A Blogger’s 4-Day Work Week – Blogging Guide

By February 19, 2014Blogging, Video

We all know that the success of blogging and content marketing is relative to the amount of fresh and engaging content you created!  Anyone can publish, make videos, and reach millions of followers!

However, if you are not careful this demand could lead you into writing seven days per week, fighting to keep content fresh. This often leads to little or no time for anything else.

Copyblogger has a fantastic tutorial helping professional writers create a ton of content in short bursts.  We took this writing schedule tutorial for professional writers and turned it into this blogging guide that shows you how to produce content efficiently in just four days a week .

Planning Stage

To start your new writing habit, pick four days out of the week that you want to write. You may want to choose four consecutive days or any four days that you believe will work best for you. Follow the same procedure if your writing mojo kicks in at nights. The next step is to prioritize your most urgent tasks. If you have similar projects to be written, endeavor to write them at the same time to ensure consistency.

Day 1: Organize and Outline

Organize everything that you need on your first writing day. Gather any books and open web pages that will aid in your research. Limit distractions by turning off your phone and refusing to yield to browsing social media pages, unless it relates to your work. You may get hungry while you are working, so keep snacks, water and drinks on hand to limit the number of times you get up.

Once you are settled, write down your main ideas and create an outline for each of them. Doing this will provide clarity and direction for producing excellent content. You can employ tools such as mind maps or essay maps for a sequential format. Completion of your outlines marks the end of Day 1.

Day 2:  Get Writing

This day is for writing andnothing else. The outlines you did for all your pieces on Day 1 will function as your foundation for writing and will help you to connect the dots. If you require subheadings you may go ahead and add them. In your writing, ensure that you include interesting and appealing headlines that will stimulate interest in your targeted audience. At this stage, don’t be too concerned about dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s- that will come much later.

Day 3: Edit and Polish

After all that writing on Day 3, it’s now time to edit and polish your work. This is the time to review your work with critical eyes. Check that your grammar, punctuation and spelling are correct. You should also use this day to polish your sentences and ensure that all your pieces maintain the same level of consistency throughout.

Day 4: Format and Design

Now that you have written and edited your work, they are now ready to be formatted. You can use this day to find images that are relevant to your articles. Once you have done that, your work is now ready for publication and all that is left for you to do is to schedule the days to publish them.

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Now that you have three free days, don’t be tempted to just hang about and do nothing. Use the time to develop and improve your social media advertising campaign, or create additional materials such as YouTube videos and SlideShare presentations that will enhance your posts.

Are you disciplined enough to follow this routine? Be sure to let me know how this works out for you!

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