I think it probably comes part and parcel of being a blogger, along with an excessive collection of lipsticks and a love of storage and stationary comes a passion for nifty little blogging gadgets. Now, before I get into this – the one thing I should say is by no means are these all ‘must buy’ items. You certainly don’t need a kit full of these items to be a good blogger! They’re all just ones I’ve accumulated over time – some new additions and some old ones – all of which I find very handy for blogging on the go so wanted to share as thought it might be an interesting post.
1. The iPhone – Yes, for day to day I am an apple girl at heart. My iPhone 5 is never far from my side (I get palpitations if I can’t check twitter regularly… only slightly kidding on that one). This is the item that if my bag was stolen I would be most gutted about (not that it’s ever really in my bag…more likely glued to my hand. I know, total internet addict here. But blogging and looking after social media for brands does mean you need to be ‘on it’ at pretty much all times. My iPhone is basically my hub of everything, with the core being: emails, twitter, instagram, facebook, wordpress app. Plus the app Do! which is home for my to-do list of all those errands that are on the list to be done but always get pushed to the bottom. I will possibly upgrade to the iPhone 6 at some point but it’s not top of my list of things to do as quite happy with the one I have.
2. The Camera – This is a new addition and it’s one that I am loving to take with me to events or generally just out and about. Sure, the iPhone takes photos but this Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7 * has a VERY clever little feature of it’s own wifi network. So I can take high quality photos easily on this – but then upload them really easily on the go to my phone. Really handy for when out and about – either meaning I can take photos and literally get them up on the blog from my phone wherever. OR I can just take some instagram photos that are a step above the iPhone in quality. Also, major plus being the flip-down screen… much more flattering for a selfie than a side based screen. Plus if I was a vlogger it would mean less of the awkward side eye on camera… I recently attended a handy little masterclass to pick up some more tips on how to take great product photos too. Love learning about photography so found this really interesting and have been loving playing with the camera ever since. Also – isn’t the camera itself totally instagram friendly?!
3. The Tablet – This is the Tesco Hudl 2 * a nifty little lightweight tablet from the Supermarket brand. Am I the only one who is a tad confused by a supermarket launching gadgets?! Not in a bad way at all – it’s just really interesting to see a brand known for being the place you pick up the weekly shop…now being a go-to for an affordable piece of tech kit. First things first on this, it’s white – and I love a white gadget (if white’s not your thing it comes in a rainbow of other colours too). Sure, call me shallow. But it just looks prettier. This tablet for me is basically a bit of an upgrade on the one I was using last year. Whilst I am mostly an apple fan overall, the thing that always impresses me about android gadgets is how easily they sync to all the things gmail/google related. Which makes working across both apple and android really easy as they’re both in sync with each other really easily. On the go wise, I tend to take my tablet with me any time I’m heading out but to meetings and being busy where I don’t have any down time or specifically need a laptop for anything. It’s wifi and 16gb – but the best thing is that it’s just so small and light. It fits in my little Mulberry Lily handbag, which is ideal as means I don’t always need a bag the size of a weekend away.
4. The laptop – Not a cheap investment by any means. But back at the start of the year I bought myself a MacBook Air 11inch. This is the smallest and lightest of the MAC laptop family and for me was an absolute godsend. Previously I was using my MacBook Pro – Which I still have and still use (mainly to play the sims…) – but when I do lots of freelance work which means being out and about and sometimes working from brands offices, lugging a MacBook Pro with me was getting seriously heavy. Maybe it’s just me having weak shoulders or whatever. But I constantly found that after a day lugging it all over my back was in serious pain. Throw in the Canon 600D to the bag and I felt a little like a Camel…but designed less efficiently for carrying loads. So I invested in the lighter laptop and haven’t looked back. The difference is AMAZING. I carry this all over with me and it barely feels heavier than my normal bag. It’s also been great for travel as I always take this in my carry on and tend to love to write blog posts when on planes (no distraction of Daily Mail online then…). I also got a transparent clip on cover for it so it’s protected without adding any bulk – I can just snap the lid shut and pop in my bag and I’m good to go. This comes with me anytime I’m out and about and know I’ll have some time between appointments so I can park myself in the nearest coffee shop and get some work done.
Do you blog on the go or like to stick to doing it at home? If on the go – what are your go-to gadgets to make this as easy as possible?