5 Ways to Write Blog Posts Faster
Struggling to squeeze in time to update your blog regularly? Here are five ways to write your blog posts faster…
Many of us struggle to squeeze everything into our lives. Writing our blog posts often has to somehow fit between a million other things – and it can be really hard to update on a regular basis with all these other demands on our time. Here are five tips to help you write your blog posts faster…
1. Work Offline
These days it’s really easy to get distracted while you’re writing. Even if you manage to get a nice quiet room, the internet is never quiet – and it’s so easy to just head over to Facebook or Twitter or your email for something… and lose half an hour.
One quick solution is to close all tabs you’re not using to write your blog post. If that’s not good enough, log out of Facebook and Twitter (or whichever social network is your chosen distraction). Having that extra couple of steps you have to take before you can zone out means you will think twice about doing it!
If that doesn’t work for you, you can download a piece of software called Cold Turkey (or Anti-Social) which will block social media sites on your computer, until you reboot.
2. Use Your Downtime to Plan
Get into the habit of using your downtime to think about and plan your blog posts. In the shower, in the queue at the post office, stuck at traffic lights. Download a note-making app on your mobile (I use Evernote but there are loads to choose from) and jot down notes as and when you think of them. When it comes to writing your blog post, you’ll already have the bones of the post in note form.
3. Turn it into a List
List posts (like this one) are easy to read because they’re scannable – but they’re also easier to write. You can come up with a list and write it down, and then come back afterwards to fill in the details. That’s exactly how I wrote this post!
4. Edit Later
Once I’ve started writing, I find it easier to just keep going. I write everything I can think of on my chosen topic, and then read back through it afterwards. At this point I decide where line breaks, headlines and so on will go. I might cut and paste a few sentences too. Apparently writing is a right-brain function, whereas editing is a left-brain function – so trying to edit as you go means you’re trying to flit between your right and left brain, back and forth. That is nowhere near as efficient as spending a block of time doing the writing, then flipping over to your left brain to edit.
5. Set a Timer
I’ve mentioned setting timers before; I find it a brilliant way to focus the mind and get things done more quickly. Set yourself a timer for thirty minutes to write a rough outline of your post, or perhaps an hour to write the full post. You can set a timer on your mobile, or you can use something like this online stopwatch to keep track.
Do you have any other ways of writing your blog posts more quickly? If so, leave me a comment!
Fun list, thank you! I've started making lists more myself to help inspire posting. All I wanted to add is that I find it useful to write my posts as hard copy first. I think this ties into your first point though, I find it easier to write in a journal in a cafe or on the beach rather than composing straight onto the PC.
I agree that compartmentalisation and focus are critical to efficiency. You may think you're multitasking but actually you're just being inefficient. I often write in big sessions - 3-4 hours at a time, when I might be writing for three completely different blogs in one go. This is great, but it's easy to fritter away that time. What I do now is to break down my time into small chunks and then move on at the end of each block regardless of whether or not I'm finished. There's nothing that focusses the mind quite like a deadline, and the reality is that if I set myself a 45-minute deadline I rarely miss it. So a 4-hour session typically has 3 1/2 hours of writing time allocated, with a 15-minute social media break in the middle as a reward and a 15-minute mop-up session to go back and complete anything I didn't manage to finish.