#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value.
Hi. My name is Jamie and I’m a blogger. “Oh, that sounds fun.” Yes, blogging can be a lot of fun, but it is also a tremendous amount of work if you’re doing it professionally rather than as a hobby. If you want to be a professional blogger and work with companies like Intel (Intel sponsored this post), you’re going to need a few essentials.
#1 – The first thing you’re going to need is a reliable and versatile PC like these Intel 2 in Ones. I personally have an HP Envy x360 and love everything it has to offer me and my blogging endeavors. First and foremost, it’s power packed with Intel® Core™ processor technology and can keep up with even my heaviest photo editing software. I’m notorious for multi-tasking (read: having about 20 tabs open in a my browser at one time), but even that can’t drag this powerhouse down.
#2 – You wouldn’t believe how much great photos can make and break your blogging content. Having the right camera is a must. You could take the exact same words, publish them once with OK photos and once with great photos and the difference would knock you off your feet. Once you get good photos in camera, you can use a powerful Intel 2 in One and editing software to make them GREAT photos. All of the photos I use on my site get at minimum a quick run through a free editing program just to spruce them up a bit.
#3 – Trying to be a professional blogger and not utilizing a smartphone just isn’t smart. Mine is always with me and having my social network apps handy is a must. Developing a presence online outside of your blog itself is extremely important if you want to grow your followers and see your content shared by others. Do yourself a favor, and if you aren’t already using a smartphone and utilizing its features, get started now!
#4 – Coffee. Caffeine. Something to keep you going and keep you hydrated through the day. Blogging isn’t all cushy hours and 2 hour days and it’s really easy to get wrapped up in your project and forget about eating and drinking like a normal person. You will pull late nights to meet deadlines, you will get up at dawn to get the perfect light, you will do things you never imagined doing (examples – making pork chops and gravy at 10 AM or mixing Sangria at 7:30 AM on a random Tuesday). It happens.
#5 – Support. You won’t always get it from family and friends. That’s ok. Not everyone will understand blogging as being anything other than a hobby. Get out there, even if it’s virtually, and meet other bloggers who do what you want to do and learn from them, get support from them. Find your tribe. I found mine a while back through a Facebook group and I can’t imagine that I would’ve ever made it to where I am blogging without them. Some days, I think my Border Collie, Fenway, is my biggest supporter. He’s always there waiting on me to meet my deadlines no matter what the time and is more than happy to celebrate my successes with me.
So, what do you think? If you’re NOT a blogger, what did you think blogging really entailed? For those of you that are bloggers (Yes! Bloggers read other blogs!), what do you think are the essentials for blogging?