How to Spend Less Time Blogging
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You sit down at the computer ready to crank out a blog post. After what seems like an eternity of trying to come up with an idea for a new post, you finally start writing. Of course, while writing your post, you stop to check your e-mail, Twitter, and your other favorite distractions. Next thing you know, a post that should have taken you 30 minutes to write has caused you to waste 3 hours.
Thankfully, there are several things you can do to spend less time blogging while still getting the same results.
Keep an ideas database
For many bloggers, coming up with an idea for a post is what eats up the most time. One way I avoid this is by jotting down ideas on a regular basis as they come to me. Keep a small notebook near you at all times as ideas come to you at the strangest times and places. By doing this, you won’t have to spend time trying to think of a topic for your post. Once you sit down at the computer to begin writing, you’ll be able to get right into the swing of things.
Eliminate the distractions
The internet is both a writer’s best friend (unlimited research capabilities) and worst enemy (unlimited distractions). Unless you want to spend all day writing your blog post, you should close out all potential distractions. This means signing out of your instant messenger, closing out your email program, turning off Tweet Deck, and closing out any other applications that might distract you. The easiest way to blog quickly is to actually focus on writing. Amazing concept, right?
A basic outline does wonders for keeping your writing focused and on track. When outlining a post, you don’t have to go into exhaustive detail if you don’t want to. Simple bullet points for each major section of your post will suffice. Then, once you sit down to write the post, all you really need to do is to fill in your outline with content.
Write like you talk
Blogging is about showcasing your personality and building connections, so this is something you should already be doing anyway. But another benefit of blogging like you talk is that it allows you to write much more quickly as you don’t have to obsess over every single word as if you’re writing a dissertation.
Don’t forget to proofread
While being able to write a post quickly is certainly nice, you never want to sacrifice the quality of your content. Always proofread your posts before publishing them. Check out these easy tips for proofreading your blog posts.
Which tips would you add to this list?