Blogging essentials?

There aren’t too many!

I’ve come upon an interesting article today that explains what are the “must have” tools if you’re a blogger. You can read the entire article here, but I think they are kind’of missing the point. All one needs to write an interesting blog is content. Sure, having it look decent is great, but it’s not the main feature. A blog must relay information, and to write one all you need is a browser, some inspiration, and the most valuable asset of them all – time. All other tools depend on each blogger’s taste and preference.

Which brings me to the point – what do you use in terms of blogs? Both you readers and blog owners – what feed readers do you prefer? What tools do you use most often to publish content to a blog?