How long does it take you to write a post? Do you sit down and write it all at once? Scribble down thoughts and ideas as they come to you? Or is it a process that takes days or hours?
For me, I used to sit down and write and be done with a post within an hour. But since deciding to breathe new life into my blog and my writing, I’ve found myself scribbling notes down on scraps of paper, as notes in my phone, or in emails to myself. I do this when I have a thought that I don’t want to forget, even though I may not be ready to write about it entirely yet. Other times, I have whole chunks of a post that I want to jot down before I forget what I want to say.
Here’s an example of my work:
Arrows this way and that. Scribbles that are almost illegible (even to me sometimes!). Mispellings. Little punctuation. Free writing; thoughts that flow from one to another without any shape or rhythm. It’s ugly, but it works for me.
Actually, this piece of paper has four different posts ideas started on it. One was the beginning (actually the middle) of my listen to your gut post. Towards the bottom, you can see I noted “Anatomy of a Blog Post”…this post…with an arrow pointing towards something I wanted to say. There’s a post-it-note attached for another blog idea that I have but haven’t completed yet, and on the left hand side of the paper is a guest post I’m working on that I haven’t finished yet. It’s a big one that I’m excited about!
It may not be the cleanest, most organized way to work, but it’s working for me. Since I started this way of doing things, I have 43 posts in draft. These are all ideas that I probably would have forgotten about had I not taken the time to write them down. This is the most drafts I’ve ever had since I started blogging in 2010!
There’s no manual out there for the proper way to know how to write a blog post. There’s no right or wrong. But it’s interesting to learn everybody’s methods. So tell me, what does the anatomy of one of your blog posts look like?