Bloggers: Research & Publish Faster than Ever
As a blogger, chances are you enjoy researching and writing regularly. However, you have probably felt how painful writing is on occasion – especially after a long day or a night with very little sleep.
Today’s blog post is dedicated to writing more efficiently, enabling you to do more throughout the day and getting the (somewhat) painful task out of the way in no time.
Research in Advance
Use some of your downtime to come up with basic ideas about your next blog post. It’s easy for me to grab my laptop and brainstorm blog post ideas while watching the latest Game of Thrones episode, for example.
Otherwise, use your handy smartphone and gather all necessary data from there. And trust me, this light research won’t really “defeat the purpose” of having downtime, as you can take your sweet time while enjoying your pastime activities.
You will eventually feel grateful to already have a ‘topic map’ right in front of you.
Make a Sloppy Outline
Knowing what to write about is one thing, but this must be accompanied with something you can actually see on paper.
Write down some sloppy notes (either on your phone or computer) detailing what your blog post will consist of. A set of bullet points typically works great for this.
If you were to write an article on “Launching a new blog,” for example, your bullet points could look like this:
Register to webhost
Register domain name
Find blog theme
Add basics (social media icons, subscription box)
Implement posting strategy
Now all you have to do is expand on each of these points, making you feel less overwhelmed about the article.
Make Everything Accessible
We have a habit of getting things out of the way if we don’t have an immediate need for them.
However, I have found that leaving everything readily available does not only expedite the writing process, but also keeps me from slacking off.
When you first wake up and see your word processor open (with the previously-done research) as well as the necessary websites needed for fact-checking, you are much more likely to finish the article in record speed.
Something in your head simply encourages you to “do it now really quick and get it over with.” This works for me every time.
Keep your Introduction Short
Writing more efficiently sometimes requires sacrifice…
While many blog post introductions warrant an explanation of the subject matter, other articles really don’t need more than two or three simple sentences.
Let’s face it: The average article introduction only contains filler or otherwise obvious information (including this very article, depending on your perspective).
There, I said it.
This especially applies to “How-to” material, as your target audience already knows what they’re looking for and why they’re reading in the first place. Most people don’t need to be reminded why they’re reading “How to bake a cake” and all the benefits involved.
Gather Some Quotes
A great tip to writing more efficiently is to include the occasional quote from a credible source.
This allows you to effortlessly paste an important point or two, depending on your article’s length and purpose (refer to the ‘research’ phase previously discussed).
This is especially useful when writing news content.
Do you constantly stop to correct typos while writing your blog posts? Do you delete and rephrase your sentences too much?
Stop this. Immediately.
Let the words flow in their most basic form until you have nothing more to offer. Then, and only then, go back to the beginning and start the editing process.
While most proficient bloggers already follow this tactic, newcomers may be unaware of this and end up feeling overwhelmed long before finishing the article.
How are you writing more efficiently these days? Perhaps you obey a to-do list or handle the toughest tasks first thing in the morning?
In the end, everyone has a different way of accomplishing their publishing goals. What’s yours?