When it comes to sitting down and writing, how long on average does it take for you to write a blog post?
Does it you take hours of gruelling research, then you find yourself stressing over the sentence structure and tone? Or are you spending too much time stressing over the minute details and finding that you end up with a blog that doesn’t quite sound and flow correctly?
Creating crowd-pleasing blog posts doesn’t have to be quite as hard as it is all cracked up to be. If you want to increase both the quality and quantity of posts for your blog and find out how to write a good blog post in just 30 minutes, you’ve come to the right place.
Before we start you on this process, whether you’re blogging on the side or full-time for profit or just for fun, it is crucial to understand that everyone’s writing style is different; therefore, the blog writing process differs from person to person. In this post, you’ll a few find simple suggestions to help you whack out a blog post that’s nothing less than a quality piece of work in less than an hour.
However, before we do get started, we’ve outlined three essential things you should do before you even consider beginning writing anything your blog post which are the foundations of any quality piece of writing, so let’s get started.
Make Sure You Choose the Right Environment
You might not give it much thought, but being in the right writing environment can make all of the difference to your writing efficiency. In fact, it can be the difference between a blog post taking hours to create and it just taking just half an hour. The fewer distractions you have, the better, so prime your environment and make sure that it’s completely distraction-free.
Figure out what works for you. Some people need complete peace with no other people around to get anything done, while others prefer the quiet chatter and gentle bustle of their local coffee shop, it’s up to you. Work out what your best writing environment is and make sure you have it available when you plan to write your next blog post.
Prepare your digital workspace for optimal time-saving
When writing a blog post, there are generally several tools you’ll find yourself using and switching between as you work. Some of these tools might be Google Chrome for research, statistics websites such as The Office for National Statistics, Microsoft Snipping Tool, and various free imaging platforms. Although you might not realise it, opening each of these programs and consistently closing and re-opening them as you work can add a few extra minutes to your blog creation time.
It all adds up in the end, so before you start writing or brainstorming, make sure that all of your digital tools are open and ready to use.
Know your topic before you start writing
During the week, you will probably encounter interesting articles and blogs that feature information that pertains to your particular topic. Read them, bookmark them and make sure you have the general required knowledge in your head before you get started writing, this will help you in the long run.
How to Write a Good Blog Post in 7 Easy Stages and in Just 30 Minutes
Obviously, efficiency is the critical objective of wanting to write a few of your blog posts in 30 minutes, however it is essential to keep in mind that quality is vital and not all blogs should be rushed or hurried in an effort to produce more content, don’t compromise on quality, after all, content is king! Instead, these tips are more to help you create better content, faster.
So, without further ado, below is a timed guide on how you can approach a blog post in just seven easy stages, each consisting of no more than a few minutes each.
Step 1: Brainstorm general ideas and know what you are writing
Although you should have done your research on the subject, you’ll usually have a plan or specification of what you need to write. So, you’ll need to quickly read up what your article is on, know the desired word count, and have your specific angle in mind. If you find you have any particularly great ideas or angles to take, then quickly jot them down.
Step 2: Check out what the industry is saying
You don’t want to write a piece that’s the same as your competitors, so ensure that you avoid making that mistake. Read what competitor posts are about and write down how you’d improve on them if you wrote the post. Familiarising yourself with what is already being said about your topic will ensure that you don’t end up repeating what others have said before you.
Step 3: Create headings and subheadings
You’ll now know what your blog needs to cover and what questions you want to answer, so make sure that your blog post is structured around those points. By creating a list of headings and subheadings, you can prepare your mind for the writing process, structure your content efficiently and ensure that you don’t miss anything once you get started.
Step 4: Flesh out a paragraph under each heading
Now that you have your post structure to guide you, you can start adding some information to each section of your post. Make sure that each heading has a proportionate amount of content to cover the subject you’re speaking on. To ensure that you don’t end up going over your word count, it is a good idea is to divide the total blog word count by the number of headings/subjects you have to cover.
Step 5: Write an engaging introduction and work on a call to action
Most people think that they need to write their introduction first, but this can waste time unless you know the exact shape your content is to take form.
The body of the blog is where all the detail goes, and it tends to be a lot easier to write than the introductions and conclusions. An introduction that is punchy and interesting can be hard to think up immediately, and if you try to do it first, it might just hold you up.
In your final paragraph, briefly sum up the article and provide an instruction of what the reader should do next (this is known as your ‘call to action’). This shouldn’t take you very long; however, if you find it takes longer, you are probably overthinking it. Remember that intros and last words should be concise and punchy.
Step 6: Search for images
Blogs have the best impact when they include an eye-catching and high-quality image. You can use several free resources to get a free picture to add to your blog, such as Unsplash or pay for a subscription to a stock image website such as Shutterstock.
Step 7: Proofread and edit
Using the last few minutes of your time, you can skim read through your article to make sure that it makes sense and is witty enough. If you don’t have much editing to do, you should be done and dusted in just 30 minutes! For ease of speed and to spot any mistakes that you might miss, you can use a grammar and spell checker such as Grammarly, to spot those errors which could be impacting on the quality of your content.
If you have been looking for ways to increase your blog writing efficiency, you can try the tips and steps above for a content creating strategy which will see you with a lot more time on your hands and a lot of better quality blog posts.
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Charlotte Ross is one of the leading contributors of content and all things content & SEO related at Dojono.com. Whether she’s writing articles, answering queries or providing her expertise for others to benefit from, Charlotte is always putting her knowledge and experience to good use.