How to Punch Those Damn Keys (Fast)3 min read

There are only 24 hours in a day. And this rule applies to all of us, whether we like it or not. Of course, of those 24, we spend some 7-8 asleep, and well… we have to eat, do certain errands, spend time with our loved ones.

How much time do we have to dedicate to blogging? How much energy?

Also, if we want to be successful, we must blog frequently and consistently.

So, how do we do this?

Well, you could:

  1. Stop sleeping.
  2. Give up on having a social life.
  3. Learn to punch those damn keys. Fast. Really fast.

If you’re tempted to see how long you can function without getting any sleep, or if you want to live all by yourself in a cabin in the woods, I can’t help you, but I wish you good luck with that. If, on the other hand, you want to know more about option punching those damn keys fast, keep reading.

When I first started blogging, I’d struggle to get a blog post done in a day, maybe even two. They were short, full of typos and errors. It felt like a struggle to write more than a thousand words in any given day.

I tried to start a second blog, yet I couldn’t keep up with the need to consistently release new content.

I just couldn’t punch those damn keys fast enough. Yeah. I had given up on my 8 hours of sleep in favor of about 5, but it still wasn’t enough.

But over the years I figured out that I could write more and more content in the same amount of time. Now, on a good day, I can write some 10-12 different articles. Some 3,000 words or so.

How do you punch those damn keys fast? Well… there are a few steps that you must follow.

Step 1: Spend as much time as you can thinking about what you are going to write about. Think it over as you walk the dog, while you do the dishes, or even while staring at the ceiling when you can’t fall asleep at night. Go over lines in your head.

Step 2: Know beforehand the formatting of your post. It helps if you have a template you can edit as you write your post.

Most blogs fall into one of the following templates:

  • Tips: A list of tips. This  blog post follows this exact format.
  • Story: Once upon a time something happened to me, I learned someone from it, and now it’s your turn to be inspired by it.
  • List: This could be a list of great websites, fantastic books, or amazing people to follow on social media.

There are other formats, too, but the key to writing fast is knowing and perfecting a few. That way you can create them quickly and easily. Take a look at how all the showcases I post on irevuo are similar.

Step 3: Start punching those damn keys. Don’t think. Just write. You only get to stop when there are no words left in your head. Don’t stop to edit a previously written paragraph. Just punch those damn keys. You only think (and edit) after you write your first draft. Write this first draft with your heart, and then you can use your head too.

Step 4: Read your article from start to finish. Edit. Tinker. Proofread.

Step 5: Read your post out loud. It might also help if you read it backwards too. This will help you catch typos, pinpoint really awkward writing, and help you tighten things up.

Step 6: You’re done. Post it.

I just followed these steps to write this article. And I’ve spent some fourteen minutes on it. About four songs on Spotify I’d say. Something like that.

I’m curious. What tactics do you use to punch those damn keys fast?



    My tactics are:

    1. Write on the topic that pull my heart 💓 string.

    2. Just like you pointed out, I reflect on it while doing other things.

    3. Mentally, I come up the points followed by punching my phone key pads to document them.

    4. I do an intro, and move to use the points. Most times, I use the list template.

    5. I write and do editing later.

  2. I have a list of hundreds of travel topics that I want to eventually write about. I grab a topic, and write the body – write until I have nothing more to say, and since I am passionate about travel the words just flow-easily. Then I leave it. I come back the next day or whenever and write the into, and eventually an ending when I am ready to share.

  3. I usually write on a topic that I’m inspired by.

    Write. Write. Write some more.

    Cool pictures

    Edit and post.

  4. I was on point until step 5. I like the idea of reading my posts out loud and am not sure why I’ve never done that before. Appreciate the insight.

  5. I’m new at this, totally ignorant and I have difficult deciphering long drawn out rules, even on blogging, I so loved this post, really gave me hope, it seems the blogging society can make it so complicated to me that this post was a god-send. Thank you, I feel like I’m heading in the right direction. Mary

  6. I use much the same method. But since I only post 500-800 words once a week, I spend more time editing and perfecting. Sometimes I struggle over a single word. And I try not to use the same word often. Thus I spend time in a thesaurus and looking for synonyms.

  7. Like you I try to think about the topic I want to write about a lot before I write it down.
    I also just writs a first draft before I start correcting and, as you said, start using my brain.
    I did learn about the backwards reading part in school but never really liked using it. For me it sinply takes up so much time.
    However, I do make sure to always have a dictionary and a thesaurus open in separete windows next to the document I am writing in.
    I don’t want to have to switch tabs or windows all the time so this helps me to be a little more efficient.

  8. The writing is the easiest for me. The photographic images I select to match the blog content and the technical issues for posting them are laboriously difficult to manage at times.
    Merry Holidays by the way.

  9. I can only write when I feel like it!!

  10. I get ideas on what to write at odd times and by the time I get to it, the thoughts are gone. Now I write it down as soon as the idea comes. It helps to structure my thoughts. Only problem now is that I have to convert my notes into blog posts.

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