Why do you think so many moms are blogging today?
Indeed, one in five mommies of today has started a blog with substantial followers. Some think of blogging as a hobby for the duration of maternity leave, while others plan to monetize it as soon as possible. No wonder: when you are a stay-at-home mom, social media and online blogging platforms become your second nature and window for self-education, growth, and entrepreneurial venture.
More than that, working from home has never been cheaper: a laptop and Internet access throw the entire world at your fingertips, with no need to rent an office, search for investments, and sacrifice time with your kids for income. Blogging and freelance writing allows you to be a super mom and still use your education. Sounds like a perfect option, right?
But for successful blogging, you’ll need to write. A lot. Dozens of blog posts, articles, essays, reviews, whatever. For people to read your writings and follow you, you’ll need to spend tons of time on research, content plans, blog posts ideas, content creation, curation, and promotion. And when you are a busy mom, the above seems impossible to do every day, over and over again, up to scratch, and with no burnouts.
These tips will help you see that impossible is nothing. Follow them, adjust them to your schedule – and you’ll skyrocket your writing productivity by far.
– Make a plan
Have you ever wondered how some top bloggers could write so many articles every week, given that they had dozens of other tasks to complete? Yes, writing is hard. But what makes it even harder is chaos in writing goals and plans. To write many (good!) articles for your blog every week, you need to create a writing goal and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve.
So, make a writing plan for every week. Write it down to clarify it in mind. Also, it will help to determine what you’ll need to do to accomplish the goal.
Let’s say you’ve planned to write five articles this week. So, now you understand you’ll need to write one article per day if you want to complete this plan. Given that you know how long these articles should be (500 words or 2,000 words each), you’ll understand how many hours you’ll need to spend each day on writing. And you’ll organize time accordingly to meet all deadlines.
– Think of blog topics beforehand
At the end of each week, make sure you have the list of titles (blog topics) you’ll cover next week. It will save time on brainstorming and research: once you’ll sit to write a blog post, you’ll already have a clue of what to write and what thesis/context to use.
For that, spend some time outlining your future articles too. Prepare a short summary for each, write down the main points with references you’ll use. It will help to avoid distractions and concentrate on the writing process itself, therefore creating your blog posts faster.
– Let writing tools help you
You can save hours and write 2x more articles if allowing some cool tools to help you. Writing is exhausting, overwhelming, and often frustrating (even bestselling authors admit it, so don’t blame yourself – far from all knights of pen love the process of writing itself). Especially when you are a busy mom who needs to take care of a kid, a house, and own beauty and health; and especially when you have no time to sit and wait for writing inspiration to come.
We live in a digital world where technologies rule the day, so why not allow them to make your writing life easier? Some will help you with productivity and shut down all distractions while writing; others will assist with editing your blog posts. Some will write essays for you, so you could delegate them a couple of tasks; others can help with organizing your writing ideas and scheduling your articles for publishing. There are also tools and resources for you to set up marketing processes and promote your blog posts for better conversion.
– Write at the same time every day
Develop a habit of everyday writing. Even if you think you have nothing to say, even if you are short of time, and even if you’re dog tired at that moment. It’s mental training. The more you write, the better writer you become, and the less time you’ll spend on it in the future.
Persistence is key. Just listen to Angela Duckworth, a psychologist who said that “you didn’t need to have talent to succeed; you need to have persistence.” So make it a habit to write at the same time – and the result won’t take long in coming. It’s like training in a gym, but here you train your writing muscle so it would become stronger and it would become easier for you to generate great content. Just set a word limit and don’t stop writing until you reach it.
– Read, read, read
Though it’s not that easy for a mom to find time to read, you should do that if you want to write fast and well. Books, world news, blogs of other moms – make a list of resources that inspire and educate you and read them every day. Reading encourages brain functioning and cognitive skills, it enriches vocabulary, and it allows you to master new writing techniques.
Also, learn to notice interesting details in the content you read. Use them as writing ideas for your future articles, add them to your content plan for next weeks, and think on how to adjust them to your niche. It will save time on brainstorming: you won’t have to sit and whelp content ideas with great pains; you won’t have to postpone writing because you don’t have topics to discuss; you won’t spend hours on writing a single sentence or paragraph because you don’t have argumentation or can’t find a word to describe it.
Any how much time do you spend on writing? How often do you update your blog with new content? Are there any habits or tricks you use for better productivity and writing more (good) articles per week?