The Best Equipment for Blogging and Vlogging

Hi there! I’ve had a few friends ask me what products I use to build my blog into a successful business.

I did not start with all of this. For the 9 months of my blog I worked directly on my little laptop at the kitchen table.

It wasn’t until I was ready to create my first course that I started to invest in more equipment.

Hope it helps you get the right equipment for your blog when you want to take your blog to the next level.

I’ve also included the tools I use for creating videos (aka vlogging).

*This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure for details. 

The Best Laptop for Blogging

 

The Thinkpad – Best Laptop for Blogging

The #1 Laptop I Use for Blogging   My absolute favorite blogging tools, and what you absolutely need to get started, is a powerful computer. I’ve used a few, but I’m always going back to Thinkpads from Lenovo!
 The X1 Carbon Thinkpad laptop is as light as a feather and as powerful as an ox 😉 I take it with me to the gym so I can write a quick blog post or answer a few emails after my workout!

 

Video Blogging Equipment

If you’re thinking about adding video to your blog, you’re on the right track! Video is becoming more and more popular. And if you can get comfortable creating videos now, to help grow your brand and blog, you’re investing in the right things.

Below are the video blogging equipment I use to grow my blog, YouTube channel and Facebook page.

I frequently do Facebook Lives where I share hands on tutorials. Once I switch on the ring light – my skin looks amazing – and I’m ready for show time!

Do you have a birthday or holiday coming up? Any one of the tools below would make a great gift – or even better – a business expense! Cha-ching!

best webcam for blogging / vlogging

I did a Skype video chat with a fellow blogger and I loved the quality of her video. She was completely in focus with a fancy blurry background. I know there’s a term for that, but I’m not a videographer. 

Regardless, I asked her at the end of the chat what type of webcam she was using. And it was the Logitech 1080p. That same day I bought it off Amazon. 

A week later, my husband bought the same one. Yup – we love this high-resolution webcam!

 

Blog Equipment Setup

Logitech Webcam

Details:  C922x Pro Stream Webcam – 1080p HD Camera for Streaming and Recording at 60 FPS – Background Replacement Technology

High-resolution webcam, on top of the middle monitor. Amazing quality and easy to use.

best light for blogging / vlogging

This light makes my skin glow – even without makeup! It instantly erases fine lines and spots – huge plus when I want to do a quick Facebook Live and share a tip with my audience. (side note – once I started using this stuff on my face my skin dramatically cleared up)

Bonus – It’s also great for taking stock images! It has so many uses – it’s a no-brainer to get when you’re doing videos for your blog or you’re a true vlogger.

 

Blog Equipment Setup

💡 The Neewer Light

Details: Neewer 10086031 Dimmable 18-Inch Diameter 75W Ring Fluorescent Flash Light Kit

The light that makes my skin look pretty!! I love how easy this is to use.

That’s it. You really don’t need all of this – it’s nice to have and makes blogging easier. But you can grow your blog to a huge success even if you just use your laptop at the kitchen table. 🙂

best monitor for blogging / vlogging

If you’re going to be staring at a screen for a few hours a day, make it a good one! This UltraWide monitor is just lovely!

I am 3X more productive when I’m working with a wide screen monitor in front of me, instead of trying to do every thing on my laptop. 

What I love about having a widescreen is that during my Live videos, I can easily split my screen and see everything at once. It also makes creating blog posts a breeze!

This is an instant way to increase your productivity!

 

Blog Equipment Setup

LG UltraWide Monitor

Details: LG 29UM68-P 29-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with FreeSync

Super duper speedy monitor. Perfect size for two windows side by side and getting a lot of things done quickly!

best laptop for blogging / vlogging

I’ve gone through a few computers as I’ve grown my blog into a business.

My first laptop sadly passed away when my daughter accidentally spilled my water bottle all over it. RIP little guy!

I currently use a laptop when I’m out and about or when I have to work at the kitchen table.

And for my home office setup, I use a desktop. It’s a gaming machine and works like butter when I’m editing videos and creating beautiful blogs posts. 

 

Blog Equipment Setup

Dell XPS

Details: Dell XPS9360-7727GLD-PUS 13.3″ Laptop, 7th Gen Core i7 (up to 3.8 GHz), 8GB, 256GB SSD), Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

Hubby’s amazingly powerful Dell laptop. Perfect for video editing and creating courses! Here is the newest version of this super powerful laptop. 

Blog Equipment Setup

💻 ThinkPad

Details: 2017 Newest Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 260 Business 2-in-1 12.5″ FHD IPS Touchscreen Laptop – Intel Dual-core i5-6200U, 2.3GHz, 8GB DDR4, 240GB SSD, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, WLAN, USB 3.0, Win 10 Pro

I love my little Lenovo Yoga. This model is not made anymore, but here is the newest one. 

best microphone for blogging / vlogging

I’ve tried the Blue Yeti – but it was SO good – it picked up the ceiling fan noise. So I went with the cheaper option, the Audio Technica. And it works fabulously! 

My sound is clear and crisp. I’ve used this microphone to record videos for courses, YouTube and to do Facebook Lives. 

 

Blog Equipment Setup

Audio-Technica

Details: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

Crystal clear microphone. I had the Yeti before but it picked up too much background noise – this one is perfect!

best chair for your home office

You’re going to be sitting for a while, might as well be comfortable 🙂

 

Blog Equipment Setup

The Chair

Details: AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair

Hubby’s comfy chair that I steal when he’s at work.

The tools I use to share my screen on Facebook Lives! 🙂 Thank you to my wonderful hubby for making this video!

best equipment for blogging / vlogging

I hope that helps you find the right tools to grow your blog or YouTube channel! 

I’ll be updating this post as I find new tools or change the ones I use above.

Let me know what questions you have by leaving a comment below.

 

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