Why I Create An Outline For Every Blog Post

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Whenever I create a new blog post, I first draft it in outline form of exactly how I want the post to be structured. My mind runs a mile a minute most of the time, so trying to stay organized and on topic can be a challenge when creating new content.

In this post I am going to talk about the advantages of using an outline. We will touch on:

  • What an outline is and why bloggers should use one
  • Why it actually helps me save time when writing my content
  • What tools are available for bloggers to use when creating an outline 

At the end of this post, I’ve included a copy of the outline I used to create this post. It’s free for you to use to get started!

What is an outline? And why should a blogger use one?

Why I Create An Outline For Every Blog Post
An outline is a shortened version of your masterpiece of a blog post you are about to write. Think of it as a roadmap that tells you where you are and where you are going to end up when all is said and done. A skyscraper can’t stay standing without a solid framework. A well-written blog post is the same way.

An outline should not be written with much depth. You are not writing the full post at this point in the process. The purpose of the outline is to get our ideas out on paper and organize them. Include only brief sentences and keywords you want to mold into full sentences and paragraphs later on in the writing process.

Bloggers need to keep their readers interested throughout the entire post, and hopefully motivates them to share that content across social media. A well-written post starts with carefully constructed ideas and sentences.  It keeps the temptation to ramble and go off point from creeping in at any time.

Outlines help writers generate writing when they have writer’s block. By having an outline ahead of time, you keep that perfect blog post idea safely written down, which can help lead you to more ideas down the road. Basically, the outline is Superman!


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Why not just write whatever comes to mind? Doesn’t writing an outline take more time?

I don’t know about you, but I am usually rushing myself to come up with a new blog post idea. With a full-time job and 4 kids, I often have small windows of time to crank out new content. It is very rare that I complete a post in one sitting. When I am coming back to a post hours, days, or even weeks later, 9 times out of 10 I have forgotten the meat of what I wanted to cover.

Taking a short 10-15 minutes ahead of time, I can jot down every idea I had at the beginning so that I never lose them. Ever. Yes, writing an outline is an extra step in the process, but in the end, it makes drafting the post so much easier.

What tools can bloggers use to create an outline?

Why I Create An Outline For Every Blog Post
Creating an outline doesn’t require sophisticated software or apps. While there are several applications out there that will do the job, I stick with Microsoft Word.  Microsoft OneNote is also a good option as well. If you are looking for outline apps, there are two free simple apps that I use that also do the job – WorkFlowy and OutlineCreate.

As a thank you for reading (and hopefully sharing) this post, here is the outline I made to write this post. Take it and modify it to suit your needs. It’s free!

Download here

I hope that this post was helpful, and gave you enough information on why it’s important to use an outline for blogging. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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Jeremy Atkins
My name is Jeremy Atkins and I'm the founder of Go Ask Your Daddy. When I'm not blogging for you, I'm a daddy to 4 kids, a manager, and an accomplished pianist. I am very enthusiastic and passionate about sharing my blogging tips with like-minded individuals who are working toward the goal of an income-generating blog. See that big image with the coffee cup in my sidebar? Click it to join my free 7-Day email course, "How to Create a Profitable Blog" and get started with your very own money-making blog today!

19 Comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to start doing this and I agree it would be so helpful! There’s been more than a few times that I’ve published a post and then had to go back and edit it because I forgot something. I’ve downloaded your outline and will go from there. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. This is great advice, that I should be taking! 🙂 I have to follow outlines all day at work, so when I sit down to write a blog post I tend to throw rules out the window.

  3. I like the download. Especially that you plan out where your images go and and what your specific calls to action are at the end of the post. Those are the things that I find I typically forget if I’m just writing without a specific outline.
    Thanks!

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