3 essential items for a bloggers toolkit
Before I became a blogger I certainly wouldn't have described myself as a tech geek. When I first began this blog back in 2009 you needed little more than a laptop and a camera to start a blog. But times have changed and while a laptop and a camera, along with a smartphone, remain the basic tools of the trade, most successful bloggers now make use of a whole range of tech and photographic accessories. Comparing yourself to others is never a good idea, but it's hard not to feel overwhelmed at times by the incredibly professional images some bloggers now produce. There's a relentless expectation to stay connected and produce engaging content and high quality images for your blog, and an ever increasing number of social channels, on an almost daily basis, all of which takes time, skill and equipment... and sometimes the patient support of an understanding Instagram husband too.
Over the past year, I've invested in a new camera and made the shift to shooting on manual instead of auto. I also regularly use a tripod, reflector, and remote and have recently added a number of other essential tech items to my blogging toolkit.
Here are 3 of them:
Native Union charging cables
When it comes to keeping my iPhone charged and ready to use this latest cable range from Native Union is simply a joy to own and use. While cable designs may not typically be something we get enthused about, these have been designed with both style and user experience in mind. The nautical blue braided nylon outer offers a much more tactile experience than the boring shiny plastic versions we are usually offered - their woven texture is reminiscent of those used on classic old kettle and iron flexes. A longer lead is also really welcome for situations when you need a reliable power or data connection, but don't want to be tethered to the wall or enslaved to the items your phone is plugged into. Native Union's cables allow you plenty of freedom to continue using your phone while it's charging - whether it's curling up on the sofa to speak to a friend, lazing in bed scrolling through Instagram or emailing and browsing on a train journey. The matching weighted knot that slides up and down the cable can not only be positioned to ensure the cable lies where you want it to, but, but is also fun to play with - ideal for those moments when your hands have nothing to do!
Lacie Porsche Design mobile drive
When the digital world is key to so many aspects of our lives keeping records and backing up to ensure your data is safe is as imperative as having sufficient house insurance for your physical things. Even though the cloud is playing an ever more important role in looking after our digital lives remotely, there are always those situations when a poor internet connection can let you down when attempting to save or retrieve those all important files. And there are some things that you might want to keep to yourself - precious memories, encrypted passwords or work in progress, for example. For more serious data storage and reliable access, wherever I am, I use this mobile hard drive by Lacie. Designed by Porsche it is lightweight, sleek and ultra slim - perfect for slotting into your bag when travelling. The rose gold anodised case oozes style and could easily be mistaken for a beautiful make up compact, and it has a generous 2TB storage capacity - easily enough to keep your digital life backed up and safe.
Joby Gorilla Pod smartphone tripod
Whether it's an Instagram selfie or a moody landscape you are hoping to capture, or anything in between, we all know that the best images are taken with a steady camera. I always pack my super compact foldable GorillaPod smarthphone tripod in my bag just in case I need to grab a shot. Its clever quirky articulated legs are made up of multi ball-and-socket joints to create a super flexible tripod that can keep your iPhone steady whatever the situation or environment. Affordable and almost indestructible, for me it's highly preferable to a selfie-stick any day!
Which essential items do you have in your blogging toolkit?