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I recently polled a number of women in my community on what they thought the most difficult aspect of blogging is.
In my head, I was thinking the responses might focus on how to increase your readership, reader engagement, finding relevant photos, or struggling with knowing where to draw the line in terms of information shared with readers.
What I received was a unanimous cry for more time!
Time management. Of course. I forgot that some of you are actually still sleeping out there!
How To Write A Blog Post In 15 Minutes Or Less
Because all of us can use more hours in the day, here is a list of tips that will help you to write a blog post in 15 minutes or less. Following these tricks will save you time and ultimately make the writing process a snap!
1. Keep Paper Handy
If you write ideas down as they come to you, the time you need to spend actually brainstorming at the computer will decrease dramatically. When I sit down to write a blog post, I spend at least 15 minutes looking at drafts, compiling notes, and thinking about what topics I can tackle. When I keep notes and have a specific goal in mind, I can write a blog post in no time.
2. Write A Blog Post When Inspiration Strikes
If you write a blog post the moment inspiration strikes, letting your thoughts flow out of your fingers without editing them, and then click save? What you have is a draft waiting to be polished. The next time you sit down at your computer and feel uninspired, simply thumb through your drafts, edit your thoughts, and publish.
3. Record Your Conversations With Friends & Family
Actually recording conversations might be a little much…but every conversation you have with someone has value. When you hang out with your best friend, consider jotting down topics that you touched on. You may not be able to post about Aunt Becky’s awful Tater Tot Casserole at Easter Brunch, but what about a post on Potluck Etiquette? Chances are you’ve already hit upon most of your main points during your conversation about the topic, so putting it in writing should be a breeze!
4. Take Pictures
Snapping photos takes relatively no time at all. So many of our phones come equipped with cameras. You’ll also find that a small point and shoot camera takes up little space in your purse. When I’m feeling completely lost for a blog topic I glance through my most recent photos and allow them to inspire a blog post.
5. Follow a Template
An insightful post is an insightful post regardless of who developed the structure. Fill in the blanks of this “Where I’m From” template and you’ll be surprised to find how quickly you can put together a unique perspective for your next blog post on a tried and true template.
6. Keep It Short
An insightful post is an insightful post regardless of the length. Try your hand at creating a Six Word Memoir. They can be funny, deep, moving, or just plain silly. Pair it with a great photo and BAM…you’ve got a blog post.
7. Archives Are Your Friend
What were you doing last year at this time? How have things changed? Has anything come full circle? Taking a walk down memory lane might remind you that you never did post about the solution you found to your daughter’s sleep problems you had talked about last year. Not only are your archives perfect for post inspiration and require little to no time, but it’s also a superb opportunity for back linking to old posts…which is great for SEO.
8. Hi, I’m Mama Kat & I have a Writing Prompt Generator…Have We Met?
If coming up with something to blog about is what’s clogging the creative process for you, then please do utilize the many sites out there built to inspire you. And by “many sites” I mostly just mean mine. Filled with over 1,000 writing prompts you can click your way to the perfect post topic! Click here to get started.
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Val @ ZenShmen says
Great post! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I’ll be checking out your pretty-much-world-famous writing prompt generator! Keep up the great work!
Kathleen Howell says
Great stuff, thanks for sharing! I carry a notebook and my point and shoot everywhere to capture anything I could possibly transform into an interesting blog post. Also, I use the voice recorder feature on my phone quite often! I have a 45 minute commute to and from work, so I turn it on and just verbally brainstorm.
Good post. Great tips!
Thanks! Just what I needed!
Really appreciate this post! My biggest blog struggle is definitely the time it takes to compose a well-written post! I always wonder why so many bloggers can do it daily and effortlessly. (I also feel extremely guilty when my little one is reaching for my computer because I am on it :(!) Will keep these tips in mind!!
Great tips! Definitely some I can put to use in the very near future…thanks so much for sharing!
great thoughts! Would definitely try and see how long i will take to write up a blog post. Thanks for the ideas 🙂
Very good info. Nice post.
I am ashamed of how much I use Mama Kat to keep me going! 🙁 And happy too though. She rocks! 🙂
Love the suggestions! I keep a notebook in my purse and I write down ideas all day. They mostly seem to come to me while I’m at work and I don’t have time to do much more than write a few key words! Unfortunately, it seems to take me at least an hour to write even a short post. Maybe someday I won’t have to go to work and I’ll have time to just write and write!!!!
@PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman says
Kat it’s not the writing that takes so much time it’s the photo editing for pinterest!
Rabia @TheLiebers says
Great post Kat. Lately I have really been trying to write when the inspiration strikes. Then I can schedule it ahead. If nothing else more pressing comes along, then it will post. If I decide to write something more timely I can always put it off. I am trying to get better about scheduling all the Tweets as soon as I write a post too. I can’t wait to click through your prompts and get inspired!
Patricia Eales, RHN says
great post, and thanks for the info as well as the link to sign up for prompts. Really enjoying the SITS site, really useful information. Thanks! 🙂
By the large volume of comments here, it seems that this article did its job and got people stirred up. Hey, at least its generating a conversation. Thats always a good thing.
Great post. I have blog ideas, write them down and forget where I placed them. I need to use the notepad on my phone more. Thanks for the ideas.
Chris Carter says
Great post and awesome advice!! I usually am brainstorming post ideas through my day and plan a “writing day” in my week so I can sit down and pour it all out…rough drafts. Then I know I have a few to choose from to “Polish” each week. Works for me!! 🙂
Mommy's Always Write says
Great tips! I would LOVE to be able to write a post in 15 minutes!
Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Bless you
Great post! I love snapping spare of the moment pix! They make for great posts!
Young Yoga Masters says
Best blog post subject line ever! Every time I see it in the “you may also enjoy” list I click it to remind myself how to write faster. Thanks. I just got a blog post done in an hour instead of six. I’ll let you know if I ever get down to 15 minutes.
Maggie S. says
I think of a story I have told my children so many times they mouth it silently while I speak.
Write a post in 15 minutes or less. That is something I definitely need to learn. Usually I write mine between mindnight and 1:00 AM and it usually takes me at least an hour (or two) to get it exactly the way I want it. I need to start relying on short ‘n sweet instead of long and clunky!
Michelle from Fun On A Dime says
Roses daughter says
Great ideas here! I really must put dome of this to use. Blogging can become a time suck when you don’t have much time!!
this is a great post Kat 🙂 I have a few of those methods in use already, but you just gave me several more – which I totally appreciate! You are a blogging rock star 🙂 (as if you didn’t already know that – ha!)
Wombat Central says
As usual, well done, Mama Kat. Love your prompts… I just forget to use them sometimes. I also forget to use my deodorant sometimes, but that’s part of the beauty of having your children steal your brain cells, isn’t it?
Marie Cole says
I collect articles and pictures so when I am ready I go through them it helps me start writing….I try and do a bunch at a time and then just go back and edit…
Sarah Ruth says
Kat, you’re awesome. I’d be lost without you!
Wow really great ideas here! I know sometimes I sit down and sit for hours trying to write something up (but I get distracted easily).
I have been able to make mental notes here and there about things I want to write about and sometimes I’ll open a post up and save drafts with notes too.
My best ideas come in the shower…then I race to my whiteboard by my computer and jot them down.
Rabia @TheLiebers says
Get a shower crayon, Natalie!! That’s what I do! 🙂
Christy, Home-Mom says
Great read today miss Kat .)
15min a day for my blog instead of 15 hrs.
The Hubs will be so proud of me if I can do this!!