One of the things you need to do when you’re just starting a blog or when you can’t stay consistent blogging is to create a lot of content in a short amount of time and schedule it ahead. This gives you time and space to stay consistent with publishing blog posts while you’re working on other tasks around your blog like growing your social media, strategizing or working on monetizing your blog. Here I’ll share some of my favorite blogging tips to help you write faster. These blogging ideas help me create 10+ blog posts/week consistently and this allowed me to grow 3 different blogs over the past few years.
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When you show up, people show up
Staying consistent is key to growing a blog in 2020. You don’t want to write 2 blog posts the first month and then 1 blog post the next one and so on. There are more blogs than ever now and you need to show up consistently in order for people to know you’re there. When you stop showing up, people stop showing up. They forget about you. No matter how big your blog is. Sounds sad and it is, but it also keeps you motivated to stay consistent. It’s like show business, but without the makeup, because most days when you’re working from home – no makeup days and messy hair become the new normal.
The good news is: when you do show up, people show up. People always want to read things that inspire them to live better lives, things that they connect to, things that solve their problems, things that make them feel like they’re not alone in their struggle.
To find success online in 2020, you need to keep creating that content consistently in any shape or form. Blogging is just one option. There are also podcasts, starting a Youtube channel, Instagram and so on. So many ways to connect with people from all over the world. You just gotta start somewhere and creating content fast will help you stay.
How Writing Fast Helped Me Grow 3 Blogs
With writing this blog and helping my sister and my dad create their blogs last year, I had to learn how to write pretty damn fast. Note I’m not saying type fast, I’m saying write fast. I was creating content for my blog that I had for 4 years, I was creating content for my dad’s blog and I was helping my sister with some of her blog posts.
It was challenging and pretty overwhelming in the beginning. But then I got into the groove and got more done than I could’ve ever imagined and the results came. I don’t know about you, but I love feeling productive. I just love it.
What this “exercise” of creating content like crazy did for me was that it made me learn how to write blog posts fast, how to let go of perfection and how to focus on the right things. With my first blog it used to take me days to write a single blog post, I would research for days and be super invested in it, but then nobody would care. And it always lead to disappointment and discouragement. I’m so grateful for my lack of time last year, because it really showed me – there are better and more efficient ways to produce content in this world.
Imagine having already written and scheduled out your next 10 blog posts! What a beautiful scene, right? That’s an entire month and some for my blog. It makes me feel at peace, productive and happy. It gives me space, freedom and clarity.
Now, let’s see. Here are some of my tips that allow me to write a ton of content faster.
How To Write 10 Blog Posts A Week
1. Get clear.
Brainstorm 20-30 blog post ideas and keep a running list of ideas. That’s enough for now, you’ll get inspired as you go. You can use simple Google docs, Trello or a journal to keep track of ideas.
Can’t tell you how many times in the beginning I’ve sat down to write, but then couldn’t come up with a good blog post idea that people would actually want to read. I would end up spending a ton of time wondering whether this is a good investment of my time or not. Having a running list of ideas is a game-changer.
Good content ideas are usually about the things people look for in Google, Pinterest or Youtube or things that people don’t talk about enough, but are bothering you in your personal life a lot. There’s a huge chance that if something has been your problem in the past, it’s also someone’s current problem. So don’t be ashamed to write about it and to tell people what worked for you.
2. Create a simple outline for your blog posts.
After years of not knowing what to write about in my intros and how to even start a blog post, I have now created a simple structure that I follow for each type of post I write. For example, if it’s a tutorial, I’d do a small intro to say what this tutorial is gonna be about, then the benefits of doing it, what items are needed, then the actual tutorial and how to use it in real life. When I have this structure and sit down to write, I have the confidence to write without questioning whether this thing belongs here or not. I have made the decision ahead, I have a vision of how I want this blog post to look and what I want people to get out of it. Clarity is priceless.
The other thing that a simple outline helps with is that your posts will be formatted in a way that people find easy to read.
Create content in batches. Pick one or two days in the week and create your blog posts in draft. Doing the same thing might sound boring, but it creates such momentum, it’s amazing how much you can write when you allow yourself the time and space to only do that. So pick 1-2 days, however many you have to just write your blog posts.
4. If you can’t batch, do it every day at the same time.
My sister has a little child at home and we’ve been quarantining together…let me tell you, you don’t have an entire day to write 10 posts. In fact, I’ve been out of my routine for quite a while, so I adopted a new working routine. Writing in the morning. Every time when I wake up I do my little morning routine and then sit down, even if I don’t feel like it, and write the blog post I feel like I’m capable of writing on that day.
I feel like this is an important point, so I’m gonna repeat it: Write the blog post that you feel are capable of writing that day. You’re not gonna feel inspired or motivated every day, and when it happens don’t be embarrassed to write an easy blog post. They work pretty well and you’ll feel productive and good about yourself, so make it happen.
5. Turn your WIFI off.
Something magical happens when I don’t have internet or my passwords to all the apps I’m using: I can write like 3 blog posts in the same amount of time that it would take me to usually write one. No internet = no multitasking = FOCUS. Get focused and get it done. It’s amazing.
6. Give yourself a deadline.
Remember Parkinson’s law: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. (Yeah, I totally knew it’s called Parkinson’s law, I didn’t just google it to seem smart.). Put a timer and say: I will finish this blog post in…minutes or hours. My experience is that minutes-deadline works better than hours. Even if it’s 45 minutes…I know I can work for 45 minutes. If I give myself 2 hours, chances are I won’t finish that blog post and I would drag it around for days, if not weeks. I’ve even had blog posts like this that sat around in draft for months.
7. Don’t Edit While You Write.
And last but not least…don’t edit while you write. Don’t do it, it will ruin the flow. Stay in the flow, bust out whatever you need to get off your chest and then come back to edit that blog post the next day.
If you keep interrupting your own thought process while you’re writing, you’re creating confusion in your own mind and in your blog post. Just keep writing until it’s done. Resist the urge to edit and correct yourself constantly.
Trust me, when you come back to edit the next day you’ll see – it’s not that bad after all. You’ll probably need to correct a few things here and there, but not that much. You can also use an app like Grammarly to correct grammar as you go. This way even if you don’t come back to the blog post the next day, your blog post will have been proofread by someone (even if that someone is an automated proofreader – it’s the best in the world!). You can get Grammarly here.
Remember, it’s way easier to edit something that’s already done than to create something from scratch.
Well, I hope reading through this was worth the time and hopefully it will save you time in the future to create more valuable content!
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