In my last post, 10 Ways to Use 10 Minutes to Move Your Business Forward, at the top of the list was write a blog post. I received a ton of feedback, most of it on that point alone.
10 minutes on a blog post?! How is that possible?
Well, it is very possible and very easy – Are you ready? 10 minutes, Go!
Title is first. It takes me about 2 seconds to come up with my titles – seriously! The reason why is I keep a running list of titles in my phone or on my computer of things to blog about. In this case, How to write a blog post in 10 minutes was not on my list, but I listened to my readers and they created the title for me.
Headline # 1
Start Your Post From Another Idea
This headline took about 10 seconds. The idea is to think quickly. Run ideas through your head about your title and what your audience would like to know about. If the title is how to write a blog post in10 minutes, I gather that my readers want to know where to start, what to write, how to bring it together in record time.
Starting or springboarding your post off of another blogger’s idea or another one of your own posts is one of the easiest ways to generate a blog post in 10 minutes. Exactly what I did with this one!
The body of the post
Your headline should guide you in what to write next. You read someone else’s blog post – what came to mind when you read it? In your post, inject your own ideas and what else you could add to it.
If you are using one of your previous posts as a jumping off point, add a whole new angle to it.
For example, if you wrote a post on affiliate marketing tips surely you did not cover all of them. Add another one or two tips and expand on those in an entirely new post.
Here’s a secret – Make your 10 minute post a more detailed explanation of a topic you previously covered. Another example, I discuss traffic strategies in several of my other posts. I can take one of those strategies and expand on it in detail.
The idea is to take one thing that you know well and go into more detail.
This body copy took me 4.5 minutes.
Being able to write a blog post in 10 minutes does take some practice and skill – fast typing helps, for sure; plus having a running list of ideas is essential as well.
But, if you keep ideas close by, then sitting down and cranking out a blog post quickly will be no problem.
One writer that I really enjoy and recommend is Dr. Voe Vitale. In his book, Hypnotic Writing, he gives tip after tip and action step after action step to become a hypnotic writer. He also talks about some very famous writers – Jack London, for one, who would write 1,000 words per day merely as exercise.
The way they accomplish this is just by writing – nothing else. Just sitting down and writing whatever comes to mind.
That is precisely what I have done in this blog post – I knew that I was going to write a blog post within 10 minutes and so I sat down and wrote. Did not stop once to ponder or think. I have not quite finished, but I look down and I am at 7.2 minutes.
Perfect for me to be able to grab an image off http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ (40 seconds) and then run my spell check (30 seconds). Add some bolding, formatting and my H1 tag (1 minute).
Now I hit publish –
(total time 9.3 minutes!)