Writing a blog post is a little like driving; you can study the highway code (or read articles telling you how to write a blog post) for months, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Or something. Check out these three very simple things you can do to prepare yourself better, and just to make your life a little easier.
Understand The Topic To Write About
To avoid falling into the trap of just staring at a blank screen, (we’ve all been there), it is always best to do your homework first.
Think carefully about what you want to write about. If it’s a subject that you’re not too familiar with, or need to learn more about, then do your research first. If possible, avoid writing anything until you have your research material and resources at hand.
By the time you get around to writing your post, you should be armed with the knowledge of how you’re going to tackle the topic or subject of your post far more effectively. Plus, you’ll have images, links to resources, data, and maybe even relevant statistics ready to drop into your post and make it awesome.
Organize Your Time
Don’t just grab 10 minutes here, and 20 minutes there to write your blog post. Look at your content calendar, (assuming you use one), and pick a suitable day and time to write your blog post.
Make sure nothing else comes in the way of your time to write. So that means putting everything else on hold during that time. Scheduling to write your post is important because the last thing you want or need is to be distracted. so, Mentally prepare yourself, motivate yourself, inspire yourself to write your post.
Next, it’s all about the location, and the tools you bring with you to write your next epic blog post. So, for the location, find a spot or pick a place where – You won’t be distracted by needless things. Won’t be disturbed by other people. You will feel the most inspired to write.
As for what you need to bring with you, that should be obvious, but just make sure you bring the absolute essentials – A laptop. A notepad and pen. Your research material. Some kind of music player (If you listen to music while you write).
I love writing blog posts at night locked away in my office. Also, I like to head down to my local coffee shop to enjoy a few hours of distractive free writing and to enjoy some great coffee too. I bring my iPhone with me but almost always switch it over to flight mode and I listen to the music I already have downloaded.
Blogging is one of those jobs that seems easy until you have to do it. Fortunately, it does get easier, and with time and practice, you’ll be blogging like a pro in no time. If there’s an aspect of writing a blog post that I didn’t cover, or you have specific questions about my process or anything generally blog-related, let me know in the comments – I’ll answer them as best I can. Now take up thy pen, go forth, and blog like a badass.