In my last post, I talked about how to find writing ideas using your web analytics package. Here’s a simple technique I used in Firefox, with the Performancing for Firefox extension, to set up several posts and increase my productivity.
Step 1: In your blog’s web analytics reports, find the one that shows the top search terms used to come to your site.
Step 2: Open up the PFF pane and make sure you don’t have a draft open.
Step 3: Highlight an interesting search word or phrase and drag it with your mouse into the “Title” field of PFF.
Step 4: Save the “stub” either by using CTRL-S or the “Save as Note” button.
Step 5: Now “Clear Content” and repeat steps 1-4 for the next search term that interests you.
I used this technique the last three days to drive up my productivity level – to as high as 14 posts (yesterday), over 4-6 blogs. What happens is that by building a collection of post stubs with suitable titles, you prep the background processes of your mind. You tell it that you are planning to write these articles, and your subconcious takes over for your conscious mind.
If you use this technique often enough, and are clear on what you are writing about, it organizes your thoughts. Sometimes, you might even see an article in your head. Articles may appear to you immediately, or they may take a few days.
It has worked for me. I used this technique (without the PFF of course 🙂 about 4 years ago to produce ideas for 100 short stories, and 40 or 50 completed stories, in about a month, as well 900 pages of content for a computer programming book in 3 months, including editing.
It works, when I remember to use it. And with PFF, I’ve successfully used it for blogging. Provided you have a web analytics package, this is an effective way to drive up your blogging productivity while actually maintaining writing quality.