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.
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.
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?