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Between being a full-time manager, daddy, and husband, finding time to write blog posts is just hard – plain and simple. I’m sure there are moms and dads alike out there suffering the same problem as I do. Recently, I created a post called “Why I Create An Outline For Every Blog Post.” Outlines have been a fantastic tool for me, and I’d absolutely recommend you use them as well.
There’s another aspect to writing my blog posts that I’ve never written about before. What is it? It’s how to write a post when you only have a short amount of time. Thus, today’s post was born!
I’m going to teach you the method I use on every blog post to create a valuable, effective post in less than 30 minutes. Don’t think it can be done? Think again. I’ve broken my process down into 5 easy steps you can follow right now to create your next viral blog post.
Let’s get started…
STEP 1: BRAINSTORM AHEAD OF TIME
How many times have you been guilty of sitting down to write a blog post, and realize you have no idea what to write? The problem isn’t writer’s block. The problem is that you haven’t effectively spent time brainstorming possible topics.
You don’t necessarily have to have a formal sit down brainstorming session to say that you have officially brainstormed. And, no, you don’t have to write every idea down that floats through your head, but I do write down potential topics immediately. Normally, I’m on the go so this information usually ends up in the note app on my phone.
What’s my point? My point is that you need to come to the table with ideas ALREADY IN MIND. This minimizes frustration and opens up the creative juices to spend that time actually writing the post. You’ll quickly find that writer’s block isn’t real, and you actually had great ideas all along.
STEP 2: ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOURSELF
I can’t tell you how many blog posts I’ve read, or started to read, and then realized the writer was just in it to make a quick buck. I especially HATE IT when bloggers don’t consider their readers. Mistake, mistake, mistake! So, with that in mind, I ALWAYS ask myself a few simple questions before starting my post that help me keep in mind the WHO, WHAT, and WHY I plan to cover.
- Who am I targeting with this post?
- What problem am I aiming to solve by writing this post?
- Why am I writing the post? What value will it have?
Once you’ve answered the above questions, you can get a better sense of where you want to go creatively and strategically to make the post reach people the way you intend it to reach them. And, of course, these aren’t the only questions you have to use. Ask yourself as many questions as necessary! Write them down on a Word document and make it a part of your creation process. Make it consistent!
STEP 3: CREATE AN OUTLINE
Yeah, yeah, I know. I’ve already talked about how important I think outlines are to creating a well-organized blog post. I’m mildly OCD, so what do you expect? Ha! Anyway, on a more serious note, you should absolutely create an outline FOR EVERY BLOG POST! Yes, outlines take a little time, but not as much time as scratching your head trying to figure out what goes where and why. Outlines do that for you. My suggestion? Do it during brainstorming. If you are already on your computer writing down some ideas, why not start an outline for some of the best ones and see where they end up? You’ll be very surprised how easy and effective this is! Try it!
STEP 4: PROOFREAD THE HELL OUT OF IT
Remember, I’m mildly OCD, right? So, it is natural that I’m very picky about spelling, grammar, and punctuation. You should be too! Nobody wants to read a post full of completely preventable errors. After all, aren’t you trying to make blogging a full-time income source? Don’t screw it up with careless errors. Hey, if you are blogging in WordPress like me, USE THE SPELL CHECK! Word has a spell checker too, smarty pants! There is no excuse in the world that makes up for easily preventable mistakes that could cost you valuable traffic and readers! Take the time to do it right and do it right the first time. It’s just common sense.
STEP 5: CLOSE WITH A BANG
I read a few blog posts this week where the blogger just ended with his or her last point. There was no call to action, no conclusion paragraph, no “read more” section. I was left in the dark as to what the blogger’s intentions were. Did they want me to do something? Leave a comment? Follow them on social media? Share it with my friends? I had no damn clue because there was no call to action for thousands of miles. Only tumbleweeds blowing in the wind. Not a good feeling as a reader. I left the post confused.
So, with that in mind, make your call to action intentional, fun, and most importantly, clear as day. Tell your readers what you want them to do. Don’t make it the reader’s job to figure out the end result. YOU should have already put that down in writing for them. And, as soon as I find those blog posts that didn’t do this, I’m going to update this post and show you those as examples of what NOT to do.
So, here’s MY call to action…
There’s no reason why you can’t write an effective blog post in less than 30 minutes with the tips I’ve just given you. It’s worked for me, my friends, so I know it will work for you too. Don’t waste one more minute trying to figure out how other writers are getting things done so quickly – BE ONE OF THEM!
To sum it up, here are my main takeaway points I want you to keep in mind:
How to write a blog post in less than 30 minutes?
- Brainstorm ahead of time
- Answer a few questions for yourself
- Create an outline
- Proofread the hell out of it
- Close with a bang
Sound off! I’d like to hear your comments about how you get your posts written quickly, and if there are any tips you’d like to share with me to add to this list. I am very happy to answer any questions you may have. Head on down to the comments section below today’s post and let me know you dropped by today. I’d greatly appreciate it. And hey, you can also sign up for my newsletter to get every single post delivered to you weekly!