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  1. Isaac A Wardell
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    My biggest time saver for writing blogs comes under point #6. I keep my Evernote app handy on my phone and anytime I think of an idea that I would like to blog about I write it down. This way when I sit down to do write a blog entry I’ve a ready and waiting list of ideas.

    Great post Rebecca!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Great tip, Isaac! It’s amazing how quickly our bright ideas vanish if we don’t write them down. I think having a handy way to jot them down quickly before they disappear is super important. I’ve heard of some type of “notepad” that you can put in the shower to jot down ideas while showering. This is something I need to look into since I can’t bring my phone into the shower with me. 🙂 Many good ideas are thought of — and lost – while in shower. Or at least that is my experience!

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  2. Tammy
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    Most of these tie in so well for how I approach my blog. Back in March I emphasized the consistency, and I wrote a blog post a day even though I only post twice a week. By the end of the month, I had developed a great routine, and I had a lot of posts scheduled in the future to take the pressure off. Some of the best posts I wrote that month were when I was crunched for time. I would get the ideas down and flushed out in whatever free breaks I had. The longer I had the longer I took!

    Although I am no longer writing daily, so many of these techniques are still in practice when I put pen to paper … which is how most of my posts start out!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Tammy,

      Thanks so much for sharing. I love the idea of writing a blog post a day even if you don’t publish that often. As you said, this got you into a great routine, and also got you ahead of schedule with your blog, which is great. That is always helpful for when life happens, and you just can’t get it done for some reason.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

      Rebecca

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  3. Seth Fargher
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    I love it! Tips 1 and 3 are the ones I struggle with the most. I have LOTS of time on my hands and have tons of great ideas…they just seem to come to me when I’m not at my computer. By the time I get there I seem to get bogged down with other things.

    I work in the powersports industry and write for several magazines and websites. I try to go into every situation, event, race etc with the mindset of “how can I maximize my time here and get as much quality content as possible?” I might be there to do a review on a product but I can usually, at minimum, review the product, do a location piece on where we are testing it and provide my own personal “insiders” perspective on my experience there. I’ve found the perspective pieces often times get the biggest audience because so many people like reading a story and a good many people wonder what really goes on at these types of events! I’m just thankful to have these opportunities and love sharing them with others!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Seth,

      I LOVE the way that you are proactive in going into every situation thinking about the multiple types of content that you can generate from that one event. That is a great way to maximize your time. I actually need to really improve when it come to that.

      For example, this week I was in Las Vegas for my son’s wedding. If I had been thinking about it well, I could have been a lot more proactive with taking advantage of my time there from a content perspective. Of course, with a wedding being as big of a deal as it is, and with time with family members that I don’t often see, I intentionally shut off work mode so that I could enjoy the moment. But in most cases, it definitely pays off to make the most of every situation from a content creation perspective.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

      Rebecca

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      • Seth Fargher
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        Absolutely! Found this article via Amy Porterfield! Glad she tweeted it! Understandable about shutting off work mode…son’s wedding is a big one 🙂 Out of curiosity, do you publish guest posts? The topic of maximizing content got me thinking about a few instances that started small and ended up opening HUGE doors for me in terms of creating content and having it featured on huge platform. Just a thought! 🙂 If you’d like to hear more let me know how I can reach you or fire me an email sethfargher at gmail.com 🙂

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  4. Cheryl Wright
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    The following has been a great help, since I decided to pay more attention to my blog:

    (1) Tie my New Post page to Start Up.

    (2) I save ideas on my blog as drafts. I just choose one to work on, write, edit and publish it.

    (3) When I’m have a blast of a productivity, I write several posts and schedule them.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Wow, Cheryl, these are some great tips! Do you mean that when your computer starts, it goes to your new post page? That’s an idea I hadn’t thought of, but it certainly would be a good kick in the pants to start writing!

      I also like your other suggestions, especially #3. Sometimes we are just in the writing zone, and it’s great to take advantage of those times and work ahead of schedule.

      I hope to see you again, Cheryl!

      Rebecca

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      • Cheryl Wright
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        Clarification: My New Post page comes up when I open my browser.

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        • Rebecca Livermore
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          Got it, Cheryl. Thanks for the clarification! Great idea! I’m seriously going to have to consider implementing that one!

          Rebecca

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  5. Trudy Van Buskirk
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    2 things…
    1. I can’t do #7 Increase your typing speed – since my stroke in 2005 left me with the use of my left hand only (my right is spastic now) but thank goodness for computers:-)
    2. I have a category on my blog called Women Business Owner interviews. I record our interview with audio acrobat, edit it in Garageband on my Mac and write a post about her (the person I interviewed). As I edit the interview recording, there are so many things I can blog about so I type them in a Word doc I call blog ideas. I’m never at a loss 🙂

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Trudy,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I’m sorry to hear about your stroke. You definitely have a good reason not to be able to increase your typing speed! Have you tried using voice recognition software? I’m really inspired by Jon Morrow, who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair,but is a very successful blogger who uses Dragon Naturally Speaking.

      I really love the way you are using interviews to create content AND to come up with more ideas. I’m going to have to give that one a try, for sure! Thanks so much for suggesting it.

      Best to you,

      Rebecca

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      • Trudy Van Buskirk
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        The stroke left me “talking funny” so I haven’t tried speaking my ideas or blog posts. Since speaking programs learn how you say something and then type it that way, it’s worth looking into.

        I have a Mac and Denise Wakeman gave me the names of two programs that work on the Mac.

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        • Rebecca Livermore
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          Trudy,you are right that the speech recognition programs learn your way of saying things. The do take time to “train,” and may take even more time due to how the stroke impacted your speech. However, in the long run, it may save you a lot of time so it could be well worth it.

          At any rate, I’m sure you’ll find something that will work for you overtime, though you no doubt have some challenges that most of us don’t have to face.

          Rebecca

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  6. tyler
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    Great tips! Learn to type faster… I love it-simple, yet a great point. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Tyler, you are right — typing faster is such a simple tip, but it really does speed things up. Of course, some people have a hard time with this, but it can improve with steady practice.

      Best,

      Rebecca

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  7. Justin Mott
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    I always keep a small notepad on me so that I can write down a quick idea for my blog. I’m bad about coming up with a great idea and forgetting it.
    I’d also say that you should try to write during your best feeling hours of the day. I like to write after a good workout cause my blood is flowing and I’m excited.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Justin,

      I think basically everyone can relate to the issue of coming up with great ideas and forgetting them!

      Writing at peak times does help, for sure. Some people find it hard to do with things like jobs. For example, a person who is best in the morning may not be able to write in the morning due to having to rush off to work. Even as a self-employed person, I had to make a choice about putting time into my day to write my own material. I started off with doing work for everyone else and hoping that I would find the time to write my own material later. When later rolled around, I was too tired to write. So now I take care of pressing client needs first thing in the morning, and then focus on some of my own stuff before turning my attention back to clients. That seems to be the best way for me to make progress.

      Thanks for stopping by, Justin. Hope you have a great day!

      Rebecca

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