There is a lot more to blogging than writing blog posts, which is why it is imperative not to get wrapped up in only one aspect. Bloggers who spend ages crafting the perfect posts might find that although the post could win a Pulitzer (if such esteemed awards were given to bloggers), but it hardly matters because no one has seen it. Poor content is not the answer but every blogger must find ways to finish writing quickly enough to leave time to dedicate to other equally important tasks such as blog promotion and SEO.
The following tips can help you to improve on your blog post writing time.
Have Your Ideas Ready
A large chunk of the time spent by most bloggers in putting a post together is dedicated to actually figuring out what to write. Instead of thinking about what to write just before actually settling down to type, set aside separate time for brainstorming and mind mapping post ideas. These ideas can form part of a master list of post ideas to draw from when it is time to write.
Draft the Bones of the Post
As long as you know what you will write, you can jump right in by drafting the bones of the post. Make the key points by creating sub-headings of the things you would like to mention.
Flesh-Out the Body
When you have identified the major points that must be covered it is easy enough to write an introduction, discuss each point in turn and then conclude. This approach is much easier than starting with a blank page and a blinking cursor to type from the beginning. This just goes to show, it is not always best to start from the top.
Source Images for Your Blog Post
What’s a blog post without an image? They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this is certainly true in the blogosphere. Bloggers must place a high value on the images used in their posts because readers love to see a fresh high quality image to increase the level of interest on the screen.
Find Relevant Links
A blog post is interactive. It has this advantage over a print article so it means that it can be linked to other related posts or to articles that are from other websites but that are nevertheless important and relevant. If these links are within the body of your post they should open in a new window so you don’t risk losing your readers if they follow your link and never return.
Leave Room for Others to Comment
A terrific blog post is one that is sufficiently thorough without being exhaustive. The blogger should leave room for others to comment.
Reread and Edit
Finally it will only take a minute or two to reread your post to make sure you don’t have any typos or grammatical errors. This can make an otherwise interesting post look unprofessional.
Blog posts don’t need to take an eternity to write, but the finished product must never look rushed and careless. The speed with which you finish your blog posts will increase with time but employing a focused strategy helps you to move in the right direction.