Tuesday, 26 May 2015

My Blogging Essentials


Macbook Pro Retina 13"

My Macbook Pro was my first ever Apple purchase, up until recently I just couldn't afford anything Apple. Before I started working in Design I had never even used a Mac and it all just seemed so confusing to use. But as it's pretty much an industry standard to work on a Mac I had to get used to it. Over time I became comfortable using them and I began to really like them and now I can't live without my Macbook! 

I would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about getting a Mac to consider a Macbook Pro first. Obviously it all depends on what you will be using it for but I assume most of you will be interested in using it for blogging or some type of creative hobby or business. In that case i'd suggest going for a Macbook Pro over a Macbook Air, they may be thinner but you will find they are much slower. If you compare both the specs and price of the Pro and Air you will find you'll get much better value for money with the Pro. 

Pro's
-  Better value for money compared to an Air 
-  You can use it as your main computer - because of the great specs it's super fast
-  The advantage of it being portable
-  Retina display 
-  You can connect it to a Thunderbolt display and get the desktop experience


Dropbox

I personally use Dropbox Pro which gives you 1 TB as I have a huge amount of files and all are very important to me. A lot of them I probably don't use very often (like photography) but the idea of possibly losing them worries me. It doesn't happen often but it has happened to me in the past. Thankful I had my files backed up on Dropbox, but if I had just used an external harddrive I would have lost everything! It's also great to work directly off, all you have to do is install the app and you can work on files from Dropbox as if they are saved onto your laptop. 

Dropbox Basic
-  2GB of free space
-  You can earn up to 16GB more space by referring friends and doing simple tasks like following @Dropbox on Twitter etc. 

Dropbox Pro (For £7.99pm or £79pa)
-  1TB of space
-  Restore a previous or deleted version of any file within 30 days
-  Set expiration dates for shared links
-  Set passwords for shared links
-  Remote wipe for lost devices
-  The Dropbox mobile app backs up photos as you take them, keeping your memories safe
-  Priority support


Fujifilm camera

I used to use a large fancy looking Nikon DSLR when I was younger but it just became too bulky and heavy. I found I used it less and less so I started looking into CSC cameras. The first thing that drew me in was the look, I love the vintage travel style a lot of them have! They are much smaller than the DSLR's I've previously had but the specs are just as high which is perfect for when I'm traveling and I don't want my camera on show all the time. It's also really handy for photographing for blog posts, especially if you feel a bit silly pulling out a massive DSLR to take pictures for a restaurant review or something. 


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

It may seem odd to a lot of people that I use an Android phone and an Apple laptop but I like both but for different things. My Macbook Pro is perfect for my Design work and because I use Macbook's and iMac's all day at work I get used to Apple shortcuts so it wouldn't make sense to use a Windows desktop at home and learn different shortcuts. My Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is perfect for all my social media needs as well as photography and one of the main things that drew me to it was the incredible battery life. On a normal day where I would use Twitter, Instagram, replying to emails, using Spotify and using the camera and It would still only be at about 50% battery!


Buffer

You have probably heard lots about Buffer mentioned on blogs and within the blogging community but that's for a reason! Buffer is a free app that lets you schedule posts for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and App.net - but unfortunatly you can only schedule 5 posts at one time with the free version. You can upgrade for £6.50pm or £66.50pa for 100 posts and 10 social profiles so you can plan all your posts far more in advance. I use Buffer as much as I can, it really helps to schedule Tweets especially for promoting posts or competitions and you have the advantage of stats for each of your posts.  


Afterlight

This is one of the best apps I have purchases so far and it didn't even cost very much! Afterlight costs 59p for Android users and 79p for iOS users. It's the only app I use to edit my photos and unlike Instagram it doesn't reduce the quality of the images. You have a huge range of options for filters as well as custom settings to make your images exactly how you want them to be. There are also textures and frames available which I don't use very often but are still a fun thing to play around with. There are add on's you can buy such as Instant Film frames pack to get even more customization but I've never purchased them because you have so much to play with anyway.


Creative Cloud

It's definitely not a must for all bloggers but I use Creative Cloud for my work and my blog so it is something that I get my money's worth from. For most Photoshop will be enough for what they need and you can get it for £8.57pm on it's own, alternatively if you use some of the other applications as well you can get the £45.73pm account which gives you Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator as well as others. Plus you get 20GB of cloud storage, Typekit desktop and web fonts and ProSite portfolio website.


So these are my blogging essentials, what are yours? Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!


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3 comments:

  1. I agree on the whole Macbook thing, once you've used one it feels like you can't go back. Also I use Afterlight too and it's such a great app, has really increased the quality of my photos!

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  2. This is so helpful! I'm downloading Afterlight right now because I hate when my image quality is reduced on Instagram. Thanks for sharing!! xx

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    1. No problem :) it's a great app and you can edit your images in so many ways!

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