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Since blogging is hard work and many bloggers are strapped for time, I want to spend some time enlightening you about my world of speed writing blog posts.
Now, before I dive into this anymore, I want to preface something.
All of your blog posts (every last one of them) needs to be quality content. Never get in the habit of posting sub-par blog content on your site. You’ll corrupt your readers and hurt your reputation.
Do your blogs need to be perfect? No, perfect is a fallacy anyway. But they do need to be quality.
In order to speed write your blog posts, you need to implement the right strategies effectively, without delay, pause or distraction so that you’re still able to churn out QUALITY posts.
Speed writing your blog posts is also something that will take time and practice. When you start implementing these strategies, you should be able to come close to finishing up an entire blog post in less than 60 minutes (assuming you’re focused, and well versed in the topic that you’re writing about).
Let’s get started.
In order to be successful as a speed writer, I recommend that you do two things first:
One of the biggest struggles that bloggers face is accountability. Tasks that shouldn’t take too long are often dragged out and take much longer to complete than they should. You don’t have a boss. No one is watching you besides yourself, so why not postpone that blog post until tomorrow… right?
You can do better than that. Pick a deadline for your blog post. Then, call up a friend, tell them about that deadline, and ask them to hold you accountable when that deadline arrives.
A deadline is exactly that… a dead line. You must not cross it until you’ve written your blog post. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Seriously, though, you’re much more likely to complete your blog post in a timely manner if you have a deadline and an accountability partner holding you to that deadline.
Pro tip: Find an accountability partner who is a blogger, too. These partnerships are a great way to boost your productivity and take your business to the next level.
Your accountability partner will help make sure your blog post gets published on schedule (graphics made, opt-ins configured, etc.), but it’s up to you to make sure it doesn’t take you forever to write the blog post itself.
Here’s something to think about – your tasks will take as long as you let them. If you tell yourself something is going to take you 3 hours to do, it will take you 3 hours. If you tell yourself it will take you 20 minutes, it will take you 20 minutes (yes, the same task). So, give yourself 1 hour to write the blog post. That timeline will definitely make sure that you won’t miss your publication date 😉
If you’re not familiar with the Pomodoro method, I highly recommend you take some time and look into it further.
Essentially, the Pomodoro method is a strategy used to avoid distractions and stay focused on a particular task for 25 minutes at a time.
The idea is this:
You pick a task to work on (in this case it’s blog writing).
You set a timer to 25 minutes and you work on that task for the entire 25 minutes without break.
When the timer rings, you put a checkmark on a piece of paper and take a short break (usually 3-5 minutes).
You’ve just finished one Pomodoro.
After the short break, you start the timer again, work for 25 minutes without pause and, when the timer rings, you put another check mark on that piece of paper.
You’ve just finished two Pomodoros total.
You can repeat this until you have 4 checkmarks on your paper (i.e. you’ve completed four Pomodoros). That’s when you take a longer break (15-30 minutes).
The idea of the Pomodoro method is to work, undisturbed, on a single task while also taking “healthy” breaks under controlled circumstances.
I love the Pomodoro method and I find that it helps with content creation. I use the tomato timer online to help execute the Pomodoro method.
Perfectionism will kill your blog before anything else will.
So don’t be a perfectionist. Typically bloggers use perfectionism as an excuse to procrastinate. And, in doing so, it takes them much longer to create content.
The longer it takes for you to create and publish content, the longer it will take for you to succeed. You won’t get anywhere if you spend all of your time trying to be perfect. Perfect doesn’t exist.
Make mistakes today and fix them tomorrow. Whatever you do, publish your imperfect blog posts! It’s okay!
All you need to know before writing your post is this: What’s your main idea? What should your reader learn after writing the blog?
After reading this post, my reader will know ______________________________________.
Once you know exactly what the takeaway is for each blog post, you’ll be able to speed write your blog post in less than 60 minutes.
Your outline doesn’t need to be anything fancy, so try to avoid overthinking it. Depending on the type of blog post you’re writing, your outline will vary.
I typically stick to the following outline:
Introduction (talk about the main idea, what the problem is and what they are going to learn)
Main idea sections (this is the body of the blog. It consists of a number of different headers each talking about a different subtopic related to the main topic)
Ex: if the topic is how to start a blog, my subsections might be something like:
1. Choose a CMS like WordPress
2. Decide on a domain name
3. Purchase web hosting and domain name
4. Install WordPress on your new site
5. Learn the basics of WordPress
6. Choose and install a theme on your site
7. Write and publish your first blog
Each of the above paragraphs inform the reader of key components they need to learn (and in this case, execute) the main idea of the blog.
Conclusion – wrap the entire blog up with a conclusion that talks about the main idea, and what the reader should have learned
You have your outline configured, now you need to go back and actually write some content.
Do not feel like you need to go in order. It’s easy to get stuck on a section that might take longer for you to write or one that requires some research. If that’s the case, don’t let this be a bottleneck for you. Skip it and come back to it later. Keep the writing groove going.
Start by writing at least 2 to 3 sentences under each heading. They don’t need to be perfect, they just need to outline the big ideas you want to cover in that section.
Do not spend time going to other sites and finding links right now. You are still just working on the skeleton blog. Merely make a note of what you’d like to find, and go find it later (in step four).
Do not spend time thinking of the perfect word or editing. You can go back and fine tune your writing in step four.
Step four is where you really start to pull the entire blog together by filling in all the gaps that remain. Add in transitions and start to polish each section off. If you need to add in some quotes, you can go ahead and do that now. Spend time linking to other articles on your site or on other relevant sites. Find all those things you made notes that you’d like to find in step three.
Step four is where you spend time doing all the things that you didn’t want to get stuck on earlier in the writing process.
Never never never name your blog post first.
Okay, fine, I guess I should never say never.
You can name your blog post first if and only if you already have an idea for it.
If you don’t have a blog post title in mind, you should save it for the very last task you tackle when you sit down to speed write your blog
Lots of bloggers get hung up on the title and it causes them to waste away lots of time and spend forever writing the actual post. Blog titles are just formalities, and they can be dealt with later. In fact, it will often be easier for you to decide on a title once you’ve already written the blog.
Much like any blogging task, blog speed writing requires constant practice.
A track athlete does not excel at running a 400 meter race without constantly putting in work every single day to make it happen.
A blogger does not suddenly succeed at making money online without constantly putting in the work every single day to make it happen.
The same holds true for speed writing.
You will get better over time. What takes you 3 hours to do today may take you 1 hour to do next month or even next week. The trick is to stick with it. Implement the strategies, refine your skillset, set positive intentions to get better… and you will see progress soon enough.
You’ll be a wiz at blog speed writing soon enough. I know it.