. MY TOP 5 BLOGGING ESSENTIALS .
Seeing as we’re in the run up to Christmas and we’re most likely all writing our dream wishlists to send to Santa, today I thought I would share my top 5 blogging ‘essentials’. I say essentials, but really these are the luxuries which make your blogging life a little more pinterest & instagram worthy. I did a post quite a while back on the most important ‘blogging tools’ which you can read here, but today I thought i’d share the ultimate kit, my top 5 must haves!!
Having a little space to blog, aside from snuggled in your bed is a real luxury and something that up until this year I lived without. But after setting up a little desk space in my lounge earlier this year, I couldn’t be happier, more motivated or love sitting up to blog any more than I do now. Whilst blogging from the sofa or your bed is super cosy & comfy (and a bit of a novelty too), sometimes it’s nice to have a proper space dedicated for your kit & blogging. This week I actually got a new desk & upgraded my HQ a little further, I chose a super big white Scandinavian style desk which sits proudly in the middle of our bay windows. Having a dedicated little office space feels so nice & really helps you get in the blogging mood (plus makes for a great spot to shoot product photos).
You don’t need a whole room to set up an office, find any little nook & cranny in your house or apartment where you can squeeze in a little desk or shelf space into. I’ve personally found a little spot in my lounge where my desk can sit, it feels like a little office in it’s own right, but works well with the rest of the lounge too!
. COMPUTER .
This week I actually upgraded my little HQ a bit more than just a new desk, I actually treated myself to an early Christmas treat too and bought myself the new iMac 5k (eeee). And that leads me to my second essential blogging tool, a PC. Now I’ve always been an Apple fan and have used a Mac of some sorts for the last 10 + years. I don’t think it matters what computer you have, but I have to say i’m a huge lover of my MacBook Pro and now my iMac desktop. I find Apple’s great for screen quality, supporting editing software and running super fast even when you’re trying to run a million & one things at the same time, which inevitably when blogging I end up doing. Blogger, Twitter, Lightroom, etc. Having a computer that can handle the demand is an essential kit.
A laptop is probably the most practical (and essential) blogger tool though & one that means you can blog wherever you are in the world.
. CAMERA .
CANON 5D III
Of course blogging couldn’t be blogging without some kind of kit to take your photos. Whether thats an iPhone, a point and shoot, an entry level DSLR or something a little more fancier. The camera is a bloggers best friend & one that we wouldn’t be without! Imagery is one of my favourite things about blogging so I personally have spent a long time learning about photography and have invested in some serious kit (I use the Canon 5D Mark III with an F1.4 50mm & F1.8 85mm)! But you don’t need the top of the range kit to take perfect photos, pop over and read this here & here post all about getting great photos for your blog.
. STATIONARY .
NOTE PAD & PEN
Now it’s not all about fancy pants tech & top of the range software, one of my most essential blogging tools is actually a simple note pad and pen. I personally am a little stationary freak anyway, so any excuse to buy myself some nice note pads and pens works for me. But when it comes to blogging, keeping myself organised and managing my blog schedule a simple note pad and pen is all I need. I find ideas & thoughts come to me at any time of the day, so I always like to carry a note pad in my handbag just in case I think up something for my blog or need to make a plan for upcoming posts. Another little cheat, if you don’t fancy carrying a note book is also the notes pages on your phone, i often fill these with ideas & to do lists too!
A note pad is great for the organisational side of blogging, I wrote a whole post on tips to keep organised which you can check out here.
. SMART PHONE .
IPHONE 6 +
The final essential tool for any bloggers kit is of course a smartphone, for always on the go blogging, tweeting, instagramming & facebooking. As much as blogging is about the blog, it’s also about the social side of things too! We wouldn’t be without our phones for keeping in touch whilst on the go. I personally have just upgraded to the iPhone6 plus which i’m absolutely loving, the screen is amazing for viewing my blog & reading my favorite blogs, it’s like having a mini tablet or computer in your packet which is rather handy!
Naturally with the smartphone comes all the essential apps too, my personal favourites are of course Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google Analytics & Bloglovin!
So there you go, a quick round up of my top 5 blogging tools. What are your top 5, are there any essentials that I’ve missed?
great advice, I’m fairly new to blogging, i’ve been on the fence about getting a macbook and I want one (need one) even more now
Amelia | http://ameliajaneroseknows.blogspot.com/
Hannah Williams says
Good thing I have each of these items to be a good blogger!
Lovely tips and I know I say it all the time but I am absolutely in love with your blog photography
Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin
Margery Ho says
Lovely tips! I definitely use a lot of these especially the one about a PC. x
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Jane Heng says
Great tips! They’re really helpful. xx
Paulina Villalpando says
I love this post! I am glued to my smartphone, definitely a great tool. http://www.thepaarblog.com/
Thanks for the great advice
Silly Medley says
Your blogging advice posts are my favorite! I bought myself my first entry-level DSLR last night. To say I’m excited is an understatement!
Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel
Weronika Kamińska says
Great post :)
Zapraszam do mnie!
Ashley Rizzardo says
I’ve begun using my smartphone more and more for blogging. Looking to upgrade to the iPhone 6–I’ve heard good things!
The Little Day Dreamer says
Great advise also if I already own all those things. :)
Bell Santiago says
This is great because so many people alwwtays think you need fancy stuff to maintain a blog but you actually only really need the basic stuff
Michela Amp says
thank you for your tips :)
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Lauren S says
Portable hard-drive – absolute necessity! I have a space in my room for my laptop and I work away there – definitely want to upgrade in the new year :)
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk
My goal for next year is to save from an Apple laptop and I should probably invest in a desk too x
Lauren Hughes says
Love this and I totally wished I had enough space to fit a desk as gorgeous as yours in my room! At the moment it is overrun by clothes… :S xo
Oh! I am all about to choose a camera right now)
I’ve been reading all of your posts today on blogging and finally feel like Im ready to get back in the swing of things to really make something of my blog