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I’m not a long time blogger. I’ve only been writing on here, and other blogs, since 2010. However, as I’ve been working on this, I’ve also been looking at the technology to help me try to bring everything to the next level, even if that next level is “amateur.” In the past, I’ve talked about things like my Surface RT Tablet, which is now up to the Surface 3. I have my eye on some items I’d love to pick up in 2015, not only to help the blog, but to also expand into video and audio. With this in mind, feel free to also look at this list as a “Geeking in Indiana” Gift Wish list. I figure, if I want it, some of you might, as well! Also note, this list is assuming you already have a means of putting a blog online, like a computer, host, etc. This is more fun little pieces of equipment that will help you kick it up a notch.
- A Camera (Affiliate Link) – First things first, you’re going to need pictures. Every blog post needs a splash of color, and pictures are the best way to do it. Sure, we all carry a camera around these days as part of our smart phones, but as Nicole from Pure Geekery asked so well, aren’t we asking our phones to do a bit much? Especially if you’re like me at a show like Indy Pop Con, where you’re using your phone for social media, calls, texting, and photos. Owning a dedicated camera, and using it, will allow you to save your phone battery, and sometimes get some better shots. The camera I’ve linked, a point and shoot Samsung 16.3 MP that records in 1080p and connects via WiFi will work with a Samsung phone if I wish to work on costume stuff, for some better self shots of my work, as well. I’ve fallen in love with this camera, and I covet it greatly.
- Battery Packs (Affiliate Link) – There are many types out there, but the one I’ve linked is the one I always carry with me. It has enough juice to fully charge my phone a few times, and I just need to remember to carry a cable with it.
- Digital Voice Recorder (Affiliate Link) – I just discovered the joys of one of these at Gen Con last year. I was loaned one for some podcast and interview recordings that, while they never panned out, made me realize I’d love to have one to carry with me at conventions, so I can start recording little mini interviews, as well as things I forget to write down. Speaking of which…
- A Notebook – Batteries fail, you’re not always going to have WiFi, but a pen (or pencil) and paper is fairly reliable. If you’re like me, you can go with just a simple composition notebook (Affiliate Link) or you can try to class up the joint with a Moleskine Notebook (Affiliate Link). Either way, you’ll want something to write on.
A Bag (Affiliate Link) – You have all of these stuff you’re bringing to a convention: Your camera, batteries, notebook, writing utensils. How are you carrying it all? Backpacks are large and cumbersome, and you end up with that huge sweat stain in the middle of your back. This bag, which I linked, is what I refer to as my “Blogger Bag.” I own one in black, and it will hold my Surface tablet, paper, batteries, and also get loaded up with books and info at a convention, and it doesn’t kill my shoulder. I strongly recommend it.Sadly, out of stock. I’ll keep checking back, and update when it’s back. I really do like this bag.
These are just a few things that you can really use as you’re starting on your blogging journey. Did I forget some cool piece of tech that you might be able to use? Shout out in the comments!