Yes, I am with you, Ruth. I can retain information much better when I have printed material. The best way for me to learn something is to write my own notes on a sheet of paper.
If you want to curate information from the web to refer to in later blog posts, then you’re probably should use tags in Evernote. When I set up my swipe file, I used a system I knew – using folders. However, with tags you can easily assign multiple tags to a blog post you’re archiving in Evernote.
For instance, when you’ve read an article and you love the opening paragraph, but you also find the information about cross-cultural communication useful, and the article is specifically about being an expat in Paris, then you could tag the article with “opening paragraph”, “cross-cultural”, and “Paris” (or “France”).
You may find some of the examples in this article useful: http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=437
PS Don’t ever be of afraid of jumping the gun here. Ask questions when they come up! 🙂
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