October 15, 2007

What are your essential blogging tools?

Most hobbies require you to use tools, and blogging is no exception. Of course we all know that there are only three essential tools required to blog: a computer, an internet connection and an idea (something to write about). However, most bloggers also use other tools to help them blog, especially when blogging becomes a serious pastime (or even a part-time job).

Besides my laptop, broadband internet connection and blogging ideas, I also use several blogging tools which I consider "essential" to blogging. These include:

  • A notepad and pen, for jotting down ideas
  • Image software (Photoshop is preferable, though previous;y I used GiMP, which is free software)
  • An RSS/Feed reader, so I can keep up to date of my favorite blogs!
  • Firefox Browser: since installing this browser, I've found blogging much easier as I can easily switch between tabs to view different pages

While these tools are hardly necessary for blogging, they can be very helpful.

What would you add to this list?

Do you have a set of blogging tools? If so, what would you add to my list?

In the near future, I'll be posting a short series of posts specifically for new bloggers, and would like to create a list of easily accessible tools which can be helpful when blogging. I'd love to know what tools or programs you find helpful, and will expand this list to include the most popular tools as recommended by you. Please leave your comments below, or send me an email if you prefer. I look forward to your input!

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