Writing as Another Muscle You Develop – An Example Routine

Good post from David Cummings on how to consitently write a blog. He does a new post every single day. I like the suggestion about “time boxing”. That’s something I need to do a better job at. My blogs usually take about 2 hours of writing and editing time.

David Cummings on Startups

One of the more popular questions I get is “How do you write a blog post everyday?” I think the “why” question is more interesting, but the “how” comes up more often. Here’s my routine:

  • Keep a list of possible topics on my iPhone (I usually add 1-2 topics per day)
  • Major news or announcements immediately become top priority (like Salesforce.com buying ExactTarget/Pardot)
  • Review the list of potential topics and take the one that is most interesting (weekends are toughest since professional conversations are where most of my ideas come from)
  • Time box the writing of the post to 25 minutes — crank it all out and let it marinate a bit
  • If traveling, write a few posts in advance, otherwise write each post on the day it’s published
  • Find a rhythm and stick to it (my original goal was to write one post a week and I found…

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