Hi, Curlistas! Happy Friday. This week has been another filled with blessings. I registered for my first Blog Conference and I’m getting ready for Let’s Thrift – my FREE June event with MelissaChanel. (You can register and find out more HERE.)
As a blogger I’m always trying to fill a void or bring something to my readers that I think you can use. I’ve decided to start a new series (probably in July) on Mondays in which I’ll include tips, tricks and advice about blogging: things I’ve learned, things I wish I knew, etc. I’m not completely abandoning Mani Mon – some weeks I’ll have both but most weeks I’ll post about one or the other.
I want to kick things off with my top 5 blogger necessities. These things are in my purse daily.
Cell Phone. If you own a SmartPhone and blog but AREN’T using it for blogging shame on you. I do everything from my phone! (Read about it here.) I once drafted a post, uploaded pics and finalized it in anticipation of “publishing” that night when I got back home. Well, I never made it back to my laptop that night. I was able to go on my WordPress app from my cell phone and publish it with NO problems. Amaze. (I’m actually drafting this from my phone right now…where many posts are born.)
Portable Charger. I love my Galaxy 2 but at year and a half old the battery isn’t what it used to be. I found this portable charger on ebay and I’ve started carrying it every day. Nowadays a charger alone is not sufficient because you can’t always find an outlet. Plus, if you’re at an event and you are lucky enough to find one, who wants to be plugged in when you could be mingling?
Tablet. I recently bought a Samsung Tablet 2 7.0 and I love it. I sold my iPad and replaced it with this (read about it here). In my opinion it’s a better option than the iPad mini (the other model I was considering). It has expandable memory and all of the specs are the same if not better. I love my tablet because it allows me to carry tons of books and magazines conveniently and stay up-to-date with all of my magazine subscriptions. Plus, I always find inspiration when I’m reading so it’s great for that, too.
Pen & Paper. While technology is amazing, nothing beats a pen and paper. Even if you don’t carry a pen and paper, you should have SOMETHING to write on and with at all times. You never know when you’ll have to write something and your battery might be dead.
Business Cards. You MUST have a business card. With you. At all times. Having a business card can sometimes be the difference between “deal” and “no deal”. Sure, things happen. But, I have a certain admiration for people who are prepared. And I’m sure others do as well. I always have a few crisp, updated cards with me. I have received dirty, food-stained business cards. I chucked them. I once received a business card from a woman who crossed out ALL of the contact info on the card and hand-wrote hers on it, ON THE SPOT while I waited. It was her co-worker’s so the company logos matched…but that was about it. *blank stare* I’m sure you can guess where that one ended up, too… Seriously, there’s always something you can write on a business card to promote yourself. If you’re unsure, email me! No. For real!
What are your daily must-haves? What items can’t you live without? What blog must-haves did I forget?