For me it’s currently assessment season, so I’m often writing lots of blog posts last-minute after literally hours and hours of homework (on a side note, my grades are going pretty well, so I’m glad about that!). There’s a bit of an art to creating good and creative blog posts when you only have about 15 minutes to spare, so I’m covering some of my best tips to last-minute writing for when you need it most.
LAST MINUTE BLOG POST IDEAS
Not all posts can be written at the last minute, so here are thirty blog post ideas that will only take you about 20 minutes max to make.
- What have you been doing to grow your blog stats in the past few months?
- If you’re an organised person, give us some organisation tips (although, if you’re a very organised person, I’m surprised you’re reading this).
- Your bedroom décor staples
- If you’re a skilled cook or baker, show us a quick and easy recipe you’re good at!
- Write about your favourite music or podcasts
- A wish list of any kind
- Make a fashion post
- How you stay cool-headed when life is basically throwing stress at you
- Nail, lip or eye colours of the season
- Your long-term or short-term goals
- Things to be grateful for
- How you stay creative
- Pins you’re loving (if you have Pinterest)
- Why you love blogging
- Write a letter to a family member, your best friends, or someone you look up to
- A quick review of a product you recently bought
- An OOTD, FOTD etc.
- Things that help you feel happy
- A rant (about anything)
- Dealing with comparison
- Your favourite jewellery items
- Your favourite trends
- Things you couldn’t live without
- Your personal values
- Host a Q&A
- An Instagram round-up
- Your favourite online fonts
- How you stay motivated
- A first impressions post
- A bunch of photos you’re proud of
PLAN FOR TWO MINUTES
Get out a notebook and quickly jot down some dot points of things you want to cover throughout your post. Around four dot points is enough- choose to cover the most important things you want to get across and have a clear image in your mind of things you want to say. This takes about two minutes and will save you around ten.
USE A PHOTO YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN
You’re bound to have a photo on your camera that could be used for any generic post. Use this one. I know you’ve been saving that photo for a dire emergency but THIS IS IT.
GET TO THE POINT
Now that you’re sitting down and about to write your posts, keep one thing in mind: get to the point. It may make the post seem bland and empty to you, but waffling will waste your time and you need to explain things about half as much as you already do. If there’s something you want to put across, do it now and stop worrying about explaining anything.
THE FIVE CHECK
After writing a post very quickly, it can be easy to miss things that you normally would use in a good post. Here is the ‘five check’, a five-item list of things you need to check quickly before publishing anything. This is incredibly important, even if you’re short on time, and it takes around one minute.
- Use spellcheck to quickly look for all those silly errors
- Look for broken links or any that you forgot to put in
- Put your post in preview mode and check that it looks good in published format
- Check that all headings, sub-headings and other dot points are correctly put in (some dot points will disappear after editing it a few times, so be careful!)
- Categorise it according to what your post is about- make sure it’s not still under ‘Uncategorised’!
How do you write a blog post when you’re short on time?