The blogging equipment I currently have are things I have picked up over the five years I have been a blogger. They have served me well and even gone on to support my launch into a freelance writing and communications career. Granted, some equipment blogging can be expensive if are you’re going for quality, as such there are a few items I have on my list to pick up in 2022, and only because I hope to step my blogging game up in several ways by the end of next year.
However, the gear I have now, I would term as basic and has served me very well over the past few years. That said, I can say first hand the blogging equipment on this list can get anyone started and going for a while.
7 Blogging Equipment Pieces I use as a Blogger and Writer
I have been blogging for over five years and the single most crucial piece of equipment I use is a computer. Whether it be a laptop or desktop (or even a phone), as a writer I need one to be productive. Now, your can blog on s phone or tablet, but for me, I need an actual keyboard. 99 per cent of any grammar and typing madness you read on this blog comes as a result of writing and editing on a smaller device. It’s just one of those things. Typing on a digital screen doesn’t work for me.
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My laptop is a Macbook Air. I frequently run into storage issues due to the sheer number of documents, images, videos and applications I use for various projects. In particular with the installation of new iOs updates. Sometimes it causes my system to lag, but all in all, I love it’s great for writing and lugging around when I need to. At the time of writing this post, it’s two years old and I have no issues.
As an extension to lowered productivity when using a digital keyboard, I also work better with an actual mouse. I can edit images and videos much faster for me whether it’s a Bluetooth mouse or a USB one, I consider it essential to my productivity on my blog.
A smartphone is a need for the average millennial in 2021. The most single most useful piece as it allows you to do everything. You can start out with just a phone and some internet connection. It’s mobile so you can take it anywhere, it has a connection to the internet, it is a phone so you can stay connected, it is a camera, and a hub for useful apps you need to manage a blog. Almost everything you do requires a smartphone, especially in a global space.
Apps can also provide an on-the-go connection to social media and email, as well as act as a tool for capturing raw pictures and videos that you can enhance using other applications. As a content creator, while I would love to add a camera to my arsenal, I just haven’t yet and my phone acts as my camera and i don’t see an issue.
In addition my laptop and smartphone, I use a tablet. It’s especially useful for carting around since the laptop gets heavy. I also find I do most in my reading on. As a writer, you also have to be a reader. My iPad was more than a lifesaver when my laptop was out of commission. But it’s not something you need. But it’s nice to have handy.
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5. Ring Light
I didn’t actually get my first ring light until I started recording videos. There are several types, standing, desk, clip-ons for your phone etc. Ring lights provide better lighting for photos and video content. They are pretty affordable and can be found almost anywhere. Some (most) come with a Bluetooth remote than allows you to start and stop and take pictures from within a certain range. Larger ring lights will typically come with a tripod stand and a phone holding attachment.
6. Tripod Stand
Tripods are there legged stand that can hold your phone or camera steady while you record and take pictures. It also allows for some great hands free angles and areas shots.
6. Dictionary and Thesaurus
As a writer and blogger, I am always checking to make sure my vocabulary gets a good (accurate) workout. A dictionary and thesaurus handy help me do that whether they are physical or online copies. In fact, I’ve kept a pocket thesaurus I’ve had for over a decade. Got stay sharp. I love playing with words. I know, shocker right? *tongue in cheek*
7. Writing Guides
Writing guides are more of a thing for professional writers. As both a writer and a blogger, you can imagine sometimes the two are intertwined. As a writer, depending on the audience I’m writing for, I refer to writing guides. I started using a writing guide in undergrad and kind of stuck with it. Now, I’m using the Canadian Press Stylebook to practice writing in CP style, and Caps and Spelling.
Do you blog? What’s on your blogging equipment list? Share some good pieces in the comments
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