I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or a working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 7, where I share a tip on how to start writing blog posts when you HATE writing.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine—I don't always like sitting down to write. Does that surprise you? A lot of people get the impression that bloggers just love sitting down and pouring over their keyboards with words just spilling out of their fingers.
Don't get me wrong, there are times when it feels like that. There are times when I can't seem to get the words out fast enough. But, then there are plenty of days when I sit down and just can't seem to force myself to start writing. Can you relate?
You may have taken my advice from the Day 6 of this series and chosen a blog post theme to use on your first or next blog post. If you didn't see the video from Day 6 you can also watch it on the Allison Lindstrom YouTube channel (don't forget to subscribe so you can take advantage of the rest of my blogging tips!).
If you decided on a post idea and sat down to write but realized you can’t seem to force the words out, you aren't alone. Blog post ideas are easy. Writing the posts is what can be difficult.
Here's my secret
I have found that sometimes I do better to talk a blog post instead of just sitting down to write it. That's probably one of the reasons that I enjoy creating videos with my blogs. I'm a blabbermouth! I enjoy talking and usually words just flow naturally out of my mouth. It's easy for me to share the information that I want when I'm talking. But, blog post writing can be a little different.
If you are a talker like me, or if you just have a hard time sitting down to write your thoughts, my handy tip is to use the voice memo app on your phone. I simply plug in a set of headphones with a microphone, even the $9 pair from Walmart will do. Then, I go to the voice memo app on my phone and hit record. Once I'm recording I can basically have a conversation with myself out loud and "write" my blog post as I talk.
You might not be speaking your blog post as you would write it word for word and that's okay. Sometimes it's just helpful to get out the blog post ideas that you have. Or, sometimes you can speak most of the blog post which allows you to easily get it written out from there.
How to go from recording to a written blog post
Now that you’ve already put in the work to talk out your blog, you already have your thoughts organized when you finally have to time to sit at the computer and type it up. Or, at least you have a better idea of what you want to write about in the first place. This reduces the amount of quiet time that you need to sit down to spend time blog writing.
It's so hard to write an entire blog post in an hour when you are starting from scratch. But, if you already have used the voice memo app you can have 75% of the work completed already.
If you simply recorded a basic outline of what you want to type, you can sit at the computer and listen to that to get the words flowing. However, if you recorded something that can be turned into a blog post you have a few options on how to do that.
The first is that you can simply sit down, hit play, and start transcribing your words on your own. Or, an extra tip is that you can easily hire someone else to do this for you. If you look on sites like Upwork or Fiverr, you can find some affordable freelancers that will transcribe your recording. Or, you can even pay the high schooler down the road to do it for you!
A hidden benefit to recording
We are all busy women. There are a lot of tasks waiting for us on our to-do lists outside of building a blogging business. We have dinner to cook and laundry to fold and all the other miscellaneous things we take care of. This is one reason using a voice memo app is so beneficial—it allows us to multitask!
When I have chores that need my attention, I just plug in my headphones, put my phone in my apron pocket or pants pocket, and hit record. Then, as I go about completing tasks that I have to do, I can be working on my blogging business at the same time.
I can "write" a blog post while I fold laundry or chop vegetables. This is super valuable for moms that are trying to build their businesses during nap times when they have little ones that keep them busy the rest of the day. It helps us make the most of those precious hours we get in front of the computer.
I love efficiency
I love things that allow me to be more efficient. Not only does using a voice memo app allow me to get two things done at once, but it helps me out with my writing. We all have different manners that make us more effective and efficient in our writing. I have found that I write more effectively when I talk it out first. It energizes me and helps me get my thoughts captured faster than if I sit down and start typing it out.
I want to challenge you to give this a try. This could be the key that helps you really get consistent in starting your blogging business. Choose a topic from Day 6, talk into your voice memo app, and then write your blog post from there. Give it a try a few times to see if this helps you be more efficient.