These steps in writing a blog post is what I follow to make sure I make use of my time productively. I can write at least 2 blog posts for a specific topic. I usually get topics from social media or topic generators. If you’ve read my post about productivity, you will notice how I divided the topic into preparation (morning routine), during work hours and unwinding (night routine). Instead of just one topic with long list, I was able to make 3 blog articles. This also ensures that my readers don’t get bored with reading one part of the topic that they are not interested in just to get to the part that they came for. So how do I go about writing the blog post/article?
Steps in Writing a Blog Post
1. Initial Draft
This is usually the hardest of the three steps in writing a blog post for some people when writing. This is the part where you figure out the topic you’d want to talk about. You can do this when filling up your content calendar. I use pen and paper for my initial draft which consists of the topic I want to discuss and some key elements I want to include. I use pen and paper because I’m more comfortable and ideas usually just flow. I also write faster than I can type. Find the medium that you are comfortable with when writing (eg laptop, phone or a pen and paper). Find a place where there are no or less distraction and find something that inspires you to write.
2. Second Draft
Once you already have your topic and key elements, the second draft will be about connecting those key elements and putting them into sentences/paragraphs. This is where all elements starts to make sense. Most of the time though, my initial becomes my second draft especially when I just have too many ideas and the words keep pouring out. I don’t want to miss a word by not writing them down. You can also set a schedule once a week to make your second draft. I usually do this on weekends when I don’t have work in my day job.
3. Final Draft
this is where you check for grammar and/or spelling errors. My final draft is in my computer. As I discussed in my brainstorming day, I put the topic and key elements on a document per blog post. Once I’ve polished those using pen and paper, I put them back to the computer as final draft. This way, I can see my errors and things that I forgot to include. I would suggest to wait 24-48 hrs from the time you wrote your second draft to fixing your final draft to refresh your mind and see your paragraph is better perspective. Shorter than that, we tend to unconsciously ignore our own grammar/spelling mistakes.
Which step do you find difficulty in completing? Let us know by leaving a message at the comment section below.