This post was produced in collaboration with Caseable
I like to think that after six and a half years I've pretty much nailed my "blogging toolkit", as I've amassed quite a selection of cameras, computers, books and more all in the name of blogging. You don't need the latest and greatest kit to start a blog, all you need is a computer and some words, but having settled into a pretty standard routine I've come to be reliant on a handful of things that make my life a lot easier.
It can be easy to get swept up in the desire to have the newest camera or a fancy laptop, but a lot of the time there is a reason why that camera is around everyone's neck or why a certain book keeps popping up in flatlays. I know what features and gadgets suit my blogging life, and more often than not those same functions will appeal to most other bloggers too.
I'm very guilty of buying things just because they look pretty, and as you may already know I'm an absolute sucker for Kate Spade, but I also put a lot of research into my purchases because I like to get the most for my hard earned money. I get a lot of buyer's guilt and used to feel ridiculously guilty about spending £20 for a fortnight's food shopping when I was convinced I could have done it in £10, but at the same time I also feel quite strongly that I work hard for my money, so what I choose to spend it on is up to me. If I'd rather spend it on a new lens for my camera than the contents of Topshop, that's my choice! Although, I'd quite happily spend it on both given the chance...
THE TECHI fell in love with photography before I fell in love with blogging, but my passion has certainly been intensified since I discovered the art of product photography and creating the perfect flatlay. My photography journey started out with an entry-level bridge camera which I soon upgraded to a Nikon DSLR when I began studying photography at school. I had the Nikon D3100 for about six years before it conked out just after Christmas, which is when I decided to jump on the Olympus Pen E-PL8 bandwagon. I'd been eyeing up a few different models, but when I found a deal for the pancake lens kit on Amazon it felt like it was meant to be. I haven't looked back since. I currently switch between the 14-42mm pancake lens and the 45mm lens which I find covers most of my bases for product, lifestyle and fashion photography. I'm still getting to grips with the camera but I can see why it's raved about so much! Although it's heavier than my old DSLR, the compact size packs a powerful punch in a portable package.
Alongside my E-PL8, I have a Canon G7X which I've dubbed my "YouTube camera". I use this for everything I post on my YouTube channel now, be that a vlog or a sit-down video. It's perfect for taking out and about when I need to, and the quality is surprisingly good for what is essentially a compact point & shoot. When partnered with my GorillaPod or my tripod this camera ticks every box for filming or travel. You can get an idea of how well it performs photography-wise by checking out my travel posts, as I always take it away with me.
One of the biggest purchases I've ever made is my beloved Macbook Air, and I don't know how I managed without it. My old laptop was an absolute beast, as I'd bought it with The Sims in mind so hadn't been bothered about size or weight, but since starting college and being on-the-go more often than I used to be it became a priority. I work from a desktop computer when I'm in the house, but having something so light and portable has made more of a difference to my productivity than I could have ever imagined. It saves me so much time and means I can get a lot of work done on the go or in between classes, which is exactly what I need.
Because I carry my laptop about with me a lot it's important to keep it protected, which is where my laptop sleeve comes in handy. I've been obsessed with this dalmatian style print for what feels like years now, so when I saw this sleeve from Caseable I knew I had to have it. Being one of my most expensive purchases, my laptop is pretty precious cargo, so I like to make sure it's protected whenever I'm travelling with it. When I bought my laptop I got a pair of Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones too, in rose gold obviously, and these go everywhere with me so I can block out any unwanted distractions and get properly stuck into my work.
When I'm on the go I'm also pretty reliant on my phone to keep up (and waste time on) social media, as well as staying on top of my emails and being able to access my calendar at a touch. I'm forever petrified that I'm going to break and smash my phone, so a pretty protective case is key. Caseable have an amazing Girl Power range which is full of sass, and the Girl Boss design was the perfect choice to have on my phone as a little reminder of what I'm capable of. My phone is home to all of my must-have apps like Buffer, Instagram and my Calendar so I'd be lost without it.
At any given moment you can find an assortment of random technology either in my bag or on my desk - I even keep a spare memory card in my purse. Some of my most reached for gadgets include my portable charger for keeping my phone topped up on the go, 32gb memory cards of which I have hundreds, and my 1TB external hard drive which is where I back up my entire life. No exaggeration.
THE PAPERI am a stationery fiend and will quite happily take any excuse to buy pretty new notebooks - particularly if they just so happen to be Kate Spade. I'm reliant on my planner to keep my life in order, alongside my electronic calendar, and am never without a to-do list. My desk is covered in list pads and post it notes, with That Lame Company being a particular favourite of mine when it comes to buying stationery. To keep my paperwork in order I have a concertina expanding file to organise receipts, invoices, delivery notes and other assorted bits and pieces that I know I'll need one day. Having folders and box files around really helps me keep my paperwork in order which is a godsend come tax return season.
I love reading books about blogging, and have amassed quite a collection in my 6.5 years. Digital marketing is my bag, so I have a bit of an obsession with learning all about it. I've shared some of my must read books for bloggers before and always have a list the length of my arm when it comes to recommendations and books I want to read. One of my absolute favourites, My Blogging Secrets by Amber of Forever Amber, has just been released in paperback and although I own the digital version I kind of want to order the paperback just for the gorgeous cover.
THE RESTThere are so many assorted bits and pieces that make up the rest of my blogging toolkit, I feel like I could go on forever. I have a few honorary mentions to make, however, and then I'll leave it at that. Resources like Pinterest and Blogosphere Magazine provide endless inspiration and motivation, alongside brilliant podcasts such as Hashtag Authentic and Let's Discuss. I've completed a handful of e-courses in my time, and really highly recommend trying out Google's own Digital Garage and Analytics Academy if you're wanting to up your digital game. Otherwise, Google is your best friend. You can find just about anything on there!
I'd be nothing without the community of incredible bloggers that I now call friends, or the go-get-em girl bosses who continually share the best advice for navigating the blogosphere such as Hannah Gale, I Want You To Know, xomisse and Elle and Company. Communities such as The Girl Gang and UK Bloggers are full of friendly, helpful faces making them a great place to turn if you need some help.
Finally, I'd like to thank tea for always being there for me when I need it most.
And chocolate buttons, can't forget the chocolate buttons.
What could you not be without when it comes to blogging?
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