Reasons Why Some People Do Not Use Smartphones

There are primarily a few reasons as to why people don’t use smartphones

Technology limit : Don’t know how to use them: this will be the most common type that you’ll find. These are mostly senior citizens who are way old to adapt to the new technology.

Affordability : There are some people who simply can’t afford it: let’s face it, most smartphones are not cheap. They are surely costlier than using a regular basic phone. People below the poverty line or those who have income below $1 a day can’t afford.

Not allowed to : usually these are people who are working in a closed environment where data security is the top priority. If they spend a lot of time in such an environment then they might only be allowed a basic phone for communication. Or they are not allowed to communicate with outside people for certain number of days until the necessary task is carried out or when they clock out. In such a situation, they might choose to not keep two phones and instead only use the basic one.

Skeptical of using one : Very less people belong to this category. These are people who know the fullest potential of a smartphone and it’s ability to break into user privacy. They know the darkest and unethical secrets of the smartphone world and choose to avoid getting trapped into it.

Anti-technology : Admittedly some people are technophobes, Luddites for those of you who understand the term, people who have no use for high tech devices. Certainly, the Amish have been living for a long time without technology and life does seem to function for them.

My First Ear Buds : Realme Techlife Buds T100

So I have never had a wireless earphones before. Or ear buds as they are actually called. I have been thinking about getting one for a long time but I just never got one. Having bought a new phone 3 weeks ago, I thought maybe it’s finally time. So after checking for a few days, and finding one that isn’t expensive, and from a trusted brand.

Realme is a reliable brand so when I found this one, I decided to buy it on Sunday night and it was delivered an hour ago. It’s very clear and fits perfectly well and I am rocking out to some Joe Satriani tunes as I type this.

Here are some of the features:

  • With Mic: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.3
  • Wireless range: 10 m
  • Battery life: 28 hrs | Charging time: 1.30 hrs
  • 10mm Dynamic Bass Driver for Real HD Sound & AI ENC for Calls
  • Up to 28hrs Total Playback with Fast charging – 10min charge for up to 120min playback
  • Gaming Mode with 88ms Super Low Latency & Google Fast Pair Instant Connection

Pics Of My New Phone – The IQOO 9T

Ok so I have now used the phone for a couple of days and I love it. I am sharing a few pics from the time of unboxing, which was on Tuesday. The IQOO 9t sells at a beastly price of Rs.49,999 or Rs.50k. I bought it off Amazon India, with a discount of Rs.1000 for taking it on EMI, another Rs.750 for buying it on a card, Rs.4000 which is an ICICI Bank discount – I don’t have an ICICI card but transferred money to a friend who does and placed the order using that card.

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I also exchanged my 2+ year old RealMe X2 Pro for which I got a discount of Rs.13,053. Not bad eh? So even the box is so wonderful to look at. A well designed box with a slightly textured finish and an awesome pattern and rather stylish look. The top of the box is a diagonal cut and makes it stand out even more as the gap is slightly indented – looks nice!

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Love that white finish on the phone with those beautiful three racing track stripes and it is so smooth to the touch. The stripes feel different enough on my fingers but overall it is so smooth but a little slippery. Hence it is always good to keep a case on the back, which is something I always do anyways. I choose to always go with the company provided clear TPU back cover so that I can enjoy the look of the original back cover. And I love the black rectangle on top which is for the camera part.

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Overall it is a very smooth phone to use though since I have been very busy with work related stuff and others, I haven’t yet fully explored the phone. I plan to do so and finish installing all the apps I need tomorrow and on Sunday and will play around with it a lot more. I did install a couple of games and have played a few rounds when I got time. So far everything is top notch. And the battery charging – so damn fast!

The IQOO 9T Details & Specifications – My New SmartPhone

The iQOO 9T smartphone is now official in India with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. It also has a Vivo V1+ display chip that allows real-time extreme night vision. The new phone by the Vivo sub-brand inherits a lot from the iQOO 9 Pro, including the 6.78” E5 AMOLED screen. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate and 360 Hz touch sampling rate. There is a supersonic fingerprint scanner underneath. On the back, we have a rectangular island, housing the trio of cameras – 50MP main with Samsung GN5 sensor and OIS, 13 MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto units.

The iQOO 9T offers a vapor chamber liquid cooling system with a 3,930 sq. mm. area, which promises great heat dissipation and proper cooling of the device under prolonged heavy usage.  and there are also dual stereo speakers. The Vivo V1+ chip already debuted in the vivo X80 Pro, but this is the first time it makes its way to an iQOO device. It brings enhanced noise reduction and motion estimation motion compensation technology. The iQOO 9T got from its 9 series predecessors is the 4,700 mAh battery with 120W wired and 50W wireless fast charging. The claim of the 8-minute charging from 0 to 50% and the battery fill up in 20 minutes has been tested and proven to be true.

The iQOO 9T has two color versions – Legend with the BMW M Motorsport stripe and colors and a plain black version called Alpha and a less available Orange version is also seen. It is priced at INR 49,999 (8/128 GB) or INR54,999 (12/256 GB) and you can buy it from Iqoo’s website or Amazon.in – I bought it from the latter. Dimensions are 165 x 77 x 8 mm (6.50 x 3.03 x 0.31 in) and 206g in weight. Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame, glass back Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), dust and dripping water resistant. AMOLED display 6.78 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Android 12, Funtouch 12, Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm), Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510), Adreno 730 GPU. I bought the 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM and the big disappointment is that there is no memory card slot. Main camera : 50 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.57″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.0, 47mm (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom, 13 MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 120? (ultrawide) & Video : 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps. Front facing selfie cam : 16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), HDR, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS.

Dual speakers, but no 3.5 mm headphone jack. Sensors include Fingerprint (under display, ultrasonic), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass. Battery : Li-Po 4700 mAh, non-removable, Fast charging 120W, 50% in 8 min, 100% in 19 min (advertised).

I Bought A New Phone – IQOO 9T

The last few days I have been doing my research into buying a new phone. I currently have 2 phones – an Oppo F11 Pro which I bought in September 2019 and a RealMe X2 Pro which I bought in June of 2020. The Oppo is showing a lot of signs of wear and tear and since I am using it as a back up phone it is sometimes never even charged. The X2 Pro is a beautiful phone which has served me well as my daily driver from June of 2020. I remember doing research into getting this phone that year – I remember I searched for the best phones around the Rs.30,000 mark at the time and in every website the most common phone was the X2 Pro.

So in the end I decided to splash some of the money I earned from sponsored blogging and I absolutely love the phone. I did an unboxing video of that phone and I loved its look and feel and the phone was so smooth to work on. But I did have a couple of issues – one was almost immediately known; I found that the network had issues on this phone and at times, people wouldn’t be able to reach me unless they tried a couple of times. The second issue is more recent, last couple of months I have noticed that the charge doesn’t last as long on the phone anymore. Although charging is pretty quick, that was a drag.

So now I have purchased a new phone online on Amazon.in – it is the very new flagship killer IQOO 9T. This is such an awesome looking phone with great specs. I have watched quite a few reviews of the phone and finalized it last night. IQOO is killing it right now and they have 3 variations of their flagship phone – the 9, the 9T & the 9 Pro of which the is the latest and is the middle child in terms of price and features. I can’t afford the 9 Pro and can barely afford this one as it is. But I exchanged the X2 Pro for it and will hand it over when the Amazon delivery guy comes to deliver the IQOO phone. I can’t wait!

Ever Faced A Technical Problem With Your Website? How Did You Resolve It?

I’ve been maintaining this website/blog since 2007 and I’ve only had a problem once. All this time and just one issue that was caused by WordPress. A few days ago, I think it was last Wednesday, I woke up and found that several of my posts were missing and each month was only showing 2-3 blog posts and mostly the Images that I post from time to time, without much words in it. All the categories were removed and it showed by default that all posts were in the Uncategorised list but even that count was not showing up.

Not only that I couldn’t log in to my account. It refused to accept my user id and email id and password. I also couldn’t reset my password since it refused to accept my user id and email id that is associated with the account. I was devastated for a while but then contacted my Website server’s support team and the first guy wasn’t very helpful but the second time I tried, the guy was able to identify that it was a WordPress related issue. So he used the most recent backup to fix the issue – I only lost a week’s worth of blog posts – and I could finally log in.

I then changed my password and then checked my blog. Over the next couple of days I rewrote the posts that I had lost, just to ensure that the dates would match up. I didn’t like having these huge gaps in between posts. Then a couple of days later I upgraded WordPress to the latest version, which had just been released earlier this month. Things seem to be fine now.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2022) at Blog Tyrant

5 Big Reasons You Should Pick WordPress

1. WordPress is Free as in Freedom

WordPress is free software. It means you are free to download, install, use and modify it to match your needs. You can use it to create any kind of website. To learn more, see our article about why WordPress is free. While the WordPress software itself is free, you do need a domain name and web hosting to install it. A domain name is the address of your website on the internet. This is what your users type in their browser’s address bar to access your website (for example, wpbeginner.com). Web hosting is like your website’s house where all your website files are stored.

2. WordPress Is Easy to Use

Despite being the most flexible and powerful platform, WordPress is quite easy to use for beginners. It comes with a simple dashboard with different menu options listed in the sidebar. You can easily create posts and pages, customize your website design, add navigation menus, and more. WordPress makes it easy for absolute beginners to maintain their own websites without any technical hiccups.

3. WordPress Is Completely Customizable

Most folks using WordPress are neither web designers nor programmers. As a matter of fact, most people start using WordPress without any prior knowledge of designing websites. For non-tech savvy folks, WordPress is the perfect solution because there are thousands of free website templates (themes) that you can choose from. There is a perfect WordPress theme for just about every kind of website (whether it’s a blog, business site, or an online store). WordPress themes are easy to customize because a lot of them come with their own options panel allowing you to change colors, upload your logo, change the background, create beautiful sliders, and truly customize it to your needs without writing any code at all.

4. WordPress Is Safe and Secure

WordPress is developed with security in mind, and it is a very safe and secure platform to run a website. However, you can still do a lot to make your website even more secure from hackers, malware, and other dangers.

5. What Kinds of Websites Can You Create With WordPress?

WordPress can be used in many different ways, from simple websites to eCommerce marketplaces and anything in between.

The following are just a few examples of different kinds of websites you can make with WordPress.

  • Start a blog
  • Make a business website
  • Start an online store
  • Build a membership website
  • Sell online courses

Lenovo Thinkpad E15 – Perfect Device For Work Purposes

  • Display: 15.6-inch (39.62 cm) screen with (1920X1080) Full HD
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i3
  • 15.6-inch (39.62 cm) screen with (1920X1080) Full HD
  • HDD 512 GB
  • Memory : 8GB RAM
  • Ports: 1x USB 2.0 | 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • Battery Life: Upto 10.8 hours* as per MobileMark

Ok, I know I really cannot afford to get another laptop and this current laptop is still purring as a kitten 3 years in but I cannot help but admire the Lenovo Thinkpad. Especially the 15.6 inch version as for work or play I definitely do love the separate numpad on a laptop. This HP is my 3rd laptop and I always have a seperate number pad on each. It is necessity for me, though I do know that most people do not have a problem either way. However, I have Thinkpad envy!

At the office, since my department is work from home, we get laptops assigned to us when we do go there for conducting training for the newly hired staff. So two weeks ago I had gone to the office for just 2 days and once again they gave me a Thinkpad. And it works so smoothly and it is a breeze to do your work whether it’s on Excel, the company tool, the client too, Webex etc. It is easy to type on, easier I must say that my HP – and I thought this was very smooth to work on!

If I could get a second laptop or if I could get a laptop just for work, this is the one that I would pick. I am not sure if I would keep it as a personal laptop as it seems to be geared for working on files, documents & Excel and ofcourse if you are a programmer or based in pure IT, then it’s perfect for you. It is a workhorse but I love it!

Retro-style Mechanical RGB Keyboards – Why Is It So Popular?

One of the things I have noticed is that in the last couple of years, it seems that these retro mechanical style RGB keyboards have been a craze among many techies, gamers and even regular people who love the look and feel of them. How come these old typewriter style keyboards have become so popular? I mean I love the colourful lights and that some of them have, like this one in the picture. An RGB keyboard is versatile, allowing you to select any of the 16+ million colors of the RGB wheel and apply them on a per-key basis, whether individually or in sets. This makes RGB keyboards a big, colorful step beyond the old-style backlit models or the ones that display just a few basic colors.

Then there is the mechanical aspect; on mechanical keyboards, each plastic keycap covers a physical switch that goes up and down. It can be triggered not just when you push the key all the way down, but even part of the way down. As a result, you can type faster and more comfortably on these keyboards. A lot of people seem to like the clackity clack clack sound on typing each word. The colour options (the ones I have seen, like the example shown above) have 8 to 10 types of setting changes for the colours. They light up like a dream, add unlimited fun to the game.These modes will give you more enjoyable when you gaming or typing at night.light up the alloy to awaken your gaming passion.

Laser engraving technology ensures that the LOGO will not fade. The fashion retro steampunk keycap uses a two-color injection molding process, anti-fading, strong wear and tear away from the long-term use of character fade trouble, not dazzling, no oil,even light and maintain good light transmission. I’m told that some people find typing and editing content easier to use on these mechanical keyboards and the lights are more for aesthetic & fun purposes.

The Dos of Online Education


Set Up a Quiet Space

To ensure you participate fully as an online student, it’s best to create a space that is free of distractions and remains uninterrupted for the entire duration of your session if possible. In addition, having a clear background or using a virtual one can help you control your environment.

Take off your wall poster or cover it, and make sure your dirty laundry is not visible in the video. Lock your door for privacy, or you might end up in a similar position to this guy. Let your family members and roommates know about the class timings and ask them to avoid knocking on the door during the class.

Be punctual, log in on time

As a student enrolled in online classes, attendance still matters. You’ll want to log into whatever online platform your professor is using. Make sure your computer is charged and be ready to appear on screen in a timely fashion. Being late is not acceptable, especially as your commute is (probably) from your bedroom to the couch in your living room!

Adopt Better Online Communication Habits

You should look at your email regularly – at least once a day. If you are discussing an assignment with a professor or working on a group project, see to it that you are available on a platform accessed by everyone (e.g., Slack, Discord, etc.)

Get a Reliable Internet Connection

This is perhaps the most straightforward tip, but surprisingly, most people ignore it. Your computer and internet access are your most valuable assets in an online setting, similar to how you need pens and papers in a physical space. Therefore, get a dependable internet connection with a high speed. Besides, make sure to get this done before your online classes start, or you might have to face costly interruptions during your session.

Test your tech

Glitches in your technology mean you could miss some vital part of your professor’s lecture. Make sure the camera is stable and that your audio or microphone works. Use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone. Plug in your computer and make sure it’s charged ahead of time.

Take Study Breaks

Regular study breaks can be the key to a student’s success. When you attend school or college, breaks are already planned, but you might have to create your own breaks when studying online. For starters, set smaller breaks and plan how you will utilize them. MIT, one of the top universities in the world, recommends taking a 10-minute study break after every 50 minutes. Afterward, you can create more significant breaks of 30 minutes after every two hours. These serve as an excellent goal post and help you feel energized and refreshed in every study session.

My Fav Apps On My Phone That Aren’t Social Media Apps

Tell us your favorite apps, other than social media, on your phone which you use regularly?

Alright so non-social media apps that I use on my phone regularly are :

Wordling : as the name probably suggests it is a game much like Powerlanguage.co.uk or Wordle and yes I too am obsessed with this word guessing craze.

8 Ball Pool : a shooting pool game that you can play against the computer/phone or players from around the world

Zomato : food delivery app

Swiggy : food delivery app; also has groceries delivery as well

Pull The Pin : It is a simple game where you have to get coloured balls safely into a bucket

HDFC Banking app : My main bank is HDFC and it’s where my monthly salary and my payments via PayPal gets deposited. I use it for making payments and transferring money.

Bowling King : a bowling game that you play against players from around the world.

Amazon Music : Best music app that I currently use on a regular basis.

Big Basket : is a grocery delivery service that is really good but takes atleast a day or two to deliver. If you are not in a rush, it’s a great choice.

PayPal : Mainly used to receive payments for sponsored posts.

RBL Credit Card app : I have a credit card from RBL and I use the app mainly to check statuses of payments and to track them.

eBay : the world famous app to buy stuff. I usually buy on dvds and a few Funko pops.

Amazon in : Ah, the best one. I buy a lot of stuff online and Amazon India is the one I go to first. From toiletries, coffee, snacks, shirts, books, phones, laptops etc etc.

GooglePay : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

PhonePe : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for the month of March at The Frangipani Creative

Getting A SmartWatch As A Gift : Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH

The digital revolution has brought many health devices to our shores including a fitness band. I am getting this one as a gift from my employers. This fitness band is called Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH, which has Bluetooth v5.0 syncing feature along with a undefined battery. It has real-time Sp02, blood monitoring, heart rate monitor. It comes with 8 sports modes, 7 days of data storage, dual menu UI, 100 pre-built watch faces so you can choose or customize it according to your liking or preference. Get your fitness groove on without the worry of splash and spills as the ZEB-FIT6220CH smart fitness watch is IP68 water-resistant. Inside the box the users get Fitness Band, User Manual, Warranty Card. The display type is TFT LCD and this fitness band charges fully in Up to 2 Hours.

Highlights

  • Large square display
  • Functional crown
  • Oxygen saturation SpO2 monitor, Blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor
  • Call function
  • Voice assistant support
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • 8 sports modes
  • 7 days of data storage
  • Dual menu UI
  • 100 pre-built watch faces

Flagship Phones & Our Salaries

Having watched a lot of laptop and phone unboxings over the years, but I have noticed that the price difference in Western nations as compared to countries like mine, which is firmly in the developing nations bracket. If you want to see examples I use the one below which is that after doing a quick Google search and using IT professionals as an example. I fall in one section of an IT professional (it’s weird but go with it) and I get a very good salary for someone in this city and state. Not the highest but in the upper levels (though I need more, just like anyone who has a lower or higher salary will always want more). Yet I can’t afford the flagship phones unless I have a bunch of savings to back it up.

Then I looked at the average salaries of IT professionals in the UK, Canada & The US. Compare the salaries that they get a month versus the prices of the flagship phones. Here is a rough idea below and man does it look sad for us Indians.

  • Average salary of an IT professional in the US : $73,352/yr or $6113 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in Canada : $70,00/yr or $5833 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in the UK : GBP 73,678/yr or GBP 6140 per month
  • Average salary of an IT professional in India : Rs.6,00,000/yr or Rs.50,000 per month

Now look at the prices of the two biggest flagship phones:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus : 64,999 / $699 / 1,299.99

iPhone 13: Rs. 74,900.00 / $829 /$1099

Yes, I know that the Galaxy S22 range is out but it isn’t launched in India yet so I do not know the price as of this moment. But still look at the difference for India. How can one afford them with their salaries? Unless you dip into your savings to buy them outright or pay the EMI for them. Which technically someone in the same position in the US, UK or Canada does not have to do. But they still use the carrier to pay the equivalent of an EMI.

5 Smart Tips To Free Up Space On Your iPhone

There’s nothing worse than an iPhone that starts slowing down or losing battery very quickly. Most of the time, this is caused by a lack of internal storage. Your phone has barely any megabytes of storage free, so everything gets slower, and there’s more demand for the processor.

Luckily, there are lots of ways you can free up space on your iPhone. The tips below can all be used in conjunction with one another – or you might discover that only one is needed to free up loads of internal storage space.

Delete duplicate photos

Go through your photo library and delete any photos that are duplicates. You took a handful at the time, but you only posted one of them to your Instagram. So, you don’t need all of the others as they just take up storage space. You’ll be amazed at how much phone storage you will free up by getting rid of duplicate photos on your phone – it’ll also amaze you just how many duplicates you have.

Send photos to the cloud

While you’re clearing up your photo album, you may as well move some photos to the cloud. Now, you only get 5GB of free cloud storage, meaning you’ll receive the iCloud storage full message pretty soon. So, your two options are to only send the most important photos to the cloud or to pay for more storage. The choice is yours, but either idea will help you free up some much-needed internal storage space on your iPhone.

Trim down your Messages data

The Messages app on your phone will hold a lot of data that’s virtually useless to you. If you go to the storage section of the iPhone settings, it will let you click on the Messages app and see how much data it contains. From here, you can remove and delete lots of things – like attachments that take up so much storage. It also lets you delete conversations from over a year ago. So, if you have lots of messages and convos with an ex, you can delete them forever and free up space on your phone!

Go through your WhatsApp conversations

Likewise, if you’re an avid WhatsApp user, you’ll probably find that this app contains most of your storage-sapping data. Just like Messages, you can have thousands of attachments that you no longer need or use. What’s worse, most of these are just duplicate photos from your Photos app that are stored in WhatsApp! So, deleting lots of attachments from your conversations will free up lots of extra internal storage.

Delete old apps

Have loads of apps that you never use? Delete them! There, a simple tip that helps you free up many megabytes of storage for your iPhone. To see the state of your internal storage, go to the iPhone Settings app > General > iPhone Storage. This will give you a breakdown of how much space is left, along with where most of your storage has gone. From here, you can use the tips above to remove unnecessary data, giving your phone more storage and making it last longer.

What Is A Digital Nomad? And What Are The Pros & Cons Of Being A Digital Nomad?

Digital nomads are remote workers who usually travel to different locations. They often work in coffee shops, co-working spaces, or public libraries, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities like smart phones and mobile hotspots to do their work wherever they want. With 34% of remote employees working 4-5 days a week out of the office, the digital nomad lifestyle could be an exciting possibility if you’ve caught the travel bug and want to break free from the shackles of 9-5 life.

Living as a digital nomad, you’re able to see incredible places, learn from different cultures, and work when or where you want to — true freedom. There are many types of digital nomads out there. Some people travel around their own country by campervan or RV. Some live on sailboats, working from different ports of call. Others stay in backpacker hostels or rent Airbnb apartments while flying from country to country.

There are many upsides to the location independence that digital nomads enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to check off their ultimate bucket list while working from a laptop anywhere in the world? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Save money living in a low cost-of-living area
  • The flexibility to live where you want
  • Ditch the toxic environment of office politics
  • Experience new cultures & make new friends
  • Learn new skills or languages
  • Broaden your mind through travel experiences
  • Set your own schedule and take time off when you want to
  • Spend winters on the beach, and summers in the mountains!

Working from anywhere is a dream for many people. But like all life choices, there are both pros and cons to a nomadic lifestyle. Here are some of the downsides:

  • Moving constantly is exhausting
  • Your productivity can suffer
  • Digital nomads often battle loneliness
  • Finding stability is difficult
  • A general lack of private space
  • Travel loses its luster & wow factor

If you like to travel and move around from place to place, enjoying new experiences then this line of work can be really worth it. However knowing the drawbacks is also a good thing to keep in mind.

Setting Up A Youtube Channel & Creating Content For Your Videos

How to Set Up Your Youtube Channel 

Setting up a new YouTube Channel is simple. It helps if you already have a Gmail account, which allows you to associate your new channel with your email address.

  1. Sign in to Youtube
  2. Click your picture in the top right corner (desktop version)
  3. Select “Create a Channel”
  4. Decide if you want to use the name associated with your email address or create a custom name for your channel
  5. Add details to the “about” section
  6. Customize the look of your channel with a cover photo and profile picture
  7. Upload your first video
  8. Add playlists, fill out your profile with more details, and link to your other social media accounts

Using your smartphone is certainly an acceptable way to record videos, but if you want viewers to enjoy your content, it really helps to invest in the right equipment. Most YouTubers use DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, along with other essential accessories for videography such as tripods, lenses, and studio lighting. For those who normally vlog on-the-go, a mirrorless or action camera and a good monopod or handheld gimbal stabilizer are typical gear staples. Invest in a good microphone that you can mount on your camera.

You need advanced software (like Final Cut Pro) to edit your content. These software programs don’t necessarily improve your content, particularly if you’re going to be struggling with it a lot during the first few weeks. If you’re new to video editing, you’d do much better with simple programs like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie. These are a lot more user-friendly and are easily downloadable (for free), if you don’t already have them on your computer.

Next, plan your content and start shooting!

Recommended Specs For A Bloggers’ Laptop

As a long time blogger, I have been asked for recommendations for a laptop for someone who is mainly going to blog and ofcourse browse the internet. Since I am not a techie, I had to dip into some websites to find a proper recommendations for specs that a blogger can use. Here are some tips that you can look at before finalizing on a machine for your blogging purposes.

CPU
Avoid anything with the labels: Pentium, Celeron, Atom/Arm, AMD E2, AMD A9, A6, MediaTek unless you are going to buy a ChromeBook. However it is strongly recommended to get Intel Core i3 CPUs from the 8th gen upwards and AMD Ryzen 3 Chips. Core i5 Chips and AMD Ryzen 5 chips might be useful if you want to do some heavy photoshop+light video editing a walk in the park. Core i7/AMD Ryzen 7 chips and up are only useful for heavy video editors, most bloggers rely on simple cuts/transitions.

RAM
2-4GB is fine for ChromeBook/Linux/Windows 10 in S mode/MAC OSX set ups. 8GB is a must for  Windows 10 Home. 16GB (though that is what I have) is wasted unless you’re going to do some pretty hardcore video editing.

Display
Size: get the biggest one you can handle. Obviously, if you’re going to be on the move, you can’t go for a 17”.
Resolution: This is the most crucial part of the display.At  least a FHD resolution, the higher the better. Pair that with a 17” display you’d have an insane amount of free space to multitask. A FHD/Retina Display will also make a 13” display have enough space for you to work with.

Storage
Size isn’t important. The type of storage is. Now that HDDs are almost obselete, pick an PCIe NVMe SSD if you can. It will make your laptop soar through the sky and perform tasks several seconds faster which will add up to minutes then less hours spent blogging.