In my last tip, I discussed how to easily come up with ideas for topics for your blog posts, primarily by keeping a blog ideas notebook.
In this tip, I will show you my method for how to write a blog post, painlessly.
I like to do five minutes a day over a five-day workweek. I set aside five minutes for five days to write a single blog post. Sometimes I work longer than five minutes, sometimes I skip a day, but the idea is that no matter how busy I get, I have it on my calendar and usually am able to carve out at least five minutes daily to work on my blog post.
Day 1: Go to your blog idea notebook to select a topic. Scan over the list and select the one that seems to “pop out.” Then copy and paste your topic into a document. Jot down any notes you may have. That’s it. Quit for the day.
Day 2: Go back to your article and continue writing for at least five minutes. Do not censor yourself or edit what you’ve written. Just get as much information about the topic out. Hopefully, you’ll get all the essential information down in this session.
Day 3: Finish up your thoughts and review what you’ve written thus far and rearrange it for logic and flow. Go ahead and edit it.
Day 4: Determine what the keywords for the piece should be. Pick what seems to come naturally. For this post, I selected the phrase “write a blog.” Then try to use that phrase in your title and a couple of times in the body of your article. If you know how to write title and description tags, then write those today, too.
Day 5: Run spelling and grammar check. Read out loud to find flow problems. There will be some. Make last minute changes as needed. Now, you’re ready to publish!
Why do I choose five minutes? Because I’m kind of ADHD, I get restless and, because no one is directly paying me to write the darn thing, my motivation is low. So committing to just five minutes, for five days works well.
Obviously, this technique only works if you keep your posts short, around 500 words. This makes it easier both on you and your reader.
If you find a post running too long, break it up into two posts. That’s what I did with this tip and the prior one, I Started A Blog and Don’t Know What to Write.
Easy Web Tip #185: Write a blog post painlessly five minutes a day for five days.
P.S. Below is how long I took to write this web tip. Yes, I did write more than five minutes a day, but this tip ran a little longer than usual. It still was painless to write!
Day 1: 9 minutes
Day 2: 7 minutes
Day 3: 8 minutes
Day 4: 5 minutes
Day 5: 11 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes