Many of us dream to be able to write quality blog content in a short amount of time, but is it really possible?
The Creative Living wasn’t my first blog. In fact, that blog was a now long forgotten, since deleted blog about writing. I was eleven at the time, so I was undoubtedly an expert on the subject, but for some reason, it didn’t stick (nor get views. Wonder why? 😉)
Since then I’ve run numerous blogs for fun, the largest and most successful being another writing blog (though having been writing for more than a decade, I feel slightly more confident sharing what I know now).
While focussing on The Creative Living, I’ve been neglecting my other blogs, but I got to wondering, is it possible to write a lot of quality content in a short amount of time? So, I tried it.
Believe it to not, I managed to write a month’s worth of content in a single day. I’ll be honest, I was writing pretty much all day, but to me, it was worth it. This, dear readers, is how to write a lot of quality blog content in a single day.
Write Down a List of 15 Titles
I like to post three times a week on my writing blog, although I can be very inconsistent. Counting between four and five weeks per month, I settled on aiming to write fifteen blog posts – that’s a post for Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.
Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with blog post ideas, so, if you’re struggling, check out my article on ‘Brainstorming a Year’s Worth of Blog Content in a Week’
Write Five Headers Under Those Titles
If you’ve read my article on ‘How to Write A Blog Post’ you’ll remember me talking about SEO and Readability scores. Dividing your posts not only helps with both Readability and SEO, but it also helps with writing.
Headers are, arguably, the most important part of any blog posts. Readers will often open your site, scan your headings, and then decide whether they’ll read your content or not.
It’s imperative you hook them with your headers.
Hopefully, you’ll be writing a post that is providing some help to your readers, so breaking your article into headings shouldn’t be difficult. Remember, the key to writing blog posts is to never lose sight of why, and who you’re writing it for.
Write At Least 50 Words Beneath Each Header
To score well with SEO, your blog post needs to be longer than 300 words. Likely, you’ll have enough to say that you won’t struggle to reach that goal, and you’ll have a great deal more than 300 words.
Having said that, it’s always good to have an idea of a bare minimum (what would be akin to a passing grade at school). Make sure you’re writing your posts in the appropriate style and format for blogging – have an appropriate amount of white space, and fewer long sentences.
If you need to brush up on your blogging writing style, refer back to this article on blog writing. Don’t forget to consult your readability and SEO scores for some more ideas for what to include in your posts (also, download our checklist).
Write an Introduction and Conclusion for Each Post
Now you’ve written the meat of your article you can go back and write a quick introduction and conclusion. Remember to draw your readers in during your introduction – you’re filling a gap for them, sharing your wisdom, let them know what that gap is. Also, include a call to action in your conclusion, i.e. encouraging them to comment, sign up to your email list or follow you on Instagram.
Proofread Your Posts
The final step to writing your blog posts is to proofread them. It’s always a good idea to leave some time between completion and proofreading, which will allow you to return to the blog writing and notice spelling, grammar or readability issues that might not have been apparent earlier.
For longer posts, I like to have my computer read the writing back to me. To do this on a Mac, simply make sure ‘Speech’ is enabled in the accessibility settings of our Mac, take note of your keyboard command, then highlight the words you’d like your computer to read back.
I’ve caught trickly little errors this way, and it’s something I do for all of my writing.
From here, you can either go on and do the final touches, such as creating graphics and scheduling your posts, or move onto the next post, and leave those little details to future you.
The more practiced you become at writing blog posts, the quicker you’ll write them. One day you'll be a machine, and you'll be able to write so much quality blog content in a short period of time. Just remember, your readers will return to your website if they find quality content, so it’s a good idea to remember that old saying: quality over quantity.
Case in point, this blog post:
Word count: 850 words
Time taken: 15 minutes
Time taken multiplied by fifteen, and divided by 60 (minutes) – almost 4 hours.
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