When it comes to blogging, writing a single post can take a huge chunk of our daily workload. This leaves us less time for doing all the intricacies of our SEO campaign let alone a few minutes of personal time corresponding with our followers.
Being an efficient blogger is all about spending your work hours wisely. If you’re planning to become a professional blogger then you should be ready for all the hard work associated with it. A great place to start is to cut down on the time you spend writing your posts. Quality is the first thing that gets thrown out the window when we perform shortcuts. However, it is possible to write a post in a few minutes without sacrificing quality.
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List ideas – list all the points you want to address and create an outline. Scribble this on a notepad (a real one, it works better than typing it on a word processor). You don’t have to write the whole article yet. Simple write the headings for each paragraph or any major points that needs discussion. This way, you don’t have to pause every now and then rethinking what to write next. Follow this tip, as it could save you major hours from the writing table.
Give ideas time to ripen – many new writers end up staring at a blank document for minutes because they are too eager to sit down in front of the computer. Take time browsing through your list. There is no need for conscious analysis or synthesizing. Just read your list and your writer’s brain will subconsciously do the rest for you. After that, you will be able to sit down and breeze through your article.
Don’t write everything – you are writing a blog article, not a post-graduate level thesis. Omit long introductions, do not bother writing any unnecessary supporting ideas, and don’t bug yourself about a perfect conclusion (a blog article has no need for a concluding paragraph).
Divide your article into sections – using lists, bullets, or subheadings is a great time saver. Thinking of the most appropriate transitional phrases and making a whole big article as coherent as possible takes a lot of time. Just bullet it or list it like this. Saves time, spares you the headache.
Limit your article to 500 words – this is in line to the previous tip. Keep in mind that blog readers do not have long attention span. If they do, they would be reading the papers. Therefore, they only want to read important points. They do not care about things that are not important to the topic at hand. Take a direct route to the topic you want to present and limit the word number to 500.
Do your edits later – you just did a writing sprint. Your brain is worn out. It needs time to recuperate. Therefore, editing right after you finished your article is not the best thing to do. Relax get off that chair, and stretch. Try to do something else that will ease your mind and come back when you’re already refreshed.