A lot of people have trouble with writing for their blog; I don’t blame them because it often feels like you’re doing a ton of work for very little (or no) pay. However, it’s vitally important to keep a constant stream of new content to your blog if you wish to gain enough traction to build up a great brand, earn money with your blog and create an amazing community.
Believe it or not, the process of creating a blog post, every day, is rather simple when you break it all down. This is what I want to share in this article.
Writing One Blog Post, Every Day
Naturally, writing a blog post every day seems like it would come across as forceful; after all, you’re a busy person but you’re also trying to make something of your blog. Over the years, I’ve found quite a few techniques that have worked on my own behalf that I believe will work wonders for you too.
Here is a general process I take when needing to create a new piece of content each day:
Step 1: Keep an Idea Journal
This one is a biggie because it will give you the foresight on what blog posts you need to be working on throughout the days. Your idea journal should be created so you can easily scan and find topics you wish to talk about, that day, on your blog. You can start pulling in ideas by reading other blogs, watching television, listening to the radio, daydreaming, looking at blog post idea lists or just relating the topic to a current event. Collect all of these ideas into a journal or spreadsheet so you can come back to it later.
Step 2: Create a General Blog Post Outline
Out of all the tricks I try to teach others, this is the biggie. Blog posts don’t need to reinvent the wheel; structure goes a long way when writing for the web. What I mean is that you can see, in this post, that I have divided the sections into different headlines to convey ideas. When you’re writing, take the topic you wish to cover and break it down to about 3 – 5 different subheadings; keep all of the information relevant but break it down into bite-sized chunks which will let you easily complete each section with ease.
Step 3: Write with a Clear Mind
A lot of writers approach their blog post writing as if it were a report paper for college; however, you don’t need to think too deeply about it as you may be already doing. Instead, try writing with a clear mind – let the information flow from you without editing, do everything you can to get your idea across without stopping yourself every minute to check whether a sentence works. The important thing is to get everything out in one go and then come back to it later to edit; this is where structure comes into play because you’ll be able to jump to each section and knock down one section at a time.
Step 4: Go Back and Edit
Once you’re done getting all that information onto your screen – go back and edit the blog post to make sure that it’s conveying the main ideas. Remove anything that doesn’t make sense or just continues to ramble on; people’s attention spans are short so keep things to a bare minimum and use external sources (links to other blog posts) if you need to explain a topic in greater detail.
Step 5: Touch Up for Publication
The blog post is technically done at this time but you know that there is more to it than just adding it to your blog and hitting publish. Take this time to go back through, again, and find other media that will fit into the post such as an additional video, pictures or audio you’ve found to add further value to the post. Add these additional elements and you’ll be creating a great post in no-time.
I know it may sound crazy but something as simple as this guide has taken less than ten minutes to write; the reason for this is that I’ve taken the exact same steps when putting together the original draft.
You too can create a blog post each day if you sit down and practice. In time, you’ll find your writing style and that is when things start to roll out with ease.