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Blogging can be really time-consuming especially if you aren’t naturally a writer or are just starting out and you’re a bit rusty. There are some things you can do that can make blogging go a little faster.
Have a Swipe File
A swipe file is a place where you can keep articles that inspire you, headlines, quotes, anything that you want to use to brainstorm with. There are a lot of headline creators online which I shared in a previous post, “How to Generate Blog Post Titles and Ideas”. When I’m working on my blog but not necessarily writing a post I might use some of these tools and then save the results in my swipe file. When I’m ready to write I can go to them instead of staring at a cursor on the screen.
Brainstorm Ahead of Time
This goes along with the last point. Once you have headlines take it a step further and brainstorm where you want to go with the post and save it as a draft. Don’t worry about grammar rules or any of that, just get some ideas down.
Make an Outline
Before you go to write the post, create an outline of the main points you want to talk about. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and it keeps you from rambling. Make a headline or each paragraph or create a list post.
Save Frequently Used Links
Keep your affiliate links and stuff that you link to frequently in one place. They will be easier to use just make sure that they are still current. I have a document setup in Google docs that I use.
Work in Batches
Multitasking actually isn’t the fastest way to do things. I often write blog posts for the week in batches. I will then create pins for Pinterest in batches. This saves so much time and it’s just so much easier to create this way.
Block Out Distractions
I don’t always follow this but I should. You shouldn’t be on your phone or social media when you are trying to create content. You’re wasting time and before long you’ll end up reading random crap online instead of writing your post or batching something else for your blog. You’ll end up writing the post much faster if you aren’t distracted.
Listen to Focus Music
I have a Google Home Mini and sometimes I’ll put on a focus playlist from Spotify. I can’t listen to regular music when I work because it just distracts me, but music intended for focusing really helps, even classical.
Have an Overall System
You should have steps in place for how you create content if you want to be able to do it faster. If you are just starting out it may take a while for your to figure out what that system is. I heavily encourage you to write every day. That doesn’t mean post every day. It means sitting in front of the computer when you work best and getting content created. As you do this it will become a hobby and you will get faster as you go.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to make post creation and other things you need to do for your blog and business go a bit faster. Sometimes the best strategy is to just write.
Do you have any strategies that you use to make your content creation faster? Let me know in the comments below.
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