Time management is an extremely important aspect of the blogging industry. The less time you take to write content, the more content you can create to attract new visitors or readers to a blog.
This is something I struggled with in my initial years of writing blog posts and I’m sure you are going through the same phase as well (maybe not).
You might find the process of churning out words very time-consuming and you want to know how long does it really take to write a blog post, right?
Before I answer the question, I have to tell you that it’s completely fine if it’s taking you hours and hours to write a blog post that others are writing way faster than you. It’s a process and you have to deal with it because the rewards are great.
How long does it take to write a blog post? According to a recent study conducted by Orbit Media, it takes 3 hours and 55 minutes to write a blog post on average. Bloggers are spending 63% more time writing a blog post than they did before six years.
That’s a huge increase in time. It’s not because people have turned lazy, but because today, we as bloggers have to produce way more high-quality content than what we produced back in the day. You just won’t thrive if you keep writing the same mediocre content you used to.
So, as the time has increased, quality has too. Let’s look at the trend from 2014 first and then get into further details.
How Long Does It Take To Write A Post On Average?
|Year||Time To Write A Blog Post|
|2014||2 hours and 24 minutes|
|2015||2 hours and 35 minutes|
|2016||3 hours and 16 minutes|
|2017||3 hours and 20 minutes|
|2018||3 hours and 28 minutes|
|2019||3 hours and 57 minutes|
|2020||3 hours and 55 minutes|
This data is only about WRITING the content and not about adding Images, optimizing blog posts for SEO, editing, and formatting. If we add all of these things together, the time to write a blog post would increase drastically.
Hence, if you think it’s taking you ages and ages to write blog articles, you should not be frustrated because that’s normal. Even if you produce one to two blog posts a week without compromising on quality, it’s perfectly fine and as you will constantly work on the craft, you will get used to it and eventually speed up everything.
How Long Does It Take To Write A 1500-Word Blog Post?
As such there is no direct answer to this, from my experience, it should not take you more than 100 minutes to be able to churn out a decent 1500 words long blog article.
However, this will vary from blogger to blogger and the stage or level of experience they are on. Some writers may take way longer than what I just mentioned above whereas others might hit the word count in half the time.
According to many professional bloggers and content marketers, it usually takes about 100-120 minutes to write a 1500-word blog post. This can be affected by a variety of factors such as the interest of the blogger, the expertise, and typing speed, causing delays in the overall process.
Once again, beginners must not be demotivated at all and should know that it’s entirely common if it’s taking you longer than the average amount of time.
Why Is It Taking You So Long To Write Blog Content?
There are several reasons why it’s taking you too long to write articles. We’ll first quickly take a look at the primary causes and then get into the details.
- No interest in the topic/niche
- Overthinking quality
- Spending unnecessary time researching
- Too many distractions
- Slow typing speed
- Unnecessary emphasis on designs
These are the main reasons why it takes people longer than usual to produce content. Now, let’s look at each of them in detail.
1. No Interest in the Topic
One of the most common reasons why the blog article writing process is time-consuming for you is having little to no interest in the topic or the niche itself.
People make this mistake so often. They watch some YouTube videos, take unprofessional courses, read blog posts, and choose the niche that will make them the most money. Later in the process, they realize that it’s actually a headache writing blog posts on something they are not interested in at all.
If you have chosen a topic you are not interested in, you should either outsource the content or switch to a low-competitive niche that you can show at least some interest in because it’s going to be a big struggle for you to write enough of the content required to generate some serious revenue in the long run.
2. Overthinking Quality
Sure, quality plays a key role in content production but you don’t really have to overthink it. Often, I see beginners trying to be an encyclopedia in an article that it takes them weeks to complete one blog post.
When I got started and wrote this ‘quality post’, it took me exactly 4 weeks to complete the article, and today, it gets extremely low traffic compared to my new articles.
Don’t try to add information people don’t need and stay relevant. What you think is ‘quality information’ might be of little to no use for the end user.
Never try to be perfect because you just don’t have enough experience yet and the funny thing is – you get to quality by doing quantity.
So, just keep going and don’t waste time on writing extra and irrelevant ‘quality content’ that people don’t really care about.
3. Spending Unnecessary Time On Research
Another reason why it is taking you longer than usual to write content is spending unnecessary time on research. You could relate this with ‘overthinking quality’.
Research once again is vital, but most of the time people spend a hell lot of time on small things that don’t matter much.
If you are writing an article about blogging and you know how to start a blog, why watch 10 other YouTube videos or browse 10 different websites all providing the same information?
Limiting the research time and staying focused on writing content will save you a lot of time and make the process much faster and easier at the same time.
4. Too Many Distractions
Distractions are the main reasons why you and so many other bloggers are unproductive. There could be a lot of distractions like the family, kids, or your mobile phone in the surroundings.
To accomplish the task in time, you will want to have as few distractions as possible or you will be diverting the focus every now and then, which will lead to delays, lack of interest, and no results.
5. Slow Typing Speed
Slow typing speed on desktop/laptop is another case why you are struggling with writing good quality content fast.
This also depends on the device you use for writing content. If you are using a Windows laptop, switching to a MacBook would make the process much smoother.
If your typing speed is slow, make sure to take some time out and practice as much as you can to reach your maximum potential in terms of typing on a computer.
6. Unrequired Emphasis On Designs
You must have seen some incredible blogs in your industry that use fancy designs and create stunning blog articles. For example, this blog post I’ve written took me one whole week and it barely gets any traffic.
What this tells you is that producing more and more content is the key to success if you are a beginner, and not designs.
To be honest, designing is a creative way to boost conversions…but for a beginner, extra emphasis on designs won’t get any impacting results.
So, keep it real, keep it simple, don’t try to overvalue designs and you slowly will find that you are spending way less time creating content or writing blog posts.
How To Write A Blog Post Fast?
You know that speed matters. Here are some tips for you to write a blog post faster without giving up on quality;
- Complete the research part in your free time
- Have a reusable blog post format
- Find a peaceful environment
- Only focus on one thing at a time
- Come up as a friend and not an ‘expert’ in blog posts
- Get a good laptop/computer
- Use tools like Grammarly to save time
- Set yourself a challenge
- Write on topics you are interested in
- Practice as much as you can
- Don’t focus much on the designs
- Edit the article as you go
- Be consistent, the speed will increase
1. Limit The Research Time
As I have discussed already, try to limit the research time as much as possible and complete it in your free time. You could be completing the research work even when you are taking your dog for a walk, during lunchtime, or listening to podcasts while driving the car.
This will save you a lot of time and speed up the writing process because you are going to have thoughts already inside the head…and all you will want to do is write them down.
2. Have A Reusable Blog Post Format
Another way to write blog posts faster is by using a certain format to boost efficiency. For example, I have several different formats for different kinds of posts so I won’t have to waste any additional time on deciding what my subheadings and content will be
If you have a reusable format to write posts, all you have to do is sit down and get things going pretty fast.
3. Find A Peaceful Environment
To be able to be productive and manage the time well, you are going to want to find an environment that is peaceful and has fewer distractions.
Peaceful environment is pivotal for staying focused and get things done faster than it normally takes.
4. Focusing On One Thing At A Time
Remember how Henry Ford used the Assembly Line system to manufacture cars at scale? How was the possible?
It’s because each worker focused on one thing at a time. When this happened, it made the process much faster and this increased the speed of the overall car production.
The same thing happens while writing content. When you start writing, make sure you only focus on writing content and not anything else.
You will be surprised how productive you are going to become when you implement this strategy while writing blog posts.
5. Don’t Try To Be An ‘Expert’
As I’ve explained above, you have to be friendly in the blog posts and not an expert. This way, you won’t spend any supplementary time trying to frame a sentence in a certain manner that people will think of you as a very knowledgeable person.
Rather, try to be friendly just like a neighbor giving advice to a neighbor. This will help you reduce the unrequired formatting time that’s holding you back from writing content fast.
6. Use A Good Laptop/Computer
The device you use to produce the content also affects the overall productivity. Make a small investment and switch to a faster laptop or computer if the one you are using is not fast and freezes a lot.
7. Use Grammarly
Grammarly is a tool that every blogger should use. And just to let you know, it is not a sponsored post from Grammarly. I’m writing about it because I totally love how it works and the way it is helpful to writers.
Instead of rechecking every spelling or typo, you can simply install Grammarly as a Chrome extension and let it do the work of checking spellings and major grammatical errors. You will end up saving a lot of time by doing that.
8. Set Yourself A Challenge
Another tip for you to write a blog post faster is to set yourself a challenge to write a post in record time. Try to accomplish the task in a time frame.
If you decide you are going to write a 1000-word article in under one hour and you stick to it, you definitely will be able to do it.
Therefore, set yourself challenges, keep track of time, and keep writing and you will be able to write articles as quickly as you never thought you would ever.
Some Miscellaneous Tips
Some of the generic tips to write a blog post fast are – write on topics you are actually interested in, practice regularly, show up consistently to get better every day, don’t focus much on the unnecessary design work, and last but not least – edit the article as you write it so you don’t have to spend extra time correcting everything.
As you have read the article, the average time to write a blog post is nearly four hours, but it depends drastically from person to person and industry to industry.
The problem is, people often spend needless time on things that don’t matter and end up wasting a lot of time. To manage the time the right way, one should be as relevant and straight-to-the-point as possible because that’s what people care about.
I hope you found some value in this post. If you have any questions or experiences to share, feel free to scroll to the comments section below and let the community know what your thoughts are.
[FAQs] Frequently Asked Questions
According to many bloggers and the readers of this blog, it should take you no more than 2 hours to write a 1,000-word article.
Although you can use AI to produce content, it won’t really do any good because at the end of the day, humans have created AI and it can’t beat the content humans write.
You could be writing slow but most of the time, you are spending time on things that don’t count and you might feel like it’s taking you longer than usual to write, but the reality is, you are spending more time ‘finding information’ than actually writing content.