Fellow bloggers and authors often ask me about the tools I use. So here’s a list of them arranged by category.
These tools have also enabled me to become a professional blogger.
- The Logitech G510s Keyboard: While this is technically a keyboard for gamers, I use it for all my typing. It’s an amazing product. 54 programmable function keys (saving you lots of time), backlit keys you can set to any color (so you can work in the dark or dim lighting), audio and microphone jacks. Durable, comfortable, superb! I won’t use any other keyboard. (UPDATE: This keyboard is no longer being made, so the prices are astronomical. To save money, go to the link above and look for a similar, newer version made by Logitech.)
- The Logitech G500s Mouse: This mouse is for gamers, but I won’t use any other. It has backlit settings for various speeds (again, you choose the colors) and weights you can set in the mouse according to your own comfort level. The feel and movement is smooth and elegant. Highly recommended! This Logitech keyboard and mouse have been game changers for me. (UPDATE: This mouse is no longer being made, so the prices are astronomical. To save money, go to the link above and look for a similar, newer version made by Logitech.)
- Adjustable Laptop Stand: This is the laptop stand I use for the stand-up desk I created.
- GelPro Floor Mat: This is the floor mat I use with the stand-up desk.
- BlueHost: This is the web hosting service I recommend. They have the best prices and they are incredibly reliable.
- WordPress: Click here to learn how to create a WordPress blog in less than 10 minutes. If you use Blogspot or Typepad, I recommend you move to WordPress.
- Studio Themes: These are beautiful themes that will make your blog look top notch. Design is essential if you plan to blog.
- MailChimp: I prefer Mail Chimp to other email services. Their interface is super easy to use, it has great analytics, and it’s reliable.
- MS Word: I used to be a WordPerfect fan until Word triumphed. All my editors use Word, so I had to adapt. Now I love it. I use it for all my word processing needs, including books and blogs.
- The Roland Studio Recorder: This sleek digital recorder creates professional recordings. It fits in your pocket, it’s easy to use, reliable, and compact. I take it with me everywhere I speak. The quality is much better than the cheaper digital recorders on the market.
- The Sony Stereo Condenser Microphone: This is a great mic to use with the Roland Studio Recorder. Note: to get this mic to activate with the Roland Recorder, in the recorder, go to the Menu Setup, press #5 “Input Settings” and turn Plug-in-Play to ON.
- SoundForge Pro 11: This is a great program for editing your recorded talks and adding effects. Easy to use and extremely powerful and versatile. My conference messages are recorded using the Roland Studio Recorder (above) and edited through SoundForge.
- If you have a budget, I recommend the Samson c03u Condenser USB Microphone. It plugs into your computer and comes with studio recording software.
- You can use the SoundForge Pro 11 for editing your podcast episodes and adding effects. (This is what I use and it works very well. It’s also much less expensive than buying high-end podcasting equipment.)
- Logos Bible Software: This is the Cadillac of Bible software programs. Be sure to use the code on the page to get a discount.
- Bible Hub: This is a free Internet Bible search tool. Very limited, but I use it for quick references.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking Software (Premium Edition): A big time-saver. I’m amazed at how accurate it is. Just speak into the microphone and the computer dictates automatically.
- ESET Antivirus and Security: I’ve tried them all — Norton, Trend Micro, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc. — and ESET is the best antivirus/security software I’ve ever used, hands down and walking out. It’s light and effective.
- Buffer: Add tweets to your Buffer queue whenever you want and spread them out according to your own schedule.