Being a blogger, writing a blog post is exciting but extremely time-consuming. And if your blog is your career, you can’t be slow with that.
If you are someone who takes days and days to complete a blog post and you think you are the only person on the planet who does that, you’re wrong!
Every single blogger out there on the Earth faces this problem of churning out words fast and at a consistent pace.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change things and actually write a blog post in under 20 minutes. Yep, that’s right! Just twenty minutes or sometimes even 15 minutes!
With that being said, in this post, I’m going to share with you an actionable process and tips for you to write a good blog post in 20 minutes or less! Let’s go!
First, we’ll have a look at the steps you are going to want to take:
- Do your research (not-included in the writing time)
- 0-3 Minutes: Create a rough structure with subheadings
- 3-15 Minutes: Fill in the subheadings
- 15-17 Minutes: Write your conclusion
- 17-20 Minutes: Craft an interesting introduction
- Add images and graphics to the post
- Proofread and format it
- Hit the publish button
- Step 1: Do Your Research First
- Step 2: 0-3 Minutes: Create A Rough Structure With Subheadings
- Step 3: 3-15 Minutes: Fill In The Subheadings
- Step 4: 15-17 Minutes: Write Your Conclusion
- Step 5: 17-20 Minutes: Craft The Introduction
- Step 6: Add Images or Graphics To The Post
- Step 7: Proofread & Format The Post
- Step 8: Publish & Share Your Post
- Tips On Writing A Blog Post In 20 Minutes
- In Conclusion
Step 1: Do Your Research First
Before you go out there and start writing the first few words, make sure you have done the required research for your blog topic.
Often, individuals simply pick a topic, write the title, and do the research as they write. This leads to a lot of distraction and pauses and eventually leads to procrastination.
You should thoroughly research your topic, learn the required stuff, analyze what your competitors are doing to get an idea of how the content needs to be written, and then sit to churn out the words.
Step 2: 0-3 Minutes: Create A Rough Structure With Subheadings
The second step you are going to want to take is to create a rough draft with subheadings. Before you go out there and start writing the introduction and all, you have to make sure how the structure of your article is going to be like.
I have personally struggled with writing articles fast for a long time but when I found out about mapping your blog post before you even think about writing saves more than half of the time!
This process will only take you around two to three minutes and in return, it’ll end up saving your hours.
Whether you are writing how-to posts, list posts, or guides, you should first create a draft with subheadings, because after that you will just need to fill in the subheadings.
If you are still confused, here’s an example: let’s say I have chosen to write a blog post on the topic – ‘Why are podcasts so popular?’
Now before I write a single letter, I will create a post structure that will guide me throughout the writing process as shown below:
This kind of structure will help you get more focused because now you already know what needs to be accomplished.
Step 3: 3-15 Minutes: Fill In The Subheadings
Once you have prepared a suitable structure, all you have to do now is fill in the subheadings with the words that are already there inside your head.
Don’t try to be an expert and cite sources while you are typing as this will slow down your speed and override the thoughts in your mind. You can always do these things after you have finished writing the draft.
Never try to be perfect while you are in this 3-15 minutes stage. Just get away with what’s coming in your mind and get things off your chest.
Step 4: 15-17 Minutes: Write Your Conclusion
The fourth step you are going to want to take is to write the conclusion. As you have already written the main body of the post, you will have a better understanding of what the conclusion should sound like.
So, crank it out, and give your readers a warm feeling by writing a satisfactory conclusion that everyone would feel good about.
I mean there’s no rocket science in this. You will just have to write the conclusion in such a way that the reader should either get excited to check out more of your articles or complete the action you want them to.
Step 5: 17-20 Minutes: Craft The Introduction
That is absolutely correct, my friend. You will write the introduction at the end. Since you now know what the readers will learn in the article, you can create a better introduction that will catch people’s attention and show them what’s in there for them.
While writing the introduction, don’t try to be fluffy. Make the readers feel like you are personally connecting with them and then your great body (article body) will do the rest itself.
So, this is how you complete the writing part in just twenty minutes. Depending on the post length, it can take a little bit less as well! Typically, you can churn out around 2000 words in twenty minutes.
Step 6: Add Images or Graphics To The Post
Once you have finished writing the content, you can then go about adding the required images or graphics to the post for it to look good.
Make sure that you:
- Write alternative text for the images
- Give them a suitable/readable title
- Align them properly
Step 7: Proofread & Format The Post
After adding those ‘visual effects’ to your blog post, the next important thing you will be doing it – proofreading and formatting.
Make sure your spellings are correct, your sentences are readable for the visitors, and your content is understandable for search engines.
Step 8: Publish & Share Your Post
And here’s the most exciting step – hit that ‘publish’ button. But that’s not it! After publishing the post, you have to share it on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to get that initial traction.
That initial traction will help you get the first few visitors who will then send user signals to search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo, and then those search engines will index and rank the posts.
Tips On Writing A Blog Post In 20 Minutes
I have talked about the procedure that needs to be followed for writing an amazing blog post in twenty minutes. Now, it’s time to share some helpful tips to make the process even faster:
- Don’t overcomplicate the research process
- Use the Classic editor in WordPress
- Use voice typing
- Use a desk and keep your posture upright
- Don’t worry about the fluff
- Use Grammarly
- Challenge yourself
- Stay away from distractions
- Try listening to music while writing
1. Don’t Overcomplicate The Research Process
There is no limit to the information that is available on this web and there’s no limit on how deep you can get into a topic.
Make sure you balance everything for optimum results. Don’t overcomplicate the research process. You don’t have to be a certified expert to be able to write a blog post.
As a matter of fact, people like to read blog posts that are easy to read and answer their questions right then and there.
2. Use The Classic WordPress Editor
If you like to write in WordPress, try switching to the Classic editor because it has fewer distractions and offers you a better functionality to write things faster.
The Gutenberg editor might have a lot of cool features but the Classic editor is much more simple and minimal. It will help you keep the pace going on.
3. Use Voice Typing
Writing 2000 words with your hands can be very exhausting. You should try the voice-type tool to increase your speed.
If you use a MacBook, you will have the F5 key for your help but if you prefer Windows, head over to Google Docs and use the voice typing feature for faster accomplishments.
Sometimes voice typing can be awkward as well. In this case, you can try combining finger typing and voice typing together.
4. Use A Desk & Correct Your Posture
Another cool trick or tip to write faster is to use a desk and keep your posture upright while hitting those keys on the keyboard.
Not only it will be beneficial for our body/health, but it will also help your mind work faster than usual because of proper oxygen supply.
5. Don’t Fill The Posts With Fluff
It’s okay if your blog post got finished in 1600 words instead of 2000. You should not fill your posts with fluff that doesn’t matter simply because your competitors have done the same thing.
You can still acquire rankings and get loads of traffic with four hundred fewer words. This fluff is usually the most time-consuming element you will find as a blogger.
6. Use Grammarly
You will be making mistakes while writing the posts. That’s fine. But what you can do to save time is – use Grammarly.
Grammarly is a great solution for bloggers and writers as it automatically fixes the grammar and spelling errors in the content, and also provides users with a lot of synonyms so that the articles don’t have the same words repeating every now and then.
7. Challenge Yourself To Write In 20 Minutes
Another great thing you can do to boost your productivity and speed is to challenge yourself to write the post in under twenty mins.
You can use a timer/stopwatch and set a target for yourself. One surprising thing you will find here is that you almost every time will be able to meet the target!
8. Find A Peaceful Environment
You can’t be blogging in an environment where the kids are playing, your partner is watching Netflix, and you have a lot of distractions as a human being that you can’t help yourself but skip the writing thing.
Find yourself in a peaceful environment where there’s just you and your active mind. Let’s be honest here, you just need to find an environment for maybe half an hour or an hour at maximum!
Don’t try to escape the content creation part because that is what will move the needle. You will always have a hundred important tasks to do but you will have to prioritize things.
9. Try Listening To Music While Typing
This might not work for every single blogger but it can definitely help a lot of people get more productive and write more content.
According to an article by BBC, music helps people calm down, brings the senses to one place, and helps people achieve better concentration levels. Once again, it’s not for everyone but if it does work for you, you can literally save hours!
And here we are – at the end of the post. See, writing a blog post in twenty minutes isn’t that big of a deal. If you stay focused and decide that you are going to make it fast, it will happen.
Also, don’t bound yourself to certain minutes. Just try to be as fast and productive as possible and things will start to fall in an alley on their own.