[Video] My Mobile Blogging Gears

I had to take my car into North Shore Acura today to get it service and change out the winter tires. Since I was going to be stuck at the dealership for a couple of hours, I figure I would just blog from there. After all, I’ve been blogging from all over the city lately so why not a car dealership? North shore Acura was actually a pretty good place to work from. They had a nice table for me to set up my blogging gears and a coffee machine that made a great Cafe Mocha. However, their wireless Internet was pretty slow.

I decided to use my time at North Shore to do a video featuring all the stuff in my laptop bag. These are the gears which allow me to run my business from anywhere in the world. My mobile blogging setup has scaled down a lot since I showed it in China. This had a lot to do with new flight restrictions the United States imposed after that failed underwear bombing attempt.

The entire video was filmed, processed and uploaded to YouTube while at North Shore Acura. The staff were pretty cool and didn’t seem to mind me making a home for myself. One of the salesmen even recognized who I was.

41 thoughts on “[Video] My Mobile Blogging Gears”

  1. Great video John! Since you were showing us the camera, what camera were you shooting the video with? The 960?

    1. John Chow says:

      The Canon HF S100 Camcorder with Canon WD H58 Wide Angle Lens and Manfroto 785B Tripod. http://www.johnchow.com/my-new-hd-video-blogging-setup/

      Yes, it attracted quite a bit of attention from the staff. 🙂

      1. Garen Thoms says:

        Hey John i like your work area, when you run your own business online, you can do your operation any were in the world

        Garen Thoms

      2. Mathew Day says:

        I was wondering the same thing. You always make crystal clear videos with great sound quality. Thanks for the link, I’m going to check out that post now.
        I need a good digital camera too, so I’ll definitely keep the Canon 960 in mind.

        It’s gotta be like one of the coolest things to be able to work just about anywhere you want to. 🙂

      3. Wynne says:

        I am never buying another Canon again. I have had too many reliability issues with them, and their quality is not what I thought it was going to be.

        Next camera for me will be a Flip camera for doing quick and easy videos, or a Leica for serious photography.

  2. Jorge Diaz says:

    Great mouse! I have the MX Revolution and don’t have the portable USB thing in the back.

    The MX has bad battery, its a little bit crazy charges when he likes!

    How’s the VX?

    1. John Chow says:

      The MX is too big for a notebook mouse. The VX is like the MX but for notebooks.

      1. Is it just me, or do wireless mice seem to lag a bit? I prefer corded mice.

        1. John Chow says:

          I never had any problems with a wireless mouse. But hardcore gaming, I like a corded mouse.

          1. When you talk about hardcore gaming John, what do you enjoy? I’m a lover of RTS and can not wait for Starcraft II to get released. I cut my gaming teeth on the original Starcraft.

          2. jtGraphic says:

            I never would have pegged you as a gamer. What o you play?

            I’m going to spring for a VX and see if I have the lag issue – or if it was just the ones I was using.

  3. Hope the dealership North Shore Acura paid you for the plug!

    1. John Chow says:

      I think they should comp the service bill on my car!

  4. Diabetis says:

    I am going to make avideo like this and uploaded it to youtube. This is a good way to promote my site.

    1. good way to promote. ..any site .:DD gonna try soon 🙂

  5. Ryan says:

    Great idea blogging from public places with a cam on a tripod lol.

  6. Free Picks says:

    wow its a good camera, what is its prize?

  7. Felex Tan says:

    If not mistaken, John had taken about a year to build an online business, i read this blog since two years ago and it had benefited to many people.

  8. Hey John, nice video my friend. That is the beauty of working online, you can take your kit anywhere and you up and running!

  9. fas says:

    That is a real scaled down gear. Why the Pro,why not the air?

    1. John Chow says:

      The air is too slow for video. The Pro can process a video much faster and it’s still pretty light.

      1. fas says:

        So what have you done with your air?

        Plus air lacks the vital usb, etc so thats why you give it a miss.

        You will be transferring pics from your camera/video camera I guess.

        1. John Chow says:

          My wife uses the Air to surf the Net. 🙂

    2. jtGraphic says:

      Haha, I remember when he didn’t even use a Mac. That’s what you get for ‘trying’ an apple.

  10. great video john…:)

  11. Kris Malena says:

    Hi John
    Thanks for the great ideas on what to include in my laptop bag. I travel all over the world originating from the US and I am still allowed to bring a carry on bag. Is the restriction only for flights originating outside the US?

    1. John Chow says:

      Correct, the restriction is only for international flights going into the USA. It doesn’t affect domestic flights.

  12. thanks for this great video john 🙂

  13. How much more lax are air traffic laws in Canada?

    1. John Chow says:

      A little less than your US domestic flights.

  14. I am the salesman that recognized John

    John – Thanks for the advice. I am actually searching for your post on how to add Aweber to my landing page on Facebook.


  15. PPC Ian says:

    Thanks for the tips on the Macbook power supply extension cable! I too have been frustrated with the volume the Mac cable takes up and this will help me quite a bit in saving space when traveling (whether just down the street to Starbucks or on the plane).
    All the best,

  16. Love this video post, thanks sharing your gear. Interesting to see how you’ve lightened the load since China.

  17. VideoMan says:

    Video posts are great

  18. Sharninder says:

    That is some pretty awesome gear there John 🙂

  19. I really like this kind of posts where top bloggers like you reveal and open their bags.

    Would love to see a video of your computer table and also how do you manage files in your laptop or desktop.

    Please shoot a video on these topics.

    1. Yes that will be a nice idea John.

      Comeon show us your desktop table and your laptop and desktop hardisk.

  20. It’s pretty cool to walk into a dealership and get recognized. You must have a lot of fans!

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