7 comments on “Say “No” to Rush-Job Blog Posts

  1. Great Post, Robert. I agree that we should never “force” a blog post simply because we think we *should* be able to write one that fast. For me, some posts take several hours, while others take only 20 minutes. Those 20 minute posts are usually my quick thoughts, stories or rants that are relevant to my audience. Those are EASY to write. But, as you know, it’s important to mix it up with posts that require research, references and deeper dives. I applaud you for calling out the fact that blogging newbies may take the 20-minute advice out of context. Indeed, there is no magic time for every post. Just as your content should vary, so will the time required!

  2. Thanks for commenting, Deana! When I read your latest article a few minutes ago, I definitely anticipated that you might respond to mine with something along these lines. I had already been writing this post for the last three days, though. Haha.

    Like you, I’ve definitely had posts “write themselves” in 20 minutes. I have to agree, it’s a great feeling when you’re hit with a sudden burst of inspiration! This post was more directed to people who feel that every one will be just like that. As you have stated, and I know as well, many of them take HOURS. Good hours, but hours nonetheless.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

  3. I sometimes find myself in the trap to rush my blog posts. When I do, I always regret it and usually end up dumping them into the trash pile and off of my blog within a matter of hours. Great post.
    -Josh

  4. Completely hear ya, Josh! Been there. Done that!

    Yup, Robert, my post on Sunday easily took me five hours. It’s so important that those who are just starting their blogs understand that it’s impossible and completely unrealistic to expect to punch out every post in 20 minutes. In fact, those are the exceptions, rather than the rule! So glad you called this out!

  5. Josh, I can identify with that as well. I still scrap a lot of my stuff (I guess it’s the inner editor in me), but now I try to do so before I hit publish. I’m okay with deleting a lot, because I then know that the few words I DO publish are my very best work.

    Deana, upwards of five hours is the norm for me. Glad to know I’m not the only one! haha.

  6. Hi Robert

    This post is a great reminder for me – I am much more of a “writer” than an editor – but there is a lot to be said for putting your best work out there.

    One of the best tips on this subject came from Copyblogger.com (I believe) – where the author suggested putting your work aside for 24 hours before submitting it or publishing it. This one simple step practically guarantees dramatically better content.

    The trick (for me, anyway) is to create content in advance so I have a 24 hour cooling period before reviewing my work! :)

    Great post!

    Trish

    PS Are you using a plug-in for your comments? I love how they look!

  7. Trish, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for adding the Copyblogger tip! Good advice too.

    I’m actually not using any kind of plugin for my comments. This site is loosely based off of WordPress’s iNove theme (http://www.neoease.com). I took the template, and hand-coded everything to get the custom look, including the comments section. If you want the code, I’d be happy to share it. Just email me. :)

    Thanks again for commenting!

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