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Blogging Tips – How to Streamline your Blog Content Creation

Blogging is a lot of work. I have been blogging for close to 6 years now and it gets harder the more you blog. If you plan to take your blog from a hobby to a business, then you have to be prepared to do the work. I work pretty much everyday on one blog related job or the other. If I am not writing or articles blog posts, I am taking and editing photos, or scheduling social media posts.

There is always something to do when you work from home and run a business. It is tricky to separate home life from work life because it all happens in the same place. And my team are my family members but it works great for us. We won’t have it any other way.

 

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You can’t succeed as a content creator if you don’t create content regularly. A good way to stay on top of your content creation as a blogger is to streamline your content. Here are ways you can go about doing that.

 

Have a blogging schedule

I blog pretty much everyday, so that is my schedule. Sometimes, I am unable to blog for some days when life gets in the way which is the same for all of us. Having said that, it works better when your readers know when to expect a new blog post. Having a blogging schedule is a great way to grow your readership and stay ahead of the game.

 

Get a blogging journal

Blogging journals are great for writing down ideas and anything related to your blog. I always have mine on me for whenever inspiration strikes. If I am unable to get to my journal, I make use of my iPhone notepad. Have a list of blog post ideas in a journal means you always have fresh ideas for your blog posts.

 

Determine the objective of your content

Before you start writing your posts, it makes sense to determine the objective of the blog post. Once you have that outlined, then the rest of the content would follow naturally. Having a clear objective of your content means you have a good title, relevant focus keyword and additional keywords all good to go. That way the blog post would be interesting to read and easy to find on search engines.

 

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Keep writing

I write a post pretty much everyday. Sometimes I write about 2/3 posts a day, depending on deadlines and what campaigns I am working on. Writing everyday has helped me become a better writer. And my number 1 blogging tip to anyone thinking of turning their blog to a business, is to read and write as many times as possible everyday.

When it comes to streamlining your blog content creation, the more you write, the more blog posts you would have in your draft. So that means you would always have posts ready to be published even on days when you are unable to write.

 

How do you streamline your blog content creation? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

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How to Increase the Time People Spend Reading Your Blog Content

As a blogger it’s getting incredibly difficult to sustain the interest of our readers. People have short attention spans and with social media it’s getting even shorter. You may work hours trying to craft the best blog content but if the level of engagement on your content is low then that’s not time well spent.

 

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However there are ways you can sustain your readers’ attention when reading your blog and encourage them to engage with your blog content.  If you’re having trouble keeping your readers on your blog longer then here are some things you can do to increase the time people spend reading your blog content.

 

  1. Make it easy for your readers to spot the value you give

Since people’s attention span is short, you need to make sure that you put value upfront. Make your content easy for your readers to scan through your content and spot areas of value. When you do this you’ll encourage your readers to stop on valuable points and read further instead of keeping them lost in a sea of words.

Here are ways you can achieve this:

  • Break up your content using bullet points, subheadings, subtopics or takeaways.Let each section focus on a single idea. This makes it easy to scan through and if they come across a section they’d like to know more about then they’ll read more about that bullet point.
  • Make use of quotes or call outs.You can creatively use quotes or call outs to capture the attention of your readers and encourage your readers to dive deeper into your content.

 

  1. Incorporate imagery

If there’s anything that captures people’s attention it’s imagery. Readers relate with images a lot better especially when the images compliment the blog content. Images don’t only engage your readers, they also make your blog content colourful and more visually appealing. This makes your content so much easier to consume.

There are many ways you can add imagery to your blog content. Here are a few you can get started with:

  • Break your content up with relevant images that enhance your content.Try placing images that represent the idea behind each sub topic. That way you’re creating a picture in the mind of your readers of the message you want to pass across in your blog.
  • Insert infographics. Infographics present data in a creative, fun and engaging way which effectively sustains the attention of your readers.

 

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  1. Add videos

If there’s anything that can keep your readers longer on your blog, then it has to be videos. People love videos. Videos can add more context to your content. Although it’s so much better to insert your own videos, you can place videos from other sources on your blog so long as the videos you choose are relevant to the content of your blog post.

Here are some types of videos you can incorporate in your blog post:

  • Instructional videos.These are ‘how-to’ videos which teach your readers something related to your content. Instead of going into detail about how a particular thing is done, you can insert a helpful video which does just that for you.
  • Complementary videos.These are videos which focus on enhancing your content like videos that give examples or summarizes the content in your blog post.

 

 

And remember to enjoy your blogging journey. It is a journey into the unknown.

 

 

Creating a blogging space in your home

For those of us who work from home, it can be hard to separate our living space from our working space. Which is why many experts advise us to have a dedicated office or home section for our work. I must confess, I don’t have a dedicated office space in my home. We were supposed to get our study up and running years ago. But life happened and keep happening, which is why the study does not look like a study. And why my blogging space is still a work in progress.

Although I don’t have a home office per se, I do have some spots in my home that I like to work in more than others. Being a blogger means I have a few gadgets to help me work effectively. And it can be tricky to have them all in one spot. So I tend to move around the house a lot when I work. Where I work in my home depends on my mood, the weather, where the kids at and what sort of work.

Create the perfect blogging space or spaces is easy once you have the right tools. Here are the most important you would need to blog effectively this 2018.

 

Get a writing desk

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Regardless of the sort of space you have, for you to blog easy, you would need a good writing desk. If you intend to blog long-term, then you need to invest in comfort. The last thing you would want is damaging your posture while working.

This Splice Writing Desk above is a perfect example of a great desk to use. I came across this sleek writing desk online, and the minimalist design and grey finish caught my eye. This would be perfect for working from home.

 

 

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Another perfect example of a great writing desk is this Gandino Writing Desk above. I also found this stunning desk while browsing online for home furniture and I was blown away. The design is such a beauty. It would look amazing in my home.

 

Pick a great spot

If you have the option of picking a spot to work in, make sure you go for a great spot. A spot with a view and ventilation is great. You would also need an airy room with a some place to move around.

I like things being tidy and organised, so I won’t be able to work or live in a house with clutter everywhere. That would be a massive distraction. And we all know how expensive distractions can be when you work from home.

 

Have all your gadgets

For blogging you would obviously need a reliable laptop and a smart phone . Having a reliable tablet is also a plus for when you can’t get on your laptop. If you can afford to, having a great camera would be ideal. I know some bloggers take photos only on their phones, but if you plan on taking your blog seriously, you would need to make some investments, one of them being a camera.

You should also have some photo props to make your pictures look extra pretty. Wall papers are great for this. Fluffy rugs, flowers and anything else you can think of could also work great.

 

Have you created a blogging space in your home? How did you go about it? What do you think of the writing desks above?

 

 

 

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