I am a firm believer that you don’t need to go off and buy lots of expensive equipment and software to have a successful blog. All you need is an internet connection. These are what I consider my blogging essentials.
MY BLOGGING ESSENTIALS
I love writing on my Macbook. I can’t explain why, the keyboard is just really nice. But the important thing is the mindset I have while I am using my Mac. While my PC is for playing games, watching YouTube and general procrastination, I try to only use my Mac while I am working on something. I’ve found that this way I am in a mindset to work while I am using it and therefore get more done.
While you can use images found on google you have to be careful that you are not using copyrighted images. A way to avoid this is by taking all the photos you use on your blog. My camera is a Canon EOS 600D. You don’t need to go buying a fancy SLR if you’re just starting out. Any old point and shoot camera will do. The cameras on some phones are now so good you don’t even need to buy a camera.
I like to have a white background in some of my photos. You can buy studio kits on Amazon but I prefer to use pieces of A2 foam board from Hobbycraft, you can buy these for £3. As I only use natural lighting in my photos a piece of white foam board is also useful to bounce light onto the shadowed side of the object I am trying to photograph. You can find an example of this in my A Day In My Life post.
Blu tack is also surprisingly useful while photographing objects. I’ve used blu tack to hold the covers of books shut and stop things from moving around.
I have an A5 flexi journal from Paperchase that I use as my blogging notebook. I use this to take notes, make lists, write blog posts and plan out my posting schedule. Basically anything to do with my blog lives in this notebook.
You can buy lots of books about blogging but I think that Blog, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho is one of the best. If you just blog as a hobby you will find lots of hints and tricks in it. But it is especially useful if you are trying to turn your blog into a full time business.
I pretty much need a cup of tea in my hand to get anything done. And that is especially true with blogging. I write till I have finished my tea and then take a break to go make another cup. I drink a lot of tea. I also want to point out I don’t normally drink tea that fancy, I just really like the packaging.