Do you take notes across multiple platforms and devices?
Are you frustrated with the ability to create documents on your mobile?
I want to share how I write, take notes, and even blog on the go, no matter what platform I am using.
It’s called Markdown, and it’s a simple text-based method for writing your ideas. (Markdown experts can skip to below.)
Perhaps you’ve heard of Markdown, but didn’t know how to get started or use it. Or maybe you wrote it off as too complex, or only for web programmers.
Today, I will show you how easy Markdown is to use and how it can save you time.
What Is Markdown?
Markdown is a quick text entry method. It is a simple syntax language to let you write with formatting in plain text.
It was created by John Gruber (see here) and was originally a way for programmers to convert text for use on the web.
It is still great for web HTML creation. However, it is also a simple way to capture notes and create cross-platform documents. Markdown has taken on a life of its own, as there are now many apps and text editors that utilize it.
“Markdown is an easy method to take notes, create documents, and blog. It is particularly useful on mobile devices to create documents on the go.”
While Markdown may seem overwhelming for beginners, it’s really quite simple.
The best way to explain it is to show some examples…
# are used for headers. (# = Header 1, ## = Header 2, and so on.)
## Sample Header
becomes an level 2 header like this…
* is used for emphasis. For example, *this is emphasized* = this is emphasized.
** is used for bold. **This is bold** = This is bold.
Lists are as simple as starting lines with a “-” or a “1.”
- Item 1
- Item 2
- Item 3
- Item 1
- Item 2
- Item 3
If you are new to Markdown, start with the basics and the rest will come. Later, you can get fancier and include URL links, images, and more.
Here is a short 3-minute video that shows how I create blog posts with Markdown.
I use Markdown everywhere. On my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It is a great timesaver on the go.
Sometimes, when I am taking notes on my iPad… to causal observers it looks like I am writing in “The Matrix Code.”
Then, when I hit preview… they are like, “Whoa… how did you do that?”
Markdown makes taking notes, writing text, and even blogging much easier.
Here are 5 Ways That Markdown Saves Time:
- Quick – Writing in Markdown is quick. You can capture all your ideas without lifting your fingers from the keyboard.
- Concentrate on Writing, Not Formatting – Don’t waste time with bloated word processor features. Writing in Markdown helps you stick to the basics and concentrate on your ideas instead of the software you are using.
- Portable – With Markdown, you don’t have to worry about document formats. (Which version of Word are you using? Google Docs? What?) Markdown is text-based, so you can drop it into whatever app you want to use.
- Blogging – Markdown started as a web HTML tool and it is particularly useful for bloggers and writing for the web. Markdown editors export directly to HTML so that you immediately publish in WordPress or your software of choice.
- Better Control Over Text – Have you ever wrangled with text formatting? Whether in Word or WordPress, it is not fun fighting with text formatting that seems to be wrong. Markdown makes it easy to see where your formatting is and control it.
Markdown for Everyone
Writing in Markdown is not complex. Once you get the hang of it, you will be hooked.
It’s not just for web programming anymore, but also for notes and mobile documents.
Whether taking notes or creating a document on the go, Markdown can save you time and effort.
Question: How do you use Markdown in your work? You can leave a comment by clicking here.