How I Quickly Write A Blog Post In 45 Minutes or Less

In the world of Blogging, Content is King. Being able to quickly write a blog post is critical to survival. Michael Hyatt says that his inflection point came when he began blogging more consistently. In Platform he mentions that 3 times a week is good but 5 is best. If you’re going to gain subscribers, you must continuously create high quality content while keeping your audience engaged.

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Who has time to sit in front of their computer and bust out post after post? We’re all busy, most bloggers I know have full time jobs and families to attend to. Time for blogging is not always available and the ability to quickly write a blog post is critical. I runAllied Equipment, Inc. during the day and have a 1 year old at home! Time for blogging is not always easy to find. This is why many bloggers quit within the first year.

Most successful bloggers have been forced to find ways to quickly write a blog post. You need to find a way to get your thoughts out quickly and painlessly. I’ve found several resources to be useful in shortening my writing and posting time dramatically! Here it is.

Evernote – Inspiration for a post rarely ever comes to me as soon as I sit down to write. I use Evernote to capture my ideas in the moment. I have it on my iPhone, iPad, and PC. I can log in and write down my idea very quickly wherever inspiration strikes. For instance, I come up with many post ideas while I’m driving. I can voice record my idea on Evernote, then listen to it later.

Journal – I like to physically write out my brainstorm sessions. As you can see from the image below, my brain often refuses to spit things out in order. I write out the wireframe of my post in my journal just before I write. This takes 5 minutes and gives my posts structure.

quickly write a blog post journal

Template – Use this Template so you don’t have to spend time creating order to your posts. This template is what Michael Hyatt uses and I find it a great and easy way to get my thoughts out. It also limits you to 500 – 600 words, which for someone like me who can ramble on, is key to writing a quick post.

Blogsy – I downloaded Blogsy on my iPad and I have a keyboard that makes my iPad almost like a laptop. This is where I quickly write my blog posts. You can see my whole writing set up in the image below. Blogsy also allows me to blog anywhere, anytime.

quickly write a blog post desk

Content – To quickly write a blog post, you’ll need content. Once it begins flowing from your brain to you fingertips, do not stop the flow to edit. Focus on getting to 500 words first, then go back and edit or format. This step should take no more than 25 minutes, if you’ve done your journal wireframe and are using the template.

Format and Edit – I quickly write my blog posts in Blogsy, then I save them as a draft on my WordPress blog. I then do all the formatting on my PC via my WordPress Dashboard. This is also where I add links, run SEOScibe and insert my images from BigStock.  Next I read through it to edit content and grammar.  This takes less than10 minutes.

This post took me 39 minutes to complete. I hope these steps will help you to reduce the pain of blogging so you can enjoy the fun and quickly write a blog post today.

Question: What have you done in the past to make your blogging faster?

Auto Tweet Your Latest Post on Twitter

Recently I wrote a post on automating your twitter account. It is important to participate in the discussion on social media and stay in front of your audience. You must keep them engaged and up to date.

Auto Tweet your blog posts

If you have been blogging for very long you understand how important it is to use as many outlets as possible to draw your readers in. One of the most popular outlets, of course, is Twitter. But what a pain to have to get online everyday and “tweet” your latest post.

Often I write posts days, even weeks, in advance of their publish date, so it’s really hard for me to always tweet my latest post on Twitter. So I figured out a way to Auto Tweet my blog posts on their publish date. This is how I’ve done it.

Buffer App – in my post last week about automating Twitter, I discussed the importance of this app. I have buffer on my iPhone, iPad, and PC. If you’re thinking about being active on Twitter, you need to sign up for a Buffer account. It is free and allows you to buffer up to 10 posts on a schedule of your choosing.

Ifttt.com – I also discussed this site recently. On this site you can create “recipes” that make two applications work together. Sign up for a free account. This is where the magic of Auto Tweeting  will occur.

Link your apps – Register your Twitter account and your Buffer account. You can repeat all these steps for Facebook, Google +, Digg, ect. We’re going to focus onTwitter for this post however. Once you have set these accounts up in Ifttt, you,re ready to write your recipe.

Create – Navigate to “Tasks” to create a task. You’ll be prompted to enter a “this.” For your this, click on the Feed icon and enter your RSS address. Mine looks like this: http://feeds.feedburner.com/jaysonfeltnercom. Next you’ll be prompted to enter a “that.” For your that, click on the Buffer icon and make sure your Buffer account is set up.

Set-up – Next, name your recipe and enter any extra text and or arrange what you want in your tweets. Mine is [New Post] then {post title} : {post url}. It is easier than it looks, ifttt does it all for you. Check out my Twitter @JaysonFeltner to see this tweet and you’ll understand my set up better.

Once you have followed these steps your Blog is ready to Auto Tweet your latest posts via your RSS feed and Buffer. You could also set your RSS straight to Twitter, but since I usually publish my posts at 3am, no one would see my tweet. I hope this helps you Auto Tweet your posts on Twitter.  This way you can focus more on creating great content and less on getting that content in front of your readers.

Question: How did you Tweet your latest posts in the past?

 

My Twitter Is On Auto-Pilot, Is Yours?

As a blog owner I know the importance of Twitter.  I sort of feel like a Twitter expert by now, but the truth is, I’m still a newbie.  If you’d like, you can follow me @jaysonfeltner.

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When I first started my blog, I read Michael Hyatt’s The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter and more recently, How To Become a Twitter Ninja In Less Than 30 Minutes A Day.  While these were great for a guy new to Twitter, I needed something more substantial.  Now that I know how to use Twitter, I needed to make it easier.  That’s just the inner Tim Ferriss coming out of me I guess.  I can’t take something as it is, I have to make better.

If you’re blogging on a regular basis, you’re probably “Tweeting” on a regular basis as well. But you also know that you need to stay in front of your audience all day long.  Moreover, you don’t want to always be promoting your blog, that seems spammy.  You need to contribute to the conversation by sharing ideas and more importantly, other people’s work.

Here is how to put your Twitter on auto-pilot:

Buffer App – Download the buffer app on your desktop and iPad, if you use one like I do.  Buffer allows you to spread your tweets out on a predetermined schedule.  This way you aren’t that annoying guy who posts a book, one tweet at a time, 25 tweets in a row!

Buffer Bookmarklet – Buffer allows you to place a bookmarklet on your web browser.  I use Google Chrome.  When I see something interesting on the web, I just click the Buffer Bookmarklet and post it.  It is automatically added to my queue of tweets.

Google Reader – I subscribe to an incredible amount of information.  Any blog or site I like, I add it to my Google Reader.  I also hired a guy in India to take a look at what was in my Google Reader and subscribe me to 100 similar sites.  This is where I get 99% of my tweets.  Just interesting stuff on the web.

Mr. ReaderDownload this app on your iPad.  I paid $3.99 for it.  On it is a Buffer button.  Just connect your Mr. Reader to your Buffer account and any time you read a cool article, you can add it to your queue of tweets on Buffer.  You can write your own text, credit the source, and share the link.  If you don’t want to do this, don’t worry, I have another fix in the next step, Ifttt.

Ifttt – Buffer created this and it is pure “Magic!”  Go to ifttt.com and sign up.  Connect your Buffer account and your Twitter account to it.  You can create actions between two apps.  For instance, if I “star” something on Google Reader, it will auto-post it to my queue on Buffer!    This is also how I auto-Thank you anytime you mention @jaysonfeltner on Twitter.  Go ahead, try it, you know you want to!

Ifttt is also how I Auto-Tweet all my blog posts.  This post is actually going to be the first one that is “Auto-Tweeted”, so if you see it on Twitter today you’ll know it worked.  If it works, I’ll post a full step by step guide for you on my blog next week. So subscribe to my blog on the top right, and/or follow me on Twitter, also top right of this page.

Now you’re a Twitter Samurai!  With these few tools, you can post tweets all day long without actually having to do much of anything!  This way you’re constantly out in front of your followers and keeping them engaged without killing yourself.

Question:  How many times a day do you Tweet?

Graduation is Over, Now What?

It’s graduation season and boy is it in full swing. High Schools around the country are celebrating their most honored tradition. The football field is green as can be. The smell of freshly cut grass fills the air.  The old decorations that make their appearance only once a year are coming out for one more group of new graduates.

graduation

The hard work has paid off for these kids, it’s a time of joy and a time of fear as they open a new chapter after graduation and venture out into the world. Everyone is wondering who is going to give the next Steve Jobs worthy commencement speech? Families are gathering and wishing the young graduates well and much success. There’s cake and ice cream, presents, and great food.  It’s a magical time for all.

I just recently attended the graduation of one of my cousins. It was a magical moment that forced me to think back to my own graduation. What have I learned since then, besides grammar? What wisdom, if any, have I gained since that fateful day when I walked across that stage?

Welcome to The Ocean – you’ve heard the expression, “just a big fish in a little pond?” After graduation, you’ll find that you’re not in a pond anymore, welcome to the ocean. The worlds largest fish live here and so do some species you’ve never encountered before. The good news is, it’s impossible to grow huge in a little pond. Now that you’re in the ocean, you can grow as big and successful as you want.

Find Your Groove – You used to know your place in the small ecosystem of your little pond. Now that graduation is over, you are about to have that shattered, and you will struggle to find your place in this much larger ecosystem. Don’t stress, just stay true to you and you’ll fall right into a groove that will carry you forever.

Hard Work Doesn’t Count – Before graduation, putting in effort counted toward your grade. If a teacher saw you working hard, they’d bump your score a little bit. Heck, you’ve probably received some “participation” grades. Forget about that. In this world, you get paid for results, not effort. I don’t care how hard my mechanic works, if he can’t fix the car, he’s useless.

Big Rocks – Now that graduation is over, the world is open to you. You will be asked to do everything. You will not be able to do it all. Avoid doing things that don’t progress your life and focus on things that do. Look at your to-do list and prioritize them by importance. You can let your to-do list control you, or you can choose to control it. Do not let things that don’t matter find their way onto your list.

Dictate Life – Gone are the days where you do things because you’re told to. It is time to do things because they matter and will enrich your life. After graduation, do not make the mistake I see people making all the time. Do not accept life, dictate life. You have within you the power to tell your life what it is going to be like. You’ll have to make big decisions and sacrifices. Do not let life control you, you control life.

Now that graduation is over, you are in the driver’s seat. Your life will be what you make it from this day forward. You’ve got about 70 years left if you’re lucky, make each year compound off the previous so that as time passes, life gets sweeter. What you do during your 20s will dictate how your life will be during your 30s.  Your 20s and 30s dictate your 40s, get it? Also do yourself a favor and read The 4-Hour Workweek and The Traveler’s Gift.

Question: Do you know any graduates you can share this with?

 

Leadership and Communication Skills

An effective leader possesses many skills that make him a person other people want to follow. When it comes to communication skills, these are probably the most important for running an organization, department or team successfully. Without good communication, it is difficult for leaders to express ideas. Good communication skills motivate and inspire employees to work together to make the company more profitable and a better place to work. A recipe for communication skills will help anyone to become a more effective leader.

 

 

Communication skills

Early on in my career I was, unfortunatly, the guy who finished other’s sentences.  This happened for several reasons.  First, I was, and still am, fast paced and eager to get to work, so when someone speaks slowly, it drives me crazy.  The other reason was really that as a young leader, the older people within the organization just assume you know nothing, especially the bad bosses out there..  So to show them I did, I’d finish their thought before they could.

It was only after having a conversation with someone similar I realized how annoying it was and that honestly, I wasn’t being a good communicator.  Here are some ways to enhance your communication skills within your organization.  By doing these you will become a more effective communicator and thus, a more effective leader.

Listening – Good listening skills are crucial for leaders. By listening to what others have to say, by allowing them to make suggestions and pitch ideas, you not only show respect by valuing their opinion, but you gather information that can help you to run a department or company better. Good leaders know that they don’t have all the answers and that people who work in the trenches often have useful ideas.

Dispensing Information – Communication skills include telling people what is going on. Without enough information, employees are bound to guess or gossip. This wastes everyone’s time. It is better to provide all the necessary information for a given project or situation. Employees with all the right information can focus on the task at hand and not waste time wondering about what is going on. A good leader does not keep his people in the dark about important matters that affect them.

People Person – It is easier to communicate with people if you are genuinely a people-person. If you like people, enjoy being around them and talking with them, this affable quality will shine through and make it easier for you to get along with all types of people. Good leaders try to build relationships with people. It is easier to do this with people that you genuinely like.

Observing – Communication is not just about listening and speaking. It is also about observing. A person may say one thing, but his body language, facial expressions or tone of voice may be in opposition. A good communicator realizes that the actual words spoken are just one part of what a person may actually mean. Paying attention to these non-verbal cues helps a leader to really understand what a person a saying.

By improving his communication skills, a leader can become more effective in his job. Working on all the components of good communication takes time, but it is a worthwhile for those who want to be good leaders within their organization.

 

Question: How do people tend to look at you when you speak?  This can tell a lot about how they’re receiving your message.

Joe DiMaggio on Leadership

Few families, save maybe the Molina’s, have ever turned out as many baseball players  as the DiMaggio’s. What was the family secret? How could 3 out of 5 sons be so good that they make it to the major leagues when millions of families have tried and failed to have at least one boy make it to “the show?” The answer could be leadership.

The Leadership of Joe DiMaggio

Tom was the eldest but rumored to be the best ball player of the DiMaggio brothers. In fact, he was offered a chance to play for the local minor league team, the Seals. But without a guaranteed paycheck, the family would suffer from the loss of another good, hard working fisherman. Tom turned down the offer so he could work and provide for the family, ultimately his income was enough so that his younger brothers Vince, Joseph, and Dominic could afford too chase their dreams.

But even with the opportunity, how could 3 brothers, maybe even 4 if Tom had the chance, make it to the big leagues? Leadership. In studying the family I found these three traits to run through all of them; leadership, hard work, and self sacrifice.

See for your self in these quotation by the most popular and successful of the brothers, “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio.

 “A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues.”

Talk about having the hunger to reach the top.  You have to be passionate to be a good leader.  How passionate are you about reaching the “big leagues” of your dreams?

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”

Joe understood that hard work and sacrifice were key to achieving the goals he had for his life.  But with it comes leadership. He hones in on the ‘golden rule’ of leadership, leading by example.

“I think there are some players born to play ball.”

God given talent. Just like the DiMaggio brothers, some people are born to lead. But combining this leadership quote with the others on this page, it is easy to see talent is wasted without hard work and sacrifice.

Now for my personal favorite quote by “The Yankee Clipper:”

The context of this quote is what really blows me away about the character of Joe DiMaggio. The Yankees had locked up the pennant and were headed to the post season. But first they had to finish the season. It didn’t matter if the Yankees lost the rest of the games all season, all they cared about was getting their players a few at bats to keep them fresh. That didn’t sit well with Joe.

He was at the plate just getting his “at bats” when he lined one into the outfield.  He broke out of the box almost the same instance the crack of the bat filled the hallowed halls of Yankee stadium. The fans lept to their feet! Joe was still in his prime and was one of the fastest men in all of baseball. The ball dropped in just over the outfielder’s head. With the pennet a sure thing, Joe could have jogged to first, but instead he showed the crowd how he’d earned his famous nickname Joltin Joe.

He took a wide turn around first base, his cleats flinging dirt behind him. His helmet hung on for dear life as Joe flew down the second base line. The outfielder retrieved the ball and, looking up, was surprised to see Joe digging for two. He reared back and delivered a perfect fast ball straight to the second baseman. Joe’s feet left the ground, his whole body flying through the air like superman, he crashed to the ground in a swirl of dust just as the ball reached the base. He glanced up to find the umpire with his hands held out high. SAFE!

Joe stood up and dusted off his pants. It was this play that prompted the question as to why he was playing so hard when he didn’t have to. He responded with the quote below.

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.”

Wow what a testament to Joe’s work ethic! See my post Who’s Watching You? Are you playing your guts out for the one kid who may be seeing you for the first time? Do you feel that you owe it to him to do your best?

Joe DiMaggio did.  Maybe this is why Joe DiMaggio is “Joe DiMaggio” and not some long forgotten fisherman from San Francisco.  There he was, a world champion, an all star, destined for the hall of fame, the most popular and talented ball player of his time and he felt that he owed it to a lowly kid who may have been seeing him the first time!

This story of Joe and his brothers blows me away, who’s your favorite sports hero and why?

 

 

 

Michael Hyatt on Leadership | SkipPrichard.com

This is a great interview of Michael Hyatt, who just released his new book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

This book is awesome.  See my previous post to find out how you can receive $375.98 worth of free resources and extreamely useful tools if you purchase Michael’s book.  Just go to my post 7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now by Michael Hyatt.

To view the full post of this video, and I suggest you do, visit Skip Prichard’s Blog.  I personally am a subscriber of this great blog.  If you’re not following Skip on Twitter here’s his handle: skipprichard

Motivational Monday – Successful People That Have Failed

When was the last time you failed at something? This weekend I was attending a graduation party filled with close family. As is tradiditon with the younger crowd in my family, a baseball and a bat made it’s way into the party.

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Traditionally, I play the role of the team’s power hitter. I’m always expected to hit a few dingers for my team. This weekend I struck out…alot. I was about to get down on myself when I emembered something I read in The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter. Derek’s teammates would say that Derek could go 0 for 5 on the day and come up to bat with 2 outs in the bottom of the nineth. Any other player would be dreading the at bat since they were having such a bad day. But, like many successful people that have failed, number 2 relished the opportunity to go up to the plate fully expecting to the end this day 1 for 6.  I needed to harness Derek’s style of confidence in his abilities.

So as I came to bat again nearing the end of the game, I was reminded of all those successful people that have failed time and time again only to achieve incredible success because they never gave up. Relentless implementation of what you know is right, despite the circumstances and past experience is so important.  I needed to remember this.

Standing at the plate for the final time that day, I reared back as the ball came hurling toward me. Despite my prior failures I took my usual power swing.  What do you know, I hit the ball a mile down the left field line.  It felt so good to connect with the ball.  All that failure beforehand was out of my mind as I rounded the bases only thinking about my home run.

I realized I would have not had this experience had I not been reminded of Derek Jeter and other successful people that have failed throughout history over and over again, only to wind up wildly successful.  Some of these include Dr. Seuss, Michael Jordan, and Albert Einstein.

This is a short video by One True Media:

Can you believe these successful people that have failed were rejected by their peers, shunned by their mentors, and turned away by their profession.  It was only after relentless implementation that their brilliance began to shine through.

These successful people that have failed are a true testament to what continuously moving forward can do.  This week, when things don’t go the way you’d expect them to, remember these successful people that have failed, only to turn their passion into incredible success.  Just keep swinging for the fences, or as my Pastor likes to put it, “fake it, til you make it.”

DO NOT GIVE UP this week.

 

What area of your life have you given up on because someone told you that you could not succeed?  How about giving it another shot this week?

 

7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now | Michael Hyatt

Every person who has ever thought about writing professionally, whether for yourself, or to promote your company, needs to read this book.  And if you purchase it this week, you’re going to get some pretty awesome and usefull resources all for free!

Here is a quick video of Michael Hyatt giving you an invitation to experience this great book.

Here is the link to Michael’s post today concering why you should buy his book.  I’ve summed it up below.

7 Reasons to Buy My New Book Now | Michael Hyatt.

I’ve already purchased this great book and, while Amazon is mailing it to me, I downloaded the FREE digital copy from Michael himself.  I’m already getting started reading on my iPad.

The main thing I want to communicate here is that if you buy the book THIS WEEK, Michael will give you seven FREE bonuses:

  1. Platform Video Jumpstart (a $179.00 six-session video series)
  2. Why Now Is the Best Time Ever to Be an Author (a $47.00 one-session video)
  3. How to Write a Winning Book Proposal (a $47.00, two-session audio series)
  4. Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal (a $19.97 e-book)
  5. Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal (a $19.97 e-book)
  6. All the Digital Editions of Platform (a $38.06 collection of the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and PDF formats)
  7. Audio Edition of Platform (a $24.99 audio edition of the entire book)

This offer is only valid through the end of the day, May 25th, CDT. At that point, this offer goes away FOREVER. To get these seven FREE bonuses, you must take these three steps:

  1. Purchase Platform from your favorite bookseller. You can chose from one of the online retailers below or your local bookseller. The book retails for $24.99, but many retailers are selling it for less than $15.00
  2. E-mail Michael a copy of your receipt. You can simply forward a copy of the receipt from your online retailer to gifts@michaelhyatt.com. If you buy a physical copy from a local retailer, scan the receipt and e-mail it to the same address. It’s that simple.
  3. Confirm your e-mail address. I don’t want to inadvertently spam anyone, so I follow a strict, double opt-in e-mail list procedure. I will reply to your e-mail and ask you to confirm your address before I proceed further. (Actually, this is automated, but you get the idea.)

That’s it!

I hope you all enjoy this book and it’s free resources as much as I am!

 

Priming The Musket

I wrote a post the other day about ineffective leadership and how to overcome it. One of my steps was to prime the musket. This is the full explanation.

The Shot Heard Round The World was one single gunshot that set in motion the events that would lead to the American Revolution and set the stage for all that would become America. This is an amazing example of The Butterfly Effect. If you haven’t read Andy’s book, do so now. It will change your perspective on the effect actions have on your future.

Before the Shot Heard Round The World could take effect and have the profound impact that it had, there were several distinct, and overlooked actions that took place. These actions were simple and understated yet essential to what took place that fateful day. These few actions, performed in just the right sequence, with just the right amount of precision, set up what would become possibly the most important event in our nation’s history. Without the Shot Heard Round The World, there would have been no need for the Declaration of Independence, no need for an army and thus no need fora great leader I wrote about recently named, George Washington. No Need to cross the Delaware on Christmas Eve, and no need for The United States of America.

These actions were essential to priming the musket:

Gun Powder – just the right amount of gun powder had to be poured into the barrel of the musket rifle. We usually see a guy just dumping gun powder out of a horn into his rifle. This was seldom the case. Usually the amount of powder (effort) is determined ahead of time. This gunpowder is going to be what propels the bullet from the musket rifle. You need to approach all your actions with just the right amount of effort. Too little effort and you’ll never reach your target, too much and you’ll become inaccurate.

Gun powder in the priming pan – this is the first step to setting things into action, your platform, or in other words, your launching pad. If you don’t take the time to prime the pan, all your other effort will be in vain.  Michael Hyatt has a lot of information on Building Your Platform and why you need it. He even has an entire book about it. Your platform could be your position within a company or your audience online. In order to begin a project you’re going to need a platform to launch it from.

A Swab – In modern day, we place a small piece of packing between the ball and the barrel. This protects the ball from sparking on the barrel while being rammed into the powder. In the olden days, this was simply a piece of packing that the ball was wrapped in. This is your planning stage. This is where you set forth the actions necessary to accomplish your plan but you also consider the problems that could prevent you from reaching your goal and you mitigate them.

Ball – This is your key action. When you shoot a musket rifle at something you’re trying to hit it with this little ball of destruction. This ball is your tool to getting things done. In leadership, your actions towards others are your bullets. They are the thing that creates the result.

Packing – Holds it all in place. In the old days, if you didn’t have packing in your musket rifle, the ball would roll right out! The packing is similar to you level of focus. You and you alone are going to have to hold it all together and focus on keeping your project moving forward.

Its only after all this priming the musket rifle, that The Shot Heard Round The World was even capable of taking place. Without this pre action planning, the actions that define our lives cannot take place.


Are you “Priming The Musket” with your projects?