Banging out a blog post in a single sitting is a great feeling. Especially if it’s one of those 20-minute spills that seems to write itself.
My goal is to publish one post each day. My personal policy is to write at least 45 minutes each day (specifically for my blog) . Sometimes I can complete a post; Other times I start a post and keep it in draft status.
Since I’m an early riser, there’s not much to interrupt flow first thing in the morning, so …
4:45 am – I’m looking to complete a half-blog post that’s sitting in draft status. Yet if I awake with something specific in my head I’ll get that down. I can often compose a post, find a link and an image, and schedule promos for the post in a half hour or so. Time elapsed: 30 minutes
Idea Capturing – I’ve used various note taking devices (a pocket-sized notepad, index cards, post-its) to capture notes, ideas, headline ideas. I’ve settled on using Evernote because it synchs to any device I have at my fingertips. Time elapsed: never more than 5 minutes at once (and that’s probably two too many)
Good Night – Before turning off for the day, I will compose an outline of a post or some ideas so I something fresh in the morning. At this writing, I have about a dozen posts in draft or scheduled status. Time elapsed: 15 minutes
Images: If I get to an appointment early, I’ll cruise through Flickr or other image libraries and star or favorite good images for future use. This saves me time in the future, and allows me to still give proper attribution if I decide to use an image. Time elapsed: varies – I only do this when on hold for a phone or meeting.
Like any other exercise – the more you do it, the quicker and stronger you become. Invest an hour (in parts) crafting blog posts in the average day and you’ll be ahead of your goals quickly.