You might think that all you need to start a blog is a computer and a vision. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. You definitely need more blogging equipment than that. Here are some things to look out for on Amazon Prime Day next week.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 will take place on July 15 and 16, 2019.
During this 2 day shopping extravaganza, there will lots of deals on electronics and recording equipment in particular.
As a blogger, I need a lot this kind of stuff to create audio, video, photos, and just to generally make blogging fun.
Here is a list of a mix of things that I already own and love – along with a few things from my wish list.
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It would be pretty good to score a discount on them on Amazon Prime Day.
Obviously, I don't have any insider information as to whether any of this recording equipment will actually go on sale.
But, I will be checking these categories regularly.
I hope you find this list to be helpful, if you need any of these items to help you with your blog.
1. Blogging Microphones
The built in microphone on your computer is great for video calling but not so much for recording.
They tend to pick up a lot of background noise and that makes for poor recording quality.
If people don't like what they hear, they won't stick around – think about how quickly you change a static-y radio station.
For the best recording quality it is good to have both –
- a good USB microphone and
- a lavalier microphone for your phone
My USB microphone is a YETI microphone and like it a lot.
A clip on lavalier microphone is a good choice when recording video with your phone. I like the one pictured below because it comes with a lightning cable dongle which you need if you have a newer iPhone.
I have the above lavalier mike, but the downside is the cord.
When you are attached to your phone (the recording device) with a cord – you have a very limited range of motion.
Too many times, I have knocked over my tripod by pulling on the microphone cord.
2. Tripods and Cell Phone Mount
A solid tripod is an essential piece of blogging equipment.
Whether you are recording yourself or perhaps a craft or cooking tutorial – you need something to hold your camera steady.
I picked up a tripod with an extending arm that could also be used as a monopod during a previous Amazon sale, and I love it.
I also have a small tripod that can wrap around things for support, which is useful too.
One thing that I ended up picking up mid year was a cell phone mount that expands wide enough to hold my iPhone.
A teleprompter is one piece of blogging equipment that is at the top of my wish list.
I want to be able to look directly into the camera when I create a video – but right now I am constantly looking down at my notes.
Hopefully, I'll be able to snag one of these on Amazon Prime Day.
4. Studio Lighting
As a blogger, you can never have too many lights.
I already have a few soft box lights – but the things are huge so I have to fold them up to store them – which means that setting up and breaking down takes a lot of time and energy.
5. Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Digital Point and Shoot Camera
Right now I take most of the photos and video for my blogs with my iPhone.
But I've got my eye on the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II Digital Point and Shoot Camera.
I think this qualifies as something that will make blogging fun for me.
Since I'm not a photographer, the photos that I take with my DSLR don't really come out great and I often miss the shot.
So, I am looking for something a little easier to use.
What Blogging Equipment are You Hoping to Score on Amazon Prime Day?
Tell me what's on your wishlist in the comments below.