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#socialbloggers 53 // Blogging Tools

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Blogging can as expensive as you make it.

There’s fancy cameras, expensive laptops, phone apps, premium and custom made themes, photo software, video editing software, lighting kits and more.

While new bloggers may feel intimidated or inferior for not having a DSLR and a posh lens, there’s really no need.

I’ve invested a lot of money into my blog over the last few years, though I did’t spend a penny until a few months in.

Blogging isn’t for everyone. Most bloggers quit after 2-3 months and a lot will just post once, then never return to their blog. So you need to be sure this is going to be a long term project before spending money.

Unless you want to spend a load of money on things that will be redundant by Easter. That works too, I guess.

My blogging tools.

My iPhone.

Perfect for taking photos on the go, tweeting, using instagram and Facebook. I used my iPhone to take my blog photos for the first few months and sometimes still use it now. I don’t always want to take my clunky camera about!

My Mac Mini.

I have a Mac Mini plugged into a 32 inch TV that I use as my desktop. It’s a fantastic computer that costs less than an iMac but is still powerful. You can upgrade the memory easily and I’ve had it for over 2 years with no problems.

I bought it a few months before I started blogging as my PC desktop was getting on a bit and I’d always fancied Apple.

My DSLR.

I bought my DSLR about 4 months into blogging. Though I had been looking at getting one even before I started my blog – I’ve always loved taking photos wanted to learn how to use a DSLR for a long time. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone – have great blog photos and learn how to use a camera.

My only regret is that I didn’t learn how to use the functions properly until about 10 months after buying it. There’s no point in getting one if you’re just going to use an automatic mode.

Be prepared to spend a few hours learning how your camera works and how to get the photos you want.

My 50mm lens.

I bought my second lens a few weeks after I got my camera. Again, I didn’t really use this much until a few months later.

My MacBook Pro.

This was I wanted for months. They’re expensive but they’re such a good investment. I always have problems with the speed of Windows computers after a few months and often have problems with things installing themselves onto the browser or computer making it slow, difficult and painful to use. I never have that problem with Macs. They just work.

I got a refurbished one from eBay for about £600. It would have cost over £1k if I had bought it straight from Apple.

I’ve had it almost a year with no problems at all.

My lighting.

A few months ago I invested in some studio lighting.

This isn’t essential and the reason I bought it is that I’m fed up of having to take photos first thing in a morning before the sun goes over my house. I also have to do it when my housemates aren’t home because I sometimes have to move furniture.

Having lighting means I can take my photos when I want so don’t need to wait until my days off work.

Q1: What are some of your favourite blogging tools? Including your fave camera, laptop or lenses.

Q2: Is there something you got for your blogging but it didn’t work out well? Share your experience


Q3: Is there something you’re going to buy to improve your blogging game? Why?

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1. noun: a female blogger that writes about her own experiences, observations and opinions. 2. verb: to act like a complete idiot or to do something stupid. e.g: She did a Corinne.

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