Blogging is time consuming. There’s just no way around it! And if you’re looking for ways to blog faster, I don’t blame you. Because although it would be ideal to pump out epic post after epic post, I do recommend a backup plan for when life happens. Here are a few ways you can blog faster and fill up that editorial calendar without sacrificing your blog post quality.
Open Up Your Blog to Guest Posters
Need help with your blogging but not ready to outsource it yet? Consider opening up your blog to guest posters, just be selective.
Choose someone in a complementing industry that will be providing value to your audience in a non-spam way. Keep things streamlined by creating writer’s guidelines and you’ll be adding variety to your blog without loads of extra work. Make sure to evaluate the other person’s blog and writing samples so you can ensure it’s a mutual fit and that the writing quality matches what you typically deliver.
Roundups can be fast, helpful and they work! It’s a great way to spread some link love and share some things you love with your readers. By sharing roundups with your readers, you are curating content readers love and making your blog a one-stop shop of knowledge and resources.
After you’ve created your roundup, reach out to every person you mentioned in the post and let them know they’ll be featured! Oftentimes, they’ll respond and be happy to share your post as well, which means even more traction for that blog post.
Start an Interview Series
An interview series is wonderful for so many reasons, and it’s a great way to help get some pre-planned content on that editorial calendar of yours! You’ll be exposing your blog to a new audience and with set questions every week, a series can be easy to plan, helping you blog faster. A blog series is also something readers can look forward to, which means they’re coming back to your blog again and again.
If you’ve never done an interview series before, consider the following:
- Find people in your niche your audience would be genuinely interested in. If you own an online boutique, for example, an interview with one of the designers you carry would be great!
- Pre-plan your questions ahead of time: Use Google docs or Typeform to create a questionnaire that can be used again and again for your interviews
- Pick the same time each month to post your interviews so readers can look forward to it!
- Create and re-use a blog post template for the series so you can easily pop in a new photo to be featured and be done.