Want to write lots of blog posts easily? You can. You just need a few tricks so that blogging is less a chore, and more fun.
I blog a LOT. Not only on my own blogs, but also for clients; blogging is a huge part of my writing week. It’s impossible to know whether I find blogging easy because I love it, or because I’ve managed to come up with lots of tricks over the years.
Let’s look at five easy blogging tips which will help you to blog consistently, and achieve your goals.
1. Collect Images to Inspire Your Creativity.
As I said in this post on outlining fiction:
Why start with an image? Because it’s less restrictive. It opens your imagination; words tend to close it.
When you’re looking for blog post ideas – and even if you already have ideas – images open up your creativity. And of course, these days, to promote your blog posts, you need strong images. (I’m finding that more and more of the traffic to blogs comes from social media sites like Pinterest and Twitter.)
Collect images you’ll use over the next month or two. Ideally, you’ll create two images per blog post. One an attention-getting image, and another to summarize the points in your blog post. Two images give you additional options for promotion.
2. Make a List of Topics to Cover Each Month.
Why are you blogging? You have goals for your business, and blogging can help you to meet your goals. Therefore, create a list of topics which tie in to whatever else you happen to be doing in your business.
Think about your customers too. What’s happening in their lives? Grab a calendar with national holidays.
3. Get Out of the Office: Brainstorm Blog Post Titles When You’re Relaxed.
You’re more creative when you’re relaxed. Get out of the office so that you can brainstorm some blog titles.
Consider: your goals for your blogging that week, the topics you want to cover, and the images you have – or that someone can create for you.
4. Batch-Write: Draft Five to Ten Posts.
Here’s why it’s so hard to start a blog post: inertia. Once you’ve written some quick notes under your blog titles, you’ve broken your inertia. When you get back to a post, your writing will be faster. It will improve too.
Jot lists and bullet points to get started on a post. You can refine and tidy up later, adding material. If you’re blogging on WordPress, try out the Drafts Dropdown plugin. Although it hasn’t been updated in a while, it works fine with current versions of WordPress.
5. Don’t Publish Immediately. Schedule.
Here’s the big secret to consistent publishing: drafting posts, and scheduling them. Once you’ve got a few posts drafted, and ready to polish, tackle them in batches again of two or three posts. Then schedule them to go out on the dates and times you choose.
Once you get into the habit of doing this, you’ll be able to relax. You’re no longer compelled to write because you need to publish today; you’ve got posts all lined up.
I hope these blogging tips help you to build your blog, and have fun doing it too.
You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.