Granted, let’s say half of those are reposts, advertising, or not that long to be considered actual writing, like Quote of the Day on irevuo.
Still, I wrote over two hundred and fifty blog posts across four months. On average, that’s two blog posts per day. I also wrote and released a book on blogging, wrote a few chapters from some of my fiction projects, and a couple of short stories.
Oh, and the emails and comments. Never underestimate the amount of keys one has to punch in other to reply to thousands of e-mails and comments every week.
The stats say I’m prolific, but this doesn’t mean I spend most of my time writing posts.
Actually, I think you’d be surprised by how much time I actually spend writing. It’s just not as much as you’d think.
This is why I am writing this post. Because there are a few strategies that I employ to write as fast as possible.
Because the truth is that writing blog posts is something you can do with ease, as long as you approach the process in a certain way.
Why do I want to write fast?
If you can write better posts in less time, you’ll be releasing more content, or you can produce the same amount of content and have more time to do other stuff.
Developing such a productive blogging habit can also increase your enjoyment of the art of blogging.
Creating content is less likely to feel like a chore if you can tackle the task and complete it quickly and with no fuss.
Here are six strategies I’ve used to become a prolific blogger.
1. Keep it simple! Keep it short!
Most often we know what we want to write about, but we don’t really know how to write it into existence.
What words to use, how to best translate what it’s our heads and hearts…
The truth is that the first words that come to mind are usually best suited to this task.
Do not complicate your writing process. Write short, simple sentences.
Also, it’s a lot easier to write your posts if:
This works because you’re breaking down your post into tiny chunks. Rather than tackling the post as a whole, you’re concentrating on one point at a time, going through this mental list (coincidentally this is also what helps the reader when going through your article).
2. Feed your brain. And connect some dots…
The idea is that in order to create you first need to feed that big, beautiful brain of yours with as much information as possible. It’s as simple as that.
I am always looking for inspiration. I am constantly reading articles, books, listening to podcasts, or watching videos, TV shows, movies.
You cannot be prolific if you do not read a lot. There’s simply not enough information in your brain to even come up with enough ideas.
I wrote some thousand or so blog posts starting from quotes that I had stumbled up on Tumblr. I wrote posts because I had the idea of connecting some seemingly unrelated dots.
3. Punch those damn keys!
Okay, you’re probably sick by now of this line, but this is the best writing advice ever.
I actually do punch the damn keys. And I write in coffee shops and whatnot, and people comment that they can hear me punching those damn keys…
The idea is that you do not give yourself the chance to hesitate, not even for a little bit.
Don’t think, just write. Do not think about editing until you have a finished first draft.
A lot of time is wasted by bloggers whose fingers tremble over the backspace key. Do not be one of them!
Punch those damn keys!
Once you learn to accept mistakes and imperfections in your writing, you’ll begin to write more freely — and quickly.
4. Do not be a slave to the rules!
If I had a dollar for every blogger who told me they had a great idea for a post but didn’t know how to write the introduction…
Who said you have to write your introduction first?
Rules are meant to be bent, broken, or replaced with others.
It’s your process, so you can change it in any way you want, as long as you get stuff done.
This is the only thing that matters. Not your ideas, not those unfinished drafts in your WordPress Dashboard, not the fact that you are obeying rules made by folks who didn’t know any better than you do.
5. Go offline!
Yeah, it’s fun to write posts directly in your WordPress Dashboard, but if you keep a bunch of tabs open in your web browser, and two of them are Facebook and Instagram, you’re not going to get much writing done.
Focus on the act of writing. Focus on putting one word after another. This simple task, that’s all it takes.
Go offline! Write your posts in a word processor, then copy your drafts in WordPress.
6. Time. It’s all about time.
Write blog posts in advance. If you are feeling inspired, write as many as you can. If you have some fifteen minutes of free time, write some ideas, or work on editing a blog post.
If you want to have time to blog, you need to make time.
Either find a way, or make one!
Be mindful of how you use your time, and you’ll start to notice a lot of short windows of opportunity to get work done.
How many posts did you write this year so far? Are you as prolific as you’d like to be?