We talk a lot about the different types of content marketing you can add to your site to engage your readers. But now I want to show you how smoothly your writing can go if you just add a little planning and routine to your writing.
RSS Feed Reader
First thing you want to get in the habit of doing is reading through your RSS feed. This is like a basket where you can add all the magazines and articles that you want to read, only the RSS feed reader is electronic. Add all your sites that you follow for inspiration, insights, or knowledge into your market.
There are many RSS feed readers to choose from. Currently Digg Reader is great for pure RSS content browsing online. If you want a reader with a few more features, like offline reading then Feedly.com would be a good choice.
The idea with the reader is to expand your mind and get the creative juices flowing. See where different thoughts intersect and what ideas come from them for your market and share those thoughts on your blog.
Organize Your Thoughts with Evernote
While you are reading through your favorite articles take notes while reading. Use Evernote to keep track of all these notes from reading. You can also use Evernote to web clip information you find interesting to share and it does a great job of keeping everything tidy.
Many people also use Evernote to keep a running list of blog post ideas so if you are short on time, just pull one of the topics from your running list and get to writing.
Much like the blog post list kept in Evernote keeps you full of ideas to talk about, the Editorial Calendar for WordPress lets you see in calendar format the blog posts that you set up for each day of the week. You can also drag the posts around on the calendar to rearrange them. This is great way to “see” how your posts will be delivered to your audience
Another calendar concept that Problogger shared is setting up a template writing style for every day of the week. For example, Mondays you do a review, Tuesdays a link roundup, etc. This primes you and your readers on what to expect each day of the week and will make it easier to narrow your focus on what to talk about.
Adding relevant photos to your blog post helps break up the content for your reader and brings a visual illustration to help get your point across. The problem is you can spend a lot of time searching the web for images that you can use freely on your site. Enter freepik.com. Felix first shared this resource in December and it’s still a relevant site to get great images for your articles.
To keep you on task, one final tool is a timer. The idea is to set it for quick spurts of writing, then once the timer dings you stop writing, even if you are in the middle of a sentence. You take a short break and then start the timer back up. Any timer will work. Simplicity is key with this tool.
If you find yourself trying struggling to get your blog posts completed each week for your site, try setting aside a little time each day to setup these tools to help you get into the writing mode. A little extra time in the beginning can cut down the overall time it takes to complete your task.
Over To You
What tools do you use to finish your blog posts?