Please forgive my absence lately. We all live a crazy life. Escaping the blogosphere gave me a chance to breathe once more. Although it does not mean that I gained any new materials and ideas. I gained nothing but living and reviewing what I already have.
However, my daily routine of blogging are usually taken in the same steps. Four items are often employed:
- A Nikon D700 DSLR camera, aka my baby. From all my abroad and domestic travels I use my one and only Nikon. I love it! Yes, it is heavy; but aren’t all photographer’s equipment heavy? All I can say is that you get used to the weight. You just have to take care of your shoulders and hands. I’ve strained them more than once from heavy backpacking adventures. It doesn’t help when you own a huge wide-angled lens. Nevertheless, you do get the odd jealous looks and compliments when carrying one of these.
- My leather (custom-made) notebook. I take this everywhere with me. It is always in my handbag, ready and waiting to be written on. What do I write, you ask? All my first drafted blog posts and ideas. Ever since graduating from school, I strangely miss writing by hand. I’ll even admit that I miss writing those literature essays. Thus, a Moleskine and a Field Notes notebook are essential.
- You cannot carry a notebook without a pen. A fountain pen is my other frequently used item. My other addiction in life are fountain pens. I have a small collection. If I had the money, I would collect a whole load more of them. But my main Cross Affinity fountain pen will do nicely.
- Lastly, I cannot forget about Eve. Eve is my Macbook Pro laptop. Although I’ve only had her for 5 months, I can’t live without her. Computers are my life, in every geeky way. Here are a few computer softwares I use for editing and blogging:
- Adobe Lightroom 4 (photo editing)
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 (photo editing)
- Evernote (blog post notes and structure)
- Byword (writing blog post)
- Dropbox (transferring data from two computers)
As you can see, I undertake a lot of steps before I publish a blog post. I probably go through three written drafts before a blog post is finalised. Perhaps it’s that little OCD in me. When it comes to writing a blog post, I highly recommend Evernote. It’s a great note-taking tool. If you are looking for an Evernote blog post template, I recommend Michael Hyatt. I use a similar template structure. It really helps a lot.