27 Jan 2017
Writing blog posts is easy, but that won’t crack your follow meter. If you want your followers to significantly increase in number, your posts must be spectacular, out of the ordinary. If you’re someone who has nothing to do all day, then that wouldn’t be an issue, but in reality you sink in that there are stacks of reports to finish, chores to do, kids to drive to school, and on top of everything you’ve yet to finish your blog post.
Did you ever wish you could write up a really awesome blog post in just a few minutes? You’re lucky because your wish is about to come true.
This article will teach you five tactics on how to write great blog posts quickly. But, before that, let me first break to you that quantity doesn’t equate to quality. A 1,000-word article is no better than one with only 500 words if it’s not rich in content. That doesn’t mean that shorter articles are always better than long ones. Opt to write longer articles if you can support them with that much data. Choose to write short ones if its length is enough to suffice its value.
Separate research from writing
Some people do their research and writing all at the same time, and it usually leads to bad writing. I know you probably can’t wait to share your post with the world, but if you want something great, the systematic approach is always the way to go. So, do your research first hand before writing it.
Research is fun. You’ll come across tons of popular content others have written. You’ll be able to extract a unique idea from it. You’ll piece your topic together as you click from one site to the next. But what do you do then? Write nothing. Instead, spend the rest of the time researching about your blog post, take notes. Know the tools that you’ll be using in writing your new blog, including all the facts and people you need to check out for your blog post.
Create an outline
If you start writing right away, then you’ll just find yourself stuck in between paragraphs. Before you start writing, divide your article into different sections as follows:
Say a bit about your topic. You can introduce your topic through the use of a question, a story, facts, an interesting quote, a joke, or statements. If you’re planning to write a long post, then you can include two to three more sections under your body. Write a theme for each section, and then expound.
Write now, edit later
Good writing is just like building a house. You don’t construct and paint it all at once. You have to build the house, prior to tidying it up. Otherwise, it’ll take decades to finish it, and there’s not even an assurance of how your house is going to look like. Just like that, you can’t write and edit all at the same time, less you want to finish writing after a day, and realize that it still needs more work.
Write your conclusion sooner
You might feel stuck in the middle of a paragraph. Don’t sweat it. Instead of killing time in social media while you wait for inspiration to sink in, just skip to the conclusion section. The conclusion is where you bring all your thoughts together in brief but concise sentences. This is also where your call-to-action comes in. State the main points of your article and provide an explanation more specific than the one that’s on your body.
Write your introduction last
The introduction is the trickiest part of every blog post. It has to be able to captivate people by the first sentence. People usually spend hours thinking of the best introduction for their article, leading to prolonged writing time.
Rather, finish researching, outlining, writing and editing your article before writing the introduction. This way, you’ll be able to gain enough insight about your article before diving into the introduction.
Don’t be a perfectionist
You’re not writing literature nor are you writing a term or thesis paper. You’re writing a blog post. It’s okay to make mistakes. That doesn’t mean you can just ignore all your grammatical errors and typos.
Don’t focus all your energy on making sure that you’ve covered everything you can about the subject. You’ll never be able to cover it all anyway. Seek your desire for perfectionism on focusing solely on all the things you want to say. That way, you’re making room for improvement for your article when it earns comments from readers.
Writing is just like sports. You build up speed through practice. This doesn’t mean that you practice writing the way you’re used to: writing and researching at once, writing and editing at the same time and so on. Instead, practice writing the way I’ve taught you in this article. If you write like this every day, it won’t take long before it all comes naturally to you.
Set a timer
Blog posts are like a virus. They spread and invade everything. Finishing your post can be a drag. If that’s the case, then set boundaries. Setting a timer will urge you to finish writing at a much swifter pace.
Sometimes, writer’s block is only in the mind. But other times, you really have to give it a rest. Perhaps, your mind is already sore punch creative juices out of your brain. Close your laptop for a day. Go for a walk, or the mall with a couple of friends.
You don’t have to force yourself into creativity. Then later on, just when you least expect it, creativity is just going to jump out of nowhere, and then you can start writing again.
Keep a file for your research and notes
Don’t just ditch your notes and research right after you’ve written your totally insane blog post. You never know when it can come in handy one day. If you’re serious about wanting to write blogs at a swifter pace, then it’s wise to keep a file of them so that you won’t have to start from scratch when doing your research.