5 things every blogger needs

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Over the past few months, blogging has become my main source of income. As I’ve been taking it more seriously, I’ve gradually come to realise that there are certain essentials that make my life easier. Some of them are quite specific to blogging, others are the type of things you’d use in any office job. But until recently I hadn’t got around to investing in them for my home office.

When you start blogging, you will be advised to invest in various different bits of equipment and tools. But to have a successful blog there's not that much you need - and you probably already own most of it. Here are the 5 things every blogger needs. The rest of it you'll manage without!

 

1. A computer

This one isn’t as obvious as it sounds. I do know of people who blog quite successfully on a tablet or even a phone. When I first started taking blogging a bit more seriously, I was using a desktop. This was pretty useful for shutting myself away in the office and getting things done.

But it has now got to a point where I have to fit in bits of work when I can. I’m currently writing this while I’m waiting for Libby in her drama class. Which clearly wouldn’t have been possible if I only had the desktop! I eventually ended up investing in a MacBook Pro because I can work anywhere on it and use it for video editing as well as writing.

2. A mobile phone

Much as it pains me to say it, I wouldn’t manage to blog without my phone. Much of my social media is done on my phone, including most of my Instagram photos. When we’re blogging about an attraction or holiday, I usually post to both Twitter and Instagram while we’re there. I’d never manage to carry around my laptop as well as my camera so the phone is pretty essential.

3. A camera

This is the one thing I still haven’t really invested in. I have quite a nice camera from before I started blogging but it’s not perfect. Many people do manage to blog with just their mobile phones. However you do get to a point where you need to be able to do a little bit more with photography. After all, the most popular blogs are all beautiful to look at as well as interesting to read.

5 Things Every Blogger Needs

4. Office supplies

This is another thing that I hadn’t really taken into consideration until recently. As a general rule, all my work is done online. Meetings are usually conducted via Skype, contracts are arranged via email and work is tapped straight into the laptop. But occasionally I need to sign a form, take a phone call or make some written notes.

After years of running around the house looking for pens and scraps of paper, I suddenly realised how much time I was wasting. So I decided to stock up on everything I used to have access to when I worked in an office. I found the Engelbert Strauss website which specialises in all things work. They sell products you’d need for all different jobs – from safety gear to tools to footwear. I headed straight for the office supplies section to stock up on pens, paper, post-its, scissors, paper clips, hole punch, folders, files – the list goes on.

My other tip is to keep your work office supplies separate from general household paperwork. Even if you don’t have an office, make space in a cupboard, a drawer or even a box. My children don’t know where my work stationery supplies are so I’m never left hunting around to work out where they’ve put them.

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5. A planner

Last year, I reviewed a Pirongs planner. I have to admit it was a bit of a revelation. Pirongs make unique planners that you design yourself. I chose a beautiful flowery design with plenty of pages for notes and lists to get me organised. The planners vary in size but I went for an A4 one. It has both a week view and a month view, as well as stickers to show you where each month is when the planner is closed.

This is another thing I used to use without thinking about it when I worked in an office. Everything was diarised. Meetings, emails, periods blocked out to do particular pieces of work. So why not organise myself the same way when I was working from home?

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13 Comments

  1. January 10, 2017 / 11:49 am

    So true!! I think the older the get the more stationary I seem to want. I mean need!!! My husband uses Strauss for work wear, I had no idea they did stationery too.

  2. January 10, 2017 / 11:55 am

    What a great post! You missed off biscuits, though, lots of biscuits! 😛

  3. January 10, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Very true. Like you, i need to invest in a camera and a decent one. Thats on my list this year!

  4. January 10, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Now we are in our new home I am hoping to create a work space. I will be all about the stationery, I just love it. I’ve got a new camera, I now need to learn how to use it 🙂 x

  5. January 11, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Oh I would be lost without my phone a lot of blog reading is done on my phone although I do write on a laptop. I could do with a planner though xx

  6. January 11, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Good post. I don’t use a planner myself, but I’ve wondered whether I should. I think it’d probably just be another distraction!

  7. January 11, 2017 / 11:09 am

    This is really helpful Nat – I need to invest in a laptop, as I’m still just using my pc and phone. Thanks for the tip about the MacBook Pro – I’m going to look into it. xx

  8. January 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Such a great list – I love the idea of using the planner to block out time for working and helping to be more organised that way. Definitely a good tip to keep work stationery supplies separate – it drives me mad if I can’t find a decent pen so now I have a stash squirreled away which doesn’t get touched by anyone else!

  9. January 11, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Love my Pirongs planner too. So pretty and practical. My Mac Book Pro is my must-have blogging item….oh, and my iPhone!

  10. January 12, 2017 / 10:22 am

    I agree with all of these, for a long time I thought I could cope without a ‘proper’ camera and my husband got me one for my birthday last year and I love it so much, it makes such a difference. I have also just ordered a shiny new planner and am waiting for it to arrive next week 🙂

  11. January 17, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I treated myself to a good DSLR camera a few years ago and still to this day can only use it on auto! Mega fail.

    I’m a sucker for stationary too, the brighter the better xx

  12. Mary - the boondocks blog
    January 17, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Hi I am visiting from Deb’s random writings. These are all musts. I still need quite a few of these too. But for me the most important thing is the camera. Right now I’m using a cheap but I need to improve my skills for those great photos we all want.

  13. January 23, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Indeed what a great list of things. I do need a planner and haven’t got one – but do use my calendar instead. I was happy with my phone for pictures until I get a new lens for my camera!

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