Are you spending nearly 7 hours for publishing a new blog post of 1500 words? If your answer is yes, then this post is for you. I will help you blog faster and triple your blogging speed. Keep reading…
Everyone wants to blog fast like a Ninja. At the same time, they would like to be more productive, accurate. So how is it possible?
After reading this article, you will manage to write a quality blog post only in two or three hours. So how? That's what I'm going to explain in this blog post; how to speed up your blogging.
Before jumping into the topic, ask yourself – While blogging, for what you spend most of the time? For me, it's hunting for topics. I can say that for most of the new bloggers out there hunting for the topics to blog upon is the difficult thing. For many other bloggers grammar, proofreading, typos may be bothersome.
Okay, let me come to them one by one.
Tips to blog fast like a ninja
I hope after reading my article on finding effective blog topics, you found it easy and it saved a lot of your time.
So let me summarize that post,
Finding effective blog topics fast
- Dig into older blog posts, for new blog topic ideas (Interlinking opportunities). This is what I do when I run out of ideas.
- Use blog topic generators online.
- Prepare a blog post on frequent questions asked in forums. Look up for Quora and other niche forums.
- Analyze comments. It helps you look at other readers viewpoint, on a particular subject. It helps you get new ideas.
- Spend half an hour a week to brainstorm blog topic ideas, rather than spending lots of time every time you blog.
Create a note on Google Keep or Evernote. Keep it especially to scribble down the blog post ideas, as you come across.
While searching for blog topics, choose topics that can be presented in list form.
List form posts are both easy for you to write and easy for readers to read. It has a greater tendency of going viral.
Moreover, list posts save you a lot of time than writing long form content.
Prepare skeletal structure
I myself, prepare a kind of summary or highlights before writing any blog post. In other words, I write only headings initially. After writing the headings or main points, I will explain them in detail. This ensures that important points are not missed out.
After writing the headings or main points, I will explain one by one in detail.
It also prevents going off-stream from the main topic. While writing your blog posts, you may go on and on…and forget where you are! This is a big blunder as a blogger.
Once the main points are written, you will stay on-topic, and explaining them in fewer words with more impact, churns out a splendid blog post.
While explaining the main skeletal structure, make sure you use perfect words and say what you want to say. Hit the nail hard.
Spare time hack
Ask yourself. How many times you see yourself idle, thinking about something nonsense? Many times. Right?
Don't waste those times; they are golden.
Grab a smartphone, and start swiping whatever hits your mind about a topic. Prepare a rough semi-draft in your mobile itself. I mean in spare time.
I do this most of the times. I use Google Docs for this.
Writing a blog post based on something (semi-draft) you have, is damn easy than writing an entire post from scratch. When you sit writing next time, you get an head-start due to the scratch you have.
I do this at least once a day. I never get trouble starting out a fresh blog post due to this.
Keep a deadline
If time does not limit me, I wander in all social networks and sites.
Without a deadline, writing a blog post takes forever.
Put a deadline for your blog post. Within that time, you have to finish writing. Make it compulsory. This automatically makes you stay out of distractions.
This is one of the effective tips, I follow to speed up my blogging.
It also saves you time and makes you highly productive.
Turn off your monitor
Turning off the monitor and typing the blog post is effective. Open an editor turn off the monitor and start typing. By this, you force yourself not to bother about typos, grammatical mistakes.
As you know that checking grammatical mistakes and correcting typos while typing slows down your typing speed. Nothing is better than turning off the monitor while typing.
You will not get distracted with the other things, notifications, and more importantly typos.
I will suggest you turn on the monitor every 5 minutes to make sure your keyboard is doing the job for you.
If you find it annoying, you can try distraction-free editors.
Ignore typos and grammatical mistakes
Remember that while blogging, you are not writing with a pen on paper. You can edit the post whenever you want. So just, let it flow.
Correcting typos and mistakes in the middle of writing slows up the process and decreases your concentration on the mainstream.
Rather than hovering back to the typo or grammatical mistakes in the middle of writing, keep the mistakes as they are.
It may be initially irresistible to avoid editing or correcting typos you commit while writing your blog posts.
The real time-sucker is that your flow of ideas will be stuck when you stop and edit. It may be difficult or even impossible to put back the same flow.
Don't let your mistakes steal your ideas. Make a way for ideas to free-flow.
Just hit whatever comes to your mind.
If you find extremely difficult to give up this bad habit, then try.
Write what hits your mind first
You should not let your fingers lift out of the keyboard. Write whatever strikes to your mind.
You should not keep your mind like,
- I should write the introduction first.
- I should write the conclusion last.
When you start writing, write whatever you find easy. It leads to more ideas. And eventually, you end up writing a complete post. Follow growth hacking strategy in this case.
Following a particular pattern while writing blog posts, limits your creativity and sporadic flow of ideas.
Consider the voice to text
Why not make use of voice to text and just let your writing run? Voice to text software like Nuance Dragon (Windows), Dictation (Mac), can do the job for you. Use a microphone (preferably over headset) specifically designed for voice to text purpose.
These softwares train themselves to your accent.
Using these softwares may be annoying initially. They will become cleverer incrementally as you use them.
Make sure you pump up your PC configs like RAM for better performance and UX.
Here's the excellent video guide on using speech-to-text for blogging by Jon Morrow.
Don't be too paranoid
Prefer images and screenshots over text, wherever possible.
In tutorials, you may have the habit of explaining the screenshot. Don't do that. Readers don't read the text describing the screenshot.
Don't repeat the stuff. It kills yours and readers' time.
While writing the sentences, words, you often commit mistakes. It shows your readers that you are humans.
If you spend ages of time to edit and proofread your blog posts, stop it.
After your final draft is ready, read it once (preferably loud). This gives you a glimpse of readers viewpoint on your post.
And that's all…
Publish it. Don't think a second, it's your blog. You have every right to commit some small mistakes.
Don't be one of the bloggers, who spend half of their blogging time, proofreading blog posts.
The bad habit of most of the bloggers is that they keep writing, on and on…
Sometimes, they forget the idea that they want to convey. They are just too crazy about hitting good word count.
That's too bad.
Learn to convey what you exactly wanted to convey. Support your post with some examples, case studies, resources and even white papers.
Keep it to the point. No more, no less.
If you are writing a post on "bad effects of gluten", you no need to answer "what is gluten". Because readers already know what it is, before clicking on your post title.
It drives both readers and you crazy. Readers find it boring.
By cutting out writing some generic content, you can save a lot of time blogging.
Keep away all distractions
Smartphone ringing, Tablet LED blinking, Email notification, WhatsApp messages, Facebook chats, Tweets, dear ones calling, that too while blogging!
Keep away all these things. Put it in your cupboard and lock it. Keep your mind blank. Make a way for sporadic thoughts in your mind.
According to Travis Bradberry, you will be less productive and efficient in blogging when multitasking is done. Devote your complete mind to blogging.
Only one task at a time.
Keep a checklist
Sometimes you will forget to insert links, tags, and category or even to insert images. You will struggle to do these tasks every time.
Rather than wasting time on what next, prepare a checklist of things to do while blogging or after blogging.
You can make the task easier by using WordPress plugins like Good Writer Checkify.
It lets you create a checklist of things to do while blogging. You can write freely not thinking about things to do before or after writing a post.
I've interviewed some of the most successful bloggers like Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, Harsh Agrawal and much more, and asked about their favourite productivity tools.
Here's the expert round-up post.
I've also previously shared some of the tools that make you a highly productive blogger.
Beautify the post at last
To make your posts more readable, you may need to make use of formatting stuff like bold, italics and underline effectively.
You may also need to split the paragraphs so that each paragraph convey only one idea and hit the nail.
If you have the practice of formatting the text in the middle, it may be easy for you to prevent it, and give it a final go.
The simple formula is to bold important phrases, italicize conversations and terms.
Blockquote sayings, quotes, and tweetables. It helps draw the attention of readers back to your content.
Do all these formatting things at last.
While writing you can use some dots or asterisks like (… or **), to mark the things.
What I do is, I put asterisks in front of the texts that need linking, formatting or reconsideration. While proofreading, I can search (cmd + f) for those asterisks. They serve as speed hacks in the time of final formatting.
It's as simple as that.
Some other speed hacks
- If you have the habit of backing up your WordPress posts somewhere on your computer, and you're spending too much of time preserving the formatting while backing up. This might help. Copy the HTML Code of your blog post, and paste it in a text file, and save it. It's simple, fast and lends you accurate backup.
- Prefer list posts. They are easy to write, easy to read. Save you a lot of time as a blogger. List posts tend to go viral.
- To add more value quickly, link out to great resources, Whitepapers, case studies. You can also embed infographics from other blogs. Weave out a story or present what other people say about the topic.
- Use simple words. Most readers like to read simple blog posts. Don't make your posts unnecessarily complex with complex words. It kills your time.
- Many a time, you may be very paranoid about choosing the right images for your blog posts.
Remember, you need not select an image that exactly matches the context. Choose an image that indirectly conveys the message related to your usage.It works great.
Read this: How to choose perfect images for your blog posts?
- Read other blog posts. This will help you to enhance your knowledge base. You will learn new ways of conveying ideas, that lets you write your next blog post with ease.
- Use proofreading software like Ginger or Grammarly.
They are very effective in spotting out common typos and grammar mistakes.
- Create Photoshop droplets for optimizing images. With this, you are saving time by not doing the same task for your multiple images.
- Learn typing, if you haven’t. without typing your typing speed is limited, and will not grow after a limit.
(!!I don't know typing!!)
Make sure that your speed blogging does not kill the quality of the article. Because “Content is the king”. You can observe that in the above points, I have not mentioned any points that sacrifice quality. The above points increase productivity. You can churn out 5 blog posts in the place of a single blog post.
Hope this helps you to blog faster, consider commenting and linking. Happy blogging.