Blogging Starter Kit

Blogging Starter Kit

If you really want to start a blog, what’s stopping you? All you honestly need to blog are a computer or phone, internet, and an imagination. Though the most important and sometimes hardest thing is starting!

When I first started blogging almost a year ago, I didn’t quite have everything on this list. It’s not essential in the beginning, but later on when you start getting more serious, you might decide you want to step your game up lol.

Computer/Phone/Tablet

You’ll definitely need at least one of the three to start on your blogging journey. I usually use my laptop to write my blog posts, there’s just something about typing on a computer that sort of inspires me.

Though if I’m out and about and I get an idea, I usually just jot it down as a draft or in notes on my phone. Everyone has a preference on what they like to use. As long as you use one, you’ll be good!

Camera/Phone

A camera is very important for blogging. Whether it’s a regular camera or a camera from a phone you will definitely need one. Though the type/quality of your posts matter, so do pictures. Especially if you are a fashion, beauty, food, etc kind of blogger. Your readers will definitely want to see photos that relate to you and your craft.

Though there are many photos online, you have to be careful! There are many legal aspects to think about, such as copyright claims and fair use. Minus the memes I sometimes use, every photo on this blog is taken by me, or a friend lol.

I’m definitely no photographer, but I am having so much fun taking pictures and learning about photography!

Tripod

Tripods are always useful when it comes to taking pictures. Though I wouldn’t say they are a necessity, I happen to use them a lot. I use the one pictured above and the one that is part of my ring light stand.

I would suggest getting one if you’re let’s say a fashion blogger, and don’t always have someone there to take pictures of you. Pairing this with a remote would be a really good idea.

Remote For Camera/Phone

Remotes definitely come in handy, when as I stated above, you need pictures of yourself, but don’t have anyone to take them for you.

You could always do the whole timer thing, but even when the timer is set to 15 seconds, I still feel rushed and the picture doesn’t usually end up coming out how I want it to.

The only con about using a remote is that in some full body pics, you have to use special techniques to hide it lol.

These next two items aren’t necessary unless you really want them and to add a little more high quality to your blog.

Lighting

You can check out a whole post I made on lighting here. Good lighting reallyyy helps with the quality of your pictures and videos! There is a tremendous upgrade in the quality of my pictures and I loveee my ring light!

People take great photos without lighting all the time, but if you have the extra money I would invest in some!

Backdrop

A backdrop is also a nice extra, but something that you don’t need need to blog. If you are a fashion or beauty blogger/youtuber, this might especially interest you. Backdrops that come with stands aren’t that expensive, and if you’re DIY a person you can even make the stand yourself.

Backdrop cloths aren’t too expensive either, but a lot of people just go to the fabric store and buy cloth from there. My stand was decently priced, and came with white and black backdrops.

I loveee it! Sometimes it’s so hard to find the perfect background. Backdrops just make things look more professional, cuter, and cleaner.

Every blogger is different and uses different items and tools to make their blog work for them. These specifically pertain to my blog and what I like to use, but your list could be totally different!

What are some of the tools you use for blogging?

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25 Comments

  1. April 27, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    This is a great starter kit! My camera is definitely my most prized blogging possession.

  2. April 27, 2017 / 5:32 am

    I have ditched my camera now I have the new iPhone 7+ as the pictures are so much nicer on my phone

  3. April 27, 2017 / 5:07 am

    I had no idea you could get a remote for your camera. I can see how that can be so helpful. I also really like the idea of a backdrop as the backgrounds in some photos can make it look awful.

  4. April 26, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    I love that you’ve included good lighting. Many bloggers take shots/make videos with terrible lighting and forget how important quality is in their work.

  5. Ave
    April 26, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    A laptop/PC and a camera are the most important things for me for sure. I have heard so many great things about the ring light and have it on my wish list.

  6. wendy
    April 26, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I have been looking at one for a while now. Still saving for a camera that will last me a long time.

  7. Alayna
    April 26, 2017 / 11:29 am

    The camera remote is KEY! I remember when I was younger setting a timer, running to my spot, snapping a single photo, running back. UGH. Thank god for technology!

  8. Rosey
    April 26, 2017 / 9:44 am

    My oldest is so good with his camera. He uses his tripod often, AND he just started a blog, so I know he’ll be using it even more!

  9. Nichole Shirell
    April 26, 2017 / 4:50 am

    This is a very help read. I did not there was a such thing as a camera remote. I will definitely keep this for future reference.

  10. April 26, 2017 / 12:14 am

    I know my wife uses lights and a tripod a lot when she is doing photography. This is a great list for starters.

  11. April 25, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    These are some great tips for newbies. I’ve been thinking of getting the ring light for night photo shoot. Thanks for sharing!

  12. April 25, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I wish i read something like this when i first started blogging, would of been very helpful! Brilliant list and i agree with the backdrop, i love mine and makes a massive difference to your photos

  13. April 25, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I still need a great backdrop and some good lighting. I have everything else!

  14. Erin F
    April 25, 2017 / 9:47 am

    The one thing on this list that I don’t ever use are lights. (I actually hate them LOL) BUT I’m also a food blogger. Lights make food look one dimensional so they are usually avoided at all costs.

    I’m glad the you mentioned a tripod. They really help to take those great hands-on shots. Also, some cameras come with built-in wi-fi which means you can use an app on your phone to take the pics!

  15. April 25, 2017 / 7:22 am

    These will help you become more successful as a blogger. Pictures are a good addition to posts especially since it attracts your readers more and it doesn’t make a post look boring. Having a camera or a smartphone that takes good shots is needed.

  16. Elizabeth O.
    April 25, 2017 / 7:20 am

    I agree! A camera is definitely important especially if you’re a fashion or a lifestyle blogger. These are all must haves before you decide to start a blog.

  17. April 24, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    These are all great! I need to get a better backdrop!

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks! You should definitely check out eBay and Amazon!

  18. Tina Gleisner
    April 24, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Great list so now my questions. Is that lens permanently attached to the camera, or one you can add on when you want it? Why did you buy the round lists as I’ve got 2 rectangular ones? How easy is the timer to use?

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      That specific lens came with my camera, but it’s detachable.

      I looked at many different lighting options: umbrella, softbox lights, ring lights and I decided the ring light was for me.

      You can check out this post I made about lighting and the differences.
      http://www.taratizzy.com/lighting-blogging-world/

      Also the timers are just the ones that are on my phone and camera, you just go to your camera settings and the timer should be there. I personallly prefer the remote because timers go by too fast for me.

      Let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂

  19. Robin Rue
    April 24, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a remote for my phone camera. I need one of those.

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      They’re awesome, and not expensive! You use them through the bluetooth on your phone, it’s so easy!

  20. April 24, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    These are very good items. I love my back drop and I need to check that light ring

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      My backdrop has me thinking I’m a model now lol. Yesss, definitely check it out, you might like it!

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