Remember all those essays we had to write back in school? I don’t know about you, but my English teacher back in grade school used to teach us (and force us to write) something called the five-part essay.
Little did I know that I would re-encounter it so many years later as a professional blogger.
You may remember the five-part essay yourself. Essentially, it was a short essay consisting of five paragraphs:
- Body Paragraph #1
- Body Paragraph #2
- Body Paragraph #3
So, the idea is that you start your main idea in the first paragraph. Then, in the following three body paragraphs, you elaborate and/or explain your point. In the conclusion, you would restate your point. That’s it.
I remember writing these things all the time back in school. Often, the whole essay would fit on one or two pieces of paper.
Sounds kind of like a blog post, huh?
Ironically, I have also come across this concept as a time management tool for writing blog posts twice in the last week. One of those times was from Ross Goldberg in a talk in Las Vegas at the Rockstar Platinum event. Ross’s only addition was to add a Resource link at the end of the article.
So, want to be able to write a quick post in about 10 minutes? Do this:
- State your main point in a sentence or two.
- Outline three main points that support your primary idea.
- Elaborate on those 3 points with a few more sentences each.
- Wrap it up by restating your point. You might even ask the audience’s position on it (since you do want comments on your blog).
- Tack any relevant resource link to the end of the article. (tip: perhaps an affiliate product which earns you a commission?)
Bam! A quick blog post. I guess I did learn something useful in English class after all.