelling. My daughter Anne sent me this blog entry from a Pixar writer, full of gleanings from senior story people. It is marvelous and inspiring, even to a non-fiction writer like me.
Think about your writing, whether for book, blog, journal, or whatever. Apply these tips where they fit for you.
My grandson, Nathanael Miller, is a team leader on this project. You can see him in the foreground of the control room picture, and standing behind the device in the other one. (Am I a proud grandpa? Oh, yes!)
For more info click here.