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:
- Stop sleeping.
- Give up on having a social life.
- 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?