So I wanted to share with you my must have blogging essentials that get me through the week so here is a behind the scenes for the curious and a helpful list for anyone out there that is interested in blogging.
Computer & Internet Access & a Blogging Platform
I guess it’s all sort of wrapped into one. You need a place to work from where you can publish your content and connect with people. For me personally, my essential is my MacBook. I’m a ridiculous Apple fan and the interface/OS is just so fresh, efficient, and inspiring. When you surround yourself with beautiful things, it’s easier to be inspired to create beautiful things. That’s not to say you should run out and buy Apple just because it has a pretty design. Your computer choice should be based on your budget and needs.
I carry a notebook around with me everywhere. I jot down notes, things that inspire me, ideas, and I record any tips that I get from people. Maybe this is the Notes section in your phone or on your computer, but I just can’t get away from holding a pen in my hand and actually writing something down on paper.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a schedule and game plan for your day, week, month, etc. It’s a LIFE SAVER. It’s important to figure out when you’re posts are publishing, when you’re writing posts, when you’re photographing, when you’re filming, when you’re editing, and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of tasks and responsibilities to keep track of. I keep track of it with my Daily Plan Sheet and with my Passion planner.
You need to have an idea of what you want to come out of your blog. What does the lifeline of your blog look like? What do your goals look like and when do you want to accomplish those goals? I have a Vision Board with pictures and text that remind me of my dreams, goals, and vision not just for Good Morning, Lovely, but for my own life as well.
Phone & Ipad
Calendar. Alarm. Reminders. Notes. Social Networking. Email. Clients and Contacts. Oh. My. Gosh. Talking about the holy grail. This is my ultimate tool. It gives me internet on the go and I have everything in one place. But I’m sure you can relate.
Pictures are SO important. A picture is worth a thousand words and now that social media is dependent on imagery, creating beautiful, eye catching pictures that are pin worthy are worth the time and money investment. This doesn’t mean you need a high end camera, you just need a camera. If you’re confident that you can take beautiful photos on your iPhone, go for it. Sure, they aren’t going to be the best of the best in quality, but it’s not always about the camera. Invest in your knowledge and take a class or learn more about photography.
If you’re shooting a video or need to avoid camera shake then this is a necessity. Of course, if need be, you can create a makeshift one from a chair, laundry basket, and stack of books like I had to do one time when I forgot my tripod.
Photo Editing Software
I’m a Photoshop gal myself, but any photo editing software works as long as you know how to navigate and do what you need to do. I’ve heard Gimp is a great free photo editing software that is very similar to Photoshop.
Video Editing Software
Video is another direction you can take your blog in. It’s a great way for your audience to connect with you on a more personal level. I use Final Cut Pro X to edit my videos now, but I grew up working on Windows Movie Maker and iMovie when I switched to Apple; both have served me well.
& Last but not least some jamming tunes and your beverage of choice
It’s said that listening to music helps keep you focused and get work done faster. As far as your beverage, who doesn’t need a tea break?