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Tech Tools I Use Everyday

I’ve received a few emails from readers and family members who have expressed interest in learning about the type of technology tools I use in my day-to-day life and business. Below are the tools I use daily, along with a short explanation of how I use them.

My Bike.

My bike is my main mode of transportation when I’m in Portland. I use my bike daily and cycle around the city in the misty mornings, rain, and in the sun. Typically, my bike bag contains all of my tech tools, including my laptop, camera, and iPod.

MacBook laptop, Nikon D5000 and an iPod Touch.

My little MacBook is about five years old and it’s still running strong. I use it daily, along with my camera and iPod Touch. These tools are used for my writing business and hobbies.

Notecards, my Journal and Scrivener.

When I write, my ideas usually land on notecards and in my journal first. Then I transfer the ideas and concepts into Scrivener where I add more content and edits.


I started using WordPress about five years ago at my day job. When I initially logged in, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised because WordPress was easy to use and intuitive. This helped me ease into the blogging world.


Right now I’m in love with MailChimp. I use the service to send out my weekly letter, as well as free content, like blog posts, my daily photo and note, as well as updates about my latest offerings.


I used to dread opening my inbox, now I love it because I’ve learned to cull through my inbox and keep it uncluttered. Now, opening my inbox is a joy. I see email as a great tool to communicate with family, friends, and readers.

Need help decluttering your inbox? Read this post.


In my experience, Lightroom is the best digital photo processing tool on the market. It’s where I edit my photos and I usually spend an hour a day in the program.


In late 2011, I shifted all comments to Google+ and that’s where I spend most of my time engaging with readers, fellow bloggers, and friends. So far it seems to be working out really well and it’s been a fun experiment.
Want to learn more about Google+? Read. . .

– How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide.

Twitter and Facebook.

I update twitter and facebook regularly. Although I don’t spend a lot of time on these networks. Right now I’m drawn to the simplicity of Google+.

Paypal, Ejunkie, and Amazon Payments.

I don’t use these tools everyday. However, I log into these sites once a week to check-up on my ebook and subscription sales. In short, they make payment collection and book distribution very easy on the Internet.

Micro-action: Make a list of the tech tools you use everyday and consider sharing your responses on Google+.


Note: Portrait by Russ Roca.

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