My Problogging Setup


Antec Sonata 2 Computer CaseOddly enough, the system I use the least is also my most powerful. My desktop computer was put together by me, and includes an Antec Sonata II case, Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 processor, two gigabytes of DDR2 ram, and 750 gigabytes of hard drive space. I use a wireless HP keyboard, a super cheap Logitech optical mouse, and have a reasonably decent 19-inch Samsung LCD. I have both Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista on this computer, and I spend about equal time in both operating systems now.

MacBook ProI have two laptops, though one has become my wife’s more than mine. I have my MacBook Pro which I do almost all of my work on, and then a IBM ThinkPad T43 which I check out web development work using Windows XP. The MacBook Pro was purchased just before the most recent update in its specs, meaning mine is a 2.16GHz model with a single gigabyte of ram. Of course I use OS X 10.4 on the MacBook Pro, but I hope to update to Leopard as soon as certain important things are fixed.


Canon PowerShot S1 ISMy camera is a few years old now, but it is one of the first free gadgets I received from my blogging work with Bloggy Network. It is a Canon PowerShot S1 IS and provides me with a whole 3.2 megapixels of resolution, and a 10x optical zoom. What I like most about it is its movie mode, which allows me to still use the optical zoom. I would love to upgrade to the S5 IS which has an 8 megapixel sensor, and 12x optical zoom, but that’s still a rather pricey endeavor, and my wife would like me to puchase something more compact and portable next time.

Podcasting Microphone

Samson Q1UFor the myriad of podcasts I do, I have my trusty USB microphone, the Samson Q1U which I ordered off someone on eBay. It is a very professional feeling microphone and works really well for podcasting. For the most part, any sound degradation you hear in the podcast is usually due to my incompetence as an audio editor.

External Drive

Something that too many people forget to do, especially bloggers, is backing things up. I would be lost without my data, and I am pretty religious about backing up my desktop and my IBM laptop. I haven’t yet got into the habit of backing up my MacBook Pro yet, but that will come when I upgrade to Leopard.

I currently use a nGEAR external 3.5″ case to house a 250GB Western Digital IDE hard drive. It was a fairly cheap option and works well for me. I can remove the drive and add another one whenever I need, unlike some of the prepackaged drives you can pick up from the hard drive manufacturers.


Nintendo WiiTo help me unwind or just to keep me happy, I have my two consoles, the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. I consider these to be some of the smartest purchases I have made, despite also being the most tempting distractions.

I can load up a game on the Xbox 360, get some frustration out, and then hit the computers for some more blogging, or WordPress work.

Do You Need All This?

Of course you don’t need all these things in your blogging setup, but I highly recommend getting some good equipment if you plan on doing this long term. There is nothing worse than the computer freezing and crashing in the middle of a post, horrible audio quality in a podcast, or a cranky writer not adding anything valuable to the web.

I highly recommend having a laptop, especially if you want to move around. I find moving to different locations in my house, or outside my house can quickly and easily refocus and refresh myself.

What is your blogging setup? Let me know, and the best response will earn a 125×125 pixel advertisement for the rest of November (please let me know if your comment should be entered into the contest, end date is the seventh of November).

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23 thoughts on “My Problogging Setup

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  2. David

    Well, your monitor sure beats mine. I keep hoping to upgrade to more screen real estate, and despite the decreasing cost, I still haven’t take the plunge yet. Thanks for entering!

  3. Prince John

    Hey dude,
    Do you believe me if I tell you the setup I have?

    Well I have an ultra fast 40kbps dialup connection, which oftentimes goes past 3.5 k bytes per second – that is the biggest asset.

    P4, 256 mb & 150 (not 160) GB HDD, 14″ CRT, a black keyboard, two 9 volt speakers, a desk, a plastic chair and a CFL – that is all.

    Don’t tell anyone, though. I told you just because of the contest.

  4. Annie

    Uhmm, I have a four-year old Gateway laptop that I work on when I’m traveling and then a less archaic PC that I work on from home (and I have to confess, I only upgraded that for World of Warcraft). That’s about it, heh.

    Though I make a good living from my websites and blogs, I’ve never used much more than Word, a freebie HTML editor, and GIMP (free) for manipulating pictures, so I haven’t felt the need to buy the latest coolest stuff. More fun to spend my earnings on travel. 🙂

  5. Chris Garrett (the cooler one)

    In my office at the moment I’ve got a24″ imac with, a Powermac G5, a vintage G3 Powermac, a 14″ powerbook and a 13″ Macbook. Other stuff I use is a 320gig Toshiba external drive, a Nikon D50 and an XDA mini-S (probably the most essential of the bunch). There’s also an old acer laptop for IE, but I won’t linger on that 😉

    Every time I upgrade I convince myself I’ll sell off my old hardware, but evidently never get round to it :S

    In the house I’ve got a Wii (essential for de-stressing and clearing my mind while I’m waiting for my “epiphany” moment) and an appleTV which is great for catching up on the podcasts.

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  8. Egonitron

    My setup is a custom desktop built from a Gateway, a 22″ widescreen monitor and a 19″ widescreen side-by-side, a backup/file server, a Dell D630 laptop, a Toshiba laptop, and an extra 15″ LCD monitor for various purposes. Sound is a nice 5.1 surround setup.

    My camera is either a Canon Digital Rebel SLR or a FujiFilm Finepix depending on the situation. No podcasting gear, not into that yet. I wrote a short post with pic of my setup, actually. It’s changed some since then:

  9. HART (1-800-HART)

    I accidentally dropped my external 120GIG pocket Apricorn USB hard drive and destroyed all my backups this weekend *sniffles* .. A warning, to placing these safety backups out on a shelf, out of the way .. and then trying to clean your desk and placing more stuff on that shelf without looking!
    Careless me. 🙁

  10. WTL

    Well. I don’t think I quite qualify as a problogger (yet), but my set up is as follows:

    PowerMac G5, w/3gb ram, ~3tb of hd space, a 24″ Dell (2407WFP-HC), and a 17″ Samsung Syncmaster 170MP. (photo), also on my desk is my 15″ MBP.

    I run Parallels on my MBP to do the Windows testing of the web work I do.

    Other software I use: Textmate, WriteRoom, Final Cut Studio (for my video work), Transmit, Pixelmator, Safari3, Firefox, Adium… This could get long. 😉

    Also on my desk – a PlayStation2, for those moments when I need to go visit Vice City. 😉

  11. WTL

    My blogging set-up is the same as my day-to-day work set up.

    My main system is a PowerMac G5, 1.8Ghz, 3Gb ram, ~3TB hd connected to a Dell 24″ (2407WFP-HC) and a Samsung 17″ SyncMaster 170MP (, alongside of which is my 15″ MBP.

    For blogging, my main applications are Textmate and WriteRoom, Pixelmator, and Panic’s Transmit.

    Also on my desk is a Playstation2, connected to the Samsung for those days when I need to visit Vice City for therapy. 😉

    There are so many external drives, I could go on for some time, but leave it to say that I can see 6 on my desk right now.

  12. Jerry Khoo

    So my “pro b;logging” setup is just my trusty Dell Inspiron 6400 which is about a year old now. Bought it real cheap at a computer exhibition and it has a wide screen, (which doubles up as my movie center when I’m traveling”

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  15. Etienne Teo

    My blogging setup is pretty simple actually. I am on a 5 year old dell 8250 dimension p4 with 2.2ghz and running window xp and surprising non of my parts have ever spoil before. i am still using it till this day. It’s basically my blogging desktop.

    I do have an external harddrive but just 2 days ago, i broke it, now i have lost most of my backup data, got to buy another one tml i guess i am going for a 500gb sata HDD.

    My Nikon D40 is sitting in my room rotting since i always use my exlim camera which works well enough just to take pictures at expo or events.

    I play my vintage Playstation 2 and also my latest additional of nintendo wii. I guess these are the 2 consoles that can help me kill my time.

    I guess this is my setup for me.

  16. Adam McKerlie

    My blogging setup is also my web development setup 😛

    I have a crappy old Pentium 4 with 512mb and a 100gb hard drive that I use as a server.

    My laptop is an HP Pentium M 1.6GHz with 1GB of ram and 100GB hard drive. I boot XP and Ubuntu Gutsy from it (I doubt I’ll ever switch to Vista).

    I have two external hard drives 250GB and 500GB.

    To unwind I have my playstation 2 😛 The best gaming console there is.

    As for a camera I use my Canon Rebel XT…By far my most favourite camera.

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