Note, “the best time to write blog posts” and not “the best time to publish blog posts”. If you want to learn when the best time is to publish your blog posts, check out this in-depth post over on CoSchedule.
I think writing content for your blog is a very personal thing to do. You set the time aside to write, you turn off notifications on all your devices, you switch your phone over to answerphone, you draw the curtains and lock the doors, so that you hopefully won’t be distracted when you are in writing mode.
But really… When is it actually a good time to write your blog posts?
There is no definitive answer to that question I’m afraid, however let me share with you some of my personal blog writing experiences, which has helped me to work out exactly when it’s a good time to write blog posts.Here are 5 best times to write your blog posts #BlogWritingClick To Tweet
1. I write only when I’m not going to be distracted by anything
We all live busy lives, I appreciate that really I do. I work from home and have my own office space, yet I’m still able to become distracted when I’m working.
I’m usually distracted by my family. It’s not a bad thing, but it usually means I can’t get much writing done when the family is at home.
I can do other online business things and blogging duties, but definitely not writing. Writing requires my total focus and undivided attention.
I do most of my blog writing when the house is quite. So for me that’s usually the days when my kids are at school, and my partner is at work (like right now, it’s 9:38am and I’m writing this post).
I have 5 days a week and 7 solid hours each day to make use of, so that’s plenty of writing time for me I’d say.
The point I’m trying to make here is this. If it’s at all possible on your end, avoid writing blog posts when you have too many distractions going on.
If you’re going to be interrupted quite a few times when writing, your concentration and focus will be affected greatly, resulting in a bad writing experience, furthermore resulting in a poorly written piece of content even.
If your distractions can be removed, such as simply switching off the television or radio, then that’s fine. If you have a family on the other hand, it might be best to wait until it’s quite to write your blog posts, when ever that might be. Or to go to a place where it is quite and where you will not have too many distractions.
My favourite tool for distraction free writing right now is the Byword Application for Mac.
2. I write only when I’m fresh and alert, not when I’m mentally drained or tired
Again, we all live busy lives. Some of us work full time jobs, or go to college or what ever. We get tired and often after a long day of being busy, we’re not going to feel much like writing anything as bloggers.
I hate writing anything when I’m tired. If I’m going to write content for a new blog post, it usually happens during the morning.
After I’ve dropped the kids off to school, and I’ve had a good breakfast and some serious coffee fix, I’m ready to start putting words on the screen.
I avoid writing in the afternoons, or the evenings even, because by which then my concentration isn’t as high.
Once again, I appreciate that you might not be able to write your post when ever you feel fresh and alert, because you might have other commitments going in your life, such as work or college.
The key is however, to find the best alternative time in your busy life that you can use to write blog content, when you’re not feeling overly tired or drained.
3. I write only when I’ve have done my research and homework first
Think about it, what are you going to write about if you haven’t got a clue about the topic you want to write about?
From personal experience, I’ve found that it’s best to not write a single word, until you’ve done your homework first.
That means learning and researching, gathering information, resources and everything else to help you write a really great post.
I get it, you really want to start writing about a hot topic that’s the rage right now. But instead of just adding to the noise, you could really make your post the one that truly stands out above the rest.
If at all possible on your end, don’t write until you’ve done your homework first.
Also, trying to write about a topic and learn about it at the same time, will only take up an immense amount of your time, resource and energy, as well as frustrate the living crap out of you.
It’s best to learn first, research, digest, then come back in a day or so to write your epic post, uninterrupted of course.
My published blog posts are well spaced, like 8+ days between each publication dates. I have plenty of time to do research before I start writing anything. That works great for me, so figure out what works for you too and stick to it.
Here’s a list of some tools and resources I use to help me do research.
4. I write only when I’m feeling 100% motivated and inspired
Don’t just write for the sake of writing, that’s NOT what blogging is truly about. If you’re really not feeling the vibe for writing your blog post, don’t bother writing, seriously, just go and do something else entirely.
Check out this post to read my story, and learn exactly what I mean by this.
Also, check out my Get Motivated eBook for Bloggers here. You’ll love it!
5. I write only when I have something useful to share with my audience, and the world at large
Again, don’t just write for the sake of writing, just because you have set yourself a schedule, and you have to get something out on your blog. Write when you have something valuable to share with your community. Something useful, compelling, thought provoking, entertaining and all the rest of it.
You should avoid trying to sound like a “broken record”, by that I mean writing and publishing crappy content that’s already been washed and hung out to dry a million times before.
If you’re going to share something with your audience, make sure it’s something that’s going to get them thinking, commenting, sharing, as well as take action on and help them in some way or form.
Your topic doesn’t have to be unique in anyway, it just needs to offer something different.
Often I’ve found a great topic to write about, something that I think could really be useful for my readers, and often I’ve not bothered writing about it.
Because usually if I can’t add a new dimension, or add some new perspective to that topic, it’s really pointless me writing about something that’s already been said over and over again.
You could use this very topic I’m writing about right now as example, as “when is it a good time to write blog posts”. Surely there’s a dozen or so articles on the subject on Google right now?
Maybe so, but I’m not just giving you any old crappy generic tips, I’m sharing with you my personal experiences, as to what I’ve found has worked for me, my perspective and thoughts on when to write as well, etc.
My final words of wisdom
Again there isn’t a definitive answer as to when is a good time to write blog posts. It greatly depends on many criteria’s and elements.
You can go right ahead and create a blogging schedule by all means, but at the end of the day, if you don’t feel like writing, or you don’t have a topic that’s worth writing about. Or if you can’t put aside the time to write blog posts or perhaps you’re feeling tired, then what good is a blogging schedule?
Figuring out the best time to write content for your blog comes with experience and trial and error.
The best of luck!
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