If This Then That (IFTTT) is a neat-o site where you can set up these things called recipes to run every time a certain action is triggered. It’s a way to make shortcuts between different sites and services so you’re not spending SO much time fiddling with things.
For example, if you’d like to update your reading spreadsheet every time you mark a book as read on Goodreads, you can totally do that. You simply set up a link between your Goodreads RSS feed and your spreadsheet on Google Drive (the recipe), and every time a new book is read (the action), your recipe runs and your spreadsheet is updated!
Here’s how I use IFTTT to make blogging easier for me:
Send book read data to new post on blog.
Every time I mark a book as “read” on Goodreads, a draft post is created on my blog. This makes it easy to keep track of which books I need to write reviews for, and I also have it set up so the very basic bones of my post is automatically filled in (like the date I finished a book, for instance). It’s just a little bit faster than creating a new post by hand each time, plus I don’t accidentally forget to review a book because I don’t see it in my drafts!
Send new blog post notification to Twitter.
Every time a new post goes up on my blog, a Tweet goes out! Simple.
Pocket favorite to Buffer.
I always send a buttload of articles to Pocket (which I will also be writing a post about) so I can read them at my leisure. Whenever I favorite one of those articles, a link gets sent to Buffer (another one I will write about) which then schedules Tweets for me. This is so I’m not just Tweeting five million links at once; they’re spread out through the day.
Goodreads Quote of the Day.
This sends a book-related quote to my Twitter every day (around midnight, I think). This is completely unnecessary, but I like it.
You can also link IFTTT to Evernote, to Tumblr, to your phone or your email, to Feedly, to lots of different places! And there’s tons of interesting recipes that make it easy to keep track of stuff, or to learn new things. There are recipes for job seekers, for parents, for small business owners. And did I mention it’s free?
Go check it out and see how you can make it work for you.
Do you already use IFTTT? What sort of blogging recipes do you use?