Do you wish you could write a blog post in 30 minutes or less? In this post, you’ll discover how you can drastically improve the efficiency of your content marketing, by learning how to write a blog post in 30 minutes or less!
I challenge you to try it out and see if it doesn’t improve your life as a blogger! Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Before you write a blog post in 30 minutes
Before you start with your post, there are a few things you need to have in place!
Step 1: Have Your Tools in Place
What tools do you use to write your posts? Do you use a specific tool to gather information? Images or graphics? or maybe you use a specific app to write! Before you start writing your blog post, make sure you have all the tools you’ll need for your post ready. For example, I use Blogo to write my blog posts for Blogging Tribe, and I use Unsplash to get the pictures and sometimes I use Canva.
So before you start writing, make sure you have the tools you need up and running so you don’t waste time.
Step 2: Prepare Your Environment
Ever tried working in an office environment you hate? Your blogging environment is literally like your work environment. If it’s not good you’ll hate doing the work and most likely won’t be productive at all!
So prepare your environment however you want to work! For me, I need my table clean… like spotless, and I need a cup of water right next to me and I need some classical music playing in the background. Sometimes when I can’t play classical music I just put earphones on and start working.
This is critical if you want to write a blog post in 30 minutes or less! Seriously!
Also, remove the distractions around you. Close Facebook, Youtube or whatever keeps you distracted!
Step 3: Know what you are doing!
Before you start typing, you need to understand why you are writing and who you are writing it for. You also need to understand how you will deliver your post and what your take away message is!
To help you with this, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
1. What question does my audience have?
Do you want to write a blog post about vegan food? What question does your audience have? What problem do they have and are actively looking for solutions for?
For example, this post right here is to targeting some of the readers of Blogging Tribe who are struggling with writing content, and always finding themselves taking ages to complete a single blog post!
2. What’s the easiest way to digest the information?
Writing blog posts are good, but remember, people’s attention span is very short and if they are not exactly looking for what you are writing about, most likely they won’t stick around for long to read what you spent your time and effort writing.
The best way to beat this is to find out what’s the best way for your information to be shared?
Here are some options for you:
- Numbered lists
- Graphs and pictures
- Stories and quotes
Simply find out what you think is the easiest way to share the message you want to share on the blog post, you should be ready for the next step.
3. What’s the takeaway message?
If someone read your post and was to get only 1 idea, thought or message, what would that be?
This will help you greatly in finding how you want to approach your post and what you want to include.
4. How can I provide extra value?
Ok, so a blog post is good. However, what is it that you can add to your blog post that will make it worth a lot?
Some examples of things you can add to add extra value to your blog posts can be:
- A Workbook
- An Infographic
- A blueprint
- Links to resources
and the list can continue. Simply think of a thing or two that will add value to whatever you are writing.
Step 5: Write your blog post
Now that you understand the basics, let’s start the process of writing your blog post!
Your first 3 Minutes Writing the blog post
In your first 3 minutes of writing, focus deep on your table of contents. Forget everything you learned in English class about proper outlines – you know, the ones with both Roman numerals and a basic overview of every sentence you’ll write.
Your outlines don’t need to be detailed. No one is going to see them but you. The important thing is to create a basic direction for your blog post, so you can stick to the plan and deliver something that flows well. I usually create the first draft of my sub-headings. here is how this blog post started:
As you can see, it’s very basic and really doesn’t include more than the things I will need to guide me through writing this blog post!
Don’t spend more than 3 minutes doing this because you’ll need to save the time for the actual content of your blog.
3 – 5 Minutes
Write the conclusion for your blog post. Sounds ridiculous right? But the goal here is to get the end so we write the blog post accordingly. This will force you to write in a way that will have a purpose in a way.
So spend 2 minutes and write your conclusion. You will edit later on, for now, just write out the perfect conclusion you have in your head!
5 – 20 Minutes
Remember that table of contents you made? Now break it down, and fill it with information. Make sure you are 100% focused because writing non-stop for 15 minutes will not be easy if you are not focused.
Remember, the topic you are writing about should be something you already know about and have made you research early on or at least have some knowledge about. Now you are just filling it with information.
The following tips and hacks help me immensely at this stage:
1. Research as-you-go: Ask yourself whether each list point or subheader is credible. If not, add statistics and quotations.
2. Abandon if necessary: struggling on a certain point? It’s okay, skip it and come back to it later.
3. Be Ruthless About Distracting? Do you feel your mind wandering, or your fingers itching to go check out your Twitter? Resist the temptation at all costs. If necessary, chuck your phone across the room (I’m joking of course, but discipline is critical!)
Now that the body of your article is complete, it’s time to write your introduction!
Introductions are pretty much the same as a first impression, so make it a good one. Set the stage for your article by providing context for your content, and be sure to add an opening line that’s sufficiently intriguing to hook in your reader.
These are your last 5 minutes writing this article! We already wrote the introduction, the conclusion, and the body! Now we just need to see if we need to fill in some more data. If not, then we will simply skip the filling and we will add a call to actions.
Call to actions are basically what you tell your readers to do. You can place them anywhere in your post, but most people prefer the conclusion area for a call to action. You should experiment with your call to actions and find out where it produces the best results. Some examples of call to actions are :
- Leave a comment
- Check out relevant content
- Download your eBook
- or Share your post on social media?
Once you have a call to action in place, write your meta description for your post, and then make a quick review of your post.
Simply edit all grammar and spelling mistakes you’ve made, add a featured image plus all the images you’ll need. Then preview the post and make sure it looks great!
Some of the things to look for when editing and reviewing your post before scheduling or publishing can be:
- Edit your subheaders for power and descriptiveness
- Read your subheader content for spelling, grammar, and flow.
- Ensure your introduction is compelling.
- Evaluate your call-to-action for persuasiveness.
- Double-check that your title is nothing less than superb.
A really great tool I use for my grammar and spelling is Grammarly. It’s free and helps a lot!
You can easily write a blog post in less than 30 minutes, and it can take a lot more than 30 minutes. This post took me 35 minutes to write, edit, review and even add images and also drinking two cups of water. However, what really matters is organization and mindset. If you are in the right mindset, the right attitude and you believe you can achieve the impossible then nothing will stand in your way!