Youve been there. So have I. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize you need a blog post written for today. And it should have been posted an hour ago.
Not only that, but you were just getting ready to head out for lunch, your stomach is growling, and you still have another enormous project to finish when you get back.
Dont stress. Here are five ways you can crank out that last minute blog post in 10 minutes or less.
1. Post a picture
Its not as lame as it sounds. Find a great picture that makes a statement. Maybe its a picture you took or maybe you grabbed it from a stock photography Web site. Either way, BAM! Youve got content.
But dont be that guy that posts a picture and makes that a post. Tell a story about the picture or make some witty commentary. Make it relevant to your audience. Itll be fine.
2. Make a list
Oh sure, many people bemoan the fact that Top 10 lists are tired and overdone.
But you know what? Readers still eat them up.
They get voted up on social voting sites and re-tweeted dozens of times on Twitter.
Why? Because they make for easy reading. Theyre skimmable.
When we have a million things crying out for our attention, its nice to know that this post isnt going to take too long to read if its only got five bullet points.
3. Start a poll
Heres a thought. Instead of trying to provide your readers with all the answers all the time, why not ask them what they think? Create a poll. Write a paragraph or two explaining the issue, and ask your readers what they think. If you can get them to start a debate in your comments section, thats even better!
4. Piggyback on another post youve written
Did you write a post a few weeks or a few months ago that could use an update? Make that update now as a separate post that links back to the original. (Note to self: you need to post the update on your blog comment spam post. It will only take 10 minutes!) Its a lot easier to comment on something without having to re-create the setup and background information. If you do this, you have to make sure youre adding value for your readers and not just rehashing the same old thing.
5. Piggyback on a post someone else has written
Ive done this several times, but not because I was under pressure to post something quickly.
Sometimes you read another bloggers post and you fire off a comment thats practically another post in and of itself. On occasion, Ive stopped myself from submitting the comment and instead copied and pasted the text into my blog. Its funny when you realize youve just written 400 words as a comment on someone elses post, and it only took you four minutes.
If something was that provocative, give that original post a link and turn your comment into your very own post. Its not cheating. Youre passing link juice to the original blogger and hopefully introducing your readers to a new conversation they may have otherwise missed out on.
In case you were wondering " yes, this was a last-minute post for me. Im a bit of a procrastinator sometimes, but I still met my deadline! But no, I didnt write it in under 10 minutes. Its not a perfect system, but it works in a pinch!
Christina Gleason is a writer, blogger, former Google Quality Rater, and Founder of Phenomenal Content LLC. She is currently accepting new clients for SEO content writing, blogging, and editing services.