Being in a transition state, whether moving, remodeling, traveling, or in a place that's not quite home...blogging can become a little hard to do. From experience, I know how a routine can get interrupted & lead to a blogging slump. In September I felt like I had no idea what I was doing with the blog. A lot of things got jumbled, new projects took the front seat, & blogging just fell into a chore. And since blogging should be fun, whenever it becomes a chore I always re-evaluate. I realized I needed some sort of familiar...thus came the Blogging Kit
Not having a desk means not having a place to coral all your bits & pieces, your inspiration, your favorite pens, etc. Personally, blogging from the kitchen table, couch, assorted Starbucks tables makes things a lot harder to keep organized. Instead of just throwing things in my purse all willy-nilly, I decided to try making a blogging packet with a little bit of everything I'd need if I were at my own desk.
Blog Planner - This is the most important part of my Blog Kit! I used a planner with both a monthly & weekly calendar. Right now I'm only filling in the monthly calendar but if I have a particularly busy week, filling in the weekly calendar helps me make sure I get everything done in the week that I need to. If I didn't have my blog planner I'd be lost!
Blogging Notebook - Missing in this picture because I think I left it in Zach's car. This is less important to my planning process so if I leave it in the car it's ok for a little while! In this book I write down inspiration, ideas for features, sketch layouts or doodles, etc. I guess you could call it a sketch book. It also houses things for the various shops too. I do have another smaller notebook to jot down things quickly & it's not as bulky as my bigger blogging book.
Pens & Markers - Because I like color & need to remember which things are the most important, markers, pens, & highlighters float around in my purse. Putting them all together I spend less time digging in my purse (& pulling out tampons instead of markers in Starbucks is not cool! TMI?) These markers have two tips - a fine & a broad tip - to highlight & to write. Multi-purpose. Score!
Various Sticky Notes - Also not pictured because I used all of mine. I used to be the sticky not queen in high school & love the way Elsie & Emma of A Beautiful Mess organize their notebooks. Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee & Kaylah of The Dainty Squid use a similar method. The best thing about sticky notes is that they aren't permanent & you can move them around. If I'm fluid on when things need to be done or where something can go, it goes on a sticky note that way I can move it from week to week in the calendar or around in my blogging notebook. I also use them to make divider tabs in my blogging notebooks.
Kid Made Modern Tape - Just because it's pretty & I like decorating things. If a page seems like it needs a label, I slap some tape on there, couldn't hurt right?
Tid Bits - Currently the tid bits in the kit are from Art Prize, a cool art exhibition all over Grand Rapids where artists compete for a grand prize. There were lot's of artists I found & eventually want to blog about them so I have a few of their cards/brochures so I can find examples, remember names, etc. This is great for travel! Picking up little things along the way to remember can double for your scrap book & blog.
Camera & iPhone - Not only do I use my iPhone for responding to comments but I also use it for photographing day to day life. If my phone battery dies or I don't want to pull out/don't have my DSLR my point & shot is the next best thing. Capturing moments is important to blogging so I don't want to miss a thing! I also believe the best camera for you is the one you'll use. (check this post for tips to improve your photog skills using your smart phone.)
Storage - The way I rangle all of the bits of my Blogging Kit is in a small clear bag with a zipper. Mine is from Claire's & unfortunately you won't find these there any more. When we discontinued them (I used to work at claire's!) I bought them all up. They are great for things like this & for packing your toothbrushes when you're traveling. Seriously, you'll find at least 3 of these when we travel! So handy! You could also use any old pencil case but the plastic keeps it from getting dirty or wet if you spill something.
I am so happy that we'll be moving into our house sooooo soon! But until we build our awesome double desk, I may be blogging from couches & tables for a little while more. This kit has helped me keep organized & gave me a bit more motivation to blog through October!
How do you stay organized while traveling? Do you blog on the road?