Want to write blog content faster but not being able to do so?
Well, you’re not alone.
According to research, not being able to produce enough content is one of the primary marketing challenges that 64% of bloggers & marketers face. Being a blogger myself, I know this very well. Blogging is not an easy job. In fact, many times I find 24 hours to be very less because there are just lots of things to do (besides writing blog content) to make blogging actually work.
For example, bloggers have to be up to date about the latest trends, update old blog posts, reply to readers’ comments, perform social media marketing, email marketing, the list just goes on and on.
So, how can you be more productive and write blog content faster?
Is it possible to increase your blog writing speed?
The short answer is YES!
You can definitely write content faster than your usual speed if you learn to maximize efficiency in your daily routine. In this article, I’m going to share 5 productivity hacks for bloggers that have proven to come in handy for many world’s professional & successful bloggers (including me). That being said, let’s dive right in!
5 Productivity Hacks for Bloggers to Write Content FASTER
If you often find yourself:
- not being able to get down to work quickly
- doing ‘nice to do’ work first instead of essential
- or just randomly start checking social media when you should have been writing content
Then I promise that the following productivity hacks will do wonders for you. All you have to do is, apply them on a daily basis. So, are you ready to learn the top productivity hacks for bloggers?
Well, here they are!
1 – Write When You’re Freshest!
Writing when you’re freshest basically means scheduling the writing task when words come faster to you. For many bloggers, the morning hours are the most productive for them. For others, the late-night time is better. So, for the next couple of days, sit down to write at different times to discover what works better for you.
Is it early morning, evening, or late at night?
Once you find the window of hours when writing becomes easiest for you, block that window of time each day to pump out quality content faster.
2 – Write Drunk & Edit Sober
What I mean by that is you should avoid editing when you’re writing. You see, I have personally experienced a considerable productivity boost when I started separating the two actions. In fact, whenever I edit as I go, I have observed that not only it slowed down my writing speed, but it also broke the flow of words. So, create the habit of writing during one period, preferably when you’re freshest, and then edit later in the day or the next day.
Remember, nobody is going to see your first draft unless you show it. So it doesn’t matter how good or bad it’s written. What matters is getting your ideas down as fast as possible. In fact, if you try to get every sentence perfect in the writing stage, you will most certainly end up spending hours writing only a hundred or two hundred words at max. So, separate the editing from writing and it will definitely increase your blog writing speed.
3 – Turn off All Distractions
Social Media networks like Twitter and LinkedIn are great platforms for bloggers to do some networking. These platforms can help to connect with other professional bloggers, find sponsors for your blog, and be updated about the latest trends in your industry. However, you must turn off all social media platforms altogether when you’re sitting down to write blog content. Apart from social media, you should also turn off all other distractions.
This includes turning off Wi-Fi and mobile data on your phone, kicking out your noisy roommate, closing all unnecessary tabs on your browser, and blocking email notifications on your smartphone as well as on your computer.
4 – Create a Detailed Process
Writing a blog post is an activity that we bloggers do on a regular basis. But when we’re planning to write a blog post, we often just add ‘write a blog post on xyz topic’ on our to-do list. We just kind of assume that we already know how to write a blog post so we don’t get much into the details. But in reality, writing a blog post is a long process with lots of steps!
Let’s take my process of writing a blog post as an example:
- Come up with a blog post idea/topic
- Find a focus keyword
- Create the post outline
- Write the first draft
- Edit first draft
- Create a featured image
- Upload blog post into WordPress
- Insert all hyperlinks
- Proofread final draft for spelling errors & grammar mistakes
- Set category, tags, and publish time/date
- Fill metadata in Yoast plugin
- Schedule blog post
- Schedule social media shares
As you can see, there are over 10 steps to finish just one blog post. And if you don’t have a detailed process as mine, you’ll often forget to do something essential such as optimizing for SEO, formatting the headings, or setting the right tags from time to time. So, create a detailed process for writing blog posts that you’re comfortable with or just copy mine!
It will help you from having to go back to a post again and again each time you remember something important.
5 – Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals!
This one is a super effective and my most favorite productivity hack. Unless you set SMART goals for your blog, writing blog content faster or being extremely productive will be pointless. I’m sorry to break this to you but without proper goal setting, you’ll not be able to make the most out of your blog. SMART goal setting, on the other hand, will help you to bring structure and trackability to your blogging goals.
S.M.A.R.T. basically stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. In terms of blog content writing, setting SMART goals will greatly increase content quantity as well as the quality of the blog posts you write.
For example, you can start by setting a basic SMART goal like – I want to write 500 words every day to be able to publish 3 quality blog posts every week and grow my blog traffic by 10%.
While this is just a simple example of the SMART goal setting, you can apply this SMART goal setting formula to bring clarity to your overall blogging goals as well.
So these are the 5 productivity hacks for bloggers that have worked for me as well as many other bloggers. And though these productivity hacks might sound very basic, they have helped me enjoy a lot of additional benefits of blogging throughout my blogging journey.
Now, I’d like to hear from you guys!
What other productivity hacks would you recommend to increase the blog content writing speed?
Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment box below.
Author Bio – Jaimin is the founder of Screwed Up Engineer, a Digital Marketing blog where he shares actionable insights on the topic of SEO, Digital Marketing, Benefits of Blogging, and how to make money online.
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