7 Simple Tips For Blogging Faster [Without Caffeine]

We all know that content is important in blogging. Most bloggers are under pressure to produce more blog posts (although maybe you shouldn’t be). As…

We all know that content is important in blogging. Most bloggers are under pressure to produce more blog posts (although maybe you shouldn’t be).

speed_typing As I’ve been doing this for quite a long time now, content creation is pratty fast for me. My average blog post is pretty long, so  it takes me a bit to prepare. However, what a lot of other bloggers do on their blogs, I tend to do these days in email in The Daily. Those articles I can prepare in 15-20 minutes apiece.

When I talk to other bloggers, I get varying levels of speed. Some bloggers are fast while others struggle to get even one post per week out the door. Couple into this the demands of normal life, and it is easy to conclude that time is the major bottleneck to your blogging success.

A Viewpoint on Time

The way I see it, time is completely arbitrary. It is in the eye of the beholder.

Have you ever seen a person who gets one task done in a day, then sit back, act tired and act like their day was full? I have. Grocery shopping seems to be the day’s goal. Time to relax after that.

On the flip side, you’ve got people who just get things done all day. They are fast. They are MACHINES. And others marvel at their productivity.

Same exact day. But, one person tackles the day in a completely different way.

Look at the hummingbird. The hummingbird flaps its wings 8-10 times per SECOND. Everywhere it goes, it goes fast. Another example: the common house fly. Wonder why you can’t ever catch the damn thing? It’s concept of time is different than ours. We probably look like we’re moving like turtles comparatively.

So, the way I see it, it isn’t that we have a finite amount of time per day and it is a fixed quantity. It is our viewpoint of time which makes the difference.

It might be easier said than done, but I think its true to say this: Just change your viewpoint! You’re the one who makes time scarce for yourself!

Now, let’s put aside philosophy and talk about this more practically.

7 Tips For Faster Blogging

Here are some simple tips that I have found helped me over the years:

  1. Maintain an idea file. This is not new advice from me, but it really helps when you sit down and wonder what to write about. So, whenever an idea for a blog post enters your mind, record it. Do you have a smartphone? Well, surely it has the capability to record text/voice notes. So, either record it as an audio recording to yourself, or jot it down. Carry a notepad with you? Then jot it down there. Careful not to have your ideas spread all over different places because that only ads to the disorder.
  2. Keep your surroundings clean. The state of a person’s environment is a direct reflection of how they handle their own thoughts. They go hand in hand. For this reason, we are able to concentrate in orderly surroundings better than in a messy room. So, keep your writing space clean. Keep your office clean. You’ll find your production is higher.
  3. Read others. You should keep tabs on other related blogs using an RSS reader such as Feedly. If you come across another person’s post which gives you an idea for a post of your own, then bookmark that post into a “To Blog” folder in your browser. With Feedly, you can also save the post to your “Read Later” list so you can get to it later.
  4. Consider voice-to-text. Most of us can talk faster than we write, so perhaps you want to try that. Have somebody transcribe it for you or use speech recognition software. If you think you can’t pull that off, consider Jon Morrow, who makes a fantastic living as a blogger but writes everything via talking.
  5. Don’t worry, be crappy. In other words, don’t be a perfectionist. Blogging is a conversation, not a term paper. Don’t overthink your blog posts. Just write the idea you have in mind and let it flow.
  6. Plan Ahead. It is always harder when the pressure for the next post is always immediate. You can alleviate this by planning ahead. Plan your posts ahead of time. Then, as your time availability ebbs and flows, you’re not feeling pressured.
  7. Written isn’t the only option. Along the same line as #4 above, keep in mind that writing might not be your best option. We’re in the content creation business and nobody said that blogging had to be written only. Consider other mediums where you can do this faster. For instance, there’s nothing wrong with just talking into your webcam and “writing” a blog post that way.

On thing to keep in mind with all this is that blogging speed is usually more of a concern when you feel an artificial pressure to keep up with a quota. In the “old days” of blogging, I used to blog my butt off. With my old tech blog, we used to post 4-5 times PER DAY. It was completely insane.

These days, I practice The Redwood Strategy.

It gives you the space to slow the heck down.

Because one thing is for sure these days…

Quality is way more important than quantity.

About David Risley
David Risley is the founder of the Blog Marketing Academy, a 20-year veteran blogger and online entrepreneur. His focus? Building a reliable, recurring business around his "lifestyle" and the lives of his students. He has this weird obsession with traveling in his motorhome around the country with his wife and 2 kids. David also likes to talk about himself in the third person. In bios like this one. Read his full story.
  • TheInfoPreneur says:

    Great post, very usefull, I completely agree about not over editing and worry if its perfect or not, If you ask ten people to proof read it, they will all come up with things the other one missed! Write and promote!

  • jaredplittle says:

    David, have you always been able to write posts that quickly or has that come over time?

    Writing has never been a strength for me I actually started blogging to force me to write more so I will hopefully become better and me efficient at it. I will use this advice to see if it helps but 15-20 a post seem like a challenge for me.

  • mikecrimmins says:

    Great tips, although you could probably do it all faster with a great cup of coffee.

    I have a huge idea file and my blog posts planned rough for the next 2-4 weeks at any given time. That alone saves a lot of time because sometimes when I don't know what to blog about, it can waste two hours just there.

    I also like to write a quick outline. It helps me to stay focused, but also so that I don't spend five hours thinking of the next line.

  • cathygoodwin says:

    Great comments on blogging. I especiall agree with #7. Too many bloggers write way too much! However, I have to say that caffeine typically adds zest to my own blog posts.

  • John Paul says:

    Great tips,, but without coffee?.lol That might be tuff.

    On editing. I wrote a post last week, about 200-300 words, and some reader complained because a made one spelling mistake, and to grammar mistakes.. All were silly mistakes that did not take away from the point of the post.

    So I agree with not over editing, there will always be one tight ass that needs things to be uber perfect to be happy, and will miss the point of your post.

  • Some days I can crank out posts in a few minutes, but on most, especially as I've been doing more guest posting and more self-critical, I border 45-60 minutes per post.

    Your points are all valid though, and without implementing them in my own life, I could see taking much longer. The idea file is a lifesaver for me.

  • msfreeman says:

    All 7 of these points are original and useful. I don't currently have an Idea File per se but I do keep a note pad. My surroundings are fairly neat and organized. The tip that most moved me to action is #5, this is the second time I've heard something similar. If we hold off posts, e books and newsletters until they are perfect then they may never get published. Just put the stuff out there and you can tweak it as you grow.

    Thanks for the tips!:)

  • David Risley says:

    Just work it until you get into a groove. I have always been relatively fast, but I think it comes with practice as well as knowing my topic very well.

  • David Risley says:

    Yeah, I sometimes take longer on a guest post, too. Longer posts take more time.

  • Joe Gilder says:

    I'd add to Number 2 that part of your “surroundings” includes your online clutter. It always takes me twice as long to write a post when I have Gmail, Tweetdeck, etc. all open in the background. I'll get a paragraph written, then I'll see that I have an email, then Tweetdeck will pop up and tell me I have a mention, and of COURSE I have to go read it.

    Complete waste of time.

    You're right, David. There's a lot more “time” in the day when you use it wisely.

  • Donny Gamble says:

    Blogging is definitely something that you have to prepare for if you want to consistently provide quality blog content. It is a must to have a couple of post written ahead of time just in case something comes up

  • Natalie says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have a new found reason to clean my desk and record my thoughts! I also feel like it is helpful to include video in your blog. Video adds variety and takes the pressure off of creating a text post every time.

  • The idea file is one of my biggest lifesavers. Absolutely recommended. I've considered using voice-to-text…I bet you can use Jott to auto post to a feed and automatically voice-to-tweet. thoughts? ha. just thought of that.

  • Nour says:

    I'm going to school and the semester can get pretty busy very quickly. I want to write several posts during the winter break as back up for the spring to post if things get busy. Do you think that would be a good idea? I'm still new to blogging.

  • JR Griggs says:

    Is this a shameless plug, lol

    Coffee does help!

  • Dave Doolin says:

    Writing time – for me – depends on how accurate the article has to be. When there are actual facts involved, or code, that always eats up time. Just making sure code runs correctly can take 15-20 minutes per snippet! But that's my burden, and certainly not common among most bloggers.

  • mikecrimmins says:

    Lol, I think it is a shameless plug!

  • SuperAwesomeDating says:

    you got to find what works for you. For me, I post a 1000-2000 word article every other day. I sit my ass down saturday morning and write 2 posts, then rinse and repeat on sunday. This works perfect for me. Google loves long posts, i have consistencey wich is also important, im providing the quality i feel comfortable with and i free up mon-fri to work on other things like link building, monitization, or product creation.

  • Copy-Blogger says:

    Thanks David,really nice list of tips.I liked the 1st tip most of all.Because I use it,for example my post ideas come when I lie down to sleep,if there is any idea,I write it into text file on my smartphone.
    Thanks very much

  • These are great ideas, and they are techniques I try to use. I guess the pressure is not as heavy for me, as blogging is only a part of my business promotion, but it's still good to generate good, regular content in order to keep folks interested.

    I find the ideas file and keeping my area clean to be especially beneficial.

    Great reminders, as always!

  • Knowing your topic makes a HUGE difference, as does INTEREST in the topic about which you are writing. If you have to do a lot of linking and on-the-fly research, it will slow you down a bit.

    IMO, speed is not as important as consistency. (I'm not a pro-blogger, though.)

  • Jen M. says:

    I find those complaints are usually more about the complainer than about the writer. 😉

  • John Paul says:

    TY Jen, We agree there..lol

  • Nezine says:

    I know how that is like! When I was working and writing reports, I used toshow it to others for correction. Each one would come up with their own ideas. This would take ages to complete the task.

    So, yes, write and promote.

  • This is the last stop in my stint of reading on your blog today via Google reader. I keep an idea file like you said and then actually start a draft post in my blog account to keep working on the ideas as I go along.
    Point 2 – I looked at my desk and I have homeschool docs and cds strewn over it – will definitely fix that today.
    Point 4 – I will definitely look into some voice recognition software. It should cut my time.

  • This is the last stop in my stint of reading on your blog today via Google reader. I keep an idea file like you said and then actually start a draft post in my blog account to keep working on the ideas as I go along.
    Point 2 – I looked at my desk and I have homeschool docs and cds strewn over it – will definitely fix that today.
    Point 4 – I will definitely look into some voice recognition software. It should cut my time.

  • Rishabh Jain says:

    Hey David just loved this post, 1 & 5 point are the one i will surely do right now thats when ever something will strike in my mind i will simply blog it out than you.

  • Al Bryant says:

    This post has literally made my day! I want to try and get two posts our this week and I now feel like I can achieve that. Thanks David!

  • Javier says:

    This is a great post, I’ve been learning a lot from the Academy. Really good points and some of them I read before.

    This is giving me a few ideas for my blog also. Thanks for the great content.

  • Ron Cross says:

    Writing articles ahead of time is definitely one of my weaknesses. I don’t know why, but I’ve always had trouble banging out more than one article in a sitting. Probably because I’m always writing an article the night before it’s supposed to post!

    I haven’t been maintaining an idea file either, which I know would be a big help. Going through the 30 day challenge will help, hopefully. I just got set up with Evernote. My posts could definitely be shorter sometimes too. All areas that I think will help me speed up the process. I only post twice a week and I have to admit it’s tough to keep even an easy schedule like that for me. I don’t know how people post every day, lol!

  • Hi David. Great Stuff here. I’m looking forward to applying these tips.

  • Patrick says:

    I like the tip “Don’t Worry, Be Crappy,” but for anyone like me if your really worried about grammar etc then theirs two great tools – One is software and the other is an online monthly service . 1 http://www.editorsoftware.com/StyleWriter.html 2 http://www.grammarly.com/ I think these tools will improve writing and confidence.

  • Claudiu C. says:

    Hello David,

    Thank you for your great blog post.
    I’ve seen some of the advice you gave us previously, but I like how you outlined it.

    I do find myself over editing, and doing a lot of other crazy things that make me spend a lot more time on a post than I should. I hope that as time passes by, I will learn how to do this faster, because I do it more often.

    Have a nice day,


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