Emily Freeman: Gadget and App Recommendations

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Emily Freeman

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A Peek at Emily’s Office

Before we take a peek at all of Emily Freeman’s gadget and app recomendations let’s take a peek at her fabulous office space.

Where the magic happens.

Where the magic happens.

Perhaps I should have asked her if it’s always that neat and tidy…? No wonder people loved reading about her home. It’s stunning.

I, however, am glad she didn’t pigeonhole herself there (read her first post for that back story). The world needs the beauty of her words every bit as much as the beauty of her home.

Emily’s Recommendations

Onwards and upwards…here are all of Emily’s favorite blogging resources:

1. What computer do you use? (i.e. MacBook Air)
MacBook Air

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

3. Do you use a tablet? If so, what model? (i.e. iPad 4)
no

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

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.
Genesis. My blog designer is the lovely Erin at Design by Insight (She is the 4th designer I’ve worked with in 7 years)

6. What web hosting company do you use? Do you recommend them?
Synthesis. So far so good.

7. What app do you use to write your posts?
Um, what?

I write straight in WordPress.

8. How do you capture your blog ideas? (Notebook, Evernote, Word, Sticky notes etc.)
My black Moleskine and a uniball signo impact 207 black pen. I also use the voice recorder app on my phone.

That photo is where I sit when I do interviews. That may be irrelevant for this – but there it is. I sit there with my bedroom door locked and the fan on. Very glamorous.

That photo is where I sit when I do interviews. That may be irrelevant for this – but there it is. I sit there with my bedroom door locked and the fan on. Very glamorous.

9. What are your most useful computer/web apps?
I have Lightroom but only use it when I want to get fancy. Instead I pretty much just edit my photos straight in iPhoto. I also love picmonkey for adding words to photos and making collages. I use Safari for the internet (mostly) and Skype for podcasting. I’m always listening to Pandora (Ingrid Michaelson channel and/or George Winston channel).

10. What are your most useful phone/tablet apps?
I use my voice memo app on my phone almost daily. I read blogs through Feedly and use Keynote remote for presentations. And of course, Instagram for nice square, cool filtered photos.

11. What other tech do you use? (Camera for photos, mic for podcasting…etc.)
My camera is a Nikon d80 (seven years old – works great). I have a Sigma 18 – 200 lens I use a lot but my favorite camera lens is my Nikon 50 mm Nikkor f/1.8 lens.

I also use the Blue Yeti for podcasting, but that’s not because I know anything about microphones, that’s because I podcast with Tsh and that’s what she sent me. Amen.

Q & A with Emily

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Read All The Interviews with Emily

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

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Comments

  1. Let me just say – for the record – that desk space is recently updated. I wrote all three of my books at my messy kitchen table, on my couch, or in some dark corner of Starbucks. I finally decided after 3 books it was time for me to have a grown up desk.

  2. I had to laugh about your interview spot. Mine is (usually) the same…unless the dog demands entrance on the other side of the door!

  3. Beautiful spaces! =) Also, I appreciate your simplicity in terms of gadgets and apps. I have access to Photoshop and Lightroom because my husband got them for work but I really love the ease of Picmonkey. Your pictures and text are one of the things I love about your blog and have often wondered where you created them. =)

  4. Moleskin?! Love me some Moleskin. Was tempted by a Lord of the Rings one once, but stuck with basic black.

    Have loved the refreshing honesty and grace of your blog for several years!

    I’m curious to know what, if anything, happened to your traffic when you stopped writing the home dec type posts and stuck with subjects you preferred.

    Along similar lines, lately I’ve been wrestling with the idea of where a writer’s passions and readers’ needs/interests intersect. Any thoughts on that?

    • Those are questions I have, too, Jenn! I’m glad you asked – looking forward to the answers. I have an itty bitty blog and am pretty new to blogging, but I do find the same thing: when I write about my crazy decor projects (or a beauty product I’m loving) it’s way popular, so I’ve tended to follow that more than the primarily faith-focused posts I’d written on my previous blog.

      Hearing you say, Emily, that you write what you find meaningful is really refreshing. I do love writing about style and decorating, but I feel more free now to add in the posts that are just meaningful to me after your words here.

    • Well, I wasn’t a home blogger s it wasn’t a huge deal when they tapered off. But over time, traffic kind of leveled off instead of climbing like it had been. I just didn’t get as many comments on other posts.

      But over TIME (and I put that in big letters because I’m talking years, not months), people started to find me – the people who were my audience. The thing about my house-y posts is they were quicker to find an audience than the posts I wrote about faith. So traffic reflected that. When you write faith posts, I think it takes longer to build trust and credibility, so traffic reflects that.

      I realized, though, that traffic seems to follow a pattern of consistency more than one of topic. It isn’t so much what I write about but how I write and whether I remain consistent in passion and voice.

      • “Traffic seems to follow a pattern of consistency more than one of topic.”

        Yes, there is so much insight in that. I have some tutorials and such that do well on Pinterest and with Google’s SEO and they’re the bulk of my traffic. But can’t say those are necessarily even what my blog is about. So I’m probably losing momentum by not focusing on my real niche.

        Thanks so much for that perspective, Emily!

        • Ditto, Trina. Emily’s response was super helpful. It makes sense that it would take longer to build readers’ trust when writing about heart issues.

          And I hear you on SEO and stuff outside your real passions. It almost feels like a step of faith to keep pursuing your “real niche” when the traffic’s not there yet.

  5. Every time I see a picture of Emily’s workspace I think it’s always so well organized! Love your new grown up desk and the inspiring words that come out of it.

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