Heather MacFadyen’s Blogging Work Space, Gadgets and Apps

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Heather MacFadyen

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A Peek Into Heather’s Work Space

I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious about where people work. Today, Heather is giving us a peek into her work space.


Here is what she has to say about the photos:

“The first of the leather chair is my “hello mornings” spot where I meet with God.

The second is my desk where I collect books and bills and school papers, but don’t do much writing. Typically I write out my posts while sitting on the couch in the evenings or on the weekends at a coffee shop. (And for the curious observer…the masks are from our pre-kid traveling days. Bought in South Africa, they are traditional New Year’s Eve masks. I have them above my desk to remind me to remove the mask I’m wearing before I sit down to write…okay, just kidding. We just thought they were cool and when we travel we like to buy interesting local items instead of traditional souvenirs.)”


I’m so glad she explained about the masks. I would have been forever curious about them!

Heather MacFadyen Gadget and App Recommendations

Well, that’s where she gets stuff done. Let’s take a look now at how she gets stuff done by checking out the gadgets and apps she uses for blogging.

1. What computer do you use?
MacBook Pro

2. What phone do you use?
iPhone 5

3. Do you use a tablet? If so, what model?
I have an iPad but only use it when cooking recipes from the amazing PlantoEat.com.

4. What blog platform do you use?

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.
My uh-mazing designer Ted at Contemplate Design would know the answer to this question. I love that I don’t have a clue! (update: looked it up tonight and I have the child theme of Miniscula.)

6. What web hosting company do you use?
I use my husband’s company…Firehost (secure cloud hosting),(secure cloud hosting). They are pretty uh-mazing as well, but typically host big companies (like CVS and Lifetime Fitness…). I’m kinda the joke around the office. Especially since they use my site to test out environments…if I ever have super-duper viral post  my site wouldn’t blink. I guess there are perks to his demanding job.

7. What app do you use to write your posts?
I write straight into Word then copy/paste into Wordpress.

8. How do you capture your blog ideas?
Any ideas that come during my quiet time end up in my journal. A lot of ideas on how to word a post come to me while I’m putting on makeup (that and the shower may be my only quiet moments during the day). In those times I either make a note in my phone (generic note app) or record a voice memo. Also I typically get a lot of post ideas while I’m putting on makeup. In those times I either make a note in my phone (generic note app) or make a voice memo. Also typically have a spiral notebook with ideas listed or posts written out if I want to write off-line.

9. What are your most useful computer/web apps?
I frequently use picmonkey.com to add text to pictures (recently created my first printable using pic monkey). I use flickr to find specific pictures to fit posts I’ve written (in the advanced search I select “creative commons” so the pictures that come up from my search are not copyrighted & then I make sure to link back to flickr in my post).

10. What are your most useful phone/tablet apps?
At the Declare Conference, Kat introduced to some of my current favorites: Instaquote (for Instagram), also like Phonto (adding text to pics on iPhone). She told me about the 30/30 app (time management/to-do list). Love my kindle app (which was free). I can add documents to read when I’m out and about. Also get a lot of free books through Amazon Prime. The Pages app (for Facebook) is helpful for managing a blog Facebook page from your phone.

David Molnar introduced me to the Camera+ app for taking great pictures and adjusting the exposure. Then he showed me the snapsneed app for advanced editing.

11. What other tech do you use? (Camera for photos, mic for podcasting…etc.)
Find I’m using my phone for pictures more than my digital (DSLR) camera, but I do have a Nikon D5100 for when I want to feel “legit”.

Q & A with Heather MacFadyen

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Read All The Interviews with Heather MacFadyen

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2. Gadget and App Recommendations

3. On Social Media and Writing (Coming Friday)

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  1. So cool. Thank you for sharing that tip about flickr advanced search! I’m so excited to try that out!

  2. Heather, thank you for not re-organizing and decorating your desk before allowing us to see it! One of my small fears is if I ever get good/big enough for Kat to interview me, I’d have to provide a pic of my desk! (No, not that!)

    It’s nice to see a well loved and well used desk area. LOL

    Thank you and Kat for a great interview.

    • HA! I will admit that I considered re-organizing and straightening my desk before taking the pic, but just like when I write on the blog…an inauthentic version of me isn’t going to help anyone else. Thanks for encouraging me to stay real! Nice to “meet you” here at HTB. blessings

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this! There were some really great tips here. I wasn’t aware of the flickr advanced search; that’s really useful. I really appreciate your willingness to help coach others.

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