One hour. That’s all you have. Your heart is beating fast, sweat is dripping from your brow, and suddenly it’s becoming very hard to breathe. You’re eyes are glazing over as you stare at your fingers quivering above the keyboard. But before you have a complete meltdown about meeting your blogging deadline, read this article. We’ll help you beat the “blogger’s block.” Better hurry though. The clock is ticking.
How To Beat the Clicking Content Clock
Whether you are an expert blogger or a novice, you can write a blog that people want to read. If you have absolutely no clue what you want to write about, there are so many sources online that can steer you in the right direction, or at least inspire you.
Here, we’ll list 5 steps to writing a blog that will not only attract visitors, but will also please your boss.
5 Tips For Writing A Blog In One Hour Or Less
- Choose A Topic You Are Interested In And Knowledgeable About: Blogging should be fun, not a chore. If you think about it, writing a blog is kind of like authoring your own opinion column. This is your chance to declare your thoughts for all the world to hear, so make it count.
If you have no idea how to cook and are known around the office for starting fires in the breakroom while heating up your Smart Ones, best not write a blog about cooking techniques. Stick to what you know.
- Make A List: A list can help you narrow down your blog. Think of a list as an outline, one that you would have had to use for your high school English papers.
For example, if your blog is about how to use videos to market your business, break your blog up into a few sections. One could be about which video platform to use; another section could be about how to come up with a subject; the next one could be about how to create the video.
- KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid: Blogs are not meant to be great tomes, raved about for centuries to come. You aren’t going to win a Pulitzer Prize for a blog — at least not for a while.
In other words, keep the blog simple. It should be easy to read and easy to understand. A 5th grader should be able to read your blog and walk about with a general understanding of the subject matter. However, just because a blog needs to be simple doesn’t mean it should be boring. Tell a story, provide rich details and eye-catching content (high-quality images or video) in your blog. There are several photo-sharing websites that offer free or low-cost photos for non-commercial use.
- Come Up With A Title: We all want to come up with cute, catchy titles. Gotta love that alliteration, right? However, writing a title for a blog — or for the internet — is completely different than writing a title for a newspaper article or magazine feature.
The title needs to be search-worthy, for people and search engines. Your blog’s title should include keywords or search terms people are likely to enter into a search engine. Questions usually make for good, search-worthy titles. For example, if you use “What Should I Avoid When Writing A Blog?” as a title, there’s a pretty good chance people are out there searching for that exact question. That single phrase came back with 389,000,000 results when typed into Google. If you can’t come up with a good question for a title, interject questions into your blog and use them to break up the sections.
- Post and Share: This step is pretty straight forward. But before you go out and paste your blog’s link into every social media network, tailor its message.
What that means is each social media audience craves a particular message delivered in a particular way. When you share your link on Facebook, include keywords and details about your blog to entice your followers. On Twitter, you only have 140 characters, so most likely your Tweet will need to be quite different than your Facebook post.
What Else Do I Need To Know About Writing A Quick Blog?
Of course, be sure to read over and tweak your blog before you blast it out into the webosphere. But remember, it does not have to be perfect. It’s a blog! A mistake every now and then shows you’re human, and trust us, online users want to interact and engage with humans, not robots.
Writing a blog in an hour is not as hard as you may think. We wrote this blog in 45 minutes. Just follow the above steps and write an original blog that is relevant to your target audience. Now, we believe you have less than an hour to write your own. Better get started.