How to write blog posts faster

Time can often be our enemy. It’s the thing most of us wish we had more of.

One thing I’ve mastered over the years is getting blog posts done quickly. I can get a 500-word post written in about 15 minutes. It’s not a big deal or out of the ordinary to sit down and write 4 decent sized blog posts in a couple of hours. It’s actually imperative for me to do this if I want to keep up with my blog schedule.

I wanted to share some tips on how I can quickly write blog posts in a short amount of time.

Have your idea ready.

I hardly ever sit down at my computer without an idea of what I’m going to write about. The post is usually planned in my content calendar with a title or description ready – or the idea is in my head.

This means when I’m in front of my computer to write for an hour or so, I am spending that time writing, not clicking and swapping from tab to tab looking for ideas or inspiration.

Don’t stop to edit.

When I write a blog post, I just write it. I don’t go over each sentence right away. I don’t format my headings, insert my pictures, add alt text to images.

I’ll either have my images in the post before writing it, or I’ll edit it all after.

I find that stopping to do editing or proofreading slows me down as I lose my flow and ideas. Do all that after.

If it’s not working, park it.

If you’re writing a blog post and struggling, don’t force it. Park the idea for a different time and write something else instead.

I’ve done this many times, sometimes I end up never publishing the blog post because it just didn’t work, or I come back to it and find it much easier. If you’re forcing it, you’ll end up hating the process and you’ll run into a writer’s block situation.

Get rid of distractions.

Turn your phone face down, x out of Twitter, turn your email notifications off. We all know these things are a productivity killer!

Have patience.

Writing blog posts quickly isn’t something that comes quickly. But the more you do it, the quicker you will become. So if you’re new to blogging, or have always been the type of person that spends hours on blog posts, don’t beat yourself up if writing posts quickly does not happen right away.

What are your tips for writing blog posts quicker?

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12 Comments

  1. May 19, 2017 / 7:30 am

    I love these tips. I think the more you do it, the easier it gets because you start to find your flow a lot faster. I like to have a book with all my ideas next to me before I start writing so I can ditch an ideas if I’m not feeling it. x Nikita

  2. May 19, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Good tips! I always schedule my posts or ideas. This really works for me!

  3. May 19, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I usually have pictures and ideas ready to go, so I can just sit down and get on with the writing and add in links and formatting later! 🙂 Tania Michele xx
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  4. May 19, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    These are great tips! I had a lot of more trouble when I first started blogging, because I felt forced to finish whatever idea I had regardless if it was flowing or not. Now, I write all the ideas I have, and whatever post is easily flowing out of my head is the one I tend to write. I’m not rushing to get a sloppy job done on my blog. Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

  5. May 20, 2017 / 10:27 am

    All great tips. I try to do the same. I’m not sure how long it takes to write a post like this. I know it takes around 1 hour with editing pictures and everything else. Obviously, it depends on the subject, some can take a few hours.
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  6. May 21, 2017 / 4:28 am

    I feel like I am a very wordy human so I don’t usually have trouble getting them out.. For me the problem is getting them started. Also getting pictures onto my computer quickly so that I’m not wasting time trying to get them. This is what I need to figure out.

  7. May 21, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Wow I still have no idea how you do it, four blog posts in a couple of hours. One post takes me hours of procrastinating. But I take my hat off to you, how I wish I could do it Lucy x
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  8. May 22, 2017 / 11:24 am

    THANK YOU for this! I take a long time to write a post, which is probably partially to do with being new to blogging, but also I think because I do stop and fiddle about with it during the writing process – definitely going to try not to do that until the end now. Four posts in a couple of hours is so impressive!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

  9. May 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I am a slow writer but with years I’ve learnt to be quicker, so yes, when I start writing I just write, without thinking much about it and I know I shouldn’t stop because it would disrupt my flow. So I write, probably make lots of mistakes and waffle a bit but then I do go back and edit it at the end. I also do the image editing first so that when I am editing the draft I insert images at the same time.

    Petra from behealthynow.co.uk

  10. May 24, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    I need this advice! Now I’m trying to schedule a week in advance, I need to maximise the time I do have to write blog posts; so that I can get as many done as possible. I’ll definitely be putting some of these tips into action; it’s so true about not forcing a post if you’re not feeling it though!
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