How to write blog posts faster
Prior to a few weeks ago, I found writing blog posts daunting. This fear would cause me to procrastinate, and then I would never get around to writing the blog post (yes, I’m my own worst enemy).
I’m also someone who works well with tips and tricks. In trying to figure out how to get better at writing blog posts, I discovered several things that work well for me. While some of these points may seem obvious, they helped me, and hopefully they can help you, too.
It’s not difficult to speed up your blog-writing process, but don’t let speed-blogging get in the way of producing quality writing. If working at a slower pace means you will produce better writing, go slower. But, for most of us, speeding up our writing will be useful, because it can help us to get more done and help more people. Hopefully some of these tips work for you.
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If you want to write a blog post quickly, you need to have some ideas ready to go, which means you need to brainstorm a lot. It’s simple enough and doesn’t take much time out of your day. A common (but not listened-to-enough) tip is to carry a notepad with you at all times to jot down those random ideas you get on the bus or while watching TV. If you’re jotting down even small thoughts throughout the day, they could add up to bigger ideas later down the track, and help you when you sit down to write your posts.
Another tip, one that we use for the Hedera blog, is to create a board on Trello (or a similar program), so that you can store your ideas online. This way, you can see your brainstorm in a different layout, and you won’t have to worry about losing any paper notes. Plus, you can access your ideas when you’re on the go.
Try to be as detailed as possible when you write down your idea so that when you write the post you’ll know what past-you was talking about.
Cut out distractions
You will be able to write a blog post much quicker if you allow nothing to get in your way. If you’re constantly stopping to check your phone, it will take you a lot longer to write a post than if you’d focused on the task at hand. If you can cut out distractions and actually work for that block of time, you may even be able to write more blog posts during that time—and imagine how much better your blog will be for it!
Plus, I always find that the blog posts I write when I’m focused are way better than those I write when my mind is elsewhere.
This doesn’t mean to say you should cut out all distractions (you shouldn’t cut out bathroom breaks!), but don’t allow those breaks to get in the way of you to coming back to your blog-writing session.
If you need to research for your blog post, get that done before you start writing. Otherwise, an innocent bit of research on Google could turn into an hour on Facebook. We all know how easily that can happen.
Use a template
If you find a template that works for you when writing a blog, there’s nothing wrong with following that template when you’re trying to write a post quickly. Templates are easy to follow and will save you time on figuring out how to say what you want to say. Your chosen template could be a numbered list or a how-to post—a standard template that does the trick every time. If you’re in a rush or trying to work on your efficiency, stick to what you know works.
If you get stuck, come back to it later
Often, as you’re writing, you’ll come across some small point that you’ve forgotten to research, or you’ll realise you’ve used a particular word too many times and need to find a synonym. Don’t stop writing! Make a note of it (or just forget about it) and come back to it later. You can do all that sort of stuff when you’re editing—while you’re writing, just focus on writing.
If you’re feeling like you have nothing to write about, and you’re just staring at a blank page or screen, just start writing—about anything. Once you find an idea and the thoughts begin to flow, you’ll be fine. Then, use that momentum and quickly write all of your thoughts (future-you will thank you). You can then go back and fill in the details, but at least you’ll have something to work with. For me, that’s exactly what happened with this post—I started, and then the rest came.
Did these tips help you? Do you have any other tips for writing faster? Let us know in the comments.
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