With all that it takes to run your business, you shouldn’t be spending more time than you need to on tasks, especially tasks that you do daily (or as often as possible!), like blogging. If you don’t think you need to be blogging for your business, you should read this article from our blog last week.
Blogging can seem like a daunting task, so Alisa Meredith from Scalable Social Media has gathered 6 quick tips for blogging in one hour or less:
Keep a Stash of Blog Post Topics
Many successful people keep a pen and notepad next to their bed so when they wake in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea, they can write it down to ensure they don’t forget it the next morning. I do the same thing with blog ideas. Any time I think of a brilliant blog article idea, I immediately write it down in the notes app of my iPhone. Then when it comes time to blog, I have a list of ideas to transfer into a post. Then, I do further brief research and cite my sources.
If your stash is empty, think your customer conversations. What topics or questions have your customers been bringing up? What topics do you see trending on Twitter or Facebook?
Turn off the Distractions
Turn off distractions like chat programs, email, Facebook, signal notifications and silence your phone so you can finish it within one hour. If you don’t have the self-control to stay off those sites yourself, use a helper program like Ommwriter, which eliminates everything from your view but your space to write (pictured above).
Don’t Edit as You Write
Let your thoughts flow till you complete the article. After you finish the entire article, do the adjustments.
Find an Infographic
Info graphic is a super-shortcut way to share your own observations or content in a simple, creative way. Then, start sharing on your social media networks!
Keep the Images Simple
Images are the visual aspect of a blog post. When you only have one hour, give yourself 5-10 minutes max for image creation. Don’t spend too long looking for the perfect picture. If you have trouble finding a copywrite-free image, why not create your own text graphic using Photoshop or Canva? Choose a simple background and add a motivating or content-related quote text overlay.
When a Blog Post Should Take Over an Hour
If your subject requires extensive research, interviews, A/B testing or time-intensive tasks, then you might not be able to pull it off. Of course, you could compile all the needed data first and then impose a one-hour limit for the actual writing. (Scalable Social Media)
What are your tips for keeping your time spent blogging under control?