How to Write Blog Posts in 30 Minutes or Less: The 5 Question Method

 

If you’re writing a blog while working full-time, I feel you girl.
 
I did it for years, and I know how hard it is. You can’t quit your job to pursue blogging because of your finances, living situation, whatever it is, BUT you don’t want to give up on blogging completely (because you love it!)
 
So you make it work.
 
When I was working a 9-5 desk job, I used to wait anxiously for the minute my boss would leave our office. As soon as he was gone, I would open up my blog and start typing away as fast as I could, listening intently for the footsteps that signalled he was coming back.
 
Even in the evenings, when I was supposed to be spending time with Scott, I had my blogging notebook open in my lap. If we were watching a movie, I was also scratching out a blog post (and bothering him with questions when I couldn’t figure out what was going on in the movie plot!)
 
I had such a hard time “turning off”, even after a full 8 hours of work. But I loved blogging and writing SO much, that I couldn’t imagine stopping.
 
If you’re in the same boat – struggling to make it work but not ready to give up yet – this post is for you! I know you only have a few precious hours each week to spend on your blog, so working fast is a must.
 
Over the years, I’ve developed a simple yet effective strategy that allows me to write blog posts in 30 minutes or less — without cutting corners and sacrificing on quality. I call it “The 5 Question Method”, because that’s really all there is to it!
 
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The 5 Question Method

After writing down your answers to the 5 questions below, you’ll be left with a crystal clear outline for your blog post, with an introduction, body, and conclusion, all packaged in a way that makes sense and is engaging for your readers. Before you jump into the questions, the only thing you need to do is decide on the main topic of your post. Then you’re set!
 
I’ve also put together a cute little workbook you can use to work through these five questions (and write your rough draft in too, if you like!) Click the image below to download the free workbook:
 
Click here to download your free 30 Minute Content Creation Workbook!
 

Got your workbook? Great, let’s start by working through Question #1!

 

Q1. What questions does my audience have about this topic?

I know I ALWAYS bring this up, but I’m going to say it again:
 
Successful bloggers blog for their audience. Not for themselves!
 
The first step in writing a helpful blog post is to come up with 3-5 questions your readers have about the topic you want to focus on. Stick to more general questions as opposed to the nitty gritty stuff (which you can get into in your actual draft later on).
 
Not sure what your readers want to know? Ask them! Use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or your email list to figure out exactly what they want to learn next. Get out your workbook and use the first section to write down a few main questions your readers have about your topic.
 
Once you’ve decided on the questions you’re going to answer, jot down a few notes about how you’ll answer them. A good blogger writes about what she knows, so if you’re struggling to come up with answers, it might be a sign that you should pick a different topic you’re more comfortable with.
 
These questions and answers are what will form the “meat” of your post. You can even use them as the headings in your post if you like – either leaving them in question format, sharing them as steps to a process, or transforming them into a list (like this post!)

 

Q2. What’s the easiest way to digest this information?

Now that you know what you’ll be sharing, you need to figure out the best way to share it. Different content is better suited to different formats, so you want to choose the format that makes the most sense. Here are a few formats you might choose:
 
➤ Numbered lists
➤ Graphs and pictures
➤ Stories and quotes
 
It’s important to keep your audience in mind when deciding on a format. Chances are, they’re busy people, so you want to make it easy for them to absorb what you’re sharing by putting your content in the format that makes the most sense.
 
For example, a “how-to” guide with lots of steps might work best as a numbered list. An update on your home renovations might work better with less text and lots of pictures. Get creative with it, but always make sure that the format matches the content!
 

Q3. How can I draw people in?

The worst mistake you can make is starting off your blog post on a SUPER boring note. An engaging introduction is crucial for getting people to stick around and read the whole post.
 
Use section 3 in your workbook to brainstorm ways you can make your first few paragraphs stand out. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
 
➤ Share a relatable story or anecdote
➤ Use graphs + statistics to show a Before and After transformation
➤ Share quotes, testimonials, or success stories
 
Think about what makes you want to keep reading a blog post. In fact, check out some of your favorite bloggers to see how they start off their posts. How do they inject life into their writing? What kind of imagery and wording do they use in their introductions?
 
Take some inspiration from what others bloggers are doing successfully, and then put your own twist on it!
 
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Q4. What’s the take-away message?

What’s the main, overarching message you want people to remember once they’ve finished reading your blog post?
 
Deciding what your message is before you start writing will give your content a greater sense of purpose and cohesion. If you know what your end goal is before you begin, it’s a lot easier to get there – trust me!
 
Your take-away message should be something simple, easy to remember, and hard-hitting. In the conclusion of your post, your only mission is to drive this message home. This usually works best as a brief summary where you re-state the main point(s) in your blog post.
 

Q5. How can I provide extra value?

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, what can you do to make your content unforgettable? Yep, I’m talking freebies here! Epic content is all about helping people, and there’s nothing people love more than free stuff.
 
Before you sign off on on your post, come up with a way to increase the value of your content. This could be by adding:
 

  • A free printable
  • A bonus workbook
  • An e-course or e-book on the topic
  •  
    Not only will people LOVE you for giving them free stuff, but offering those extras as opt-in freebies is a great way to build up your email list. Not sure why you need an email list? This post explains why building up your email list early on is a MUST!
     
    Once you’ve written down your answers to the 5 questions above, writing your actual blog post will be a breeze! Take this post for an example; I created an outline in less than 5 minutes using these questions as a guide, and it only took another 20 minutes to actually type this all out.
     
    Once you factor in proofreading, creating images, and designing the perfect opt-in freebie to go along with it, this whole post took me about an hour to put together. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
     
    To sum it up, here are the main points I want you babes to take home with you today:
     
    The basic format of a killer blog post is as follows…
     
    1. Draw readers in with your introduction
    2. Answer their most pressing questions
    3. Choose a format that suits the content
    4. Re-state and emphasize your message at the end
    5. Provide extra value with bonus freebies
     
    And of course, I haven’t left you guys empty-handed! I’ve designed a workbook version of these 5 questions, along with some extra tips to keep in mind as you create your outline and write your blog post. Print off a few copies and keep them on hand for the next time you need to spin out a post in 30 minutes or less!
     
    Click here to download your free 30 Minute Content Creation Workbook!
     
     

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    • This post was amazing Krista. I blog while being a graduate assistant and graduate student so I get the struggle of having multiple hats and blogging too. I have always blogged as a side project. I love this post and I am definitely scheduling this to be pinned!

      • Thank you so much for your sweet words, Amanda! It’s so tricky to balance everything, but I like to think that it’s worth it in the end 🙂 Have a lovely day! x Krista

    • This is amazing! I can’t wait to download my workbook and start using this method with my new posts!

      • Thanks Brittany! I hope you love it and and I know you’ll find it super useful 🙂

        x Krista

    • McKinzie @Moms Make Cents

      Krista! This post is GOLD! I just pinned. Thank you for creating such a helpful post 🙂

      • Thanks McKinzie, I’m so glad you liked it! Hopefully this technique will be a big help for you when you’re writing your (already amazing) blog posts!

        x Krista

    • Kris

      This is a great post! I took notes and will be trying this method! Thanks!

      • Thanks Kris, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank for so much for stopping by and for your kind words. Best of luck!

        x K

    • Thanks for this post! I definitely feel the same way about blogging post-work. I’m still struggling to manage my time on weekends when I’m with my boyfriend and friends too. This definitely makes things easier though 🙂

      Anna // http://www.ventureandeat.com

      • Hi love! Yes, it’s such a struggle, hey? I hope this post and workbook helps you work faster, so you can find some balance! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

        x K

    • Momina Arif

      this post is great. i really like the added value part. i feel like my blog post really are missing that part

      • Thank you Momina, I’m so glad you found it helpful!

        People totally LOVE free stuff, so anytime you can think of a perfect added-bonus to go along with a blog post — go for it! I have lots of resources for creating awesome opt-in freebies, let me know if you’d be interested in those and I’ll send them your way! 🙂

        x Krista

    • This is so timely! I’m now practicing for faster blog writing. Thank you for your post!

      Looking for Dawn: http://www.lookingfordawn.com/

      • You are so welcome Shan Yi! Thanks for stopping by, and I really hope you get a lot of use out of these tips and the workbook 🙂

        x Krista

    • Thank you so much for sharing this post Krista! It was so helpful!

      • Of course, Chelsea! So so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

        x Krista

    • Ginger Harrington

      Crystal clear and uber helpful. Thanks!

    • This is so helpful!!! I am going to have to print the worksheet when I have access to a printer! I am so glad you shed light on how difficult it is to blog when you have a full time job! I work a 9 to 6 job and I find it so hard to switch off sometimes so this is useful! 🙂

      ~Crissy
      http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

      • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, babe <3

        Blogging as a side hustle is SO tough! If it makes you feel any better, now that I'm blogging full-time I have an EVEN HARDER time "switching off" in the evenings. The fun never ends! 😉

        Have a great day lovely, and thanks for stopping by!

        xo

    • Love this post, I actually found the tips here really helpful.
      Thanks 🙂

      Shachar

      • I’m so glad to hear that, Shachar! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

        xo Krista

    • Very understandable and valid information. Thank you

    • I’m loving this post and I just printing the workbook! I can’t wait to start ;)) Thank you so much, this is really helpful 😉

    • Shannon Vaughn

      Thank you for this! I printed the workbook and love your blog. I work full time and I’m struggling to get my blog posts done. 🙂
      ~Shannon
      Thecraftyopenroadgirl.com

    • Edward Larry

      Writing a Blog is what I need to do I’m interested in Online marketing

    • Laura Gomez

      Thank you! Thank you!
      Is helpful to have an outline of how to proceed, especially when I’m getting stuck on “yes, I want to write a post, but what the heck about?!”

      • Totally! I hope this will be really helpful for you, Laura 🙂

        Let me know if you have any questions!

    • Sheena

      Such a great post and very helpful information. I can’t wait to put this into practise for my new blog.

      • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind words and best of luck, love! <3

    • Shelly

      When I saw your blog post I thought to myself, “thank you, someone who actually understands the challenges of blogging when you work full time”. I have 3 kids and work from 7:30-5 with an hour commute each way. I spend almost every bit of free time working on my blog. I am going to apply your tips which will hopefully free up more of my time. I also noticed you have some courses available, I can’t wait to enroll.

      Childhoodremedies.com

      • Hahaha PREACH! When you’re that busy, it’s like your blog becomes this sneaky little side-hobby affair, and you squeeze it into every spare moment you can scrounge up.

        Thanks so much for reading Shelly, and I hope the workbook is super helpful for you! <3