I am was so excited putting this blog post together that I literally couldn’t wait to share it.
I hope you find it useful and that this hack helps you as much as it helps me. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @themediagirlcreative where you can find me constantly scrolling.
So just how do you write a blog post in 10 minutes… well let me give you a bit of background as to how I came across this incredible hack.
One thing I really struggle with when it comes to writing blog posts is that I really don’t like writing! Kind of a bad start if you want to be a blogger right?! I really struggle to think of content when I am forced to stare at a blank page with that dreaded blinking cursor…!
So I looked around for a way to speed up my productivity and bypass that ‘what do I write’ mental block and thought I would share my secret with you.
So here we go, how to write a blog post in under 10 minutes.
Writing down any title or potential title as soon as it pops into your head so that when it comes to creating a post you can pick one from a very long list of potential topics. I get my best ideas whenever I am rushing around, personally I am completely a pen and paper girl, as in even my lists have lists!
It’s actually a fact that I cannot walk past a stationery shop without popping in and spending far too much money and because of that I have about 50 blank notebooks at home (don’t tell Ian, he will actually kill me)! So I always keep a notebook handy to scribble ideas down and I swear by my notebook, it actually contains my life, if I lost it I genuinely do not know what I would do!
However if I am in the car or walking around then I’ll use my phone to make a note (my favourite app for this is Trello) so whether it’s on my phone or in my notebook, it means that when it comes to writing a post I have a long list of titles that are ready to go and I can just pick one and that will be the essence of my blog post.
Once I have a ‘working’ title, as I will make sure I tweak it to be as attractive for the internet as possible later (I talk about how to write a killer headline that pops on social media here) then it’s time to go and do some research, this is such a key step.
I’ll often have several titles floating around in my head for some time and I will read a lot on each of those topics before I ever think about writing anything down. I’ll make a note of any research I think is worth linking to and referencing in my own post to make sure I reference it correctly.
I read a lot because I like to make sure I have as much knowledge on a topic as possible to share with my readers and by researching I can round out my opinion on specific topics.
So you’ve got your blog title, you’ve done your research what’s next? Now it’s time to actually start writing… right?
Hmm nope, here is my big secret, I don’t write. I’m not good at it and to top it off I’m a terrible at spelling. So literally, what I am doing right now is using Google.
What does that mean I hear you say. Well if you have a G-mail account chances are you also have access to the G suite which enables you to use a Word-esk type document which has the most amazing feature voice typing. I’ll pause here for dramatic effect!
It is amazing, you can literally chat to your computer or your phone and Google will write it all down for you. This tip has literally saved me hours of time as I can chat away to myself and I can blurt words out without thinking about it and it is often far more succinct than if I sat down and tried to type.
Now don’t get me wrong it’s not perfect and I’ll definitely have to edit some bits, but how much easier is that. No more staring at an empty page when your mind has gone blank and you get that dreaded feeling of having nothing to write.
Ok so let’s take this one step further. Even if you are incredible at writing and the mental block that hits me hard doesn’t effect you, can you honestly say you haven’t had an amazing idea but you are on the go? What do you do if you don’t have time to write it down, chances are you’ll try to write it up later and then when it comes to it, it’s never as good as it initially was in your head.
Well, you can activate your voice memo app on your phone, this is great if the idea comes to you while you’re driving or while on a train. I mean if you’re brave enough to chat away to yourself on the train then why not utilise this time? Personally I hardly talk to Ian on a train if we are surrounded by people, let alone to myself but I encourage you to use your time wisely (but if you are like me trains are also great for doing research).
So when you get home and you’ve when you’ve got some time, you can plonk your phone next to your computer and let your phone talk to Gmail and there you have it, a blog post!
Now I was talking for about 6 minutes for this post but I would say if you chat to yourself for 10 minutes or so you will have a really decent length blog post.
So there you go you have it a how to write your blog post in 10 minutes.
- Keep an ongoing list of any potential blog title ideas
- Do your research
- Use the gmail voice typing feature to automatically type up what you are saying
I hope you have found this helpful, especially since consistency is key when blogging, I personally find it much easier to be able to commit to writing a new post every week and getting it published if I am not actually having to sit there and ‘write’ it.
This has literally made my life so much easier and I will talk about this a lot, as I am a massive advocate for working smarter not harder.
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Love Abi x