Sunday I wrote and scheduled 42 blog posts (3 for here, 1 guest post for another site, and 38 for my site at DailyBloggingIdeas.com).
Yes, I’ve been on the computer almost all day. I started at like 8am and it’s now almost midnight. Yes, I had lots of interruptions. No, I don’t recommend trying to do 42 posts in one day. I probably won’t do it again myself.
Not all of my posts are super quick, but this time I went for fast, 10-15 minutes or less each. My main blog is a mix of short posts and longer posts, some of which take an hour or two (or longer) to write. So I’m not advocating making your blog something you only spend 10 minutes on a day. Just so we’re clear. This is more a messy approach to fast content, when it’s needed.
But since I realized I’d managed to get 41 done and thought that was pretty cool, I thought I’d make it 42 posts and write one to share what helped me get them done fast:
Stay Super Focused
I wasn’t on Twitter. Twitter is my kryptonite. I didn’t surf the internet aimlessly for ideas. I didn’t make 15 trips to the kitchen for snacks (just coffee). I strapped myself in to my office chair and got to writing.
Don’t over think it. Write fast. It helps that I type something like 100 words per minute. Other tips:
- Just keep writing. You can always edit later if you need to.
- Don’t shoot for 1,000 or 1,500 words if you’re trying to knock posts out fast.
- Don’t choose topics that require research. Write what you already know.
- Know where you find inspiration and use those resources to find ideas fast.
- If you get stuck on one post, skip it, and move to the next idea.
Repurpose Your Work
Many of the posts were based on either drafts I had half written already, or other work I’d done (articles, ebooks, autoresponder series, etc). It’s okay to reuse your work. You wrote it, so use it however you want.
Share the Work of Others
In this particular batch, I didn’t do any YouTube or TED videos, or Ezine Articles, but generally when I’m aiming for fast I would.
Give Yourself an Editor
Proofreading matters. But if you use Firefox or install the JetPack plugin with After the Deadline activated you can proofread much faster because it’ll catch your misspelled words and alert you.
Just Pick the First Photo that Works
I get lost on photo sites. To get my posts done fast I limited myself to two photo websites and determined to use the first photo that could work. No searching for perfect. Instead of spending 15-20 minutes searching, I found photos in 1-2 minutes.
Know Your Why
What could possibly motivate me to get this many blog posts done in one day? I’m heading away to a business event next week and I want to know my content is all set for DailyBloggingIdeas.com from now until a few weeks after I get back because I know I’ll be super busy studying and then implementing. I don’t want my fun project to die out while I’m focused on other things.
And for my content on this site, I wrote and scheduled three posts. I’d rather have a week worth scheduled ahead like I usually do but I ran out of steam (I also got 23 emails to one of my lists scheduled–some of the same content). My motivation for scheduling ahead here is that I know my weekdays get crazy busy with homeschooling and if I don’t write on the weekends I’m not as likely to get it done. Next weekend I’ll work on getting more content scheduled ahead of time for this blog. But not a month’s worth. I’m ready for a break!
P.S. If you liked this post, you’ll love 10 Ways to Blog Better, Faster.