Because it's awesome. And using it, I wrote 3000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo today. Now, I am going to bed. I have an exam tomorrow. More later. :)
UPDATE June 21 :
Bad news: I hurt my hand with all the typing yesterday and test-taking recently. And I have an English exam (writing galore!) tomorrow. (I've taped my forefinger to my second finger to rest it. I hope it helps).
Good news: I aced my calculus exam
Better news: I have the rest of this post ready!
Incredibly cool search : This is probably not high on anyone's must-have list, but I just noticed it, and it's very useful. When you do a 'find' search in a text document, not only does Evernote highlight every instance of the word or phrase you searched, but it also lays down a little yellow bar on the scrollbar at every point on the document where your search term exists. It's a great way to see how and where you're using certain words. I used it to track down where and why I was mentioning specific characters in my Camp NaNoWriMo novel.
Multi-level organization : Evernote allows you to organize notes into notebooks, and also tag them. Both notebooks and tags are stackable, although only to one level. I use this feature to find important things relating to a single project across folders (ie. everything to do with my WIP : the draft, revision notes, helpful articles and a blog post), or within large folders (ie. all notes with writing contest submission information, within my WIP notebook)
Email : Quite possibly the best feature. With your Evernote account, you get an email address, and anything you send to that address becomes a note. (and you can generate a new address easily if it becomes compromised). You can also specify which folder and what tags in the subject line of the email.
Areas for improvement
Text highlighting : Evernote has your typical bold/italicize/underline, as well as different colours for text and strike-through, but I can only find the highlighting tool on the iOS platform. No highlighter is a bit odd - selective ability to highlight is much odder.
Consistent formatting : I'll write something on my laptop, and it'll look good - all the same size and font of text. For no particular reason that I can find, when I open that same note later online, some parts are larger/smaller/in a different font. It's not a big deal to fix, but it's annoying for sure.
How I use Evernote
As a student: When I'm at school, I can simply log on online and make notes on any computer without having to worry about emailing documents or saving to a USB. When I get home, it's waiting for me, and any changes I make are available the next time I work at school as well.
As a writer: The ability to jot down an idea anywhere, and have it sitting on your computer when you get home, waiting to be expanded upon, is amazing. In February during FAWM, I used Evernote to write lyrics for songs, and save the audio files from GarageBand as well, so everything was in one place.
I also use Evernote to manage my fiction writing. Instead of a gazillion files and folders on my hard drive, I have one notebook and plenty of tags to keep my stories organized. I'm even writing my Camp NaNoWriMo novel in Evernote. I kind of miss Scrivener, but the easy sync and simplicity of Evernote are priceless for the no holds barred speed of NaNo.
I currently use the free version of Evernote, but depending on how my first few months at university go, I am seriously considering asking for a subscription to Evernote for Christmas. The free version is AMAZING, but I would love offline notebooks on my phone/iPad, and while the single and discreet promotion is really not annoying and sometimes very cool, I would like to have more room in my sidebar.
P.S. No, I'm not getting paid for this. Opinions are solely my own etc...
P.P.S. Yes, I wrote this in Evernote.