In the first 3 months of this blog, I published 3 posts. My blog was going to epically fail if I couldn’t even write a monthly post. I needed to find a way to speed up my writing.
After a year of trying to increase my blogging speed, I believe the following tips are worth a try.
- Have your topic picked beforehand
- Practice and set a timer.
- Create a blogging template.
- Use better writing software.
- Batch images after writing.
- Let go of perfectionism.
- Write about topics that need less research.
- Don’t do too much editing.
- Create a distraction-free environment
Let’s go over these things and get your blogging time down.
Have Your Topic Picked Beforehand
Before you ever sit down to write a blog post, you should have already come up with a list of topics you want to write about. I try to order topic ideas by which ones are most relevant to my niche and which ones I think will perform best in Google.
I also try to write a sexy title out beforehand, this way I don’t have to waste time with that when writing. And I put everything in a bunch of Trello boards to try to keep them organized.
Now, whenever I sit down to write, I only have to pick a topic from the list and start writing. It takes me 2 seconds, and I’m ready to write.
Practice Writing Faster
In the beginning, it took me several full days of work to publish a single blog post. Blogging felt overwhelming. But, I continued writing every chance I got, and my speed increased. I got a 1,000-2,000 word post down to about 8 hours and felt very accomplished.
But, then I signed up for Income School’s Project24’s course. They claimed to be cranking out 1300 word blog posts in 90 minutes. I didn’t understand how people could write that fast without the end result being total garbage.
One of the things they were doing was that they were giving their writers a hard time limit. And it was working. It’s essential to practice writing, but remember to practice with a little bit of urgency. Blogging needs to be a little bit of a time-trial.
You’ll struggle with this at first. But, over time, you will begin to start hitting publish after only 1-2 hours of writing.
Create a Template
When I first started blogging, I didn’t know how any post I was going to write should be formatted. This caused me to spend a lot of unnecessary time messing with the formatting of every post.
If you have all this planned out beforehand, things will go much faster. For example, I want all my blog post intros to have this general format.
- 1-3 sentences introducing myself and the problem my post is trying to solve.
- 1 paragraph with a brief synopsis of the answer to the problem.
- 1-2 sentences trying to convince the reader to continue reading the rest of the article.
Imagine if I didn’t know for sure that’s how I wanted my introductions to go. It would take me a lot longer to come up with precisely what I wanted to write.
Having templates will save you time in your writing and won’t degrade content quality. If anything, it will increase your post quality while decreasing your writing time.
Use Better Writing Software
The WordPress editor sucks.
There are a ton of distractions within the editor that takes your focus off writing the content.
First off, you’re on your web browser. So you’re 1 step away from clicking another tab or checking out social media. But more than that, look at all the crap on the screen. It is all so distracting. There’s also no dark mode, which I find incredibly helpful for large amounts of computer work.
Compare that to a dedicated distraction-free writing app like Ulysses (for Mac/iPad/iPhone).
Being able to focus on the writing aspect of your blog post will make you a faster blogger. Ditch the WordPress editor. Find a text-editor with fewer distractions.
Batch Images After You’ve Finished Writing Content
Write the content, then if you want to include images worry about that. Do not attempt to add pictures as you’re writing because it’s distracting you from both tasks. While you’re writing, you want writing to be the only thing that you’re doing.
All the crap we do after writing the post takes a lot of time. For instance, I wrote this post in less than 90 minutes. But then, it took me just as long if not longer to mess around with editing, adding images, links, etc.
When you try to do all these tasks at once, you’ll get less effective at each of them. Do one, then do the other. So write your post in 90 minutes or less, then make it look pretty.
Let Go of Perfectionism
I used to read and re-read my post several times to attempt to make it sound as good as humanly possible. You’re not going to be able to do that and get your writing times under an hour.
Nor does doing this make your post all that much better. It’s just something you’re going to have to let go of so that you can write faster.
Also, when you finish the post, hit the publish button. Move on. Some people sit on the post saying someday they’ll come back and improve upon it. Hit publish, and if you want to improve it later you can.
Write About Topics That Require Less Research
The first post I wrote was about how to create a green screen in your house.
I was learning how to do this myself, and that made me want to blog about it. However, it adds enormous amounts of time to your research if you don’t actually know how to do the things you’re writing about.
I’ve had a tendency to do that a lot. I want to blog about what I’m most interested in at the time, which is typically something I don’t know how to do yet. If you’re doing this, you need to stop. Otherwise, every blog post you write will take weeks or potentially months!
Instead, try writing about the stuff you were interested in 3 months ago. The things you feel like you already know pretty well.
Don’t Do Too Much Editing.
When I first started blogging, I was super insecure about my grammar. I was a computer programmer by trade, I’ve never had to be good at writing before. Because of this, I spent a ton of time running my posts through Grammarly and HemmingwayApp.
I don’t want to discourage you from using those tools. But, if you’re going to use them, wait until you’ve finished writing to do so. And then give yourself a time limit with those tools as well. You don’t want to be stuck writing and rewriting your work over and over again.
Create a Distraction-Free Environment
Your main goal is to simply not be distracted by all the things! Your focus should be on writing.
I already touched on several everyday things bloggers get distracted by. They’re usually distracted by their images, text editor, editing, etc.
But, this is really just touching the surface. You’re probably distracted by WAY more than that. It might be your messy office, or your spouse, or your kid. Whatever it is, you need to eliminate it while writing. These little distractions can quickly turn a 2-hour blog post into a 10-hour ordeal.
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I wrote an entire blog post on how to be more productive. It goes WAY more in-depth into common problems people have with being efficient. I recommend you check it out if you’re looking for more tips.