Blogging is a never-ending endeavor. We’ve all been there: you sit down to write a blog post, and three hours later, you haven’t written anything at all. You’re staring at the blank screen thinking “I have nothing to say. What am I going to do with this?”
And then your mind goes completely blank because you don’t know how to start the article! It feels like every time you try; it’s just not coming together in a way that makes sense or sounds good enough for people who are reading your blog post.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! These five steps will help make blogging easier and more productive than ever before so that when you sit down to blog about whatever you want, you can do it without hours of stress.
1. Build the outline
Start with an outline of your post. What are the main points you want to cover? Write them out in bullet form. This will be helpful to you as you begin writing and can make it easier to come back and edit your post later.
2. Create the blog post body
The body of your blog post should be around 1000 words or more. You can use subheadings to break up sections of your post too! The blog post body should be divided into the following sections:
- First point
- Second point
- Third point
- Fourth point
3. Read it out loud
Read over what you’ve written and make sure everything sounds like you want it to sound. If not, make edits! If you can, try to read it in a voice different from your own so you’ll catch mistakes and difficult writing you didn’t think about.
4. Edit and proofread everything
Make sure spelling and grammar are correct. If not, ask a friend to check it over for you. Editing and proofreading are essential factors because it helps correct any errors that may have occurred when writing. This makes for an easier read, and people will be more likely to share your blog post with friends. Grammarly Premium is a must-have to ensure nothing is missed.
5. Give it a final review
Make sure all links work and add any necessary photos or graphics before publishing your blog post on your website. Using these five steps will help you create a perfect blog post every time.
When you feel like nothing is coming together or something doesn’t sound right, go back and check through this list to make sure everything looks good. Now that you’ve written a fantastic post, start promoting it by tweeting about it and sharing it on social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest!
Bonus: What to do when you don’t know what to write about?
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your phone and browsing the internet but not really knowing what to write about? Try these techniques:
Look at a topic or topic idea from a different angle. You may find that taking this different tack will spark an idea for an article.
Work on something else for a while and then come back to the topic with fresh eyes later. Sometimes we get stuck in one way of thinking and need to step away from it to work on something else for a bit.
Reverse the order of your tasks
This is especially helpful if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the things you’re trying to do. Pick one small task out of all the things you have to do and accomplish that first. Then keep working your way through them one at a time until all are done.
Just typing words helps get the creative juices flowing, so if you’re having trouble writing something, then just go for it! Write 500 – 1000 words on absolutely anything, even if it seems unrelated to your topic.
Write a list post
If you don’t have a strong opinion on a subject or aren’t sure how to approach it, then try writing a list post! They’re great for proving your expertise and having fun at the same time.
Writing a perfect blog post doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these steps, and your readers will thank you! If you’re interested in having me as your SEO content writer, I offer packages with nothing but the best quality work for all of my clients. Contact me to learn more about how to make blogging much easier for you by working together.