Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. I love Gadget and App day here at How They Blog and our bloggers have shared some incredible resources over the past few weeks. Today is no exception.
If you like photo editing and creation apps, you are going to LOVE Amanda’s list of favorites. I spent a good portion of my life linking to all of these. Good, good stuff. But before we dive into Amanda’s gadget and app recommendations, let’s take a look at her workspace:
I don’t have a dedicated workstation. I just tote my laptop around everywhere–the couch, the kitchen table, the school/playroom and even my #hellomornings “mom cave” located in my closet.
Amanda’s Gadget and App recommendations
1. What computer do you use? (i.e. MacBook Air)
2. What kind of phone do you have? (i.e.Samsung Galaxy III)
3. Do you use a tablet? If so, what model? (i.e. iPad 4)
4. What blog platform do you use? (WordPress, Blogger, Typepad etc)
5. If applicable, what blog theme/child theme do you use? (Genesis, Thesis, WooThemes etc.) Or feel free to use this space to give a shout out to your designer.
6. What web hosting company do you use? Do you recommend them?
HostGator. They have a quick online tech help chat but I have had many many problems with my blog being shut down because they say I’ve got too much traffic. Believe me when I say that is not the case. I’m always wanting to change hosts but am too afraid unless someone is holding my hand.
7. How do you capture your blog ideas? (Notebook, Evernote, Word, Sticky notes etc.)
Apps? On my phone? They have apps for that?
I love to take pictures of things to remind me what I want to write about. Also, sticky notes, backs of receipts and a little notebook by my bedside table. I also write post ideas in my post calendar in my WordPress dashboard.
8. What are your most useful phone/tablet apps?
I have been paring down the amount of programs/apps I use because for me (as a wannabe productivity and app geek), I end up using things that I don’t really know how to use and waste time because of it. I just listened to Michael Hyatt’s podcast about his toolbox which included all the programs/hardware/apps he used and I had no idea most of them even existed. *sigh*
I’m just gonna kick it old school and say that a timer is my best friend. I use a http://e.ggtimer.com/ to stay focused on writing, emails, etc. The pomodoro setting is my fave.
And I do use Dropbox and Google Drive for sharing files.
Clearly I’m sub-technical.
Recently, I’ve deleted most my apps from my phone to add a little quiet to my life. So, no more Facebook or Hootsuite apps. I also deleted all entertainment apps. The only thing I still use is Instagram (I can’t quit!). So, I have lots of photo apps to play with:
The other apps I use regularly:
Bible (it’s just so quick!), RetailMeNot (coupons for every just about everywhere), AppsGoneFree (alerts of limited time free apps for iPhone & iPad), Kindle, Dropbox and Dice (what? We use it when playing games for school!).
8. What other tech do you use? (Camera for photos, mic for podcasting…etc.)
I have a Nikon D80 for taking pictures. Again, I’m under-qualified to be using it but I have recently discovered it’s quicker to pose and take my own pictures for my blog than scour the internet for a free (or even costly) photo.
I also have several external hard drives. I take too many pictures and my laptop gets bogged down.
Q & A with Amanda
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