Yesterday’s blog post took about 10 minutes. When I tell people I can blog in 10 minutes, they usually roll their eyes (yes, I *can* see you through your computer screen!) and tell me maybe I can but they can’t. Yes you can, if you know how. In today’s post I’ll share with you how to create a speedy fast blog post that’s still valuable to your readers.
First, a caveat. This is not a great strategy for every post. Think of this like the Chinese food or pizza you order out for once or twice a month. It’s *awesome* as a treat (and a break from cooking) but it would get old fast if you ordered out every night, and be a little unhealthy. Or, I suppose it would. I haven’t tested that theory yet myself… shrimp fried rice I think I could eat every night for a week at least before I got tired of it… but I’m off topic.
So this is a “emergency! no time to blog but got to keep publishing consistently” strategy.
I spent the weekend away from home. And as co-host of a blog challenge happening right now, I need to keep blogging. While I ‘ve got lots of half-written posts, I didn’t have anything ready to go (first mistake!). I usually put in 20-30 minutes, unless I’m doing a step by step or really involved post in which case it might be an hour or two. But I didn’t have that kind of time.
So instead I thought about the fact that lately Monday has felt this way for me — overwhelming and not sure what to focus on. That was step 1: identify a topic.
Then I took about a minute to think of who pops in my mind as an expert at organization and productivity. Couple names popped into my head and I went for Sandra Martini. If you haven’t met her yet, either virtually or in real life, you want to know her. She’s one of those people who can throw something at you in such as way that it seems so brilliantly obvious, and you know it will work, but somehow you were missing it. I had the privilege of hearing her speak at Nancy Marmolejo‘s I Heart My Biz Conference and she was full of helpful information. So step 2 was identify an expert.
Next I went in search of articles she’s offered for reprint. I started at www.EzineArticles.com and put her name in the search box.
From the results I chose her *profile* page (not any of her articles yet). You can identify the main author page by looking for this: “Author Name – EzineArticles.com Expert Author” in the listings.
Then I scrolled down to the bottom of her profile page where it lists articles by *topic* or category and I looked for the right category and clicked it.
That brings me directly to articles Sandra’s written about “Business Productivity” and from there I was able to find a great article that was helpful to me and that I could share with my blog readers.
Step 3: Using the strategy of “search name, choose topic, choose article” saves me time and clicks at EzineArticles and takes me straight to what I want.
Step 4 was to surf over to StockFresh where I prefer to license images from and put “monday” into the search box. Going for speed I forced myself to choose an image from the very first page of results and purchase for use on my blog post. I could have found a free image or maybe a “better” image but I didn’t want to spend 30 minutes searching free photo sites or looking through options.
Finally I uploaded the image, wrote a quick intro, pasted in Sandra’s article, and viola! Blog post done, helpful content for my readers, and only a few minutes of my time. Did you catch the post? See it here: It’s Monday. Do You Know Where Your Focus Is?
Recap of the strategy:
- Identify a topic
- Identify an expert
- Go find an article for reprint on the topic by the expert
- Find a photo to go with it
- Write the intro, put it all together, and publish
Like I said, you don’t want to do this constantly. Blogging successfully means putting in the time and energy to get results. But once in a while it’s a nice way to get a fast blog post in AND introduce someone awesome to your blog community.
Do you reprint articles on your blog? What other strategies do you use to knock out those “emergency!” fast blog posts?