My Blogging Essentials (PLUS FREE BLOG RESOURCE DIRECTORY)

Back in 2014, I thought you needed thousands of pounds worth of equipment to make a blog half decent. Well, we all know that isn’t the case! With a few bits of equipment and the internet, your blog can be as many as nay others. Here’s what I use to blog

  • Apple Macbook Pro: I prefer a laptop as opposed to a desktop computer so I can easily blog from anywhere. It gives me the flexibility to take my work and blogging with me around the world as well as room to room.
  • Dropbox – Without taking up too much room on my computer, I am able to save all of my photos and posts digitally. I keep my most important files on a protected hard drive for extra security.
  • Digital camera – I use a Fujifilm X-T1  or my Olympus PEN E-PL7 which are both simple, easy to use and great quality. I also keep a spare battery and SD card around in case the first dies! When I’m feeling a little lazy or taking Instagram snaps, I just use my iPhone 6 as the camera is pretty good quality.
  • 45mm lens for Olympus PEN – This lens create fantastic depth of field and is perfect for fashion and product photography!
  • Tripod – My tripod is nothing particularly special. and considering I barely use it, it’s a good thing. I don’t really like lugging equipment around but when Paul’s not around it comes in handy.
  • Remote app – In connection with using a tripod, when photographing myself or needing a steadier shot I use the Fujifilm Camera Remote app or the Olympus Share which is incredibly handy when I’m on my own.
  • Stock photos – If you aren’t always able to take your own photos there are a tonne of websites that provide wonderful, free photos that you can use! You can view my blog resource directory here.
  • Photoshop CC 2015 – This version of Photoshop is great as you can pay monthly for the features you need.  I often download PSDs for a different effect on images. You can see some of my favourites I’ve been using Photoshop for about 4 years for my Marilyn Monroe edits for Tumblr.  To create photo grid images I use Picasa (free). You can also use Picasa for photo editing.
  • VSCOcam / A Color Story To edit my Instagram photos I use a free app called VSCOcam. You can download additional free filters as well as paid ones.
  • Jetpack  As my blog is through WordPress, I use Jetpack for my stats and to publish my posts on  Google+.  This is also how I used to connect it to Facebook, however, I didn’t have control of the preview image which often would have nothing to do with the post!
  • Hootsuite – I use Hootsuite to promote my posts and schedule social media throughout the day.
  • Pinterest – Not only do I use Pinterest for personal inspiration but I often pin my blog images to connect the pin to the blog post. This way I can increase my blog viewership through the use of photography.
  • Instagram – As as well as snapping images from travels, coffee and things I think are nice, I also tend to save images from my Dropbox app onto my phone. I then edit it as I do with my other posts and promote the post on Instagram.
  • Grammarly  – I use this to proof read my work as I write and ensure I’m not making too many mistakes!
  • Yoast SEO – I use this plugin within WordPress to check how good my SEO and readability is for each post.

If you’re considering starting your own blog check out a post I did a while back that will bring up some of these things and what you need to be an efficient blogger.

Owner of this little blog! A lover of coffee, Disney and old stuff, blogging about my loves, passions and opinions.

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