You Can Write Blog Content Faster

Remember that writing faster and better is easy to do as long as you know what you want to say. Get a good main idea and the rest will fall into place. — C. M. Smith “How to Write Better and Faster”

 

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image by BigbrotherBB

Before You Write Content Faster

 

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image by johnhain

1.  Ask, “What am I saying to myself?”

  • If it’s, “I’ll always be a slow writer,” choose the opposite. Say, “I’m able to write faster. With the following suggestions and practice, I will write faster.”
  • Don’t give in to negative thoughts.

 

 

Suggestions:

  • Find your most productive writing time.
  • Give yourself time to establish a pattern of success.
  • Create a focused momentum, purposefully.
  • Put some form of accountability in place.
  • Sit down and move your work forward.
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image by ghwtog

2.  Choose a focus for the post. Writing faster is easy when you know what you want to say.

 

Suggestions:

  • Ask, “What do I want the reader to take away?”
  • Be able to explain your main idea in one sentence.
  • Ask, “What would I like to know about [main idea, e.g. how to write faster]?”
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image by picjumbo

3.  Do the prep work.

  • Read magazines and blogs on your subject. Google it.
  • Don’t think you need groundbreaking ideas; just write what you know and have learned about your main idea.

 

Suggestions:

  • Organize your ideas with an outline. Outlines show how sub-ideas work together to explain what you want to say.
  • Try a mind map: brainstorm words or ideas related to your main idea, or organize words and ideas from your research around your main idea.
  • Create a reusable form for your type of posts.

Write Content Faster

 

4.  Keep it short – one tip or one idea.

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5.  Write as fast as you can.

Suggestions:

  • Lower your standard for the first draft.
  • Get as much written as you can (or more) from what you’ve outlined, without editing it. Writing fast turns off the internal editor or censor and allows creativity to flow.
  • Don’t get in the way. Let your hands do the thinking; give your brain a chance to relate what it knows.
  • Don’t delete a poor sentence; write another version and go on.
  • Don’t allow distractions. Stay focused.
  • Turn off or cover the monitor. If you can’t see errors, you’re less likely to stop and fix them.
  • Don’t stop. If you think of a change for a previous paragraph, jot a note and keep going.

6.  Set time limits.

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image by storkman

Suggestions:

  • Set a reasonable project time limit. If you give yourself three days for a post, you’ll most likely take three days to do it. If you give yourself one day, you’ll most likely complete it in one day.
  • During the draft, set a timer for chunks of minutes. Don’t stop typing or writing until the timer goes off. Repeat.

After Content Is Written

 

7.  Edit your post.

Suggestions:

  • Correct typos
  • Add styling (subtitles)
  • Add photos
  • Add links
  • Check the flow (move paragraphs or change words)
  • Read it closely. Write tight.
  • Let it sit. When you return, needed changes will pop up.

Suggestions for writing blog content faster. Click to tweet.

What one suggestion might help you writer your blog content faster?

A Timesaving, Stress-Reducing & Content-Refining Model for Bloggers

“Create content that teaches. You can’t give up. You need to be consistently awesome.— Neil Patel

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image by KevinKing

Here’s a model that has kept me:

  • Constant in publishing blogs
  • Consistent outside and inside my content
  • Concise in wording my content
  • Clear in my content
  • Creative in brainstorming blog ideas and selecting photos and quotes

1.  Decide and no longer flounder

 

  • Consider carefully how often you can blog and which days you’ll post. When I first started blogging, I decided I could blog once a week. I chose Thursdays to post. I haven’t missed posting. (Constant)
  • Decide what type of blog you’ll write: Journal, Review/Interview, or How-to. I write how-to blogs. (Consistent)
  • List what topics you’ll stick to. My topics are:
    • writing craft,
    • book marketing,
    • blogging, and
    • speaking. (Consistent)
  • Decide if you’ll host guests. I host guests who have how-to posts in my topic areas. (Consistent)
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image by PIX1861

 

2.  Schedule and no longer struggle

 

  • Brainstorm and Draft. On Fridays, I seek God, brainstorm post ideas, research, and draft posts. I often use tasks I’m working on in my topic areas. That way, I can share my research. (Creative, Clear, Constant)
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    Polish and Setup. On Mondays, after my content sits for a weekend, I edit the main content down to 500 words, put it through my checklist, obtain photos and a quote, and add my post to WordPress. (Concise, Clear, Consistent)
  • Publish and Announce. On Thursdays, I review the post again, publish, and announce to social media and writing groups. (Clear, Consistent, Constant)
  • Respond to Comments.  I have email notification of comments sent to me. I respond to all comments as soon as I can. (Constant, Consistent)

3. Create aids and no longer forget

  • Checklist. Mine makes my editing tasks go quickly without worry. Most important reminders in my checklist are:   

◊  Check for:

•  Uniform bullet structures (Consistent, Clear)

•  Words I tend to misspell (Clear)

•  Words that may work as contractions (Concise)

•  Words ending with –ing (Concise)

◊  Add links and make sure they open in a new tab. (Clear)

◊  Construct Click to Tweet. (Clear)

◊  Test that links and Click to Tweet work. (Clear)

◊  Add tags and category. (Clear)

◊  Select featured photo. (Consistent, Clear)

◊  Capture post’s unique link to announce posts. (Clear)

◊  Announce post to list of social media venues and groups. (Constant, Consistent)

Check-list 

  • Reserve blog post. I always have at least one post ready on WordPress for emergencies. (Constant, Consistent)

Use this model to be a constant, consistent, concise, clear, & creative blogger. Click to tweet.

What do you do to make blogging efficient and your content reader-friendly?

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4 Resources to Help You Become Awesome at Creating Blog Titles

“Just because you have to be accurate doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make your title pop.” — Corey Eridon

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by geralt

We can improve our reach by spending more time on wording our blog titles. Going a step further: We need to improve the headlines on all online content we write.

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Whether we write how-to or journal type blogs, newsletters, interviews, devotionals, emails, or any other online content, we can reach more people with attention-grabbing titles.

 

 

 

 Would you click on any of these? I’ve seen similar ones online.

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by geralt

How-to blog: My Thoughts on Writing
Journal blog: Opening Day
Newsletter: My Book Update
Interview: Interview with Drew Smith
Devotional: A Look at Ephesians
Email: Visit My Blog Today

None intrigues me enough to click.

Below are links and descriptions of 4 posts that will help you write awesome blog titles.

I believe their principles carry over for titling other online content. Also, note the bloggers’ titles tell us the benefit of reading their posts.

1.  74 Attention-Grabbing Blog Titles That Actually Work by Larry Kim

http://www.inc.com/larry-kim/74-attention-grabbing-blog-titles-that-actually-work.html

For those who find templates helpful Kim provides 74 in his post. I used #34 for this blog post title. He gives the statistic that 26% of Buzzfeed’s 60,000 top ariticles are “listicles,” e.g. 10 Tips… or 8 Reasons….

2.  10 Sure-Fire Title Formulas That Attract Readers by James Scherer

http://blog.wishpond.com/post/60276168559/10-sure-fire-blog-title-formulas-that-attract-readers

For Scherer’s 10 blog title formulas, he gives real-life examples plus three more examples in his “How you can do it:” sections. Here are a few of the types of blog titles Scherer discusses:

  1. “Cutting-edge information”
  2. “Using phrases like ‘need to know’”
  3. “Creating the curiosity gap”
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by Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3.  Tips for Writing Blog Titles that Earn ReTweets by Jasmine Henry

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/tips-writing-blog-titles-earn-retweets

Henry shares a surprising finding that shows a great blog title is important for reasons other than grabbing readers. Many people will retweet links to titles on content they haven’t read.

Henry promotes these blog title characteristics: actionable, brief (70 character limit), clear, emphatic, intriguing, and keyword-oriented. She discusses each and gives examples.

4.  The Dark Science of Naming Your Post: Based on Studying 100 Blogs by Iris Shoor

http://www.startupmoon.com/the-dark-science-of-naming-your-post-based-on-studying-100-blogs/

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I found this one through Jasmine Henry’s post. Shoor found in her study on tech related posts that “The post title has a huge impact on the numbers.” She talks about what words and phrases to use. Like the others, she advocates using numbers and goes into more depth in how to use them. Shoor also lists what doesn’t work. A surprise to her, and to me, was that including “you” or “how to” in the title seems to have no viral affect on posts.

Find out what makes a blog title work. Use this info to title all online content. Click to tweet.

What social media title grabbed you?