Are you an efficient blogger? If so, there’s always room to improve. If no, then worry not! Read on and you will find some tips that will help you write better quality content in lesser time.
Blogging can be fun, at least at the start. But soon enough, it becomes a headache for some, especially new bloggers. Thinking about relevant topics for new posts is hard enough. And then comes the content itself. As a result, you end up spending more time than you intended on writing a post. We understand that in this fast-paced life, time is precious to come by. So in this post, we aim to show you some ways in which you can optimize the whole writing process which will hopefully give you maximum results within your allocated time period.
Most websites are quick to point out that you need “quality content” to make your blog live through people’s expectations, but few provide what it takes to actually do so. If you are losing faith in your blog results, then don’t worry! Understand that a good blog takes hard work and determination to build. You will get good eventually. And it will all become easier once you do. And the key to doing so is having quality content that is relevant to your readers.
1. Feel at home while writing
Yes. That’s right. Feel at home :). It doesn’t mean you have to be ‘at home’ while writing. It means you need to be in a comfortable and homely environment. It is one of the most important point you need to keep in mind. There should not be any noise or other distractions around while you are writing. Divert your full attention to the task at hand. Log off from any social media sites (like Facebook) and messengers (Skype, MSN etc). Your friends will only distract you by sending you chat messages. Also try to avoid calls during the process.
Create a favorable environment around you. Close off the curtains, stretch out on the couch, maybe prepare a cup of coffee for yourself etc. Do whatever you need to do in order to be at your ease. Because once you are, believe me, writing posts will become more easier
2. Create an outline; jot down points
No one can just miraculously come up with all the ideas/points at once. So keep a small notebook, and jot down whatever comes in your mind and whenever. Make use of your extra time that would otherwise go to waste. For example while travelling, or eating, think of points to write in your post. That way, you will have sort of blue print ready when you sit down to write your post. Otherwise, you will end up staring at a blank document and straining your mind to come up with any ideas.
While jotting down points, don’t discard any out-of-order idea. Just write it down. It can come handy later. Similarly, don’t worry too much about using the right expressions at first. You can change that later. Just write the ideas in a general order. Specifics can be dealt with later.
3. Add visual effects
Search YouTube and find videos relevant to your post. Also search for images that might go with your post. Pictures and videos enrich a post. They make a post more interesting, plus give a professional look to your blog. Hence such media enhance your posts’ quality.
4. Do some research; gather ideas from other sources
Read blogs from others in your industry. Look at what the others are writing about and understand it. Identify most recent trends and follow them. Gather ideas about what to write about, and how best to write it. Also do some research about your topic. Read other people’s views and reviews to learn beforehand what sort opinion your audience will have.
5. Edit it!
Last, but not the least, Edit your post! This may seem obvious, but it is extremely important!
First, check if your points are written in a recognizable order, i.e. chronological, by relevance, by importance etc. Once you are satisfied with the general flow of your ideas, move on to improving your expressions. Avoid repetitions of words and use synonyms instead.
Do not try to squish in too much vocabulary. Keep your words simple, and easy to understand. Correct out any grammatical errors and typos. If there’s one thing that blows away the audience quickly, it is poor use of grammar and spellings. Always proofread your post before you publish it.
Make your points concise and to the point. Don’t wast your own and others’ time by writing long essays. A particularly useful technique is, after each sentence, ask the question, “So What?”. If you can’t answer the question, then eliminate that sentence. This should make your paragraphs relevant, and to the point.
On a final note, do not edit your post while you are writing it. Stopping and looking back over to mistakes while writing is a bad idea. You may lose focus on your point, or forget a point that came into your mind all together.
These are some of the basic tips that can guide you in making the most out of your time. And this is what blogging is all about: providing quality information to people who need it. You can’t spend all your time in blogging, and nor can your audience read each and every thing that you write. So make each word count, just in case the reader leaves off halfway through the post.