The System I Use to Write Over 100 Blog Posts Every Month8 min read

Most bloggers struggle with getting their writing done for one surprising reason: they approach writing as the act of creating something out of nothing. It’s the main reason you want to bash your head against the keyboard.

In fact, writing the damn thing should be the easiest part of content creation.

Once I realized that you can’t create something out of nothing, I could wake up at 5 AM, have a sip of coffee, and sit down to punch those damn keys until my hands hurt.

No more time wasted staring stupidly into the abyss of a blank document, no more cursing that blinking cursor thing.

Great Bloggers Steal… Kind Of.

The truth is most bloggers struggle because they try to write in a void. They approach the blank page as a world of infinite possibilities.

If you were to place me in a dark room, with no access to humankind’s collective ideas and thoughts, also known as the internet, I’d be like, “Uhm… yeah… ahm… where did my brain go?”

Most bloggers are plagued by the curse of originality, meaning that they are trying to create something out of nothing.

In truth, blogging is more like being engaged in a conversation. All you have to do is add to the conversation, share your opinion, share some facts, but most of all… you have to connect the dots, you have to connect what someone else said to what you want to say.

That’s why I spend an enormous amount of time reading content all over the web, listening to podcasts, watching movies, TV shows, documentaries, reading interviews…

I am feeding my brain, but while I do so I am also asking myself these questions:

  1. Do I agree with them? Why?
  2. What do I have to add to what they said/wrote?
  3. How do my own experiences relate to the information I am consuming right now?

I stumbled upon this system by commenting on a lot of blog posts. Sometimes, if the article truly inspired me to think, I’d share some insight, come up with some idea or thought, that I instantly recognized as being worth writing an entire blog post about.

By starting with someone else’s ideas and words, I’d put in motion my own creative mind, and I’d undoubtedly share something that was mine, all mine.

Step One: Ideas

All throughout the day, I write down a bunch of ideas, quotes, questions that I stumble upon as I wander around the Internet.

I choose the ideas that make me think, the ideas that I can easily have something to add, to remove, or to improve.

Most bloggers are afraid of doing this as if it were a capital sin. It’s not. Believe it or not, the goal is not to write something new and unique, it’s to write into existence a bit of yourself.

As I feed my brain, a lot of ideas develop. I connect dots, I write down headlines for future articles, I write anecdotes and quotes that I can use as intros to my blog posts.

This is the first step when it comes to content creation: feed your brain with information that makes you think, information that’s so good you wish you had thought about it first, information that inspires you, that makes you go, “Oh, my, this is actually brilliant.” Write down that information.

Step Two: Think

The next step is to sit down at your desk and think about the ideas you “stole” from others. Think about:

  1. How can I make this better?
  2. How can I make this mine?

The trick is to spend as little time as possible doing this. No, seriously. I only spend enough time until I come up with a few ideas of my own, and then, you guessed it, I start punching those keys.

Quick tip: If you do this long enough, you will eventually start to connect seemingly unrelated dots as well. You will be able to see that a Zen anecdote can be used as a framework for an article on blogging, or that a story about Alexander The Great can be a great catalyst for a personal essay about the power of reframing your predicament.

This process makes it easier to just start writing because you don’t have to think about what you’re going to write, but you are also adding to the conversation that is going around in other people’s online spaces.

There’s a good reason that all our art, all our stories, are about a handful of themes: that’s all we think about, all that we want to read about, all that we care about.

Okay, let’s get to the next part, which is easy, because it doesn’t involve much thinking.

Step Three: Stop Thinking and Just Write

Don’t think, just write.

Let your subconscious mind dictate the words you share with the world. It kind of knows how to make sense of all the information that you’ve stored in your mind, and how to best connect what is in your brain with what you’ve long hidden in your heart.

The first draft of any type of writing should be written out of impulse. It’s like a dream from another life, a vision forming around the edges of that blank screen on your computer.

I write my first drafts by sharing as many thoughts and ideas as possible. I imagine myself laying bricks upon the foundation that is the initial thought or idea that fueled my own writing.

Inevitably, as you let go of fears, expectations, or desires, you begin to write your article. I mean, YOUR article. It belongs to you, it’s something only you can write.

Step Four: Rewrite and Edit

Finally, it’s time to edit my article. Depending on the time, the mood, and other life factors, I read it forwards and backwards a couple of times, checking for consistency, tone, and those pesky typos.

Sometimes a certain sentence doesn’t make much sense, sometimes an entire paragraph has to go.

The trick about editing is that you mustn’t be afraid to kill your darlings, so to speak. You know, to cut out the leg that is infected. Okay, I think that metaphor might be a bit too strong.

In any case, the idea is that you have to rewrite your article in such a way that it also makes sense to someone else.

As I rewrite and edit my article, I think about my readers:

  1. What are they getting out of it?
  2. Is it worth their time?
  3. Would they pay money to read this article?
  4. Is it going to help them solve a problem? Or inspire them to take action?
  5. Is this the best article that I can write on the topic?

At this point, the piece isn’t perfect, nothing ever is, but it’s usually time to let it go.

I used to edit articles until I couldn’t stand the thought of ever having to read them again, but I think that’s a poor use of my time and energy.

Now, I just edit as long as I feel is required to do my ideas justice. Then it’s time to let go and click on the publish button.

I know this is not some extraordinary system, and the only real difference is in the fact that I am relentless when it comes to pursuing as many ideas as possible.

I write down some 60–70 quotes and ideas per day, most of which never inspire me to transform them into articles, but at least 3–4 of them are good enough that I know right away what to write, how to write, and this makes writing a new blog post quite effortless.

The number one trick when it comes to writing an article is to make the process as effortless as possible. That’s why every single blogging blogger out there tells you to write about your passions, about the things that inspire you the most. It’s easier to write about the ideas that you already have an opinion about, or that you can amplify by sharing a personal story.

Writing a blog post is quite simple:

  1. Feed your brain with as much information as possible. Write the most inspiring parts down.
  2. Think about them. Imagine you’re having a conversation with the author of those ideas. Add to the conversation.
  3. Punch the damn keys.
  4. Rewrite and edit.
  5. Click on the little publish button.
  6. Go back to step number 1.

That’s it. That’s all it takes. Don’t complicate the process, don’t make it seem like this terrifying act of having to hold the world with one hand, and writing greatness with the other, while seated on a burning unicycle.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

23 thoughts on “The System I Use to Write Over 100 Blog Posts Every Month8 min read

  1. Blog By Comment. One of my faves. Sometimes someone inspires you, and… I’ve started making a habit out of copying some of my comments to a Draft Blog. 2 things. 1, it’s a Draft Blog. 2, if the comment happens to get moderated out, refer to 1, and I still have a Draft Blog. Then again… DAYum that Drafts thing grows… and OOPS… sometimes overlaps itself to fold into, “YES! Those 3 together… THAT’s a blog post.” … or, just the comment is.

    Excellent post, Cristian.

  2. As always your posts are on point.
    They are written to never disappoint
    Your advice is always so clever
    You make blogging seem like a simple endeavor. Thank you for this post. I enjoyed it while eating my toast. I love spending my time writing in rhyme. I will no longer be a ghost. OMG I just created my new post. Thank you.

  3. Now I’m wondering why I didn’t get to see your blog posts before I launched my food blog. Your posts are full of insights, and I’ve been reading them for the past 1 hour. Going forward, I’m going to use some of your great tips in building my food blog. I am your new follower, yay!

  4. I have almost the same system as you, the only difference is I always procrastinate a lot. Currently working on that, though. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I think of daily blogging but I do three times a week. I fear that it may be annoying as I don’t want my email to be bombarded with daily stuff. Or maybe daily posts gives me more of a chance to have new readers?

  6. Reminds me of the T. S. Eliot’s dictum:

    “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn.”

    Like you, I often “steal” ideas, run them through the gauntlet of my perceptions, and find plenty of material for daily posts. Bravo

  7. I’ve been watching with interest how you’re using quotes and ideas by everyone from philosophers to writers as sparks for your blog posts. Fascinating to see how you are connecting the dots. It’s not something I’ve ever done but you’ve now got my brain whirring on how I can follow your advice..

  8. I’d add one other source of inspiration – those moments in your day when a conversation or situation ‘hits you’. Those moments have meaning for you. Write about them and discover in the process. If the moment resonated with you, it will resonate with others.

  9. This is the best post of yours that I’ve read. Earlier I used to wait for inspiration too but lately, I’ve started writing more frequently based on things I’ve read/ watched. Also, interpersonal/ relationship challenges around me. A bit of current affairs. But now, at least, I don’t have to wait for that one brainwave to hit.

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