How To Write An Article A Day For Your Blog
I have been going through David Risley’s blog challenge recently and he has a section about how to write content or articles for your blog regularly. This is a problem that all bloggers, including myself, face from time to time. With this said, I have been doing another challenge where you have to write an article or two a day for your blog. Initially I thought this would be difficult but it’s not too bad now. So I thought I’d talk about the process I use to write an article a day for my blog.
Do You Need To Write An Article A Day ?
Since I want to meet this challenge I am going to write an article a day but I really don’t think this is necessary. I think quality is better than quantity ultimately. Even Risley himself has moved away from an article a day. He recommends 2 or 3 times a week.
Jon Morrow, another prolific blogger and an editor on the epic Copyblogger blog, feels that once a day isn’t really necessary. He advises that you post a couple of times a week too but make each post epic.
Epic doesn’t have to be long but if you are going to get into the meat of the issue then it probably should be longer than 400 words. Probably even longer than 800 words. Some of Morrow’s posts hit over 3000 words !
So you don’t need to write an article a day or rather you don’t have to post an article a day. You should still be writing everyday though.
Also, if your blog is new then you want to fill it out with plenty of content. A blog with three or four posts on it won’t gain much traction.
Finally, writing once a day helps you find your voice. Before this challenge I might have held back some of my opinions or views but now I am forced to get them out. This improves your writing and gives your blog some character.
Maybe your jokes are corny but they are your corny jokes and they are what makes you blog unique. Ultimately you want your blog to stand out from the crowd and the best way to do this is to find your voice.
So How Do I Do It, How Do I write An Article A Day ?
The first issue is coming up with ideas. A simple way to do this is to think about your niche or a sub niche and then list the alphabet. Think of a topic within the niche/sub niche for each letter of the alphabet. That will give you 26 articles to write at the very least. You may even find you have more topics for certain letters.
Another idea is to think about all the problems faced in your niche. Note them down and you have some more article titles.
An idea from David Risley is to follow a product launch formula for article writing. If you are in the internet marketing niche, you are probably aware of the way a product is launched. Problems are introduced and ways to solve the problems are gradually revealed. Ultimately the all encompassing solution, the product itself is released.
You could follow the same process on your blog. This would give you things to write about and finally a review of a product with an affiliate link on the end. If you have an email list, the blog posts and the auto-responder series could be the same thing or tweaked versions of the same thing.
You could dot he same thing if you were releasing your own product. It could be a free or paid product. You could talk about the germination of the idea behind the product. The trials and tribulations of getting the product created and finally the big announcement or launch of the product.
This not only gives you stuff to write about but it adds an element of anticipation, dare I say excitement , to your posts.
So You Have Ideas, How About The Writing ?
You will be far more productive if you work all this out at the start of the month or the week. I try to have 7 article topics thought up on Sunday night waiting for me to go on Monday morning.
Work in simple, iterative steps.
Once you have a topic, break it down into the points that you want to mention. This could be a few notes, general points and your opinion on the issue.
Next day write based on those notes or even write immediately after you make the notes. Personally I prefer to come back to them with a fresh, writers hat on.
Then write in batches. This is hard to do when you think hat you have a million and one other things to do but if you can get into a writing groove, the articles will be better and you will write them faster.
The writing can also be batch processed.
Write the first draft fast without regard for grammar, spelling, the laws of gravity or the space time continuum…
Come back to it for the final touch up.
You can even batch process the submission of the articles. Posting an article, finding a picture and all that good stuff can take time too. If you do all the posting for one week in one sitting, you will be heaps more productive.
As David Risley points out, you need to be proactive rather than reactive as far as blog posting goes. Set out your plan for the week ahead and then try to do similar activities in one fell swoop. Not only will you get more done but you will feel that you have got more done.
With reactive blogging, you have to think up a new topic each day, research, write and then post. You have to warm up to each task and then switch to another and then another for the whole week. This can be frustrating as it takes time and you can’t get other things done. As these tasks involve different thinking or actions, it can also be quite a schizophrenic existence too.
Plan ahead and batch up similar processes is the way to go if you want to write an article a day for your blog.