We’ve all heard the phrase “Time Is Money”, and if you run a blog in your spare time, then that’s never been more true. For me personally, I have a wife and 2 young children, and I’ve also got a full time job so time is not something that I have a lot of!
I love blogging and helping others, so the good news is that I have worked out the kinks for you and have come up with a system that has been working for me. I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to make sure you can write a blog post fast.
#1. Set A Deadline
When you sit down to write a blog post, the very first thing you should do is give yourself a deadline. Your self imposed deadline will vary from person to person so it is up to you to figure out what you think is achievable for you….1 hour, 2 hours, 2.5 hours?
The idea here is to give yourself an allotment of time so that you stay focused and on track. If you respect the deadline, and actually try to achieve it, you will be surprised at how much you can actually get done. As you write more and more you will find that you have time left over and that is a sign that writing is becoming more natural, and as such, you can change your deadline.
Remember, respect your own deadline and you’ll be amazed at how well this works!
#2. Create A Schedule
Life can get very hectic and so many people use calendars to help manage their schedule. I know that my wife and I have a shared family calendar that we use to keep track of what child has what activity on any given day….not to mention all the birthday reminders that are in it!
One way to make sure that you get yourself on a blogging schedule is to make sure that you put entries into your calendar. If you block off the time then you are more likely to stick to it.
To have a successful blogging website you will need to write a post 2, or preferably 3, times a week. Create an appointment in your calendar on any 3 days a week that work for you, and set it for the length of the deadline you determined above. Try to have the appointment be for the same days each week as this will help you get into a consistent groove.
If you keep it up for a while, then before you know it, your blogging schedule will be like second nature!
#3. Keep A Topic List
One of the biggest challenges that a blogger can face is the ability to always have a topic to write a post about. Writer’s block can cripple a blog website, and that’s something that no one wants to happen.
My favorite way to avoid writer’s block is to have an Excel document of blog topic ideas. Once a month I will sit down for a couple of hours and knock out a bunch of keyword research. By the time I finish I will have a document that has at least a couple dozen keywords and blog topics for that month.
Another thing that I do regularly is to ALWAYS be on the lookout for blog topics. You never know when a topic idea will hit you, it could even just be during a casual conversation with someone. The moment the idea comes to you, just jot it down and then add it to your master document later.
You’ve got to live, eat, drink, and sleep your niche, and if you do so then you will always have a long list of blog topics. The best part is that when it’s time to write, you don’t have to go through all of the keyword research because you already did it….you can just sit down and write!
#4. Eliminate Distractions
Facebook Likes, Tweets, Instagram Posts, Snapchatting, and on and on. These are just some of the things that most people do on their PC or smartphone. Some people’s phones don’t stop flashing, ringing, or dinging!
Eliminating distractions will do wonders for your ability to write your content, and write it quickly. My method of eliminating distractions when I write is to put my smartphone on silent (so you don’t even hear it) and leave it in my bedroom. I also take the remote control to the television and put it with my phone.
I know that the temptation is strong, but if you can unplug yourself for just a couple of hours then your productivity will sky rocket!
#5. Start At The End
Start at the end??? Really? Well, don’t actually start writing the end of your post before you write the rest of it!
It’s important that you identify the main point of your post….the one big takeaway that you want your readers to have. Typically the end of your post will have a Call To Action button of some sort that really drives home your point.
By identifying your main point, you can then develop a template of the main points you will be writing about. Your main points will become section headings in your post.
Before you’ve written one single word of content, you should have your template set up with your section headers, your conclusion, and your Call To Action (just written out in text, you can make it all pretty later on!).
Once that is in place it’s really easy to just fill in the gaps.
#6. Write, Don’t Edit
This tip should be simple, but it turns out that it’s a lot harder than it sounds.
You’ve finally reached the point where you get to actually write out your content! Everything you’ve done up until this point has been to set you up to make this step in the process as easy as possible.
So now that you’re ready to write, go ahead and do just that….WRITE! This is the time you allotted for yourself to get your thoughts written out, so don’t waste your time on editing, there will be plenty of time for that.
When I write my blog posts, I just write whatever comes to mind, no matter how good or bad it sounds, no matter if I’m using the same word over and over, I disregard spelling and punctuation mistakes….none of it matters right now. Just get your thoughts out and your words written.
We’ll work on fixing it and making it all nice and neat later.
#7. Keep The Flow
As soon as you start writing your post, you really shouldn’t stop until you finish because you will break the momentum and thought process that you’ve built as you write.
If your post includes statistics, or quotes, or any other kind of thing that you need to look up to get specifics on, then just make a note of it inside of a custom symbol so that you can look for it later. Let me give you an example to better explain what I mean….
Lets say you want to put a quote from someone famous but you don’t know the exact wording. Rather than stopping to go look it up, I would just type the following in my post: #!insert quote from Albert Einstein here#!.
In the example above, my custom symbol is a pound sign and exclamation point (#!). So now, when I finish, I can just search my article for that symbol and I’ll be able to add in what I need….and I am able to do so without messing up my train of thought while I was writing.
Another benefit is that it is way more efficient to do all your research at one time, as opposed to writing then stopping to research, then writing and stopping again, and then eventually finishing.
It’s a simple trick that can really help save you some time and make your posts make more sense!
#8. Read It Out Loud
Some of the biggest singers and biggest stars in Hollywood do their warm ups out loud and in front of a mirror before a big performance. Your blog post should get the same kind of star treatment before going live!
By the time you get to this step you should have a well thought out and fully written blog post. Yes we know it isn’t perfect, but that’s ok because this is the when we get to clean it up and make sure it is great.
The first thing you should do is stand up, get some water, and take a 5 minute break…
Good, now that you’ve had a nice little break, it’s time to read your post out loud…yes, really read it out loud! Since we write as we speak, this step is very important because you want to make sure that what you wrote is conveyed properly. Reading it out loud will allow you to hear things that don’t sound right. For example, maybe you started every sentence with the same phrase, or maybe you used the same word over and over and it doesn’t sound right.
Editing this way takes a little getting used to, but it is effective and I think you’ll find that you catch more corrections than you would have if you just read it to yourself.
#9. Maximize Your Time
This last idea is one that I developed, and it’s not for everyone but it works for me so I wanted to share it. The basic premise is that your mindset is that you are always “working” and taking advantage of the time you have.
Throughout a day, you have what I like to call “hidden pockets of time” which you can take advantage of. My schedule is very busy with my young family at home and a full time job, so here are my hidden pockets of time:
- the 15 minutes in the morning before everyone wakes up
- commute to work
- 15 minute break in my work day
- lunch hour
- commute home
During these times is when I will do simple things like transfer any blog post ideas that I had jotted down previously, or listen to/watch a training video on Wealthy Affiliate, or even search for studies/quotes/images/etc. Basically it is a time in which you can do things to help position you better for your upcoming posts. You can never plan too much!
Like I said, it’s not for everyone, but if you give it a try, you may be surprised at how happy you are with the results!
You’ve made it to the end! See? It didn’t take that long for you to write it, and you’ll get better and faster with each one you do! Your post is just about ready to go live….you just need to give it another pass through for editing and also go ahead and add in some images.
I know that I’ve listed a lot of steps in this post, 8 (and one bonus one!) to be exact, and I’ve gone into detail about each of them. Check out this really beautiful and fun graphical representation of everything I talked about in this post.
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