Do you think writing a blog post is easy? I admit I am not sure which is harder, figuring out how to start a blog post or write a blog post. Sort of a chicken or egg type of problem.
Especially when writing a blog post that answers a specific problem.
I think one of our greatest challenges as a blogger is to create a blog post that is great enough to catch your attention. The problem is not that it is easy to create a “good enough” post, publish, and forget about it.
Especially if you started blogging to become the go-to solution for everyone. I think the problem is that it is harder to go from “good enough” to “great enough”.
I tried this advice and that advice. The end result was always the same.
I keep feeling like I am getting nowhere with my blog posts. Are you having this problem, too?
Stop crashing into your blogger’s block.
There is a particular statement I would like to point out from Wikipedia regarding the notorious writer’s block.
The pressure to produce work may in itself contribute to writer’s block, especially if they are compelled to work in ways that are against their natural inclination (i.e. with a deadline or an unsuitable style or genre).
It makes sense when you look at it from a blogger’s perspective.
In a sense, the ultimate pressure is to rank among the top 5 search results for any given keyword. After all, when you use a search engine, you are basically asking a question. For example, you are here because you have a question about how to start a blog post with an easy template.
The problem with Blogger’s Block
I could be wrong here but I suspect the problem is because there’s more to starting a blog post than there is to write. For example, you have to deal with creating an awesome headline, finding a keyword, deciding what kind of a post (how-to, opinion, etc…), and more.
The list for blogging is longer than the list for writing.
Whenever I run into a problem, I stop to think for a moment, what is causing the problem? That’s it. Nothing else matters.
Well, everything else does matter but what’s the problem? In this case, the problem is how to start a blog post with an easy, free, and awesome template.
Exactly “how” is a good question to ask.
That’s why there are hundreds if not thousands of solutions available. It seems that part of the problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect solution. It appears there are three types of solutions.
- The wasted solution.
- The mediocre solution
- The perfect solution.
The wasted solution may have been good enough to start with but obviously ended up in the trash bin because you wanted something better.
The mediocre solution is that “something better” solution for your needs. It’s good enough but better. However, it’s never going to be perfect enough.
The perfect solution is the one that you love and decided there’s no better solution than this. Your perfect solution is your great solution.
The Great “How” Solution
Did you notice that all of these solutions start with the same solution?
The same solution being “start with a master template”. A master template provides a starting point for which all of these solutions strive for that great solution.
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Okay, before we dive into how you can create your master template, take a quick look at why you should start a blog post with a master template. You will notice I have three templates in this image.
Three Great Reasons “Why”
I think you can agree these three reasons are great enough.
- Deliver consistent results each time.
- Become more efficient (save time/money in the process).
- Your master template is free because all great ideas are free.
If there are more reasons why you think a master blog post template is a great idea, I encourage you to share them in the comments at the end of this post.
As a blogger, it can be easy to get caught up in the competition with thousands of bloggers already out there and more new ones showing up every day. It is great to have competition because it gives you the opportunity to look at the problem and ask yourself, how can I do this better?
But let me stop you here for a moment.
I don’t want you to do better. I want you to do great.
That’s the key to creating a product that your users will decide for themselves that your perfect solution is the greatest solution ever. Yes, there are thousands if not millions of other solutions out there. As I mentioned before, some are wasted, and some are good enough.
If these solutions were great enough, you wouldn’t be reading this.
Your great solution fits your users.
It is not that these solutions are wrong. Their solution fits their users. It is simply that their solutions are not great enough for your users.
Once I figured this out, I created my own master template with what worked for me. When I was done, my blogging life magically transformed from a sense of despair to an awesome productive environment.
You can do the same too.
How to create your master template
All you have to do is use whatever you like the best as long as you can make a copy where you can fill in the “blanks” over and over.
Some people like to use their favorite word processors such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Apple Pages. Hell, some people do this the old-fashioned way with a paper, pencil, and an eraser.
You can even create one in your blog publishing platform, copy and paste it every time you create a new post. (Some people might disagree on this method which is okay. I’ll explain why in a few seconds.)
It does not matter how you create your master template as long as your solution is great.
Personally, I use a combination of a local WordPress site and Notes (Apple). The local WordPress site is on my MacBook and does not require an Internet connection. The Notes is an Apple feature that allows you to synchronize between your Apple devices.
All of these tools I use are free and easy to use. Well, not exactly free because a Macbook and iPhone cost money. But they are free features that come with the two products that allow me to start a blog post with a master template I can copy and paste over and over.
You might even have these tools already and not realize it.
- If you do not have the tools, then find the tools that you want to use.
- If you do have the tools but you do not have a template, then create one to start with.
It’s just a matter of assessing what you do have and what you do not have that you can use over and over for free. It’s simply a logical process of trial and error to avoid wasted solutions and decide whether there is a better one or if you have a great one.
What To Put On Your Master Template
All master template starts with a blank page.
Instead of filling in the “blanks”, create placeholders.
A placeholder is an area where you can position what needs to be done. To tell you the truth, your placeholders will depend on you. Just make sure they are great placeholders.
For example, on my master template, I have specific placeholders that work great for me. You may notice many successful bloggers using similar placeholders. You might decide you need more placeholders or even less.
Structure your placeholders in a way that gets the ball rolling.
Regardless of how you set up your master template, it should be in an order that will speed up your productivity. Eventually, you will be able to fine-tune your master template as you figure out what works for you.
Mine are structured in a logical order that I adjust over time as I gain more experience. Others may structure their placeholders in a different order that is more logical for them. That’s okay.
In a sense, a template is a “drag and drop” structure.
The ultimate goal of your master blog post template should make you more efficient and productive.
Great! I have a master template. Now, what?
Now you can copy your master template and use it to start a blog post with.
Is that not the reason why you are reading this? How to start a blog post with a free, easy, & great template and boost productivity? Granted, there are a lot more things to do as a blogger but you are now off to a good start.
- Test your master template out.
- Write a few drafts using your child templates.
- Figure out which templates works great.
- Set aside the templates that does work great.
- Continue working with the templates that works great.
- Publish your results (your posts).
- Get feedback from your users on what works great for them.
- Use feedback to audit and analyze your template to make it greater.
Odds are likely the ones you are using that get the job done for you are what your users are looking for. A free, easy, and great template they can use as well.
There are only great solutions.
Remember, there’s no such thing as a perfect solution.
But there are great solutions out there somewhere. It’s a simple matter of finding that great solution that your users are looking for.
For example, I remember when Post-Its came out and caught fire. The times have changed. Does that mean Post-Its are still a great solution?
Only your users can tell you if it is a great solution or not.
Any questions or concerns? Leave a comment and let me know. Maybe we can solve your problem together. After all, great minds think alike.
Before you go, I’m curious to find out from you what kind of blog post template you are looking for.