Has this happened to you? You head over to your computer, sit down, and stare at a blank screen wondering what you’re going to write about today.
It happens to almost everyone – except you. After reading through the five tips below, you’ll no longer battle writer’s block. Sounds awesome, right?
Here’s the deal…
You know you need to blog. It’s the secret sauce to increasing your site’s visitor count ten-fold. It’s also one of the best ways to boost your credibility in your industry. I don’t have to go through all the benefits because you’re already here on this blog!
The downside to blogging
It’s a big time investment – especially if you’re just starting out. Your first few blog posts could take hours to write, edit, and publish. But you want to make sure your post is high-quality, right? I don’t blame you. After all, it’s your personal brand or business on the line.
This makes it challenging to jumpstart your blog and churn out high-quality content in a timely manner. Cutting your post time down from four hours to one hour would be quite the accomplishment.
The tips that follow help you do that. They’re tips I’ve learned from writing for a handful of blogs (including my own) over the years. Let’s dive in.
Five Tips to Push Through Writer’s Block
1. Write an Outline
Who needs an outline? It just adds another step to the process, right? Wrong. I used to write-off using outlines just like you – until I started writing every day. Why the switch? Outlines help organize your thoughts into a convincing and detailed post. Simply put, they stop you from staring blankly at the wall wondering how you’re going to throw this post together.
2. When a New Idea Hits You, Sit Down and Write
This one is hard because you can’t exactly write a blog post from your car. But, when a post idea hits you, sit down to write it – even if it’s just a mash-up of words. You can always edit it later. Writing something when the idea is sparked leads to a more passionate post. A passionate post means it’s likely to better engage your readers to get behind you.
3. Wake Up Earlier
I know, I know. Waking up early is no fun, but you can get more done. Start with fifteen minutes earlier. Then, progress to thirty minutes – and finally an hour. During your extra hour, you should be able to write quality content, grab some images, and throw up a post. Plus, it’ll be dead quiet in the morning. This means you’re able to focus on writing without being distracted.
4. Plan Out Your Posts
Just like outlines, I dismissed editorial calendars, too. Boy, was I wrong. They’re a lifesaver. Whether you plan out a week’s worth of posts or a month’s, having an idea of what you’re going to write about saves a ton of time. Start up a Google spreadsheet (so you can access it from anywhere) and begin adding ideas with writing deadlines and publishing dates. This is especially valuable if your blog has monthly themes or you want to work on a promotion schedule for a product you’re going to launch.
5. Write Multiple Posts in One Sitting
This is my secret. And it’s obvious, but a lot of people don’t think about it. If your blog is built using WordPress, you have the ability to schedule out posts. This means you can sit down for a chunk of time on Sunday and write posts for a month. Then, do it again the next months. This means you sit down to write just twelve times a year. It’s a great tactic for busy professionals or those who run blogs outside of a full-time job. Automating your blog post (and social media blasts) helps you run your blog without being there to hit “Publish”. It’s my number one tip.
To wrap up, it’s no secret that blogs are hard work. They require a ton of time and effort. But, with this tips, you now have a better idea of what it takes to keep a blog running.
Creating content is not only important to build your business or personal brand, but it’s essential to increasing your rank in search engines. And yes, that may mean you have to get up an hour earlier to do so.
About the author: Michael Adams is the Marketing Manager at Fourtopper, a provider of websites for restaurants. Discover how Fourtopper brings more to the table for restaurants, cafes, and bars.