Someone who has a blog will understand the importance of time spent in writing.
Time management, in general, is really important if you own ANY business.
Bloggers have to consistently pump out quality content to keep their blog up and running. So to avoid running behind on schedule, effectively using each minute is important.
Being a blogger, there are times that I feel like I’ve spent more than the required time to craft a piece of writing.
From thinking of a blog idea to its publish date, there seems to be a lot of pauses in between which in my opinion can be quite unnecessary.
A lot of bloggers believe that the longer you spend writing an article the better, that’s not always the case.
Any article is can be qualified “Good” if it has qualities like – Relevant, Good use of words, Practical/actionable, straight forward (no BS) etc.
It doesn’t matter if it’s written in 3 days or 30 minutes.
So let’s bring your A-game and turn your time-management skills up a notch.
Always Keep a “hit list” of articles to write
The first way you can use to save a ton of time while writing a blog post is to have a “Hit-list” of articles to write.
Just spend one day or a few hours prior to actually writing a blog to come up with a list of articles you would like to write about in future. For example:
Step #1– Give it an attention-grabbing headline
The first step is to craft a perfect(-ish) headline for your article.
Grab a topic from your previous made hit-list and try to make it magnetic. What I mean by magnetic is, use words or phrases in the headline so that it grabs people attention and forces them to click.
For example: In this article’s headline, ” Under 30 minutes” is the phrase that brought you here. Right?
Choosing a perfect headline can be pretty frustrating but try not to overthink what word to use and what to not. It will waste a considerable amount of your time.
Been there! Done that!
I used to play around with different keywords and phrases literally for hours and finally chose the one I used in the beginning. Ugghh!
A simple way to decide if a headline is worth putting is to think if you yourself would click on the title if you saw it.
Shouldn’t take you a minute or two.
Step #2– Lay out the subheadings next
The next thing you need to do is lay down all the subtopics or points (if possible) you’re going to eplain throughout the article in H2 or H3 tag.
For example, if you’re writing about “Breathing Exercises”, you can put the subheadings as–
1: Advantages of proper breathing
2: Types of breathing exercise
3: Exercise #1 explained
4: Exercise#2 explained
5: Conclusion or caution
You can fill up the writing part in between each subheading.
This technique helps me a lot because after writing each subtopic, it helps me to fill up each section without worrying about what I am going to write next or how long each section needs to be before I jump to the next subtopic.
Step #3– Use much smaller paragraphs
The goal here is to NOT look like your blog post is written by a newspaper editor. Not only smaller paragraphs are easy to read but also keeps the reader engaged.
The main advantage of making your paragraph shorter is, it makes the articles look comparatively user-friendly.
Like a well-paused conversation.
Kinda like this,
And this too,
Okay, I’m done!
Smaller paragraphs provide information at a rate that any reader can grasp.
Moreover, when you’re writing your articles in a desktop it might seem like a normal-sized paragraph, but when it converts to a mobile view (which accounts more than 75% of my blog views),
That normal-sized paragraph turns into an uninterrupted essay. Nobody likes to read a wall of text.
And since you want to complete a blog post within 30 minutes, using frequent sentence breaks will fill up the page quickly and will make the article longer (yet easier to read).
It is clearly WIN-WIN!
Step #4– Don’t stop for minor edits
This might be a little challenging for you if you’re a perfectionist. But let’s face it, edits kill time, period!
Unless you don’t have a huge mistake where you have to fix a link, delete a whole sentence or completely change it don’t stop your train of thoughts and writing.
It all can be handles it the end, all at once.
Step #5: Try not to fluff-up your writing
When you’re writing, keep it short and simple, don’t go all mushy.
Writing in a simple language will significantly cut down your editing time.
Don’t use sentences like,
“Noodles are my absolute fav in the whole entire world, I cannot go even a week without having it at least once. And am pretty sure I would have noodles as the last meal”
“I love noodles and I don’t miss any opportunity when it comes to eating it.”
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