It can be very hard to find time to write blog posts with everything else we have going on in our lives. I now have two blogs to manage so have even less time. It can be impossible to actually write posts with the limited amount of time people have these days.
I’m not suggesting you publish something unless it up to publishable standard but it’s surprising what you can get done in just a short amount of time.
What can you get done in 30 minutes? You can watch your favourite tv show, aimlessly browse on social media or do something else completely unproductive. What if you could get a blog post written and completed in that amount of time too?
Before you start:
- Know what you’re going to write. I already know the subject I’m going to write about for the coming week and have any web pages open in case I need to look up or research anything.
- Have your tools in place. First I setup thing on my Coschedule calendar and start the title and categories of the post on them. I have Pixabay, freeimages.com and Canva open for when I start looking for images. If I’m at home at my desk I have my Dragon and microphone all setup to begin dictating what I want to write.
- Have your workspace prepared. If I’m at home I have my laptop setup with my microphone and external keyboard and my blog page open in WordPress.
Here’s how to write a blog post in 30 minutes.
Pick a familiar topic (3-5 minutes)
Know what you’re going to write about. With such a small amount of time to think about a topic, choose a topic you’re knowledge about. For example, what topics do you usually write about on your blog? My blog talks about blogging, marketing, writing and self publishing.
You might be tempted to look up a topic on google to get some inspiration with the intention of using those as inspiration – don’t. Copying other people’s work is plagiarism and definitely not a good idea.
If you’ve only got 30 minutes to write about one topic don’t pick something that requires a lot of research, pick something you are already knowledgeable about.
Show what the topic is about in the title of the blog post (5 minutes)
Having a strong title is important in any blog post. A well-written article with helpful information will often be overlooked if it doesn’t convey a clear title. One of the easiest ways to create a strong title is to get straight to the point by explaining what your blog post is about. For example, How to… 10 Ways To… How To Get…
Write an outline (5 minutes)
Write an outline of your blog post. It doesn’t have to be fancy or very long. It can even just be a simple list fo bullet points detailing points that you want to write about.
Outlines don’t have a long time either. They can be just a few simple sentences of what you want to write and what you want to do.
Get focused (1 minute)
Once you’ve got your outline and title sorted out you’re ready to go. It shouldn’t take long for you to go through your outline and start writing your post. Don’t write your post while you’re having a quick lunch break or have some spare time in between work and meeting. Write your post when you’re feeling alert and ready to get creative.
Get writing (15 minutes)
Once your title and your outline are in place you’re ready to dive and get writing. It doesn’t have to be a long 500-1000 word post. So of the best blog post can be short, simple and to the point.
Even a small 200 word post can be valuable if it’s written for your intended audiance and offers them valauble information.
What do you do to write quick and effective blog posts?
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