Does it seem to take you forever to write a great blog post?
Frustrating isn’t it?
It could take me days to write a blog post that I felt were worthy of publishing.
Writing awesome blog posts and writing them faster is doable for anyone, regardless of how long you’ve been blogging. All it takes is having a system in place that gets the job done quicker.
Here’s the system I use for finding great blog post ideas, writing them faster, and making them look great.
Come up with 3 great blog post ideas for the following week (about 30 minutes)
You don’t need to write 5 posts a week. You could, but I think it’s far more important to write less posts and deliver posts that contain more quality and usefulness.
I can easily come up with 3 pretty creative blog post ideas in about 30 minutes or less which set me up for the week.
I simply choose 3 categories from my blog’s category list and pick one idea for each category to write about.
I usually do this the Friday evening before the next week. If that’s not possible I’ll try to get it done sometime over the weekend. But try not to save this for Monday morning. You want to have ideas ready to work on when you start the week.
With some focused concentration I can come up with ideas in about 30 minutes. To save time try jotting down blog post ideas as you think of them during the week and simply and your ideas as a blog post draft.
Right now I have about 45 draft post ideas that I can pull from. This makes finding blog post ideas much easier.
Use a Timer for each Step of Blog Post Writing Process
If writing takes you all day or even longer, use a timer. I can’t stress enough how helpful this is.
There’s just something about being timed that keeps you on track. I myself am easily distracted so if I know my timer is waiting, I’m less tempted to check my email, socialize or whatever else gets in my way.
I use a simple kitchen timer but use whatever works best for you. I do however suggest using something that has an audio sound so that it’s not so easy to miss your timed deadline.
Write Your Post Using the Brain Dump Method (about 1 hour)
I call this the ‘brain dump’ method because it’s simply about writing what’s in my brain at this moment.
Start by choosing a topic you want to write about from your list of 3, then set your timer for 1 hour and begin writing what comes to mind.
Don’t edit those red misspelled letters, they can be a distraction. Instead just keep writing what comes to mind, no matter how it sounds or looks.
Begin by writing facts related to my title.
For example, a post about’ how to travel light’ would make me think about :
- packing fewer shoes
- using a lightweight suitcase
- using travel size bottles
- Packing a travel size hair dryer
Once you’ve written the facts, expand on each fact by providing information on why it’s important, how it’s useful and the benefits. Then provide the reader with ideas they can use and how they can implement the ideas.
If you need to pull information from research, that’s OK, but use the read and dump method by reading two or three articles on the topic, then summarize that information back into your post using your own words. Never plagiarize. A good writer gathers ideas and rewrites them adding value to the thought.
When your timer goes off hopefully you have some great content written. If you need more time, that’s OK, just reset your timer, but keep the timer running as you write.
Don’t focus on the amount of content you have , this is more about providing comprehensive, useful ideas and information. A post with 2 or 3 really useful tips or strategies is better than dragging on for pages with content that loses your reader part way through.
Here are few more great writing tips from the pros on how to create awesome blog content.
When your post is finished, leave your computer and take a break for 10-15 minutes to clear your head.
Great Blog Posts Need an Eye Catching Headline (about 15 minutes)
Again set your timer for about 15 minutes to create your headline.
I like to create my blog post headline or title as the very last thing. For me it’s easier to create an accurate, relevant headline once the post is completed rather than the other way around. But do what works for you. If you want to create it in the beginning, by all means do that.
Pick 2 or 3 words that best summarize the piece and then use those words to write a headline that attracts attention.
In this post, for example, the keywords are ‘blog posts’. I expanded the title to ‘how to write great blog posts faster‘ is a title that is direct, appealing and the word ‘fast’ will catch a reader’s attention.
Putting the Final Touches on Your Blog Post (about 15 minutes)
Now that your blog post and headline are finished, take a break if you need to otherwise set your timer for another 15 minutes.
- Check your post for flow and content. Read through your post at least twice and correct or rephrase anything that doesn’t sound right. Remember your post should sound like you’re writing directly to your reader, not like an editorial for a magazine, so talk to the individual, not the general public.
- Correct all spelling errors that you see.
- Optimize your Post. Make sure you optimize your post by quickly running through the steps to writing effective SEO copy, this is key so don’t forget this step.
- Grab a Quick Photo. Photos add an element of interest so use them if you can. I sometimes create my own photos which takes me only a minute or two, otherwise you can quickly get photos from www.sxc.hu/, they have pretty good graphics that you can use for free
That’s it! Your finished! Not counting the 30 minutes to collect blogging ideas and taking a few breaks, you can have a quality blog written and posted in about an hour and a half.
It may take you a little longer in the beginning but as you develop your schedule and timing you’ll definitely improve.
Believe me, practice DOES make perfect so stick with it. You’ll be writing great blog posts faster than you have in the past and you’ll be doing it a lot more
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