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!
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?