Many people wonder where I get my blogging drive and, to be honest, it’s all about being organized. I wouldn’t be able to get anything done if I didn’t have a touch of OCD and a few tools to help me keep everything straight. It was a pet blogger’s dream come true when Staples offered me the opportunity to place an order on their site. Free stuff? Oh yeah, I went a little nuts…
These are the tools that I use regularly that help me manage Keep the Tail Wagging…
Productivity Tools for Bloggers
I work full time and can’t blog at my day job, so I carry a journal. Whenever I come up with an idea for a blog post, blog post promotion, or anything else, I just it down in my journal. I also use it to take notes during webinars and at blogging conferences. I don’t trust myself to remember every idea that pops in my head, so I write it down.
Sustainable Earth by Staples is “printed with eco-preferable vegetable- and water-based inks,” has a thick kraft board cover, inside pockets, and a heavy-duty coil that doesn’t unravel as you use the journal. These journals get a lot of use and they can keep up with me.
In this day of smart phones and online organization tools, who uses an organizer? Me, that’s who. I don’t want to risk losing all my calendar and contact information if I lose my phone or my computer crashes. It’s nice to have an organized back up that has everything I need.
I use the Day Runner Harmony Organizer. It’s pretty and sturdy. I note my blog posts, webinars, Google Plus hangouts, and interviews in the calendar. I organize my contacts (bloggers, PR professionals, pet business owners) in the address book. And there’s a place for notes and to hold business cards.
Webcam for YouTube Videos
I want to do more YouTube videos for pet product reviews and blogging tips. I’ve been happy with Logitech cameras (I now have 3) in the past and Staples gave me a fantastic opportunity to pick up a great one. And it is great!
I ordered the Logitech c525 webcam and I love it. I’m not very good at video editing and I don’t need to be with my new webcam. It’s a plugin and go model (gotta love Logitech for their simplicity) and I jazz up my videos using Windows Movie Maker and I’m golden.
Accordion Files + File Folders
And finally, I placed an order for an accordion file. I have several of these and use them to organize eBooks, mentions of myself and Keep the Tail Wagging, our pets medical records, and anything else that comes along. I actually have a home office – ooohhh, la dee day – and pocket organizers help keep all the papers away from the playful teeth and claws of the canines and felines who live in our home.
I chose an organizer from the Martha Stewart collection, because it’s pretty and sturdy (sort of a theme with me).
More productivity tools for bloggers…
And because this list isn’t enough, here are more things that I use as a professional pet blogger.