Last Updated on October 25, 2020 by NandiNN
Using Blog Post Drafts To Get Ahead
We have an amazing tip that you can start to use today that will come in handy for those that want to get ahead on your blogging career! It’s called Blog Post Drafts.
I don’t know about you, but I am all about saving time, working smart and getting ahead.
Wasting time is something I avoid doing at all costs.
For example, if I don’t have time to read a useful post, I turn to blog podcasts when I am on the run.
If writing emails that will make me money is quicker than writing a blog post this week, I will do just that.
Trust me when I say, I am all about finding ways to maximize my time.
And that is why using the draft feature on my WordPress platform works for me so perfectly.
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If you are ready to learn more about how to use blog post drafts to save time as a blogger, keep reading!
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What is a blog post draft?
This is a handy WordPress feature that most blogging platforms also have which allows you to save your posts as drafts so you can continue to work on it over the course of a few days.
Guys, I use this all the time.
I know most bloggers work on Google or word and then simply copy and paste the post over to WordPress.
But I seriously prefer using the blog post draft directly on the WordPress platform.
I also love the fact that it usually auto-saves it for you – at least it is in my case.
But I have also gotten into the habit of saving my posts every 2 or 3 sentences as I work and it’s just a habit that I have developed.
There are so many amazing ways that I personally use the draft feature to maximize my time as a blogger.
And once you get into it, you will also love it.
You can use blog drafts to get ahead of the blogging game in several different ways. Let’s start with the most obvious ones:
1. Use Your Drafts to Work on Your Future Blog Post
The most obvious way to use drafts is of course to work on your current blog post until it is ready to be shared with the world.
I am a very busy mom blogger, and most of my blog posts range between 2500 words to about 5000 words.
And this doesn’t even include all the pin designs, proofreading and formatting that I have to do before I share the post with the world.
And for this reason, there is no way I can get a post out in just one day.
Sometimes it takes me up to 3 solid days to complete a post, sometimes a week or more!
And that’s why blog post drafts are so handy.
Especially in my case.
I can also pick up where ever I left off at any point as long as I have access to a computer and good internet service.
But don’t just stop there.
As a busy blogger, I am always trying to get ahead of the game by pre-planning!
As an example, if I know I am going to be really busy tomorrow or even during the week, I have a few posts in my draft that I work on (on and off) if I have 10 minutes here or 20 minutes there.
I am not going to lie, for this post, I started working on it a couple of days ago.
As I type this, I just put my toddler to bed and it’s about 10 pm.
I will work on this post for another 20 minutes and try to fit in another hour on Sunday as tomorrow is a complete right off.
I did work on it for about 15 minutes earlier today and I just went ahead and saved it in my draft to continue on later.
If you can block off 4 hours each day to work, that’s great too.
But my days are completely unpredictable with a young one around most of the time.
You will be glad you did it this way when it comes time to wrap up that particular post.
2. Plan your Week Using Blog Drafts
As you know, planning and more planning is the best way to become the best blogger you can be.
This means planning strategically.
Did you know that you could use your drafts to plan out your blogging week?
Because I am in the middle of doing a blog challenge that requires me to write over 100, 000 words, planning it has been the most fulfilling part of it.
I broke this down to writing each blog over the next 30 days and each post has about 3000 to 3500 words.
That’s a lot of writing and planning it was key to that success.
Let’s say you want to post 5 times per week.
Come up with 5 blog post ideas and create a draft for each one.
Then start working on them each day, making sure you wrap up and publish at least one of the posts on each of your publishing days.
Not only will this help you keep track of what you have to do but it will also show you at a glance what you will be blogging about this coming week.
This will also allow you to work on multiple posts throughout the week, giving you options when you get stuck on writing one post.
This alone has saved me a lot of time.
This has worked for me for years and you can do it too or tweak the process.
3. Store Your Blog Post Ideas in Your Drafts
I get asked this question every single time: “How do I organize my blog posts?”
If you are like me, then you need a system to maximize your blogging time especially if you are a busy mom or entrepreneur or if you have a full-time job!
And this is where using the draft feature can really help.
And that is to use it as a storage vault for any ideas you may have for future blog posts.
You can also use an editorial calendar or a blog planner like this one to stay organized, but using the draft feature right on the WordPress platform is way easier for me.
Here’s how to do it efficiently.
When you get an idea for a blog post which you will always get, go ahead and create a draft.
Come up with a working title and make a quick note of what your blog post will be about.
I sometimes even go one step further to add a few keyword phrases that I could potentially rank for right in there.
And if you are feeling even more ambitious, go ahead and write a quick outline for the post.
Then simply save it as a draft and you can put it out later according to your blogging schedule.
Do this anytime you come up with an idea and save them for later.
Then whenever you need something to blog about, browse through your drafts and pick one of these to work on.
You will never say that you do not know what to blog about again as you will have plenty of ideas stored in your draft for a rainy day.
These drafts make for fast blog posts and are just the best thing for when you are suffering from writer’s block.
For those that want to know how to successfully organize a blog with multiple topics such as a lifestyle blog, you definitely need this!
I hope you enjoyed this post and will also use blog post drafts in the near future.
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