I took the popular blogging course Elite Blog Academy and am in the private Facebook. Members said the most time-consuming thing in blogging is creating content and all of the social media images that go along with that content.
Imagine this…you write this awesome blog post about BLANK and are so excited to post it this week. You sit down at your computer and begin the horrible process of copying the text from your Google Doc and pasting it into WordPress. You spend 30 minutes just editing the spacing and text size!! Then come the images, add media> select file> insert into post> and repeat, and repeat and repeat. You just wasted an hour doing just behind the scenes stuff! UGHHH! If only there was a better way!
Writing blog posts is fun and can sometimes be therapy. All the technical stuff and editing that comes after sucks the fun right out of it! If you accept guest posts this is your ticket to making them incredibly easier!!!
In case you are new to my blog…
Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I am a productivity/efficiency geek.
I feel there is always a way to do something better and faster. My blog, helps other overwhelmed moms be more productive at home and in their business.
I have limited time and frequently get distracted on the internet, so I have to force myself to stay focused and productive during the time blocks that I schedule to work on my business.
Needless to say, I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and how I can reduce the amount of time it takes to accomplish my tasks. I experiment with new ideas and share them on my blog if they are a success!
Today I want to share how a blog post template has not only made me a better blogger but has saved me tons of time and frustration!
I never timed myself but now, thinking about it, I totally should have. It now only takes me about 30 minutes to write (includes creating all images), upload and make final edits to my blog post! Do you know how long it takes you to write a blog post from start to finish? For now, my blog is my side hustle. With my full-time job, daughter and starting our homestead, I do not have a lot of spare time.
Why should you be using a blog post template?
Consistency! I recently heard someone say that your brand is a promise to your readers that you will be the same no matter when or where they see you. By using a post template, your readers know what to expect, making reading your blog easier and more enjoyable.
Efficiency! Like I said in the beginning…creating content and social media images are the most time-consuming part of blogging. And ironically it is is also the most important. When you use a template instead, drafting a new post every time it becomes more like “filling in the blanks” – saving you TIME and BRAINPOWER! Save both of revenue generating tasks! As moms, we have limited brainpower as it is!!
WARNING: This does not mean you get to start slacking off and creating bad quality posts to just get them out there. You still need to create quality content. This template is just to save you time by putting it all together.
Tools You Will Need:
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- Gmail-I use GSuite to have a professional domain email address and to use drive for all of my documents
- Wordable This post was imported into WordPress in one click using Wordable. (completely FREE service and my guide has a hack to keep it free!!)
- You will need my NEW AND IMPROVED “How to Create a Blog Post Template Pack” (includes mini ebook, example, editable doc and video tutorial)
How to make your own Blog Post Template
Most of my blog posts are tutorials. I like to teach moms how to automate their home and business so they don’t have to work so hard. (like what we are doing right now) Therefore this example is my tutorial template but it’s the same system for any blog post you write. You would just change the template for your writing style.
Here is my Blog Post Template:
Why did you create your blog post template in Google Drive and not just create a draft in WordPress?
Two words…Copy Paste! I use a lot of screenshots in my tutorials. You are not able to copy a picture and paste it into a WordPress post. You have to upload the image. I can paste into Google Docs which speeds up the process!!
Why do you need to use Wordable? Can’t I just IFTTT this shizzzz?
Yes…Yes you can! However, you can get Wordable completely free (I share my hack in my Blog Post Template Pack) so why not use what works the best. But if you use an IFTTT.com applet to automatically load your Google Doc to WordPress it looks like this:
It’s one big paragraph with HORRIBLE formatting. This completely defeats the purpose of having a template. When you use Wordable your blog post looks like this:
Ahh pretty 🙂
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We have a million things already on our plate. We have made the brave decision to start a business and it’s hard work. Formatting blog posts shouldn’t have to be. Hopefully, this system will create some free space for you! You are doing great Mama! Keep up the good work!