My top 5 blogging essentials
Of course, there are loads of things that I cannot blog (and therefore live!) without. There’s the inspiration, the awesome writing skills (ahem) and the time to do it in. But this post is all about the gadgets, tools and other bits and pieces that I just can’t live without when blogging.
So let’s get on to my blogging essentials!
1. Good quality camera
My pictures are probably one of the weakest points of my blog and this is because I just don’t have a great artistic eye! If you don’t either, you could take a photography course, buy a book or read some online articles. Make your life easier by having a really good camera. I actually most or even all of my photos on my iPhone as the camera is just as good these days and I actually find it a lot easier to use.
I can’t live without my iPhone and the camera on it is pretty decent – good enough for taking shameless selfies anyway! I like using apps like PicMonkey, Lensical and PicLab, as well as the filters and tools on Instagram to make my pics a little better to look at. It also helps to know your way around good old-fashioned PhotoShop.
2. Device for blogging on the go
I use my iPhone or iPad to blog when I’m away from home. I like to keep my iPad safe with a gorgeous baby blue case from Case Happy (gifted). This case keeps this precious gadget protected from the elements and it also stands the iPad up, which is perfect for when I’m watching 90210 on Netflix or doing YouTube yoga! Case Happy sell cases for all your usual gadgets in a range of lovely designs and colours – you could even get one for every outfit.
I also invested in a MacBook Air for blogging because it does everything I need it to do, it’s light enough to carry around and because it’s thin, it slips easily into your hand luggage.
3. Obviously I couldn’t live without my phone
It seems a really obvious one, but I definitely couldn’t write this post without giving a bit of a heads up to my phone. I’ve already mentioned about it taking pictures for me, but this little fella also keeps me in touch with PR contacts, other bloggers and whoever else I might need to during the course of my day.
It also helps me keep my social media updated and I am absolutely Insta-obsessed at the moment! I was a little late to the party but better late than never and I’m catching up super-quickly. Pinterest is next on my list, although I’m reluctant to set it up as I’ve heard you can lose hours of your life to it.
4. Blogging apps
I use the blogging platform WordPress and there’s a handy app which means that I can blog from anywhere (so long as I can get on the WiFi!). The app is available for iOS and so I’ve installed it on my phone and iPad so there’s no excuse not to blog.
5. Social media platforms
Social media sites help me promote my blog, network with other bloggers and businesses and get inspiration for my next blog post. Whether that comes from a tag, a piece of clothing I happen to catch sight of, or an idea for a trip from one of my favourite bloggers, there’s no end to what you can get from social.
My absolute favourite platform is Twitter – it’s reach is pretty much unlimited and you can start conversations with anyone from your best friend, to a celebrity or a business. It also allows me to connect with other bloggers who use social media as a way to promote their blog.
What are your blogging essentials? Let me know below.