About two-ish years ago I did a post on creating a blogging kit if you were moving, traveling, or just somewhere that you weren't used to. I created this kit to keep me sane in my transition period from moving up to Michigan. Which, let's talk about how young I was 2 years ago for a minute. I stumbled up on some of the emails between Zach & I while we were apart (read about our long distance thing here). Oh my gosh we were so, so, so young! Some days, when I find things like that, I wonder why I felt so confident in my decision to move up here - I was so young what made me so positive this was going to work out? Don't get me wrong, this has been the best thing but it could have gone so bad. We've grown a lot together and it's so weird to look back on how young we were. You sure don't know time has passed until you turn around and look at it. Jeeze. Anyway, that's not what this post is about. This post is about my blogging kit 2.0.
Now, I don't travel with Zach at all any more (sad face!) and for the most part our travels involve going to different SCA events and during that time I'm not really connected to technology because we're usually camping. But currently I'm in the state of a remodel and in order to gain control over my surroundings I thought I'd assemble my blogging kit just to give me some control. I think I am more than slightly Type A when it comes to some things! So here is the Blogging Kit 2.0 :
Something that has become super convenient for me is my ClamCase for my iPad. It turns my iPad into a mini laptop which is perfect for on the go blogging! This is great if we're making a little weekend stop to Zach's parents or a small weekend trip I can still get some work done. It would be even more helpful if I had a 3G plan but wireless is just fine for most things. (Read about blogging from an iPad here.)
This takes the places of my blog planner and blog idea notebook. This planner is filled with everything from plans for my daily life, blog plans, contacts, to do lists, and other planning things. I feel like this is the big girl version of the planner I used to have. I've sort of updated how I plan for the blog but it still follows the same principle. Also this planner holds my sticky notes and pens so I don't have to bring another case with me. If you want to see an easy an affordable DIY binder planner check out this video on my YouTube channel. I also posted a current planner tour here.
I hardly pull out my DSLR anymore. I'm still fighting with it so I've just been using my phone. I currently have the iPhone 5s, and upgrade from the iPhone 4 I had in the previous Blogging Kit post. With the 5s comes a better camera so I can really have blog worthy photos. I'm hardly ever worried about my phone dying because I have a Mophie case that has one full charge as a back up. So I can take really great photos and not worry about lugging around a camera or a camera dying on me.
I talked before about the ways you can blog from you iPad and there really are tons of apps out there to help you along (currently I'm liking using the actual Blogger app). But the other thing I worry about is the fact that I have the lowest memory option for my iPhone so I need to back up my photos incase I need to delete. My whole blogging app arsenal includes Blogger, Blogsy, Google Drive, Afterlight, Phonto, and PicFrame. All of these give me everything I need (nearly) to compose a post.
In the last blogging kit post I talked about storage for some bits and bobs you may collect from events, travels, etc. Because my Filofax (the Saffiano in Rasperry) has quite a few pockets and inserts I can slip anything I need to keep in the various places in my planner. There's really no need to have any extra baggage. All my sticky note are on various flyleafs in my filofax, washi tape is around an old gift card and my pen is in the pen loop. If I do need highlighters, I do have a separate pencil case in my purse.
So that is my big girl Blogging Kit 2.0! I love that everything fits in a space no bigger than my iPad. I guess the kit grew but I think it also got more efficient now that I have a whole app arsenal to create pretty sophisitcated blog posts on the go.
How do you blog on the go or when you're in a state of transition? Are you a control freak when it comes to spending time in unfamilliar territory?