Writing a blog post can take up a lot of time. In fact it can take up way more time that it actually needs to.
If you know you’ve got a great blog post idea but you’re resisting getting started as writing a blog always takes so long.
If you’ve wondered how you can easily write and schedule your posts then step this way my friend . . .
When you think about it, writing a blog post is made up of a variety of activities. Some will involve your creative right brain, others will involve your logical left brain.
By splitting up these tasks I found that my enjoyment in the art of writing increased as I wasn’t constantly distracted by what I’d need to do once the post was written. I knew that I had a simple system for editing and scheduling each post that I would do later on.
I’ve found that I can write and schedule a month’s worth of blog posts in about 6 hours.
4 steps to writing a blog post
Step 1: Split Out The Steps
One of my best tips for creating blog posts easily is to split out the steps involved. My steps are:
- Brainstorm topics
If you need help coming up with topics then read the Step by step guide to create blog posts for the next 6 months.
- Note down 1-3 main points
I’ll do this as part of the brainstorming session. I find that once my brain is engaged in coming up with topics, I automatically think of what will be included. Grab those thoughts while you have them as it will make writing your posts so much easier.
I write my first draft with pen and paper. Old school I know yet my creativity flows better this way and I have the freedom to write from anywhere without having to carry around my laptop. Do what works for you.
Edit your first draft. Now is the time to tidy up your draft and make it’s the best it can be. Do make sure you’ve included the keyword you’ve chosen for that post. I type up the post and edit as I go.
- Find/design images
This is my “turn on the music” stage. By now I know what the title of the post will be so it doesn’t take a lot of brain power to select the photo I want to use and create a pretty looking image. I use PicMonkey to create my featured image for each post.
The music, or a podcast, stays on while I copy and paste the post into WordPress, do my formatting and complete the SEO information.
Step 2 : Batching Baby!
I combine these tasks together and it saves so much time!
It’s like when I used to do the ironing (I do NOT like ironing!). It was much less painful to do the ironing all in one hit while I was watching a TV show rather than having to get out the ironing board and iron each day to do one shirt. Thankfully my lifestyle no longer requires me to iron – in fact I don’t think I’ve done any for a year! Bliss.
Anyway . . .
I combine the 6 tasks I mentioned in Step 1 together e.g. I’ll write 4 blog posts at one time or create 4 images for my posts at the same time.
Step 3: Time blocking
We all have lots to do in our businesses and it can be so easy to find that it’s Wednesday and you haven’t written your blog post for this week!
I’ve been there and I really do not like panic writing.
I now block out time in my week to do the tasks that I’m batching together e.g. Tues 9 to 11am write blog posts for March. Wed 2-4pm Edit blog posts for March.
Step 4: The Power of the Pomodoro Technique
It used to take about an hour to write a first draft of a blog post. It now takes me only 25 minutes!
This is because of the effectiveness of the Pomodoro Technique.
The idea behind the technique is to use a timer to break your work into intervals, separated by short breaks. The technique is based on the premise that frequent breaks improve mental agility.
The usual method is to do a Pomodoro of 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break.
You then do 3-4 Pomodoros before taking a longer break.
This method has worked wonders for me! Tasks that I thought would take longer now can be done in a shorter time frame. Plus there is a great sense of achievement in finishing off a task every 25 minutes.
The other reason my writing can be done so quickly is that I don’t need to think of a topic, or the key points I want to include, as I have already done those tasks in a previous time block. I simply set the timer and create.
If you’d like a FREE workbook to help you brainstorm topics and key points you’re in luck! I’ve created that for you . . .