Friends, I am back! The holiday blues are gone, I am on track with my schedule and I feel more refreshed than ever. My posting schedule is back in place starting this week and I have some really exciting posts lined up for you.
Just like for most of you, blogging started as a hobby for me too. Over time, it brought many wonderful opportunities my way and helped me discover my passion for design and photography. I love blogging the same way I did when I started, but now, there is a lot more intention and purpose in the way I create content for my blog. However, then and now – here are the tools that have always been by my side while blogging:
MacBook Air: I bought this last summer when my Dell laptop of 4 years finally gave up on me. Honestly, I am glad it did. I am totally hooked to my MacBook Air – its not really a tool – its an experience. Everything about it so swift and easy, its super compact and as light as a feather (compared to the laptops I have owned previously).
Canon Rebel T3i: This was clearly an investment specifically for blogging and I took a lot of time before I decided to go for it. For six months, I borrowed this camera from my university library every weekend and practiced taking photos. Only after I was sure that I was going to use it to its full potential, did I buy it and I couldn’t have been more happier with this purchase. It is an amazing camera and has had a huge role in shaping my blog and growing my audience.
Blogger: When I first began blogging, I started off with wordpress.com (this is the free version offered by WordPress). Within four months, I was tired of its design limitations and switched over to blogger.com. This platform is great for beginners – its free, easy and has a lot of scope for customizing the design. Of course, there are better content management systems out there, but if you are just starting out and are not sure about investing a lot of money for blogging, I can’t recommend Blogger anymore – its simply awesome.
Evernote: This app is a life saver – I use it to make notes of almost everything under the sun. For blogging, I use it to jot down ideas for blog posts, outline content for blog posts, clip content that I want to refer to in blog posts and even as a blog planner. This app has helped me stay organized with blogging and is essentially the hub of all my blogging activity.
Adobe Photoshop: I started off with editing my photos on google’s free editor – Picasa. While that is a great editor, the possibilities that Photoshop offers are endless. I remember the first day I worked with photoshop, I was literally into tears. There is a learning curve to it, but the impact it has on the photos is remarkable.
Editorial Calendar: I use the Sunrise Calendar to keep a track of my content and posting schedule for each month. It gives me an overview of the content planned for the month and helps me stick to a posting schedule. At the end of each month, I review my blog post ideas, plan out the content for the next month and fill out my editorial calendar. For me, sticking to posting schedule without using an editorial calendar is next to impossible – without it, I’d be lost.
Stationery: Since childhood, I have been a huge sucker for stationery. Although literally everything these days can be done online, I just love my pen and paper too much to let it go. Those colorful sticky notes, mechanical pencils, color pens – ah! For blogging – I have a small notebook from Rifle Paper & Co. that I use to write down blog post ideas and a To-do list pad that I fill out every night to keep things ready for the next day.
Ah, that’s quite a list – but these are my little friends that I absolutely can’t blog without and they make blogging easy and enjoyable for me.
What are your blogging essentials?