How to Be a More Productive Blogger
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At its core blogging is about sharing ideas and personal opinions. While bloggers may have ideas bouncing all over the place, a crucial choking point is trying to convey those ideas from our mind to paper.
Blogging typically requires generating loads of content, so if we can find a way to create that content at a more efficient pace it only makes our job that much easier.
Below are 5 action items we can follow to become more productive bloggers.
Create an idea list
Great ideas can spawn anytime, and we need to make sure we have a system to capture those eureka moments before they slip away. Whether you use a sophisticated application like Evernote or just pen and paper, come up with a set way to store blogging ideas and reference it when you are ready to create.
Focus on one article at a time
When it is time to actually write an article, focus on one at a time. While it may be tempting to flip back and forward as ideas pop into the head, it actually makes the final product take longer, while dropping the quality at the same time.
Outline your article
As useless as I thought creating outlines in English class were, I have never found them so important and useful as I do now.
Outlines allow us to visually see all pieces of an article and how we can best craft it together. In relation to blogging, an outline also makes it easier to see where we can link to other articles from our blog and insert any appropriate affiliate links.
Finally, an outline will let us know if the idea is actually meaty enough to be a full fledge article as sometimes the ideas in our head turn out not to be so grand or in-depth when we break it down onto paper.
Write all the way through the article before editing
When putting together an article you may be tempted to stop and go back earlier into the work to fix or add onto something, but that just ends of breaking the current concentration or flow of the article.
Write all the way through the article once, and then edit, remove, and add stuff as you see fit.
Create a checklist for post-article publication
Whether you submit your articles to social bookmarking sites, social networks, or email distribution lists, create a set checklist of tasks that should be done once an article is published.
Perhaps you could even pawn those tedious tasks out to somebody else, and by writing them out it makes it easier to share what needs to be done.
Wrapping it all together
Regardless of where we are trying to improve our productivity, creating a defined list of tasks or action items to follow is a great way to master that activity and achieve increased efficiency.
The less we make our brain focus on administrative tasks, the more free it is to be creative.
If you want to be a more productive blogger, stop thinking about quantity, focus on one article at a time, and rinse and repeat. Before you know it, you will be spitting out great content faster than ever before.
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19 Responses to “How to Be a More Productive Blogger”
When it comes to keeping track of my blog ideas, I use my mobile. I simply open up the notes function and jot down the keywords to remind me. Every now and then the idea will come fully formed and I will be typing out the whole outline on my phone.
These days we all have our phones close to us at all times, so this is a great option for me.
There is nothing more frustrating than going to sleep knowing what you will write about tomorrow and waking up with the idea having left your memory banks completely. Jot it down immediately and you can’t go wrong.
I use a good old-fashioned notebook and I also have some of my ideas saved as a word-file.
Great Post. Let me add another idea I read about a long time ago. Some people use their A,B,C’s to write their material meaning they will write out the alphabet and then put a post thought or title idea next to each letter. For example: A – Alter Egos and How They Influence thought. B – Being Bossy is Great. C – Creating Websites Step By Step, you get the idea. This can get your juices flowing about topics.
I, too use my mobile phone when I have ideas. I just jot them down and email them to me. When I get to my computer, I’ve got my email with all of my thoughts and sometimes an outline, it’s great. Sometimes, I can do a search for “me” in my email and it will pull up all of my ideas…
Great tips! I’ve been creating an idea list for my one blog; ideas flow fast and furious. I’m trying to do the same with my other blog. I’d like to do some ‘market’ research and find out what readers want — what do they need? What problem(s) do they have that need solving? It’s a process.
I love the tip about writing a tasks list for what to do after a post is written and published. I always just randomly and blindly promote. I should be following a set of tasks. Thanks for the tip!
Once I started using Google Docs to have an organized idea list, it made things a lot easier. Trying to remember what to write about off the top of your head is much more work. Plus, you can add in little ideas or words as you come across them during the day. Those ideas might not mean much at first but eventually you find a way to grow or utilize them.
I definitely need to force myself to write the full draft first though. Sometimes I get stuck and then I go back to edit what I’ve written. By the time I’ve finished that, I lost my train of thought and have a harder time jumping back in. Got to remind myself to finish the whole piece first and then go over it. My writing flow more naturally that way too.
Notebook(The one with actual Paper!) works good for me! One Blog – One Notebook!
The problem with them is carrying them.
Ideas are so important for writing any good artical . Focus and concentration is also a required thing to be a productive blog writer
I agree with most of these tips, but I find outlining useful only for longer pieces. Thanks!
I totally agree. An outline helps to focus my writing and it also helps finding links to other articles or missing information (sometimes even holes in my articles). Though I enjoy writing without an outline the most, I tend to use it writing longer articles.
I use my BlackBerry to write down ideas, and usually I’ll even make the outlines on there. thanks for sharing your tips.
K Dasaratha Rama Rao
Thanks a lot for the article.Greatly appreciate the tips.For me jotting down the ideas is very random,sometimes in my phone,sometimes i save it as draft in Email and sometimes just leave it ,thinking it would be remembered.But many a times it has failed me.So finally of late have started organizing my ideas and it has become a lot easier.TY once again for the tips.
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I am agree mostly with you . Ideas are so important to be a productive blogger
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Regarding outlining, I always write the headers first.
Three or four h2 and h3 headers will define what the post will be about and reduces the writing time in about a half.
Great list Amey!
These steps definitely helps when writing an article. My idea list is jotted down in my cellphone or in a piece of paper. Sometimes I bookmark a page if it will be a good reference to my future posts. But I oftentimes jump from one idea to another when it is time for writing and you are right that it will take more time to write the content. Also I am guilty of not outlining the articles that I am about to write:)
Btw, what do you mean by creating a checklist of post-article publication? Can you give us more details regarding this?
I agreed with your views. You are awesome. This is a very important post to learn how to make a productive blog.
Thanks for sharing with all the blogging community.
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