How To Write Three Blog Posts A Day

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Some of us love to write. Some of us need rituals to get there. Others of us need to get “into the groove” (or the zone) to get writing. Some of us have a time of day to write. There are all these variables. And yet, if we’re looking to build content that drives business (or that advances our cause, or that informs our audience), then we have to get the work done when we can do it.

I write upwards of 4000 words a day on various projects. Currently, I’ve got way too many writing-based projects on my plate, but I like all of them, and can’t part with any of them just yet. Here’s how I get three blog posts out (minimum) a day.

How to Write Three Blog Posts a Day

First, let’s talk about environment and the whole “I can only write at such and such time of day” stuff. You have to break through that. That’s potentially true, but it isn’t a luxury you want to indulge. Instead, force yourself, a little at a time, to write when you have a moment. You’ve got to get past the “I need everything perfect and just so to write” feelings, too. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff you have to throw out, emotionally and preference-wise, before you can really start hitting your mark.

From there, let’s talk about tools.

Tools to Write Three Blog Posts a Day

Here are the tools that help me the most in writing three blog posts a day:

Tools of the Trade

I keep a notepad in my back pocket all the time. I use my phone to take photos of interesting/curious things. I jot down ideas as they come to me, as often as possible. My notebooks are full of ideas for potential blog posts and for topics for later dates. I have hundreds and hundreds of ideas at the ready, in case I ever hit a wall.

Get your eyes into the habit of seeing things with curiosity. Get your ears perked up to eavesdrop and to extrapolate on what you’re hearing. Jot notes down all the time, especially when reading other people’s work. There’s no way you can write well and often if you’re not reading well and often.

Mechanics Of It All

I keep little text edit files open all over the place. I use Evernote a lot, too. I keep post titles in all of these places, so that when I have a moment or two (it takes me, on average, about 10-15 minutes to write a blog post), I’ll get another one done and schedule it via the editorial calendar plug-in.

It might take you twice or three times as long to get out a post. That’s great. Here’s where I’m finding the time:

  • I don’t watch TV.
  • I don’t read blogs endlessly.
  • I don’t wait in lines without doing two things at a time.
  • I get up before my kids (if I can help it), and write while they’re at school.
  • I don’t do phone calls or meetings if I can help it. If I have to, I keep them VERY brief.
  • I’m trying out Dragon Dictate for the Mac (no review yet).
  • I can type really really fast.

Not all of these will apply to you. Use as many angles as you can. It’s all about determination, habit, and repeat effort.

Absolution

Listen up: you are hereby granted permission to write imperfectly. You are hereby granted permission to write clunkers. You are hereby granted permission to write posts that you don’t think are finished, and push publish anyway.

You heard me. There went all your excuses. Stop it. Just put them out there. Let them live or die on their own. The BEST writers have become the best by having to produce over and over again (often on deadline) without any kind of coddling and with a lot of lumps on the head on the way to greatness.

Need Topics?

You want some blog topics?

100 Blog Topics I Hope You Write

20 Blog Topics to Get You Unstuck

Blog Topics for Business to Business Customers

50 Blog Topics Marketers Could Write for Their Companies.

Those are just a bunch I’ve jotted down at some point or another. You can use them as springboards, if you want. You can use them to get your juices flowing. But afterwards, permit yourself no excuses. Just make, and make more. Write, and publish. Get it out the door. Put it on the blog and see what happens.

One Last Thing

If you want a way to give yourself even more to do, find a place where you can write guest posts. Chris Garrett’s book on guest posting (affiliate link) gives you ideas on all that, plus some more writing suggestions. I got a lot of traction for my writing by guest posting elsewhere. I still throw out the random guest post when something is more suited for a different blog than mine. But then again, I write for Dadomatic, Escape Velocity – your second favorite blog, for [chrisbrogan.com], for American Express OPEN Forum, for Entrepreneur Magazine, for Man on the Go, for Third Tribe Marketing, and on my next book with Julien. I’m kind of set for places where I can throw my ideas around.

Any questions? Anything else I can do to help?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ashevillehomes Jeff link

    I like and use Dragon Dictate for the iPhone, ipod Touch and iPad. Saves me a lot of time and works fairly well for quick notes.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      I’m following close behind you on this, Jeff. I’ll do my best. : )

      • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

        Never got Dragon to work well for me on the PC – then switched over to Mac and now have the software sitting on the shelf. I tried for hours to train it but the mistakes were still happening and the repetition of something to say over and over got too much in the way of free flow of writing. I understand the Mac version was even more behind in development than the PC. I do hope they move along on this project because there are handicapped people who depend on this to do their communication. Good luck Chris!

        • http://www.facebook.com/ashevillehomes Jeff link

          I use the app for the iPhone and have yet to get the version for the Mac. I did have Dragon 9 and had it working fairly well until switching from pc to Mac. The app works great compared to using version 9 on the desktop. You can even update Twitter and Facebook from within the app.

  • Gina

    I am so over the premise that volume and efficiency are necessary for the business of writing. It’s what’s wrong with our economy. I want to see more discussions about higher quality writing for higher pay. It’s the same old madness without the substance.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com Chris Brogan

      By all means, be over it. It’s just math.

  • Bryan Vartabedian

    Interested to hear how you react to Dragon. I’ve tried to use it but I find that I ‘think’ with my fingers. It’s part of my process. Like you, I type at a blistering rate so I can afford to dismiss dictation.

    Great post, Chris.

    • http://oncochat.typepad.com maverickny

      My experience with Dragon was rather frustrating and amusing in equal measure. It probably works better with the American drawl, but a thick British accent produces more gibberish than the Google Voice headscratchers I get on a regular basis!

  • http://ticktocktimer.com Bamboo Forest

    Inspirational post, Chris.

    This line struck me:

    “There’s no way you can write well and often if you’re not reading well and often.”

    I’m not completely sure, but I think I’m finding a correlation between when I read a book for an hour a day and tons of ideas flooding into my cranium and that when my reading habit is waning, ideas are sparse!

    The secret to endless great ideas? Easy: read read read!

    Duly noted.

  • http://twitter.com/CatherinVentura Catherine Ventura

    Great post — and great tips – Chris. I love the one about multi-tasking while standing in line. I try to multi-task in elevators whenever possible too.

  • Anonymous

    Chris,

    Thank you for this post I am printing this out, saving to Evernote for inspiration.

    Thanks again.

    Mike

  • http://oncochat.typepad.com maverickny

    I don’t write 3 posts every day as I travel a lot to science meetings, but I do use the editorial calendar to schedule things while I’m on the road or in a plane, it saves my bacon by allowing me to plan ahead. It’s also quite amusing when people see you are off somewhere via Twitter or Foursquare and then see a post pop up a few minutes later like a magicians trick :-)

    What I do find really helpful to my workflow is SimpleNote. It’s a white screen text editor that syncs on the cloud between my Macs and iPhone. I can also access the notes or add to them offline via Notational Velocity, all very neat and easy. This way, when I’m short of time on the road or due to pressures of work in the office, I have a bunch of notes to choose from that can be edited quickly and posted easily in a few mins, if no post was scheduled via the calendar tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Hearty/3601598 Jon Hearty

    Great post, Chris! As a new blogger, it has been a constant battle to “find the time” to write, although you have made it very clear that this is just a negative mindset. Publishing articles before they’re “perfect” is hard to do, but ends up providing me with a sense of release and forces me to love and appreciate the imperfections of my writing. I will try out some of the tools you mentioned and increase my writing!

  • http://twitter.com/DavidBaeza David Baeza

    I have a hard time sticking to one per week for one outpost. Thanks for the nudge.

  • http://twitter.com/jmgenet Jim Genet

    You are a favorite read and continue to sharpen my very new blogging initiative. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/janetcallaway Janet Callaway

    As always, Chris, thx for the solid advice, suggestions and referral links. You continue to raise the bar in so many ways.

  • http://twitter.com/janetcallaway Janet Callaway

    As always, Chris, thx for the solid advice, suggestions and referral links. You continue to raise the bar in so many ways.

  • Pushya24

    This post was just awesome! Loved the disclaimer, very, very motivating!

  • Pushya24

    This post was just awesome! Loved the disclaimer, very, very motivating!

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

    Dang it I loved this glimpse into your world of mass productivity Brogan….Awesome….Thank you!!!

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

    Dang it I loved this glimpse into your world of mass productivity Brogan….Awesome….Thank you!!!

  • http://twitter.com/benkomanapalli Ben komanapalli Jr

    Thanks for the post Chris! Good tips! Very helpful!

  • http://www.alisongolden.com Alison Golden

    I wrote a post every day for 40 or so days. My traffic went up 130% then it dropped. Then I stopped posting every day and went to promoting every day instead. My traffic went back up.

    Writing isn’t difficult, writing well is hard. I can bash out a draft in fifteen minutes on a good day but turning it into a piece that’s funny, incisive, thoughful or inspiring takes practice, time and a lot of brain juice. Because of what I write, it often leaves me drained. I can’t write three of those a day, I’d be on the floor.

  • http://chillinwithmcmillan.com Thomas McMillan Jr.

    Somewhat of the kick in the pants I think I needed today…thanks Chris.

  • Callfrancine

    This post is a gigantic help! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • http://www.atulkarmarkar.com/ Atul Karmarkar

    Simple ideas really.. but presented so well.

    I use my phone and Evernote and other tools to jot down / bookmark interesting ideas. Sometimes though, I just come up against a wall where I can’t seem to find anything worthwhile to write about, and it takes a bit to break out of that. Laziness is another problem.

    Loved the ‘Absolution’ bit too, as I often find myself getting obsessed with publishing a post that is perfect in every way, which only adds to the procrastination.

    Hope to see things improve soon – thanks for the wake up call, Chris :)

  • http://www.atulkarmarkar.com/ Atul Karmarkar

    Simple ideas really.. but presented so well.

    I use my phone and Evernote and other tools to jot down / bookmark interesting ideas. Sometimes though, I just come up against a wall where I can’t seem to find anything worthwhile to write about, and it takes a bit to break out of that. Laziness is another problem.

    Loved the ‘Absolution’ bit too, as I often find myself getting obsessed with publishing a post that is perfect in every way, which only adds to the procrastination.

    Hope to see things improve soon – thanks for the wake up call, Chris :)

  • Anonymous

    Oh I love this. Thanks to Cherie Del Carlo of Gather Your Crowd for sharing this link. I am going to share this with some fellow bloggers and business owners. We all really need to print this one out to tape it next to our laptops to remind us to JUST WRITE! I type 95 words per minute. I am so curious, how fast do you type?

  • http://twitter.com/panigrc Nik

    Amazing post. Thank you. Actually you hit right the spot on me. I have a lot of ideas when driving, walking. But when I come down to the pc to write, then I just seems to have all these ideas lost, and I am staring the wysiwyg editor of my blog and not know how to begin, with what to begin …
    Very nice tips though, I will follow them.

  • http://stevenalowe.com Steven A. Lowe

    It takes me 15 minutes just to narrow down the title to the top ten candidates.

    [it's all Jon Morrow's fault!]

  • http://jlwatsonconsulting.typepad.com Jim Watson

    Chris, you gave me more actionable ideas in your 15-minute post, than I’ve received from some books that took the author 15 months to write. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must write my next blog post.

    THANK YOU.

  • http://twitter.com/BabyBoyKharim Kharim Tomlinson

    Thanks for the great post Chris. I really appreciate it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Great post, Chris. I am bookmarking this post so I can come back and re-read it about once a week as a reminder.

    I just responded to Scott Berkun’s post about needing a new writing tool, and I recommended Evernote. It was fun to see you recommended it here as well. I think it is an outstanding tool for consolidating all the ideas going into any number of writing projects.

  • http://mkmercurio.wordpress.com/ M.K. Mercurio

    Hi Chris,
    Your post was a big hit with me and made me get a new topic up and published yesterday.

    I’ve learned that I have to write for me because I may be the only reader and writer of my amazing blog. With that in mind, I’ve learned to write the way I talk, to show pictures that have meaning to me and to discuss books that awaken some new vision.

    Now with your list of possible topics — I know that the ‘idea bank’ is endless!

    My most used tool is paper and pen and sometimes phone calls to me on my home machine…

  • Anonymous

    This is a great post! Thank you so much for taking my excuses away. Having 20+ posts in my drafts, waiting on perfection, isn’t really helping anybody. In art school my teachers were always pushing us to detach from our work after it was finished, allowing us to take the criticism objectively rather than personally. It seems like writing articles can benefit from that as well. There will be people that don’t like some part of it no matter what so you might as well expect it and get over it. I feel like this post is the epiphany I needed to get some content out. Thank you Chris!

  • Anonymous

    This is a great post! Thank you so much for taking my excuses away. Having 20+ posts in my drafts, waiting on perfection, isn’t really helping anybody. In art school my teachers were always pushing us to detach from our work after it was finished, allowing us to take the criticism objectively rather than personally. It seems like writing articles can benefit from that as well. There will be people that don’t like some part of it no matter what so you might as well expect it and get over it. I feel like this post is the epiphany I needed to get some content out. Thank you Chris!

  • http://twitter.com/skarritt Kevin Lane Skarritt

    Great tips on time management Chris!

  • http://twitter.com/skarritt Kevin Lane Skarritt

    Great tips on time management Chris!

  • http://karate-kids.com.au Sensei Matt Klein

    “I don’t do phone calls or meetings if I can help it. If I have to, I keep them VERY brief.”

    This list is priceless, and it gives us insight into your success, Chris. I try to do some of them as well, particularly no TV. But how do you do the “no phone calls” without a secretary? I generally do not return calls that can be answered on my website, because calls are such a huge time waster with all the tire kickers out there, but is there a better way?

  • http://twitter.com/markbrenwall Mark Brenwall

    Chris,

    I’m just starting my journey into blogging with a new business venture I’m starting. I have been a programmer most of my life and so “writing” meant lines of code.

    I wrote my first blog post the other day and feel really good about it. At the same time I immediately got anxious about what my next topic could be.

    I feel like I’m going to learn a lot about myself the more I write. Thanks for all the tips and encouragement in this post!

  • http://twitter.com/TiceWrites Carol Tice – Writer

    I think the real key to the success here is the things you don’t waste time on. I also find myself watching maybe 2 hours of TV a week these days. I’d rather write!

    And I type really, really fast as well. Was once a legal secretary. Can type as fast as you talk. I had no idea what a great skill that was going to turn out to be until blogging came along…

  • http://twitter.com/TiceWrites Carol Tice – Writer

    I think the real key to the success here is the things you don’t waste time on. I also find myself watching maybe 2 hours of TV a week these days. I’d rather write!

    And I type really, really fast as well. Was once a legal secretary. Can type as fast as you talk. I had no idea what a great skill that was going to turn out to be until blogging came along…

  • http://www.bnpositive.com/blog Jason Bean

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  • http://www.jeromecastaneda.com Jerome Castaneda

    Thanks for the cool tips Chris,

    One of my challenges was English is not my main language. I received lots of criticism from my mother not to post an article until I’ve done all my grammars correctly. This is one of the reasons why it took me some time to release a post. Every time I create a post I have to write it on Microsoft word.

    I write on a part time basis since I am still working in full time job. 3 posts a day are lot to me, I have challenges writing 3 posts in a week haha :). I just installed the calendar plugin and hope to increase my blog posts soon.

    One of my challenges was English is not my main language. I received lots of criticism from my mother not to post an article until I’ve done all my grammars correctly. This is one of the reasons why it took me some time to release a post.

    oh by the way, my latest post is about not watching TV and shared some ideas of the top highly successful people about not watching TV.

  • http://nbrplaza.com Naturalbornriddim

    And don’t forget to use the WordPress mobile app for iPhone to type drafts while you are on the go.

  • http://twitter.com/1404u Mike Beard

    I love to write too. I can also type really fast ( but often go back for the typos, so anal) So how come I never get the time? Thanks for the blogging tips, Chris.

  • Anonymous

    Man did I need this. No excuses! Time to get to work. Thanks for the tips Chris.

  • JBrown

    Chris, your advice for writing three blog posts per day was helpful. However, if you only earn $10 per blog post and write three per day, the maximum you can earn per month is $930 (even if you work weekends and holidays). That is barely enough to support yourself, much less a family.

    It’s not enough to work hard. We need to reap the rewards, too. How can you be paid decently for blog posts?

  • JBrown

    Chris, your advice for writing three blog posts per day was helpful. However, if you only earn $10 per blog post and write three per day, the maximum you can earn per month is $930 (even if you work weekends and holidays). That is barely enough to support yourself, much less a family.

    It’s not enough to work hard. We need to reap the rewards, too. How can you be paid decently for blog posts?

  • http://twitter.com/clare_thompson claire thompson

    Thanks Chris, needed to make a start on writing blogs and just didn’t know where to start, your tips are very useful and have given me the courage to make a start.

  • http://www.sfihomebizz.com ktshoppe

    I totally enjoyed reading the post. Inspiring

  • http://socialprattle.wordpress.com Joshua Barnes

    hey! I want credit for all my ideas you took! I had this post in my head but didn’t write it because it wasn’t perfect….yet.

    LOL! Great post man!

  • Amy Muraoka

    Great article Chris, I just started a blog and its 7 days old and I’ve got 2.5 post per day down. It’s pretty easy and incredibly fun when you write about things that you are passionate about.

  • JC Thompson

    What kind of notebook do you use that fits in your backpocket?