A Simple Plan for Writing a Powerful Blog Post in Less Than 2 DAYS
Have you ever tried doing an internet search using these keywords: sample blog post, writing a good blog post, or maybe simple blog post template? Well, I have and at the end of the day I had 23 window tabs open; along with 4 new sites that I bookmarked. I hope I can remember to go back and check all of them out later. I assumed that I would find a simple blog post template. That wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.
A common problem I have is getting the writing process flowing. I sit down at the keyboard with my post editor open often getting caught up in my own head with ideas swirling about. I think that I am prepared before I get to this stage. I have done the prep work before sitting down to write a blog post. I mean I have my blog topic and my pictures are edited and ready to go. And yet, I find myself taking too much time pondering over the post title and introduction. The other day was no exception. Struggling to find the right words got me thinking… If only I had a quick template that helped me to organize my thoughts. What I want is a worksheet that I can use to kick-start my creativity. Awe, if only it were that simple. I know, I’ll Goggle it! Then before I knew it I had spent an entire day researching and still no worksheet or template. However, time spent was not wasted. I was able to gather helpful tips along the way. The most ironic post title I found was: A Simple Plan for Writing a Powerful Blog Post in Less Than 2 HOURS. This was a good article with useful information. I think a more appropriate post title for me is: A Simple Plan for Writing a Powerful Blog Post in Less Than 2 DAYS.
Here is what I am taking away from my research day.
- Most of the sites provided clear direction on the basic rules for writing a post with good or great content.
- Practice! Practice! Practice! The more you write the better you will get at developing your writing style.
- All articles usually follow this structure:
- Headline—Gets the reader’s attention.
- Introduction—Provides context, describes problem and offers a solution.
- Body—The meat of the article that explains your solution and divides your main points by subheads.
- Conclusion—Summarizes the article and gives a call to action.
- If you don’t find the templates or worksheets you are looking for… Make them yourself!
So Here You Go – 4 blog post writing tool worksheets
- Blog Post Brainstorming (mind map web)
- Simple Blog Post Template
- Project Master List Form (Keep in mind I am a crafter so I always have random list floating about. This is one way for me to stay organized and to prioritize my projects. You could also use this list as a Master List of Blog Post Ideas)
- Link Up Party Master List (Optional. For those who participate in Link Up parties. This form allows me to see at a glance what posts I have linked up and to what site hosted the event.)
I pulled key bullets of information from several resource sites to create a
I am walking away from my computer with an understanding that there is not one
simple, cookie cutter way of crafting a blog post. Just “Do It” and you will find out what writing style works best for you.
Be true to yourself and your style will shine through!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m always interested to see how other people write. I am curious to know what writing tools other bloggers are using. Do you do anything like this to speed up your process? I’d love for you to leave a note in the comments.