My blogging essentials

I'm sure we all have our little gadgets and gizmos that make blogging easier for us. Although we don't actually need a huge amount to blog, I like having equipment to help me become more organised, take better photographs and just generally blog away. They may not exactly be essentials but they certainly help me a great deal! 

1. Laptop
Let's start with the obvious things. Of course I need a laptop to blog, but I'm talking about this specific laptop. It's set up exactly the way I want it, with the trackpad disabled so I can use the nubbin (it may be strange but I prefer it that way). My folders are all set up perfectly so I know where absolutely everything is. My spreadsheet is organised to perfection. If I lost everything, I wouldn't even know what to do. Luckily it's all backed up in multiple locations because I'm my tech-minded husband is sensible like that. 

2. Phone
Another obvious one. Who doesn't need their phone to blog? I don't actually use mine to write posts or read blogs since it annoys me using such a tiny screen and a phone keyboard. However, I do use the Twitter app incessantly when out and about. My Google Analytics app gets a lot of use. Since it's synched with my phone but not my laptop email address, it's much easier to look up stats on my phone. I use my phone camera to vlog, to take little candid snaps to go on Twitter, to take fancy photos for Instagram. Don't forget using Google Maps to get to event locations! 

3. Nikon D3100
I'm not massively attached to my camera model. It's a decent little camera and it has video, which my previous Nikon D40x didn't, but there are some things that annoy me about it. I needed to buy a separate remote plug in and I'd prefer a flip screen. I also plan to buy a new lens for it in the coming months. Nevertheless, it's the camera I've got and I certainly couldn't blog without it. I take it absolutely everywhere with me!

4. Tripod & remote
If I remember correctly, I've had my tripod longer than my blog. It was in early 2011 that I first decided to buy a DSLR (I have no idea why but I'm glad I did!) and asked for a tripod as a birthday present. It's ended up being hugely useful. I usually use it for my outfit posts but lately I've been utilising it more for product photography too in order to get a crisp, sharp image. The remote goes hand-in-hand with this. Not only is it perfect for taking outfit photos when Rich isn't here to help but I can also take photos on a slow shutter speed without touching the camera and wobbling it.

5. Pluggy SD card thing

I asked Rich what this is called and apparently it's an SD card reader but, to me, it will always be the pluggy SD card thing. For some reason, and I have no idea how it happened, my laptop refused to accept any cable linking it with my camera. Even when we tried different cables, it refused to work, although the actual USB port works perfectly. In the end, we just bought an SD card reader so I can plug the card straight into my laptop.

6. Spare batteries & SD cards
The problem with my pluggy SD card thing is that I always, always, leave my SD card in the reader. I take it out of my laptop, throw it in the bowl of USBs and other techy bits, but forget to pop the SD card back in my camera. Then I leave the house for an event or something and realise that I've got no SD card. Well done, Becky! To get around this I bought another SD card and store it in this cute little pouch with two spare batteries because they always seem to die the second you leave the house. Why is that?

7. Studio lights

For Christmas, Rich bought me two softboxes and it's the most amazing gift ever. I will never, ever go back to relying on natural light. I don't care what anybody says about natural light being the best, my softboxes (which admittedly have daylight bulbs) have solved all my problems. Taking photos on a grey, rainy afternoon? No problem. How about 3am? Sure! My lighting is so much more effective now and I can take photos with no restrictions whatsoever. I'm still getting to grips with them, as you can no doubt tell, but it's already a whole heap easier! 

8. Photoshop

Where would I be without Photoshop? I've been using it 10 years now so I'm pretty comfortable with it, despite the fact that my A level graphic design teacher literally said "Just play around with it" and that was the extent of our education on a programme we'd have to use every single day for the next two years. Thanks for that! I have my own little set of actions that I use for each image as well as the little tweaks that need doing. I love comparing before and after images once they're edited. 

9. Calendar

Why is it always that you have a quiet month and then suddenly everything comes around at once? With so many events, previews and plain ol' social activities taking part at the same time, I need to be able to see at a glance what I've got when. Last year, I printed off a really cute calendar but I'm still looking for the perfect one this year. Rich bought me a Keith Lemon calendar as a joke gift this Christmas though, so that will do for now! 

10. Filofax
I live for to-do lists. When I have a huge amount of stuff to get through, nothing makes me feel more prepared than jotting it all down. I was mostly using scrap paper and the backs of envelopes until I bought my Filofax in the sales after Christmas. Now I can write down exactly what I need to do every day and cross it off (with the handy little ruler) once it's done. Organisation makes me happy! 


It's crazy when you think just how many items help make an efficient blogger. Of course all you really need is an internet connection and something to type on, but I'd be lying if I said all the extras didn't make it easier!

I'd love to know what your blogging essentials are! 


  1. Loved your essentials! I definitely use my laptop, filofax and phone but i need a better camera, might look into that nikon xx



  3. I can confirm that those lights are incredible! If only I had a room big enough for them. I really need to get one of those SD card things. I dropped my laptop one day with the SD card still in (I don't recommend it!) and it landed directly on the SD card. It won't recognise SD cards anymore which is a massive pain in the dick. Xx

  4. I wouldn't be able to do anything without having something to make lists on. Lists are a must for me no matter what I write them on. My DSLR also helps massively with blogging, honestly I can't imagine how I'd manage without it.
    Alice x

  5. I need to get some Studio Lights. I find it so frustrating that I can only take photos at the weekend, at a certain time of day, if the sun is out, when i'm home. Studio lights would fix this! Great post Becky. x

  6. That filofax colour is lusssssssh!

  7. I really need to get my hands on spare batteries and another soft box. Definitely handy to have an pluggy SD card thingy too lol.

    Áine Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

  8. This is such a good place to start organising, which is my main plan for 2015!

    Lisa x

  9. Great post. Would be a handy post for anybody new starting to blogging for sure x


  10. I love that your one of the first bkoggers I've read that has spoken out about artificial lighting. Every blogger raves about natural lighting but no one really talks about how unrealistic it can be. I've been looking for some great artifical options. I heard the ring light was good too!

  11. I invested in my first diary this year. Admittedly, it is not just for blogging, but I think it will be a step towards getting myself more organized digitally.

  12. Blogging essentials: my canon 600D (small enough I can hold it most of the time), my 50mm lens (although I do want to upgrade it), Adobe lightroom (I just can't get used to photoshop), my heap of patterned paper from paperchase, my laptop &, to a much lesser extent, my phone. Oh & a very amenable relative who is willing to act as a human tripod ^^

    Sally xx

  13. Loved this post! I'm trying to step up my blogging equipment game this year and plan on getting a decent camera and some lighting :) xxx

  14. I have the same camera and feel the exact same way about it, I used to use my dad's D40 before I saved up enough pennies to buy my own DSLR and at the time the D3100 seemed like the perfect option but I'm starting to feel a bit limited by it. I would definitely recommend investing in a new lens, I have a 50mm 1.8f and a 35mm 1.4f and they both help me to create gorgeous images! Softboxes are pretty high up on my to-buy list, just waiting for pay day now. x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

  15. Loved this post - I defo need to invest in some lighting but I just don't have the room to store them at the moment, so I need to wait till we move. Love your wee office set-up!

    Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blog

  16. I would love a filofax, yours is gorgeous!
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

  17. Crossing things it with a ruler is way more fun than a wobbly line :)

    Tripod! The tripod was one of my favourite purchases last year... it's really light and I love carrying around and feeling like a total dick every time I whip it out in public. But, it's just too much fun! Although I do leave it at home quite often at the same time!

  18. I need to get a tripod! It's such a paint trying to find items the right height to place my camera for photographs.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

  19. Those lights look AWESOME! Where did he get those? Is there a place you can get a good deal on them?

    rebekahkoontzsite.com // US Lifestyle Blog

  20. Gosh, I didn't realise there was a Google Analytics app. I'll have to give that a look see. It sounds like it would be a lot easier to look up stats. Also, pretty sure I said this on your Instagram, but I am so jealous of your Filofax! I wish mine was that pretty colour. :'(

    Sara Bloo xo

  21. I would love some lights for my blogging, but I have no where to store them at the moment. Once my sister moves out I might be able to store them under her old bed, plus I can use her room as my little studio.
    My blogging essentials are laptop, camera, SD card, notebook, and pens. x

    Beth Tinkerbell

  22. Hi! I nipped over from Louise's post! You certainly have some nice kit! I despair of light sometimes so I can see why the softlights are an amazing idea! Luckily, I am just a dodgy amateur though!x

  23. My boyfriend bought me two soft boxes as well & I completely agree, they are the best investment ever! I can take photos at any time of day in my completely dark house and they're brilliant! I only have one set up at the moment which I use but I think I need to bite the bullet and get the other one out :P

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  24. Great post! What bulbs do you use exactly? Any particular ones? I've been tempted to looking into light for a while but don't know where to start!

    Chelle x


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