Things That Make Writing Blog Posts Easier and Faster

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Writing blog posts can be a time suck.

If I was single and had nothing else to do all week maybe I could get it all done but I don’t.

I have a husband, kids, grand kids and I volunteer throughout my community. I don’t have a lot of extra time to devote strictly to my blog.

If I’m going to keep my blog alive and interesting I have to find ways to work smarter not harder.

So I’ve made a few changes to my daily blogging routine that includes making writing blog posts easier, more time efficient and has improved my blog writing skills to boot.

Use these things to make writing blog posts easier

1. Create a Daily Schedule

I’ve never been able to find a good way around having a daily schedule, and believe me I’ve tried.

Without a schedule I waste time. It never fails.

But I’m not hard core with it either.  I start slow, take breaks and if I need some play time I take it. But I plan it out.

For example, it takes me awhile to get going in the morning so I give myself an extra hour when I get up to just sip my coffee and do whatever I feel like doing, maybe it’s just nothing.   But when that hour is up I’m ready to follow a schedule that has my daily tasks on it.

One important thing to remember when making a schedule is to put a time limit on each task.  That’s the best way to make sure you stay on task and get the job done.

Important Tip:  Give yourself needed breaks, eat when you’re hungry and don’t let others waste your time.

Also be realistic about what you can accomplish each day.  Don’t get over zealous. You’re creating a task list for each day, not a wish list.  You don’t want to burn yourself out :-)

2. Read More

Find time each day or every other day to read.  The more you read the better you’ll write. That’s just the way it is.

By reading more, you expose yourself to more ideas and facts.  Reading also helps you think and that helps you ponder new ideas.

Interestingly enough when you begin to write a piece, ideas and facts you’ve read about will surface.  Those facts you’ve tucked away in your brain from reading related content creates the perfect resource for your writing.

3. Write More Often

If you’re finding it hard to write as much as your blog requires, don’t feel bad, that’s one of the biggest complaints bloggers have.

But writing is a skill and to develop that skill you must keep at it; that means writing more.

I know you’re probably thinking that you can’t keep up with what you write now, how can you write more?

Try stepping back a little and devote a few weeks to simply writing a personal journal.  Write in your journal every day, several times a day.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time at this, but write something each day.

I like to keep a daily journal on my kitchen table and every morning I simply write whatever is on my mind. As things occur during the day, I’ll write more.

The journaling exercise keeps you writing, but it also keeps your mind off perfection. By simply writing what comes to mind, you have no specific goal except to get into the habit of putting your thoughts into words.

Do this consistently for several weeks and it won’t be long before you’ll see your writing improve. And as you improve it will be easier to write more and write faster.  

One small word of advice.  If you find yourself losing your motivation to write, it could be your daily habits.  Writers are notorious for gluing themselves to their computers and neglecting good habits like exercise, proper nourishment and adequate sleep.  Sarah O’Leary noted it well in this must read motivation for writers.

4. Create a Basic Outline & Set a Timer

Having a good blog post outline to follow each time you write your post will make the task flow easier.

A basic outline should consist of a catchy title, an opening paragraph that gives your reader a glimpse of what they’ll be reading about.

Next the body should contain the important points you want to make, expanding on each point with 2 to 5 sentences.  All followed with a closing paragraph.

It will help you to write faster if you schedule your time and use a timer.  I’m easily distracted so I find that I get more written in a timely fashion if I have a deadline to keep me on track.

5. Use Private Label Rights Content

Private label rights or PLR content can be a lifesaver. It’s come to my rescue many times.

PLR is pre-written content on various topics of interest. For a minimum cost you can purchase PLR content that comes in the form of articles, pre-written guides or courses.

Each piece of PLR comes with different licensing rights depending on the developer so be sure you thoroughly check each license prior to purchasing.

The best way to use PLR content is to customize it. Never republish it straight out of the box.

PLR is a resource and should never be used as a source.  You can buy PLR inexpensively and customize it with your own thoughts, ideas and stories, then put your own name on it.  It’s perfect for writers that need ideas or simply need a base article that you can formulate into something that your readers will find useful.

6.  Solicit Guest Bloggers

I’m not talking about just any guest bloggers. You want to find serious bloggers in your niche that you know could contribute useful, interesting, authority content.  This has to be the kind of quality guest blogging that will improve the overall quality content of your blog.

If you have any doubts about that let me gently remind you of what Google’s Matt Cutts had to say.

http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging/

Good bloggers interested in sharing quality content aren’t as hard to find as you may think.

One of the ways I find them is through Twitter and Facebook.  When someone friend requests me on Twitter or Facebook I take a good look at their website or blog. If they look like someone that has something awesome to contribute I’ll friend them back and ask them if they’d be interested in writing a guest post for me.  I almost always get a ‘yes’ response.

With a few hours of searching and requesting you can generally get several people to write quality posts for you. Once they send you their post you will be able to tell immediately if it meets your quality standards. If it does it only takes a few minutes of post introduction and editing and then publish.

If  you’re not sure how to find good guest bloggers, check out this post by Darren Rowse where he shares 6 ways to find guest bloggers.

Take Away…

Writers that skim over topics and offer generalities are not the things that draw in readers, so to help improve your writing and make it easier to write so you can write faster, here’s your task list:

  • Work from a daily schedule
  • Read more and Write more
  • Have in place a basic outline
  • Use a Timer.
  • Use Private Label Rights Content
  • Use guest bloggers

How long does it take you to write your blog posts?

Blessings,

Comments

  1. Hi Ms. Liz,

    Loved the idea of writing in a daily journal as a way of writing faster. Sometimes, it’s tough to get out of your own way when you’re writing. You judge yourself as you write, and you keep tripping off your feet.

    Writing something often (like a journal) that has no pressure, no research, and no worries sounds like an exercise that’s worth a try and a committed effort. Thanks for sharing!
    Jesse recently posted..You’re 3 Questions Away From Your Best Year EverMy Profile

    • Hey Jesse, that’s what I like about keeping a journal as well, it’s a daily exercise, so there’s no right or wrong there, but the practice really can make you a better writer, “if” you stick with it, and I think that’s also key. Thanks for your feedback :-)

  2. May I add an angle to your excellent summary Liz? Try profiling your reader, reaching in to his/her interests, needs and as far as possible personality. Visualize them, become friends with the person inside your head; talk their talk. If this comes hard, pin a focus picture(s) near your screen. For the dog training niche for example, try snapshots of an owner with a responsive Labrador (or a not so responsive!) It all helps to build a rich and focused picture -and writing becomes easier and more enjoyable.
    Colin recently posted..Your Internet Marketing Business ModelMy Profile

    • Hey Colin,

      Profiling your reader is a great strategy for really getting to know who that person is. Stepping inside their head isn’t as easy as we like to think. Not everyone thinks like we do, but it’s one of the best strategies for gaining reader confidence and projecting your authority as a writer. Thanks for your feedback Colin.

  3. Hey Liz,

    This is a post that every person trying to make extra money blogging should read! Some people think that blogging is something that is going to make them money instantly. Thanks for sharing all your thoughts and insight. Blogging should be something that you do because you enjoy doing it and income is a byproduct of that :)
    Braden Cobb recently posted..Money For Single MothersMy Profile

    • Hi Braden, There isn’t any business that’s going to earn you lots of money instantly and I think it’s for that reason folks give up too soon. Whatever you do you should enjoy first. That’s been the key for me. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. Wow… I can’t believe it only takes you two hours to complete a blog post!!! It takes me between 5-10 hours (was 6-12 but am getting a little faster thank goodness). Can’t wait to be able to complete one in 2 hours!

    Thanks for a great post – and for the inspiration Liz! :)
    Lillian Leon recently posted..6 Stages to Become an Online MarketerMy Profile

    • Hey Lillian, There are days when it sometimes takes me longer. Occasionally there are variables that get in the way. But, overall I’m a lot faster than I use to be and these are things that have definitely helped.

  5. Yes, profiling your reader can be a big help, especially with adding information to your blog that will interest your readers. Thanks for your feedback :-)

  6. I liked the article, Liz. I agree with them all (I don’t use 5 though)

    Read more…
    Yep, I tend to take 1 hour out each day to read. I’m not the most efficient writer out there but have gotten much better just from reading every day.

    Write more…
    I actually enjoy writing once I sit down and begin to write. My mind doesn’t like the idea of writing though. I can come up with many excuses to put it off, but once I begin, I always enjoy the process. I’m not sure if you have experienced this problem, but when I begin to write, I can’t bloody stop a lot of the time :)

    Outline & Timer…
    My headline usually dictates what I write about. That’s always the first place I start. Pick a great headline, and make the content worthy of it. As for timer, I use my meditation timer and set it to 2 hour intervals.

    Keep up with Industry..
    Research is another very important component I take time out for every day. It’s usually at the end of the day, I’ll take an hour to research. Today, for example, I’ll be researching a new traffic strategy to implement and do a case study on.

    Thanks Liz, have a great day.

    Declan.
    Declan recently posted..Simple Offline Strategy To Generate More LeadsMy Profile

    • Hi Declan, thanks for your detailed feedback, I always enjoy a reader’s point of view on what they’re doing.

      Just curious though, how much time do you spend on finding good headlines? In other words do you just pick a headline idea and go with it or do you work on formatting the headline for the search engines and reader appeal?

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