Crystal Stine: Gadget and App Recommendations

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Crystal Stine

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As we’ve seen with Melanie Shankle, Stephanie Langford and Emily Freeman’s interviews, you don’t have to be incredibly techie to be a full time blogger or best selling writer. But you may think, “Sure, they don’t need to know the latest and greatest in tech because they’re already successful.” There is this idea floating around that blogging has gotten so competitive that if you’re not up with the latest tech, you’re a lost cause.

I’m happy to report that today’s interview proves that idea wrong. Crystal is making a deep impact in the blogging community (as is obvious from the number of comments her last post here got!). And yet Crystal keeps things pretty simple when it comes to tech.

Crystal Stine’s Recommendations

What computer do you use? (i.e. MacBook Air)
Lenovo laptop..poor sad thing doesn’t even have an “a” key anymore!

What kind of phone do you have? (i.e.Samsung Galaxy III)
iPhone 4s

Do you use a tablet? If so, what model? (i.e. iPad 4)
iPad 3

What blog platform do you use? (WordPress, Blogger, Typepad etc)
Blogger

What web hosting company do you use? Do you recommend them?
My blog is still hosted through Blogger but under my own domain – I haven’t had any issues with it.

What app do you use to write your posts?
This is something I just learned, that I shouldn’t be writing directly into my site but using an app! But…we’ll count this is as one of those “best practice bloggy things” that I ignore. I just type right into my blog. When I guest post or write a contributor post, I’ll write it in Word or Google Docs in advance, simply so I can have a copy of it.

How do you capture your blog ideas? (Notebook, Evernote, Word, Sticky notes etc.)
I actually email myself! I am *semi* addicted to my email, so it’s the best way I know to make sure the idea isn’t lost!

What are your most useful computer/web apps?
As much as I love technology and am an early adopter for pretty much everything, I don’t have many apps to list here! PicMonkey for photo editing, Shutterfly for photo archiving/printing, FreshBooks for VA invoicing & time tracking.

What are your most useful phone/tablet apps?
Ah, this one is more fun. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for social media; Skype, UberConference, Google Hangouts, Spreecast, and Voxer for meetings/communication

What other tech do you use? (Camera for photos, mic for podcasting…etc.)
I take a lot of photos on my iPhone, but I do also have a Nikon P510 which I’m in love with and have taken so many photos of my daughter she now says “no mommy” when she sees my camera ๐Ÿ˜‰ Toddler paparazzi at it’s finest.

Q & A with Crystal

What questions do you have for Crystal? Click here to share your thoughts or ask your question!

Come back Friday when Crystal shares her thoughts on social media and writing. Stay tuned!

Read All The Interviews with Crystal Stine

1. How They Blog: Crystal Stine
2. Gadget and App Recommendations
3. On Social Media and Writing (Coming Friday)

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  1. “No, Mommy!” HA! Love it. Sounds like you’ll never have to regret not getting enough pictures.

    As I recall, you’re something of a rockstar when it comes to Twitter parties. Do you use an app for that?

    • Ah, there’s always an app for “that” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I use OneQube (formerlly TweetChat) because it’s the best way to see all the party tweets in one spot and automatically tags your tweets with the hashtag. I also keep regular Twitter open to my “interactions” page so I can see who is tweeting me directly, and who might be tweeting me but forgetting the hashtag. My biggest twitter party advice is just to “jump in” – pick a few conversations and start chatting! Yes, you’ll miss some stuff. Yes, it’s a little overwhelming. But it’s also SUPER fun once you dive in ๐Ÿ˜‰ (plus, if you tell everyone you’re new, you make lots of new friends right away!)

  2. Oh it is so nice to see someone who keeps it simple when it comes to the techy world of blogging! I am technologically challenged when it comes to the world of computers. My husband jokes (but it’s true) that I can walk into a room & break a computer :-). I’m still on blogger & at times find that a little confusing. But, I love blogging & try to give myself a break if I don’t keep my self imposed schedule. I’ve learned it’s all about Grace & being the voice God has called me to be. Crystal I’ve enjoyed hearing from you this week. Thanks for being You!

    • Thanks Mary! If there is ever anything I can help you with as far as Blogger goes, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not going to pretend to be an expert, but maybe I can point you in the direction of someone who can help if I can’t!

  3. Hey girl!! I use blogger too and seriously thinking of registering my domain name to still be hosted by blogger. Was it easy? And I seem to be limited in the styles I choose. My blog needs a revamp… any suggestions. Is it better to host the site with your name or use your blog title?

    Too many questions. I know. But I’m so confused ๐Ÿ™

    • Ah, I feel like we should just sit down over coffee & chat about all of this ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok, easy answer first – yes, it was very easy to apply my own domain name to my blogger blog. You can get all the details on how to do it here: https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1734119?hl=en&ref_topic=1734115. You are limited in the templates you can work with on blogger, but you can tweak them to make them work for you (I learned a lot from this site: http://designitloveit.com/). As far as choosing a domain name, that’s a totally personal choice. I went with my name because it was available & it worked with the rest of my branding on twitter, instagram, etc. and I didn’t have a specific “name” for my blog. If you have one you love, use that!

  4. What do you mean by this: “This is something I just learned, that I shouldnโ€™t be writing directly into my site but using an app!” What app are you referring to? And why?

    • Apparently – because WordPress and Blogger can tend to “eat” posts as you’re writing them (which has only rarely happened to me), it’s better to use programs like Live Writer, Word, or Google Docs (or probably something snazzier that I don’t know about because I am a simple blogger & um…just don’t know…) to write your post, save it & then post it to your site. If I were writing posts that would be part of a larger project, like an eBook, I would probably do that, but heck…I don’t write posts longer than 500 words anyway, so I’ve never lost something I couldn’t recreate on the fly!

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