Shopping Guide: What to Gift a Blogger

It’s never too late to start a blog. Whether you want to use it as a space to express yourself or want to share your expertise, it’s a great way to share information. If you’re a blogger or know someone just getting started, here’s a basic list of things that I wish I had when I first started.

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Camera

Bloggers don’t need to have a camera if they have a smartphone. But if a blogger is interested in getting a point-and-shoot or DSLR, this is a great gift. This could depend on which niche the blogger has chosen. If you blog about the stock market, you may not have a need for a camera. This tool is great for those starting a food, travel, lifestyle, or fashion blog. This will help them capture their blog’s vision.

If you’re looking at DSLRs, Nikon and Canon are great brands. However, Nikon is my absolute favorite. I’ve used this brand for 11 years, and it has never steered me wrong. You can buy them brand new at the namesake website or many retailers like Best Buy. If you’re looking for some great used options, Adorama is a great place to get it. They even grade the used items so you know whether it’s like new or has a few scratches.

Note: If you’re buying a DSLR, make sure you buy the camera body that comes with a lens. Sometimes, the camera body doesn’t come with other accessories.

A flat lay image of the camera (Nikon D90) I use often and some cold brew coffee.

Tripod

Sometimes, you won’t have someone available to take photos of you or you want to take steady shots yourself/scenes for your blog. A tripod helps make this a lot easier. It’ll pair well with your DSLR camera. There are also some that are compatible with your smartphones solely for smartphones.

Memory card for camera

if you’re using a digital camera, you’ll need this accessory. The internal memory of digital cameras usually isn’t large enough to take a lot of photos. 32 or 64 GB memory card is a great place to start. SanDisk is one of my favorite brands. Here’s a link to a 64 GB SanDisk memory card: https://www.target.com/p/sandisk-extreme-plus-64gb-sd-uhs-i-memory-card/-/A-52908869

Note: These do come in different sizes, so please make sure the memory card fits the camera your blogger has or the one you’re about to buy for them. 😏

Camera bag

This will be the best way to safely carry or travel with your camera.

Camera cleaning kit

Everyone with a DSLR camera can benefit from having a cleaning kit. Unfortunately, dust and dirt find their way into camera equipment. Having a cleaning kit will help a lot.

Visa gift card/money

A great gift that gives a blogger options. It’s great for buying coffee, good, supplies, or anything else a blogger needs.

Office supplies

Notebooks, pens, pencils, sticky notes… Everyone’s list may be different. Having at least one notebook where you can jot down notes or write blog post drafts has helped me a lot. Sticky notes have helped me a lot with planning and brainstorming.

Planner/calendar

Whether the planner is specifically for blogging or to write down everything happening in their lives, this is a lifesaver. There’s nothing like forgetting to follow up with someone or forgetting a meeting.

Coffee mug/water bottle

Everyone gets thirsty. Why not gift your blogger a cute mug or water bottle? This would be a thoughtful gift, especially for the coffee or tea drinking blogger in your life.

Here’s a link to one of my recent favorite mugs: https://muggedtweets.com/products/i-will-dog-walk-you-iamcardib

I hope this blogger gift guide was helpful. There’s nothing like being gifted something that will help you on your blogging journey. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment box or email me at foodishways(at)gmail.com.

Happy holidays!

Until next time.

4 Photo Editing Apps You Should Try

What would content creation be like without our phones? Or tablets? These devices gives you access to so many things whether it’s already on the phone or apps you can download to enhance your experience.

When you think about photo editing apps, what comes to mind? If you ask a handful of people, I’m sure you’d get different answers. People have so many options to choose from, so why not help narrow them down? Below are five of my favorite photo apps.

Lightroom

Whether you’re an editing newbie or have used Adobe Lightroom before, the mobile app is a great option. You don’t have to have much experience with this Adobe app to be able to play around and tinker with the various settings to your liking. It has many of the same simple effects as other apps, like exposure, contrast, and highlights. Lightroom also comes with presets and gives you the option to save your edits to create your own. If you sync your work to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, it can make moving from Adobe app to Adobe app for editing a lot easier.

Edited using Adobe Lightroom

A Color Story

If you like cool filters, this app is the one for you. There are so many free filters that you can use. One thing that’s really cool about this app is that you can change the strength of the filters to create your own or buy filters in the app. A Color Story also has basic editing tools that you can use to create your own filters to use later.

Photoshop

If you need to do simpler Photoshop work, Adobe Photoshop app is pretty good. You do not have to be very familiar with the desktop version to understand the mobile version. All of the desktop features are not available on this app, but it definitely gets the job done. There are frames, ____, and ____ available to use in addition to filters/presets.

Photoshop Fix

Have you ever noticed one little speck or something you just don’t want in your photo? Photoshop Fix is great for this. I can’t tell you how many times this app has helped me when there was a drop of sauce or a few crumbs that I needed out of my photo. This app has features that the mobile version of Photoshop doesn’t have. It’s user-friendly and pretty simple to use, especially if you’re familiar with Photoshop.

What are your favorite photo apps to use? Leave a comment below.

Until next time.

10 Mobile Apps to Use As a Blogger

Are you always on the go and want your blogging life to be easier? Have you ever needed to promote a post or check in with your audience while you’re out and about? Having mobile apps to help you with your blog on the go is lifesaver. Heck, maybe you just prefer to do things on your phone. No matter what reason, mobile apps have completely changed blogging.

I’ve been thinking for weeks about ways to create and share valuable content. After some time, I thought looking closer at my process and second nature things could be a great way for me to do just that. The first thing I thought of was sharing the apps I use most often during my blogging process. It’s helped immensely to have access to various tools on the go as a blogger. Here are ten of my favorite mobile apps to use.

Note: None of these are ads. I genuinely enjoy using these mobile apps and do not have a relationship with any of these brands. Below are some of the apps that have helped me:

WordPress

I have a WordPress blog, so it helps a lot to have this app. You can write/draft blog posts, edit postsm add photos, and publish/schedule posts on it. You can’t do everything that you can do on a desktop, but it’s great for the simple things. If the platform that you use has a mobile app, I suggest looking at the features to see if it’d be helpful for you to download it.

A notes app

This one is a lifesaver. From Instagram captions to blog post notes, this kind of app is great for storing info. I started using this more when I had an Instagram bug where my caption would disappear after publishing a post. It was so frustrating to try to remember everything that I had typed. It’s great to have a place where there’s a backup of important information like this.

Instagram

Instagram is great for sharing info or images pertaining to your blog post. It’s also a way to connect with with your audience through a super visual platform. I love using it to research trends in my industry and connecting with people in my niche, which can be done for any niche. I must add that it’s easier for some industries than others when it comes to the visuals department. It definitely pushes you to creatively communicate your message.

iPhone - Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Bitly

This app is great for shortening links. When you want to create one, you copy and paste the link you want shortened. It’s really helpful when sharing links on Twitter, where there’s a character limit. Bitly also has (simple) analytics for clicks.

Buffer

You may not always be able to publish and engage with your schedule. Buffer helps lighten the load. With the free version, you can schedule about ten Twitter/Facebook posts in the queue at a time and publish on the go. Note: it’s a different feel than the desktop version.

Facebook Pages

If you have a Facebook page, this app is great for drafting, scheduling, and publishing posts on the go. I love that it’s easy to use and that I don’t have to have use the Facebook app. This is much simpler and helps me stay focused on what I’m doing. I do wish they’d make editing a draft and scheduling easier on mobile.

Plann

This app is great for saving hashtag lists/groups. You can create different lists AND see the number of posts in each hashtag. Each number within a certain range has a different color to show you how saturated they are.

Adobe Lightroom

This is my favorite photo editing app. They have some great editing tutorials, which have been helpful. As a photographer, I felt like their videos were a great review and learned some new things. Adobe Lightroom is pretty simple to use. If you’re familiar with some other photo apps (including Instagram), navigating this app shouldn’t be difficult. In my experience talking to people about editing, some have been unsure about their ability to use anything “Adobe” just by seeing the name. You can also create your own presets!

Pinterest

Contrary to popular belief, Pinterest is a search engine. It’s a great place to find inspiration and get ideas for so many things: home improvement/decor, fashion, food, etc. You create boards to pin items on the site or content from websites. Ex.) You’ve been planning to dive into the baking world and don’t know what you want to start with. Chocolate chip cookies immediately come to your mind, so you search for that. BOOM. Multiple pins about “chocolate chip cookies” populate the page. Many of these pins–and any other ideas you seach–are connected to sitelinks.

I recently started giving my blog posts more love by sharing my content on Pinterest more. Some content creators have said that it shouldn’t be slept on, and I’m starting to see why. My blog is slowly getting more traffic by way of this platform. I love that I can easily share my content on the app or get some ideas for blog posts on the go.

Twitter

This is a great app to connect with your audience and share your blog content. Plus, you can learn a lot of new things on this platform by following people who share useful info or looking through relevant hashtags.

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What mobile app has helped you as a blogger? Comment below.