I think that many bloggers and blog owners have a job outside of the blogging industry. Even if you are able to monetize a blog or find good freelance gigs, there is no denying that blogging is time consuming. Because writing takes so much creativity, it can be extremely difficult to sit down and write a story.

Most of us take a few breaks, write a paragraph or two and then delete it for something else, or just stare at a blank page. For most writers, the term “writer’s block” couldn’t be more real.

For this reason, many bloggers struggle to find the time to blog. This can become extremely overwhelming, and I have experienced first-hand the way that this frantic feeling can take away from the blogging experience. Fortunately, there are a few tricks I have discovered that can help you speed up the blogging process while still putting out great content:

How to Increase Productivity When Blogging:

Block Social Networking

Social NetworkingI think that when many bloggers have writer’s block they go immediately to social networking. This is not a good habit because social networking can actually be very interesting, so you will likely get caught up in that activity and spend longer away from your writing.

Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a way for individuals to organize their information. You could use this on a small scale when organizing research for one article or a large scale when starting a business and organizing the blogs you want to get done in any given week.

Although this system likely won’t work for everyone, it has helped me get things done faster and more efficiently because I am able to consolidate the information I am using. In a way, it is almost like creating an outline first and writing second (what we all should be doing anyways!). Creating a mind map is fun, so it moves things along.

Typing Speed

Typing speed improves productivityBelieve it or not, I have found that typing speed has helped me improve my productivity.

Typos can often cause someone to lose his/her train of thought, so it can be very beneficial to take a few tests and see where you rank in terms of accuracy. It sounds silly to most writers, but those who have utilized typing tests have been able to see a difference.

You can read an article I wrote on Freelance Writing Gigs for more information.

Take Breaks

Although this may seem counterintuitive, taking breaks can actually be a good way to recharge your battery and get things done faster. You don’t want to take a bunch of little breaks while sitting at your desk, but a few nice breaks throughout your day will help to clear your mind.

Try to set a schedule so that you know when a break is coming. This will help you stay productive because the “end” is near.

Allow Guest Contributors

Last but certainly not least, your blog can grow with the help of others. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work, consider accepting more guest posts.

Many of the editors I work with give me a WordPress login so that I can go right in and upload my article without every disrupting them. They still have the option to review my work before it is published on the blog, but this is a great way to save time while keeping the quality of the content up to par.

Blogging is certainly a time consuming profession, but it can be very rewarding if you have the time to really enjoy what you are doing. As with any job, there are tips to help the process run smoothly. What do you do to remain productive as a blogger? Is there anything that helps your motivation?

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8 thoughts on “Top 5 Ways to Help Speed up the Blogging Process”

  1. For me the best method to speed up my writing is to actually start. ;)
    When I get an idea about a topic I used to think a long time about what I could write, how to best phrase it and so on, until the task got so big in my head, that I postponed it and postponed and…until I would finally start.
    Now when I have an idea, I immediately start new draft in wordpress, and enter some keyword. Over the day, whenever I have some new ideas, I write em down. Formulate a full sentence here and there until by the end of the I just have to put in some filler words to string all the keywords together and get a fully written out text. Much faster (for me), than trying to write the whole article at once…

  2. Blogging is something that requires [recision and strategy. In order for you to do that you should plan on it and then be patient. Fruits will come later.

  3. About the typing speed: I think it’s going to take some time before one actually gets “real” typing speed. I got mine from playing online games and all that. Anyway, the breaks! Yes, I agree that one should take breaks every once in a while. I do get that some people will give you tips like you should update your content regularly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to write all the time.

  4. I agree about not going to social networks because that’s exactly what happens to me LOL. I visit my Facebook to get a break from thinking about what I’m suppose to write about and I end up getting lost for hours looking at photos and reading comments so I also try to avoid that. Instead I watch a little TV or just play with my daughter which usually helps. Great tips by the way, I totally agree with you. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I agree about not going to social networks because that’s exactly what happens to me LOL. I visit my Facebook to get a break from thinking about what I’m suppose to write about and I end up getting lost for hours looking at photos and reading comments……

  6. Great tips for bloggers.. I just started using my blog to make some extra money with affiliate marketing and i really needed some tips on how to boost my productivity!

  7. Good advice for anybody starting out blogging, I agree blogging can be very fulfilling when done correctly but this can be time consuming and hard work most of the time. Taking breaks is essential and sometimes doing something else can help the creative process.

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