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Writing Internet Articles or Blogging Posts: Write Faster with Fewer Distractions
Starting out at writing articles or blogs can be a time-consuming process, but a little self-discipline can reduce the time spent. When I first began writing every day, I found myself taking far too long to turn out work that should have taken a minimum amount of time to write. Here are several ways I have found myself wasting unnecessary time while learning how to write articles for the Internet. If you want to write more quickly, try not to fall into these traps!
- Checking statistics repeatedly, preferably on multiple sites. If you want to waste a chunk of time, pull up your individual site statistics every time you log on, and then for good measure go to the sites where you have articles posted and check them. You can eat up a good fifteen minutes or so if you break the numbers down and focus on them. Now doing this on a regular basis is a good practice, but it can be self-defeating to do it compulsively, numerous times during the day.
- Checking email every time it dings. If you have an active account, like mine, this can be a constant distraction, reducing your effective typing time. Multiple email accounts can further run up the clock. Whether blogging for pleasure or blogging for money, running back and forth to your inbox will make your words per minute bottom out!
- Turning up the tunes! Everything goes better with music, right? But taking the time to select the right songs, tweak the headphones, change stations or tracks, take a break when your favorite song comes on…
- Taking a little personal time when writing is on the agenda. It is an easy distraction to check out what your friends are doing on social networks, forward that cute email to your sister, update your personal status. When you should be writing articles or blogging, just a few minutes can easily stretch to an hour or more with very little productivity.
- Becoming distracted by headlines. I personally prefer search engines that have a clean homepage just for this reason. If there is a wild news story or a catchy article, I have a tendency to click on it. One headline turns into another, which leads to another, which leads to…you get the picture. I actually find it much easier to write with the Internet turned off.
- Over researching. I can spend twenty minutes looking for just the right photograph. I can read through dozens of websites on my chosen topic. I can allow myself to be blown off course and get on a tangent. Or, I can take just the information I need, get to work, and turn out the article.
- Second guessing my work. This is the biggest obstacle for me. I, like many (if not most) writers, have a tendency to feel my work could be better. I can take days rewording, reconsidering, adding, and editing, long after I should have hit “publish”. That is not to say that work should be unedited or that I should not try to hone my craft and become the best writer I could be. But in the end, if I don’t have the nerve to put it out there, I am in the wrong business.
Writing Internet articles or keeping up with a blog site is not easy, quick, or a path to fast money. I have found that when I reduce distractions and temptations that take up my time, I can write more effective articles in considerably less time.