Plan your content first
If you’re serious about blogging you probably know that you need to have an Editorial calendar on which you plan out your content in advance. I use a WordPress Plugin called WP Editorial Calendar but you can also schedule your content on your Outlook calendar or an Excel Spreadsheet. Doesn’t matter how you do it, matters that you do it !
So when you have planned out your content, you know in advance what topics you will write about. Now you just have to find the time to do it …
Find the time to write
“I don’t have time” that’s probably the most common answer to the “Why don’t you blog?” question. Yes, it does take time to write regular blog posts. But with practice you will notice that you’ll get faster & faster.
And – you don’t need to be sitting in front of your computer, in your office, to blog. Nowadays almost everyone has some type of mobile device: a tablet, an iPhone or something similar. Take advantage of this new technology: when you’re on the train, on the plane or waiting for a delayed meeting… These are all perfect opportunities to gather ideas or write the outline for your next post
As I said, you probably already have some type of mobile device. Now you just need the right applications.
Here are a two must haves:
Windows Live Writer for Windows & Mars Edit for Mac are two desktop blog editing softwares. Windows Live Writer comes with Windows for free and Mars Edit costs 39.95 after a free 30 day trial.
Evernote helps you save your thoughts and ideas and makes it easy to stay organized and productive. Read this great post from Michael Hyatt on “How to use Evernote as a Blogger”.
Write the outline on the go
So once you installed either Windows Live Writer or Mars Edit, you can easily open these programs and start writing your outline on the go. You already have the topic, since you planned that in your Editorial Calendar. Now start with the headlines, sub-headlines & then fill in the paragraphs. Don’t worry about the look and formatting, you’ll deal with that once you’re back in the office. Just focus on writing the content. If you get distracted be surrounding noise, get yourself a headset and listen to some nice music.
Finalize the post at home
Then, when you get back home, you’ll take that post and copy it into your blog. You could even publish it directly on the blog (as a draft) but I usually just copy paste. Now is the time to give your post the final touches: some formatting, adding a picture (that you saved to Evernote on the go) & proof-reading it a couple of times. And when you’re happy with the post, hit the “publish” button.
I’m curious: are you already blogging on the go or will you try this out next time you’re sitting on a plane or watching the kids’ swimming class ?