One of the secrets to successful blogging is learning to write a quick blog post.
Many therapists tell me that they struggle with blogging because it takes a long time to write a post. We’re all busy and it’s easy for a non-essential task like blogging to fall to the bottom of your to-do list. Using some quick blog post ideas can be a game changer.
Blogging doesn’t have to take a long time!
You can speed up your writing by remembering this tips:
Practice, practice, practice. The more writing and blogging you do, the faster you’ll get.
Not every post has to be a masterpiece. I like to write a mix of more complicated, thought-provoking posts and some quick and easy posts.
Remember that what is simple and obvious to you, isn’t simple and obvious to the general public. You have expertise and training that most people don’t. Since you’re thinking about CBT and trauma-informed care all the time, it’s easy to forget that your common knowledge is information that people really need.
So, there’s definitely a place on everyone’s blog for some quick and easy blog posts.
9 Quick Blog Post Ideas:
1. A round-up
To create a round-up blog post, all you need to do is gather up a bunch of related blog posts. If you’ve written six or so blog posts on depression, you can put them together along with a brief description and some images and you’ve created a new blog post in no time! If you don’t have a lot of your own content (or just want to share some other quality content), you can link to blog posts on other websites (Just be sure your links open in a new window. You don’t want your readers leaving your site halfway through your post.). Here’s an example of a round-up type post that I wrote: The 6 Most Popular Perfectionism Posts from Happily Imperfect.
2. Favorite quotes
People love inspirational quotes! And they love them even more if you put them on a pretty image to share on social media. You can write a fast blog post by compiling a handful of your favorite quotes. You can write a couple of sentence about why you like the quote – or not. I’ve written several of these types of posts and they’re surprisingly popular. The most time consuming part is making the images on Canva, but it’s great to do when your brain is tired. This post of quotes about healthy boundaries was quite popular: Quotes to Inspire Healthy Boundaries.
3. A resource guide or list of favorite books, podcasts, or apps
Another quick blog post idea is to create a list or resource guide of books, podcasts, or other resources that your clients and readers may benefit from. This is usually easy to put together because chances are you already have a running list of favorite resources that you recommend to your clients. This post showcases some of the books I love: Book Recommendations from a Therapist.
4. Answer a reader question
When you’re not sure what to write about, listen to your readers – they’re always right! Take a question from your therapy clients, Facebook page, or blog comments and turn it into a quick blog post. After I wrote a couple posts about setting boundaries, a reader commented that she really needed help with people who continued to violate her boundaries despite her efforts. That’s how this post was born: How to Deal with People who Repeatedly Violate Your Boundaries.
5. A movie review
Movies often have powerful messages, life lessons, and stories of people overcoming adversity. It’s great material for a blog post. Last year I took my son to see The Peanuts Movie and its theme was a great fit for my blog: You’re Not an Insecure Wishy-Washy Failure.
6. A book review
Have you read a self-help or psychology book lately that your readers might like to know about? Write a review and presto, you’ve got a quick blog post. Here’s an example of a book review post: Book Review: 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise.
7. Use a video as inspiration
Ted Talks are an amazing source for blogging material. You can find other great stuff on YouTube, but I recommend Ted Talks because they’re given by reputable sources on cutting edge ideas pertaining to psychology, education, human behavior, brain science, and other significant topics. You can insert the video into your post as I did here or simply reference it with a link: The Best Way to Beat Burnout and Get Your Groove Back.
8. Three tips
You can come up with three tips on almost anything related to mental health.
3 Tips for Managing Depression
3 Tips for Living Mindfully
3 Tips for Dealing with an Acting Out Teenager
3 Tips for Beating Holiday Stress
3 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage
You get the idea. You can literally crank out these simple, quick posts. And don’t negate the value of simple and quick; many people love a post that they can read in a minute and get three great take aways. Here’s one of my three tip posts: 3 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism and Accepting Yourself.
9. Tell an inspirational story
Pull a story out of your own vault and share it with your readers. It doesn’t have to be overly personal or even Earth shattering — perhaps it was the time your toddler had a total meltdown in the grocery store or the time your Grandma dyed her hair pink. These stories might inspire, support, or illustrate a point for your readers. I wrote this post after a very disappointing hike: The Steepest Hike: How Struggle Can Bring Us Together.
There you have it – 9 quick blog post ideas that therapists can use to jump start their blog and private practice. I hope you’ll use one to get a quick blog post written this week.
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