Time. We can spend it, but we can’t get more of it. Once spent, it’s gone forever.
Time. The most valuable commodity, and we never seem to have enough of it.
So… what if I were to tell you there’s a simple four step system that helps you write blog posts faster?
And no, I don’t mean 300 word posts, I mean longer articles that engage, inform, and entertain your readers.
Four simple steps.
Most people dramatically reduce their productivity and efficiency because they are busy trying to chase down their muse. So the goal is to always have inspiration at your fingertips. I recommend starting an “Idea Bank.”
An “Idea Bank” is a folder on your computer or in the cloud where you keep your ideas and photos or images that come to your mind. I also collect quotes likes crazy. Thousands of them.
Also, write all ideas down ‘as they come to you’ when your muse whispers in your ear. Because ideas are fleeting they must be recorded.
You will be very surprised as to how many ideas you quickly amass with this step.
For blogging, “list posts” are the most popular article format, and they happen to be the fastest to write. It’s only one of many ways to do it, but it’s quick and easy.
Just write out 5 to 10 key points related to your topic. Then write a paragraph of explanation for each point.
You can begin the topic for the article in numerous ways; here are a few:
Pose a question
Begin with a quotation
Offer a review
A “Top 10 List”
A synopsis of a breaking-news item
Discuss pros and cons to an issue
Say what problem you will solve for the reader and tell them how to do it
Forget that old-school linear-thinking outline for your next article. Here’s the secret: Instead use a more fun, efficient, and hip way to do your outline that enhances your mental performance—a mind-map
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
Mind-mapping is a fast, easy, fluid, organic process that promotes creativity. Mind-maps show the shape of the topic in a two-dimensional structure that illustrates the way in which facts relate to one another while prioritizing individual points. A mind-map presents information in a visual format that shows the overall structure—a “map” if you will—of your article subject.
By using the mind-mapping technique, these bloggers know they don’t have to worry about a particular order, and that worry (fear) no longer blocks them from beginning nor slows down their progress, since they feel confident in that they can always add more branches to their map!
To learn more about how to mind-map you can easily find websites, books and even new software that explains the mind-mapping technique in depth.
It’s time to punch the damn keys.
That’s the last step. And the easiest one.
Writing, in itself, is a simple process. It’s writers who make it seem terrifying.
If you follow these four simple steps, you’ll be writing posts a lot faster than usual.