How To Write 1,217 Words A Day Every Day

by Ivan on June 4, 2014

Karen from Sacramento emailed me and asked how to write more blog posts. I write between 1,000 and 3,000 words per day. The way I do this is to have a writing framework that lets me define the topic, write the post and publish it very quickly. Here’s how I do it.

How To Post Every Day On Your Blog

I was thinking about this at the weekend, more to see how I can get more impact and where to focus. A few things about how I write:

  • I use Windows Live Writer to do the publishing, great time saver.
  • I use an Editorial Calendar to plan what’s next. This keeps me focused and give more structure to what I do
  • I use Google Reader to bring all the sites I like to me, rather than chasing them down. Also, I try to stay focused (loyal) to these.
  • I do Emergency email first in the morning. The rest waits.
  • I turn on Facebook for 20-30 min in the morning, do my stuff and then close it. Back to work.
  • I write everything, including emails, in Microsoft Word. And then copy/paste into Outlook etc. I know Microsoft Word inside out and take advantage of things like the auto-correct features. Another timesaver.
  • I don’t answer the phone at work. Ever! Except from my wife.
  • I swim/run every second day to stay sane. This really helps. Otherwise, I get burnt out, cranky, depressed. Swimming helps the most as it gets the tension out of my neck, i.e. from all the PC work. Badminton also helps.

To the blogging…

So, I guess there are three things involved:

  • Finding the time
  • Doing the writing and
  • Getting it published

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Here are a few ‘scenarios’ that work for me. I guess I should structure it a little better, but I hope you get the idea.

When I’m washing the dishes…

When I’m washing the dishes, I think of what I want to write today for the blog. For example, ‘how to write 1000 words per day every day.’

Next, while doing other household stuff, I do this:

  • Problem – what is it? 1 sentence
  • Solution – how to fix it?
  • Break out 5 bullet points

What next? What the reader should do next.

And that’s it. While doing the mundane stuff, I sketch out the article. Then, when I get 5 min, instead of reading the news, checking the sports etc, I get it into Word.

Back to household stuff….

When junior is gone to bed, I put my words around the material and try to get draft ready.

The next day, I spend 10 min on it, and get it into Live Writer. Publish.

I use the same technique when driving, on the metro, shopping, at the mall etc.

At the mall…

We were at a kids party today. 3 hours. The usual. I slipped away for 30 min or so. I have a notepad and did a quick outline in MacDs and also some photos, and a quick video with the camera. About 2 min. Then back to the party, pick up the kids etc.

So, I guess, I’m looking for ways to make 20-30 min here and there, get something started and then work towards completion.

Other things…

On LinkedIn, if I contribute something I usually write:

  • 1 sentence only – but make it count. Something that makes the reader pay attention or
  • 100 words — and then reuse this 100 words for an article elsewhere re: the topic on LinkedIn.

On blogs

  • I do the same thing. I have all the technical writing blogs in Reader and then go thru them in 30 min, adding a sentence here and there.

BUT when commenting:

I almost NEVER give high fives. I try to add one observation that stands out. Just one sentence.

Actually, it’s an interesting exercise in brevity and after a while it become second nature.

The key for me is to do as much prep work as possible.

If I can do the outline while washing the dishes or sweeping the floor, then I just have to type it out on the PC. Without reason, of course. But I rarely sit down cold at the PC and start. It takes forever to get anything out.

Does that help?

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{ 14 comments }

Tristan Higbee November 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

This is the second time today I've seen someone mention blogging with Windows Live Writer. I'll have to check it out!

Ivan Walsh November 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Hi Tristan,

It's here windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com

Try it and you'll never go back. It really is incredible esp if you want to schedule blog posts and/or run multiple blogs. Drop me a line if you have any issues with it.

Ivan

Christina Giliberti November 5, 2010 at 7:33 am

Ahh Ivan I do so love your step-by-step approach and easy text. This is a great read on how to develop ideas, which appears to be a pretty common problem. The other is time, which you have deftly covered – think while you do the mudane.
Brilliant!

Tina

Ivan Walsh November 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

Thanks Christina.

One thing that helped me too was that your post doesn't have to be finished before it goes out.

Some of the posts that get the most traffic are those where I describe a problem that I can't quite solve… and then encourage others to jump in and help, i.e. finish it.

Ivan

LilyIatridis November 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

Thanks for the tips! I once wrote a blog post while stuck in traffic on the Lincoln Tunnel. I was so pleased with my productivity! Will always remember to plan for productivity in nasty NJ-NY traffic.

Ivan Walsh November 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

That's a great story. It's all about having the right attitude.

Apryle Kohut November 6, 2010 at 3:14 am

Great advice! Thanks for sharing. I'm just starting to blog, so I will put your ideas to the test along with the applications you recommend.

Ivan Walsh November 6, 2010 at 4:38 am

Thanks Apryle,

One small suggestion is to pace yourself. I made the mistake of trying to write killer posts all the time… sometimes it's the short pieces that work best :)

Best of luck,

Ivan

ElliStGeorgeGodfrey November 6, 2010 at 8:07 am

Ivan,

Prep work does make a huge difference! I've developed habit of keeping my eyes and ears open for ideas. Certainly inviting comments makes it easer.

A couple of thoughts come to mind:

1. Does it depend on how the blog fits into your business goals?

2. I'm not convinced that posting every day is really necessary. However, blogging 2-3 times a week and guest blogging do make a difference.

Nonetheless, your system allows for people to find manageable ways to incorporate a solid approach to effective blogging.

~Elli

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Ivan Walsh November 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

Hi Eli,

<1. Does it depend on how the blog fits into your business goals?

Exactly! That’s where is starts and ends.

I run quite a few sites, most are ecommerce types, selling information products. So, for me, the more I post, the more traffic, the more sales etc.

< 2. I'm not convinced that posting every day is really necessary. However, blogging 2-3 times a week and guest blogging do make a difference.

I deliberately started to do this in the summer after Google changed its algorithm to rewards sites that post more frequently. If you look at the top ranking site, eg problogger, copyblogger, brogan and seth… some are now posting twice a day.

Saying that…. I run some very long posts on sites where customers need more warming up before they buy. So, on these, I might post once a week but it’s very detailed material, almost like a textbook a bit like http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/

PS – I’m pretty new to guest posting, so would welcome any tips here.

ElliStGeorgeGodfrey November 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Ivan,

I totally see why your blogging system is necessary for your business goals. It's not always clear with business owners why blogging is an important part of their marketing plan. It would make sense to always align with how you want your business to peform.

Great point about Google changing its algorithms. This is an important bit of information that many of us miss, especially if we're not in the internet world primarily. I've seen the 2 posts a day. I suppose it all goes back to the purpose of your blog. Might be tough for some sole traders to keep to that knid of schedule if they have customers to serve and other responsibilities.

As for guest hosting, I'm new too but I've been reaching out to people recently to add a different perspective than mine. My criteria ends up centering around what would help the small business owners that read my blog. Might be a good way to post more frequently without neglecting other work and take advantage of the Google algorithms.

Thank you for this conversation. Your system makes blogging easier to plan and implement!

Ivan Walsh November 8, 2010 at 5:12 am

Hi Elli,

Someone who has helped me a lot is Chris Knight, the CEO of EzineArticles.

He writes about developing writing frameworks that you can use to speed write. For example, I have a framework for How To articles that lets me get 500 word articles out in less than 15 min.

It works like this:

Start by identify the problem
Explain how you're going to solve it
List the steps in bullet points
Summarize

And you're on to the next one…

The other thing is that I write in batches. I will write 5 or 10 articles on the same topic in one go and then schedule them over a month.

And the other thing… is that I've really improved my touch typing skills,so I get more out faster. All those hours on a typewriter finally paid off :)

ElliStGeorgeGodfrey November 8, 2010 at 6:37 am

Ivan,

What a great resource to know Chris Knight! I'm totally laughing about the typewriter! I know what you mean. Knowing where the keys are without looking or doing “hunt and poke” does speed up the transmission of the idea from your head to your screen.

Thanks so much for engaging in the conversation with me. You've clarified things and helped me examine my own blogging process. It's always good to review one's own processes and see if one is working at one's optimum.

Ivan Walsh November 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

Hi Elli,

This is the page with the writing templates http://blog.ezinearticles.com/category/article-templates really worth printing out.

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