Some of us love to write. Some of us need rituals to get there. Others of us need to get “into the groove” (or the zone) to get writing. Some of us have a time of day to write. There are all these variables. And yet, if we’re looking to build content that drives business (or that advances our cause, or that informs our audience), then we have to get the work done when we can do it.
I write upwards of 4000 words a day on various projects. Currently, I’ve got way too many writing-based projects on my plate, but I like all of them, and can’t part with any of them just yet. Here’s how I get three blog posts out (minimum) a day.
How to Write Three Blog Posts a Day
First, let’s talk about environment and the whole “I can only write at such and such time of day” stuff. You have to break through that. That’s potentially true, but it isn’t a luxury you want to indulge. Instead, force yourself, a little at a time, to write when you have a moment. You’ve got to get past the “I need everything perfect and just so to write” feelings, too. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff you have to throw out, emotionally and preference-wise, before you can really start hitting your mark.
From there, let’s talk about tools.
Tools to Write Three Blog Posts a Day
Here are the tools that help me the most in writing three blog posts a day:
I keep a notepad in my back pocket all the time. I use my phone to take photos of interesting/curious things. I jot down ideas as they come to me, as often as possible. My notebooks are full of ideas for potential blog posts and for topics for later dates. I have hundreds and hundreds of ideas at the ready, in case I ever hit a wall.
Get your eyes into the habit of seeing things with curiosity. Get your ears perked up to eavesdrop and to extrapolate on what you’re hearing. Jot notes down all the time, especially when reading other people’s work. There’s no way you can write well and often if you’re not reading well and often.
Mechanics Of It All
I keep little text edit files open all over the place. I use Evernote a lot, too. I keep post titles in all of these places, so that when I have a moment or two (it takes me, on average, about 10-15 minutes to write a blog post), I’ll get another one done and schedule it via the editorial calendar plug-in.
It might take you twice or three times as long to get out a post. That’s great. Here’s where I’m finding the time:
- I don’t watch TV.
- I don’t read blogs endlessly.
- I don’t wait in lines without doing two things at a time.
- I get up before my kids (if I can help it), and write while they’re at school.
- I don’t do phone calls or meetings if I can help it. If I have to, I keep them VERY brief.
- I’m trying out Dragon Dictate for the Mac (no review yet).
- I can type really really fast.
Not all of these will apply to you. Use as many angles as you can. It’s all about determination, habit, and repeat effort.
Listen up: you are hereby granted permission to write imperfectly. You are hereby granted permission to write clunkers. You are hereby granted permission to write posts that you don’t think are finished, and push publish anyway.
You heard me. There went all your excuses. Stop it. Just put them out there. Let them live or die on their own. The BEST writers have become the best by having to produce over and over again (often on deadline) without any kind of coddling and with a lot of lumps on the head on the way to greatness.
You want some blog topics?
Those are just a bunch I’ve jotted down at some point or another. You can use them as springboards, if you want. You can use them to get your juices flowing. But afterwards, permit yourself no excuses. Just make, and make more. Write, and publish. Get it out the door. Put it on the blog and see what happens.
One Last Thing
If you want a way to give yourself even more to do, find a place where you can write guest posts. Chris Garrett’s book on guest posting (affiliate link) gives you ideas on all that, plus some more writing suggestions. I got a lot of traction for my writing by guest posting elsewhere. I still throw out the random guest post when something is more suited for a different blog than mine. But then again, I write for Dadomatic, Escape Velocity – your second favorite blog, for [chrisbrogan.com], for American Express OPEN Forum, for Entrepreneur Magazine, for Man on the Go, for Third Tribe Marketing, and on my next book with Julien. I’m kind of set for places where I can throw my ideas around.
Any questions? Anything else I can do to help?