Whenever I meet people (especially those who read my blogs), they often say that I seem to write a lot.
And I do.
But when I ask them if they blog, they will say they don’t have time to do so.
But first, why would you need to blog?
Not everyone needs to blog and I know this very well. I know.It sounds so counterproductive as I am big on blogging yeah?
If you want to keep your private life private, please don’t blog. If you blog, your life will be on display. Even though I live and breathe the Internet world, I would not force blogging on anyone. Like golfing. Not everyone wants to golf despite the well-meaning intentions of most golfers.
But if you do blog, then good for you. It’s one of the many ways you can communicate with people you want to communicate with. But how does one blog better or faster when there’s a million tasks to be done before the day ends?
Here are some tips to speed up your blogging.
1. Promise to write at least 3 posts each time you login to your blog.
Yes. That seems like a lot but the idea is, once you start writing, you can continue writing. You know like inertia. If you’re not moving, you’re not moving but once you get moving, you have the momentum to keep going for a while. So take that energy or muse and push it to the limit. Aim for at least 3 posts when you are writing. Dedicate half a day, twice a week to this blogging habit and you will never be short of ideas for your blog posts. If you write 3 posts in one go, you have already covered the next 3 days worth of blogging.
2. Read blogs that matter
We cannot write in a vacuum. I for one cannot write without some form of input. On days when you’re not particularly inspired to blog, go read other people’s blogs. But not just any old blog. Find blogs which talk about issues close to your heart. What are your reactions to those posts? Use those to spark off your own posts. Don’t know where to find blogs? Try www.blogpulse.com or www.technorati.com
Lots of good blogs are listed there.
3. Crop photos all in one go
You know what sucks up time? Resizing photos. Actually downloading and resizing photos take up a whole lot of time if you’re not careful. I’ve worked with people who like using Adobe Photoshop to crop photos but if you want a faster way to do this (and you are not a Photoshop user), then I suggest you try Faststone. Once you download and install this free photo resizer software, you can resize lots of photos in one go (or one click).
FastStone Photo Resizer is an image converter/resizer that lets you convert, rename, resize, crop, rotate, change color depth, add text and watermarks to images in a quick and easy batching mode. This software fires up easily and lets you do the necessary in one click. Highly recommended for bloggers!
4. Draft ideas as they happen.
Sometimes, ideas fly in from nowhere. Instead of letting them run away, quickly draft them out in a notebook first. Transfer them into your blog for fleshing out later. Ideas can happen any time, any where and particularly if you are watching TV, flipping a magazine or in the shower (we all get our eureka moments while washing our hair!).
5. Set a time limit for blogging.
Focus on a deadline and you will be able to speed things up. If you set the clock to buzz after 2 hours, you will inadvertently work faster too. If you don’t set a time limit, you will be blogging the whole day! It’s OK if blogging is your main job but for most of us, it isn’t. So while blogging can get you somewhere, don’t let it suck up your time either.
6. Type faster
I know this is really strange but if you want to blog faster, make sure you can type really fast. And what if you’re the kind who uses 2 fingers to type? Then learn up touch typing. One of those things I am quite good at is typing because I owned a typewriter when I was young. It gave me lots of practise!
Or learn while playing typing games which are addictive and fun!
So there you have it.
Try these 6 tips and let me know how they work for you!
Oh and one more bonus, Melody has 5 practices that will help you develop your writing and blogging skills. Go over and read her post!