Let’s talk about your blog.
I know. It’s a painful topic. You don’t know what to write, you don’t feel confident about what you DO write, and frankly, you’d rather not be blogging at all. It was fun in the beginning, but now it’s become nerve-wracking, stressful and a complete chore. You’re behind on your blogging schedule, you haven’t posted anything for your readers in ages…
You can’t even remember the last time you actually ENJOYED writing a post.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Writing a blog post shouldn’t take days. It shouldn’t be stressful. And there are fun, easy writing techniques that can help you feel inspired, motivated and even excited about blogging.
One good blog post? It can bring in the kind of business results that any blogger would be thrilled about: more sales, more customers, more signups, more attention.
That is… if you’re actually able to write that blog post in the first place.
Now, my writing course at Damn Fine Words gives you plenty of writing techniques that help turn you into that confident blogger. It’ll teach you insider secrets that probloggers like me use all the time, every day – and we’ve been using them for years.
But today, I want to share a few quick tips from course lessons so you can get your blog back on track, and get back to stress-free, enjoyable blogging, starting right now. Try these:
Capture Your Ideas Right Away
Many people have great ideas for blog posts… but they don’t jot them down. They think they’ll remember them later on. They don’t have a pen and paper handy. Or they blame the idea for coming to them at the worst time because they’re nowhere near a computer. They’re in the shower or driving the car or in an important meeting…
15 minutes later? That idea is gone. Forgotten. Wasted.
Don’t make shower excuses or rely on your memory. Find a way to write down that idea and capture it before it flies away. Use technology to record a quick voice memo on your smartphone. Write yourself a text message or an email. Grab a pen and scribble your idea on the back of a receipt.
Yes, even if you’re naked and dripping wet from your shower.
Write on Demand
You have your idea jotted down? Brilliant! When you’re ready to begin drafting that blog post, settle into your writing routine – the one you’ve established to train your brain to write on demand.
Wait – you do have a writing routine established, right? You’re not coming to your writing cold, are you? Just sitting down thinking you’ll smash out an awesome post like magic?
That’s a common amateur mistake that many bloggers make. You need an established routine that mentally prepares you to write – basically, getting in the mood well before you sit down at the keyboard.
Think of it this way: You can’t build a house without preparing yourself, your tools and your materials. You can’t sit down to write a good blog post without preparing yourself either.
Write a shitty first draft.
I’m not kidding about this one. Forget perfection out of the gate. Shitty first drafts rule.
You can edit and polish up the post you wrote another time, but the first step of any post is putting your idea into written words, in rough draft format, so that you can improve on it later. All smart bloggers work this way, and you should too.
Start writing shitty drafts for the future, too. Write a bunch of shitty first drafts. Build a collection for later. The more shitty first drafts you have of these on hand, the more you’ll be able to grab one in a pinch. All you’ll need to do is polish it up and schedule it in your blog.
Imagine having a year’s worth of blog posts, all ready to go.
It’s an easy goal to achieve… with the right techniques guiding you, of course. And if you want to learn more about those techniques, then check out Damn Fine Words, the writing course that helps you build the confidence you need to blog your way to better results.
You’ll learn how to collect ideas and expand them into better posts. You’ll learn how to blog in a way that feels comfortable and that cuts your writing time in half. You’ll learn how to use your posts to help your business, and you’ll kickstart your blog back to life.
You’ll learn how to enjoy blogging – maybe for the first time in your life. Soon you’ll be writing blog posts like there’s no tomorrow!