If you start a new Blogging website or have to maintain one, it is important to continuously add value in the form of new posts to your website.
A valuable post has to be researched, checked, written and proofread. That takes time and time is of the essence – for all of us.
However, there are strategies to simplify and quicken your blog writing without losing quality:
1. Take Notes Continuously
You know what you would like to write about on your blogs.
Now, imagine you are watching a movie and somehow it fits within your ideas. Sentences, pictures, even a certain mood – write it down.
Are you reading a magazine in a doctor’s office and you like the sentence structure, make a note.
Is there a joke you like? Again make a note.
Collect ideas, sentences and paragraphs that come to your mind in your everyday life.
You can have a small notebook and write it by hand, or use the memo app on your phone.
Just have one place where you collect all these inputs immediately. Often an idea will quickly slip away if you don’t keep it right away.
2. Update Your Content
If you have content already, read it through and update it.
Is there a subtitle you could go further into it, then give it its own post.
Read the comments of your audience, collect ideas they might have given you and write an article about it.
Do a quick research on certain subjects you wrote about and add information if necessary.
Update the format of an article into a step-by step- guide.
There are a number of ways you can update your content.
3. Check Your Drafts
Did you start a blog a while ago and then got distracted?
Maybe you didn’t like the text you wrote?
Now it is time to work on it again. Sometimes we start a blog and lose our
mojo, but a little while later inspiration is hitting us again and we can take care of unfinished work.
4. Write in advance
Another way of having content available is writing in advance. Maybe you have an idea for a blog, but did not have the time to fully create it yet.
Write your drafts in advance. By the time you are ready to go you have half the work done.
5. Save Your Customer Correspondence
As soon as you write an e-mail or respond to a reader, save it.
You can sort those one by subject and over time build up a little library of subjects and drafts.
Copy the email or Facebook comments of your audience and yourself in which you explain or execute something and create a blog article from them.
Once you have written and published the article it can be found by Google as its own independent post
6. Use voice command
While you are doing your chores you can actually dictate your text to voice command, which is offered by a variety of programs.
Every phone has it, powered by Google, Mac etc.
This way you are creating a written text, by just “talking to yourself”.
Later on, you can edit the text, or if you really don’t have time, you can give it to an editor or copywriter.
7. Write 90 Words Every Day
How long does it take to write 90 words?
If you still have your full-time job, then find time to write 90 words per day. It could be during your lunch break, during your commute, or while you are watching tv. Just make it your goal
Sometimes, it is easier to set a small daily goal and at the end of the week it adds up to become a full article.
Based on a 5 day week, you would have a 450 word article by Friday.
This paragraph has 91 words
8. Create a Productivity Strategy
You are a full-time blogger and it is hard for you to carve out the time to be productive continuously?
Are you easily distracted while you are trying to focus on your work?
Work on a strategy to optimize your productivity.
Write down your subject:
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and do your research, and create subtitles.
- Set a timer for 5 minute and take a break. Glance away from the screen, close your eyes, do a breathing exercise.
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and write.
- Set a timer for 5 minute and take another break. Glance away from the screen, close your eyes, do a breathing exercise.
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and edit, add photos etc.
- Set a timer for 30 minute and take your lunch/coffee break.
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and finish editing, proofreading and publishing your article
Depending on the length of your article or your time available you can adjust the periods for working and /or breaks.
Important is that you train yourself to focus on one thing for a certain time. What if it’s not perfect? At this time it is!!
80 % is good enough, you can always make small corrections later.