We’ve all been there. We sit down at our desk in anticipation of writing our next great feature article.
We get everything ready.
Open our favorite blogging program.
Have our cup of coffee or other favorite beverage at the ready.
Put out hand on the keyboard, all ready to go… And nothing.
That little cursor just sits there. Blink. Blink. Blink…
And to add insult to injury, our word count keeps reminding us Word count: 0. A big fat goose egg.
I’ve been there. We’ve all be there. It comes with the territory.
So, what do you do to get those creative juices flowing when our reservoir seems to be all dried up?
This is what my blogging challenge is all about. Giving you the tricks you need so that when you are ready to write that next great blog post, you don’t just sit there. I know that there are videos and informational posts out there that help you get your first post up in four minutes or thirty minutes to a new blog post. Well, that’s all good in all, but they don’t help you get a well written, an informative post published. They just get you on the web. And if you publish junk, no one will want to read it. So, this challenge is about producing a quality post. One that you will be proud of!!
I know you are read this thinking, “Okay, Dan, so what do I need to do to get that next great blog post written?”
We need to get a couple things. But first, you have to have some sort of blogging platform to publish your post on. If you do not have your own domain, you can get a free blog host at wordpress.com.
You will also need:
A timer. I would prefer for you to use an old fashion one. Like one with a rotary dial. This will help with the distractions, but if you have to, you can use the one on your phone.
Some blank paper. Yes, I said paper.
A pen or pencil.
Real quick, think about your blogging topic. If you are a travel blogger think about travel. If you are a fitness blogger, think about fitness… You get the picture.
Turn off your distractions. Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and email. Turn off all the distraction that you normally waste time on. If you are using your phone as a timer, shut down the apps that are running.
In this first exercise, write down every word that you can think of that relates to your blogging topic. There are no wrong answers. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind.
Set the time to 5 minutes.
Are you ready? On your mark? Get set. Go!!!
(The music from Jeopardy is playing in the background.)
Wow!! Look at what you have!! Pretty good. I bet you have over 15 topic ideas.
Cross out any duplicate ideas.
Pick the best one and you will have your first blog topic.
Now it is time to mind map our idea.
As you can see from the illustration on the right, that mind mapping is pretty easy.
To begin, draw a circle in the middle of your sheet of paper. Don’t make it too big or you may run out of room. Now write your blog post idea in the center.
As new ideas come to you, write them down. Draw a circle around that word. Now link the two circles together. As you can see in the example, my post is about aquarium fish. Then I had the idea of the tank. Then tank sizes. Tank location. And tank cleaning. (But not in that order)
Continue writing down your ideas and linking them to the larger idea. As you can see, a chapter outline is quickly forming.
Chapter one is about aquarium tanks and the subchapters are tank size, tank location, and tank cleaning. I’m sure I could come up with more ideas around aquarium fish, but this is just an example.
Okay, now it’s your turn.
Write your post.
Now that your outline is complete, the words should fall into place. Finish writing that post and don’t forget your intro and a short conclusion.
This is the hard part and probably the biggest part of the challenge, Do not publish your post!!
Put it aside. Save it and wait until tomorrow.
It’s now tomorrow. Did you let your post sit for a day?? Go on to Day 2.
If I get enough interest, I will turn this into a free video course. If you are interested, leave a comment below.