Writing and publishing blog posts can be the most time consuming task for a blogger. However, it doesn’t have to take all day to craft one post from start to finish. Read on to discover how you can easily get your blog posts created in much less time!
Have an editorial calendar.
This will help you stay organized so you can focus only on what needs to be done. The calendar will visually represent the most important blog posts that need to be written, so you can sit down and get to work without missing deadlines or taking the time to prioritize. You can use a spreadsheet or one of many WordPress plugins that are available.
Do content creation tasks in bulk.
If you have three blog posts to write, it’s more productive to do them by working in bulk. Write the text for the three posts in one session. Then, set up your photo area and take the photos for all three posts in another session. Finally, edit the photos and add them to the posts.
Now you have all your blog posts ready for publishing in less time than it would take you to do each post and photos individually!
Avoid distractions, especially those online.
When it’s time to write blog posts, close out of Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and any other site that isn’t useful for you at the moment. A tab or two for research is okay, but you want to minimize the amount of distractions that cause you to waste time. Seeing a new email or hearing the Facebook messenger notification is likely to distract you from getting things done.
Utilize writing prompts.
Using prompts will help you on the days when you just aren’t sure what to write. There are thousands of blogging ideas on the World Wide Web, so download a couple hundred and print them out. Keep the list handy so you can refer to it when needed. Having the prompts close by cuts down on time spent looking for something good to blog about.
Keep a notebook with you at all times.
This will assist you in creating your own writing prompts! Ideas may strike us at any moment in time: at your kid’s soccer game or in the grocery store. Alternatively, use the notes feature on your smart phone to write down a topic so you don’t forget it.
Hire an assistant or outsource content creation.
Sometimes, cutting down on time means passing some tasks on to someone else. A virtual assistant can help you with all aspects of content creation, such as writing the post, photo taking and editing, and promotion. Ask your blogging friends for referrals or to be added to groups on Facebook for VA’s and blogging help. Outsourcing just one task every now and then is possible too, and can be done on places such as Elance or oDesk.
Put out a call for guest posts.
To keep fresh content on your blog without having to write it yourself, accept guest posts from bloggers in your niche. Make sure the post is beneficial to your audience as well as grammatically correct. In exchange for the content, you will want to give your guest a byline.
What are other ways that you have made writing blog content easier?