How is it possible to write blog posts faster than the kids’ nap or the next scream for snack time?
Finding time to yourself is hard enough. Trying to find time as a stay-at-home mom to build a profitable blog is yet another daunting task we can barely fathom to accomplish.
On the other hand, I am truly amazed by mombloggers who can write quickly amidst the daily hustles of homemaking and raising children.
On personal level, I keep asking the question: How can busy moms write blog posts quickly? If I must earn income from my blogs, I need an approach that is practical and realistic. What to do?
How to write blog posts faster
Looking back, I used to work as a writer in a Japanese company where I learned a lot about strategic planning. We spent almost 90% of project time in planning. Just planning! It was strange to me at first, but as time went on, I realized that it works. It’s effective! Based on that experience, I formulated a similar planning strategy for my blog.
Here are five simple and realistic steps on how to write blog post faster if you are always busy:
1. Create an editorial calendar
An editorial calendar is basically a worksheet where you plot the posts you plan to write, their target publish date, and the keywords you wish to rank for in search engines.
It does not have to be fancy. It can be Google Sheets, MS Excel, or even on a piece of paper.
The purpose of an editorial calendar is to have an initial view of the work that you intend to do. Without this visual plan, it would be easy to forget and walk aimlessly in your blogging journey.
To add more information, plot down the number of words for each blog post, the number of hours it would take you to provide these number of words, and your available hours in a week you can accomplish this task.
Example shown below:
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2. Write about what you already know so there’s less time for research
For every 1500-word blog post that is written, tons of research has been poured even before its completion. It can consume your time naturally.
To lessen the need for research, make sure that the heart of your content lies on the knowledge that you already have. A well-researched post is to be aimed for, of course. So cut the research-provided content up to 25% and then from there, write your own experiences and advices.
Especially for mom blogs, it is a good place to encourage other woman, give tips on how to navigate motherhood, and show the everyday life of a growing family looks like. Those things can’t be researched. It comes from your own experience.
3. Follow a blog post template that is SEO-friendly
Having a template on hand saves you a lot of time organizing scattered thoughts as the flow and structure of ideas are already laid out. It seems that after your brainstorming efforts, all you have to do is fill in the blanks in the template.
Here’s a sample template for your blog posts. You can use it as flexible as you want, or you can follow it the core.
SEO strategy points:
1. Effective blog posts are built with effective Headings
Especially with SEO, one cannot have enough reasons to create compelling headlines. It is the first gateway for readers to get to your website when it shows up on search results page. And it has something to do with psychology, we click the ones that strikes a cord within us:
- “If you win the lottery today, what would you do?”
- “The worst place to be when you’re hungry”
- “How to write an effective blogpost”
- “10 ways to be frugal”
- “Is this your new home?”
- “The 7 habits of a highly effective speaker”
2. Write an inviting introduction
Inject your personality. Tell a story. Storytelling works.
At this point, your reader has clicked on your headline. Now it’s time to keep them reading. And your introduction should aim for that.
3. Make sure to add a Feature image
Images convert. Images convey. And images are effective to show a visual representation of your content.
Place the feature image at the beginning of your blogpost, at the right side of your introduction, anywhere just as long as it touches base with the placement of the introduction.
You can use Canva to create your images with text, overlays, and other designs.
4. Write a high-quality body content for your blog post
The main flesh of the blogpost. Congrats! Your readers have landed to where you want them to.
But how to make it easy for them to read, or scan your content?
- Word count: Aim for 700-1000 words. 1500 if it’s a cornerstone article.
- Subheadings: Use H2 and H3 for subtopics within your post. It can never be emphasized enough. Subheadings allow you to chunk your content into bite-size.
- Lists: Bullets. Numberings. We all love lists. Any field of writing highly recommends (and urges) to use lists to write three or more items.
- Formatting elements: Quotes. Codes. Verse. WordPress’s new editor now showcases blocks for you to use. No need for manual formatting or coding, you just simply click to choose.
- Images/ Graphics: You can use stock photos, infographics, sketches, graphs, or charts. Images allow your readers to take breaks between several blocks of content and they represent the main point of the topic.
- Links: Use internal links to promote content within your blog. Use external links to cite sources. And when monetizing your post, use affiliate links.
Can you remember the last time you actually read all the content in a blogpost? What are the characteristics of the blogpost that made you read till the end?
5. Always put a Call to action (CTA) at the end
Well, here’s another purpose of the blogpost. What do we want our readers to do after reading the whole post.
- Do you want them to comment?
- Do you want them to subscribe to your blog?
- Do you want them to share your content?
- Do you want them to purchase?
- Do you want them read related articles?
Provide them something that can help materialize the purpose of your blogpost.
6. End with a conclusion
To summarize your blogpost, a final subheading helps your readers look back on what they just read. And for this blogpost, I will list the elements that makes up my template for blogpost writing.
- Heading should be compelling and strike a cord with your potential readers: Surprise, Questions, Curiosity gap, Negatives, How to, Numbers , Audience referencing, and Specificity.
- Introductions should include the following elements: Hook, Transition, and Thesis.
- Feature Image: Place them at the beginning, top right, or topleft of your post.
- Body: Think about word count, subheadings, lists, formatting elements, images/ graphics, and links.
- Conclusion: Give your readers something to refresh and summarize what they just read.
- Call to action: Comment, Subscribe, Share, and Purchase.
Final thoughts: How to write blog posts quickly
Everything takes time. There’s a time for giving birth. There’s a time to raise a family. There’s a time to grow trees. There’s a time for working. There’s a time for everything.
Take your time moms. You raising those little tots are a big accomplishment in itself.
Writing blog posts takes time. But with a clear goal and a realistic plan, it can be accomplished.
Hope you have a lovely day today moms!