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How to write better blog posts, faster

writing blog postsIt’s that time of the month again where I upload the latest social media toolkit. The Social Media Toolkit site is a project set up by me ages ago. It’s aim is to help people with their marketing when they don’t have a budget for a consultant. We find the kits are really popular with other social media marketers as well as the small businesses we hope to inspire and help :)

Based on what my clients have been telling me this month’s toolkit had to be about blogging and it had to be about writing blog posts faster :)

So this post is a blended blog post, it’s part story and part curated content with a dash of review thrown in for good measure. Go and grab a cup of something hot, pull up your chair and start reading!

Peter Devries has an amazing quote when it comes to writing. I quote him often.  I’ve even made the quote into an image just for this post. At some point I’ll get it made into a poster. What he says is true – the more disciplined you are with something the more likely inspiration, mojo, magic, the muse, fairy dust (it doesn’t matter what you call it) it  the more likely it will be to appear.

I make no secret of the fact that I don’t watch conventional TV. I watch TV shows by DVD boxset. I have done for the last ten years, and I doubt I could sit and watch conventional TV ever again! I don’t get any adverts and I get to chose when I watch TV – I own it’s ass! I can watch it whenever I like for as long as I like. I once watched 24 in real time…

You have to do that with parts of your life – you have to own it’s ass. This “owning” business is particularly applicable when it comes to writing blog posts – you have to schedule time to do them or they don’t get written. The blog fairy does not drop off a glitzy package with 10 posts ready for your to edit and upload each morning.

When you start scheduling time for things then you are programming your creativity to fire up in certain instances. I write a lot of posts after lunch. My husband will be out of the office and the phone will be quiet – I have the space to create a blog post and plenty of time to muse upon ideas. Around 1pm each day my fingers are itching to hit a keyboard. I’ve gone all Pavlovian and trained my brain to know when to write, when to create and it expects to do so at 1pm  :)

12 blog posts to help you write a better blog post

10 Movie Plots That Can Help You Write Better Blog Posts — New

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Formulas can make your writing boring, but they exist for a reason: they work. The key is making the same old, same old you own with a little creativity. In this post, we’ll go over 10 movie plots that can help you write creative,

The Anti-Blog Post to Writing Better Blog Posts.

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I can’t read your blog. In fact, I almost don’t read any social marketing blogs out there, because I’m done with wave bathing in the echo chamber.

10 Ways to Write Better Blog Posts » Playing with Media

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Writing on a blog is different in many ways than writing for print. The following are ten suggestions I’ve created which can help bloggers write better posts. Please chime in with your own ideas and suggestions, I’m sure there

The No.1 Ingredient for Writing Better Blog Posts! | Hello Bloggerz

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Know about the no.1 ingredient that allows you to write better blog posts so that you can set yourself apart from other bloggers quickly and become a credible resource for the target audience.

1 Quick Tip for Writing Better & Faster Blog PostsBlogging Tips

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How many times have you opened up your wordpress dashboard and starting writing out a blog post and wasn’t really sure where you were going? Many of us also have requirements that we like to hit with our blog content as

5 Tips to Write Better Blog Posts Using Web Analytics Data

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Learn how to use your web analytics reports to write blog posts that increase traffic.

Write a (good) blog post in 1 hour – here’s how!

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Write about something you enjoy. If you love your topic, it’s easier to write better blog posts – faster. I write motivational posts when time gets tight. They are fun to write, they come straight from the heart – and my fingers tend to

3 WordPress Content Optimizing Plugins for Better Blog Posts.

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plugins that optimize on-page content. The plugins may do additional things but for the purpose of this article I’m going to focus on how they help your blog posts perform better, and my thoughts surrounding each content optimization plugin. …. However, as I started to write things up, I realised that SEOPressor and Squirrly saved me more time and were less of an inconvenience, and when time is a finite resource… I’ll possibly cancel my Scribe subscription.

Tips to Write Better Blog Posts — Jack of All Blogs

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Serious bloggers should know how to manage their blogs well to ensure they drive traffic. Those running a business should also learn the ropes of maintaining a blog that provides quality content and attracts the right

Seven Steps To Crafting A Better Blog Post – BlogPaws – The Pet

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Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Don’t you wish there was a magic formula for writing the perfect pet blog post? Well, it may not be a If your post is titled, “How to write a blog post” you could certainly glean from the…

30 Tips To Improve Your Writing | Author Media

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Link to the blog posts you are reading and add commentary. The best way to improve your writing is to be intentional. Treat your writing like a job. What helps you write better blog posts? Related posts: How To Set Realistic

Think Like a Reporter for Better Blog Posts | The Final Drafts

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of not having enough information. The best stories — whether news or blog posts — are partly about the writing, but more often about good reporting. Think Like a Reporter for Better Blog Posts. Posted on January 23, 2013 by Jennifer in

You might need to go and grab a refill of something hot, as the next part of the post is a mini-review and you’ll want to click the links as there are many free books on offer :)

Write, Edit, Revise

Over on Faceboook I have a group with Tobias Roote and Angela Boothroyd. It’s a small group, around 350 members and in the group we share the free Kindle Books that we find. You are most welcome to join us.

One of the members shared a lovely Kindle book called Write, Edit, Revise: Learn Writing Skills, Editing Skills and Revising Skills by Gary Thaller. It’s not a hard book to read and it’s really useful for blogging, in fact I think bloggers will enjoy it more than would be writers and authors. I love the exercises at the start of the book and have a page with 49 sentences written out. It’s currently for sale (you need to join the group for the free Kindle updates) at £2.05 and it’s worth 10 times that. Go check it out.

I’m planning a deeper review for my newsletter readers, but it’s too good not share elsewhere.

I know blogging is writing, and writing is active rather than passive but with a little planning and a little discipline you can write better blog posts, faster. After all, you have the resources right here at your finger tips.

 

 

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Sarah Arrow

Sarah Arrow started blogging to save a business and it worked! She created her first blogging challenge back in 2007. She's been internationally recognised as a top content marketer, Forbes and MSN list her websites as top ones, and she's the author of many quick start marketing guides. You can find her books on Amazon.

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