After listing down my favorite WordPress plugins before, I’m now sharing to you my blogging essentials. I don’t think it differs significantly with other bloggers, but it may give you a glimpse of my blogging process.
Note: I’m an Android and Windows user, so I’m not sure if some of the apps listed below are available on iOS or OS X.
1. PlayMemories Mobile (phone app)
Whenever I travel or go to events, I always bring with me my Sony NEX-6 camera (save for some instances when I didn’t want to lug around one). One thing I like about this camera aside from its size and the quality of the photos is its ability to send photos to my phone wirelessly. In the olden days, I would wait to get home before I could transfer photos to my laptop and subsequently to my phone. Now, all the hassle with the cords are gone! With Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, I’m able to transfer photos to my phone in a breeze!
2. VSCO Cam (phone app)
Ever since the beginning of my blogging life, I’ve never (or seldom) uploaded unedited photos on my blog. I’m not sure if that’s something to be proud of, but I just think that unedited photos lack the feel that I want to communicate. Or that sometimes, they just look ugly, I have to edit them somewhere! Hihihi. When VSCO Cam became available for Android, I was elated! I downloaded/bought all the available filters, and though I only use a handful of them for my blog photos, it’s nice to have a lot of choices. I don’t only use the filters as is, though. I still experiment until I get the output I want.
3. Photo Editor (phone app) / PhotoScape (desktop app)
If you’ve been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, you might’ve noticed that I love including a lot of photos on my blog posts! It’s my way of telling the story without using too much words. And since big and lots of photos eat up big and lots of resources also, I make it a point to resize the photos before uploading them. I use Photo Editor for batch resizing on my phone, or PhotoScape on my laptop (depending on what’s convenient for me at the moment). A couple of years ago, my standard photo width was 400px — shame! Now, I use 1000px (1500px for featured images).