How to Save Time Blogging with Acronyms

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Blogging with acronyms saves you time and get you page views.How do you remember everything you have to do as a blogger?

Do you have cheat sheets? Words written on your hand like some of my middle schoolers?

Do you have post it-notes everywhere the eye can see?

Perhaps a Things To Do list is in Your Evernote app.

Wouldn’t it be great if remembering your blogging tasks was as easy as remembering one word?

If you blog with acronyms, it can be that easy–and that quick.

By using these tips, you will not only be a faster blogger but a more successful blogger.

According to Dictionary.com, an acronym is a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words.

If you could just remember one word, you will have a whole list of blogging tasks memorized.

According to a study CoSchedule conducted, lack of time is the biggest concern bloggers have.

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How many lists do you have?

One sample To Do List might contain Research, Write, Edit, Publish, Promote.  

If you blog with acronyms, you would only have to remember one word instead of five.

Use Acronyms to Help You Save Time Blogging

1. P.O.S.T.

POST is an acronym to help you remember your blogging tasks in addition to the action you take when publishing.

P – Purpose

You should know the purpose, or point of your article.  Your headline should make it clear what the reader will learn by reading your article.

Your introduction should explain the point even further than the headline.

O – Outline

List posts are the most successful blog posts in existence.  This is due to the haste with which people read blog posts.  Busy readers can just read the outline and not the details.  Make these steps or tips in bold to facilitate and expedite reading.

S – Scannable

By putting your main points in bold, in a numbered list, or a bulleted list, you will be formatting your post in such a way that the reader’s eye will be able to scan your article.

T – Teaser

Your teaser is your Call to Action.  You want your readers to take action at the end of your post. Tell them to share. Ask a question for them to answer in the comments section.

2. D.E.L.I.G.H.T.

D – Delight

Clearly, you want your posts to delight your readers so that they share your posts and become repeat visitors to your blog.

E – Educate

A good post will teach your reader to solve a problem.

L – Listen

One of the best ways to get ideas for new blog posts is by listening to your reader.  Blogging teacher Jon Morrow advises never to answer readers’ questions in the comments section.  Instead, answer their questions in entirely new blog posts.  The odds are if one person asks, other readers are curious too but aren’t asking.

I – Inspire

Negative posts do get shared, but positive, uplifting posts get shared more.  If you can inspire your readers, your posts will get shared and your readers will return to you.

G – Gain Trust

According to blogger Daniela Uslan, the most successful bloggers are the most trustworthy. Go over and above for your readers.  Blogging is about give and take relationships, reciprocity.

H – Help 

Your blog should help your readers.  I strongly believe you need a niche, a blogging category.  If readers need help in your area, they will read your articles.

T – Tantalize

If you use your best, most descriptive writing, your readers will feel tantalized.  Don’t our readers deserve the best writing we can give them?

3. S.H.I.N.E.

According to WritetoDone’s Mary Jaksch, SHINE is easy to remember and an effective way to write headlines.

S – Specificity
H – Helpfulness
I – Immediacy
N – Newsworthiness
E – Entertainment value

Mary offers an example that the SHINE acronym can be applied to:

 10 Funny Things (Entertainment) Research Revealed in 2014 (News) About Pregnancy (Specificity) That You Need to Know Today (Helpfulness and Immediacy) . 

4. B.O.R.E.D.

Bored may be a negative word, but it’s easy to remember and will provide you with an effective blogging checklist.

B – Being Creative

Bloggers should strive for creativity in their headlines and posts.  They say blogs that are entertaining are the most successful.  For help writing entertaining headlines that still make your point, try Portent.

O – Outline

Your outline should be written before you sit down to blog.  Then, blogging becomes a matter of filling in the details which is quicker than having to construct all your ideas in front of an empty computer screen. According to CoSchedule‘s Julie Neidlinger, it should only take ten minutes to craft a successful blog post outline.

R – Research

Readers need you to do the research for them.  That’s why they are reading your article.  It saves them the time it would have taken them to do the research themselves.

E – Eat Right

This could stand for Excercise or Eat Right.  The bottom line is even though you are taking care of your readers by empowering them and addressing their comments and concerns, you still need to take care of yourself.

D – Done Service

Write about your readers.  Use “You” in your headlines and your posts.  Your readers will feel that you care about helping them.

5. A.I.D.A.

Okay, AIDA is not an actual word, but it’s easier to remember than a four-item blogging checklist. According to Firepole Marketing‘s Danny Iny, AIDA is a famous copywriting technique.

A – Attention

Grab your readers’ attention by writing a catchy headline.

I – Interest

Develop their interest in your introduction.

D – Desire

Throughout your post, you should be developing their desire for whatever you want them to do. In most cases it will be to take the advice you gave them in the post.

A – Action

In the Call to Action, tell the reader to take that action. Do you want them to share your post? Take your advice? Fill in the comment box? Take a poll?

6. W.I.F.M.

What will the reader get out of reading your post? Successful posts contain tips or steps to solving a problem.

W – What’s

I – In it

F – For

M- Them

Incentives are often offered to new followers in addition to empowerment. Don’t feel like you have to self-host or deal with automatic downloads to offer incentives.  I offer three incentives to new followers that don’t involve automatic downloads.

7. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

R – Rest and Relax

Many bloggers take time away from sleeping to fit in all the blogging tasks.  Don’t forget rest and relaxation are important.

E – Eat Right

Take care of yourself! Your family needs you, your readers need you, you need you!

S – Smile

As explained above, upbeat, positive bloggers get their writing shared more often.

P – Portray the Positive 

According to research, inspirational posts get high page views and get shared on social media.

E – Enjoy

If you love blogging, you will find the joy.  That passion will come across to your readers.

C – Care for Others

Many bloggers become good friends. I know of a community of bloggers that felt so cared about by the admin blogger, they took up a collection and bought him a laptop when his broke.

T – Tell Yourself You Can Do This!

There is an expression, “Never let them see you sweat.” Confidence is half the battle.

 

Readers, before you go blog with acronyms, please share so others can read about ways to expedite blogging and be more successful at blogging all at the same time.

Which acronyms did you like the best?  Which do you think you might implement? I look forward to your views.

Related Posts:

17 Time-Saving Tips for People Who are Rushed

How to Blog and Easily Find Time to Sleep

Sources:

http://micheleborba.com/blog/stretching-student-empathy/

http://www.successwithjoan.com/how-to-write-more-compelling-copy/

FirepoleMarketing.com

http://simpleasthatblog.com/2014/05/battle-boredom-summer.html

http://danielauslan.com/how-to-delight-your-readers-with-every-blog-post/

http://writetodone.com/write-headlines/

http://48days.net/group/48-days-net-weekly-brainstorming-sessions/forum/topics/12-9-14-interview-with-jonathan-milligan-finding-income-around-bl

      • Melinda

        Well, I should have said they don’t. They worked well for my party planning post. But usually, my style doesn’t mesh well with lists.

  1. Cathy Chester

    I try to use bullet points whenever I can. It helps people follow what I am trying to write about.

    I like the point about addressing comments in a post because odds are more people are interested in that point. As always great ideas!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Cathy,
      Great to see you. Thank you for your visit and your comments. It’s great being able to see everyone’s comments. Melinda, right before you, said bullets don’t work for her. Yet, you and I like them. I agree they format the content for the reader.
      I have written posts addressing comments four times when the comments were on my blog, other times from reading comments on others’ blogs. I don’t always have to think up new ideas that way. Thanks again for dropping by.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Monique,
      Thank you so much. I saw you recently around the blogosphere although I can’t remember where. Thanks for coming by on Saturday.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Me too. I would love your follow. Where did you find my blog? I like to know which of my promotion techniques are working, LOL. Thanks.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Thankk you so much for the kind words. I love your name–phdinme–where did you find my blog?
      Janice

  2. Anita Utami

    This is a wonderful post! These acronyms will definitely help with my writing productivity. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anita,
      Nice to meet you. I’d love to know where you found my blog. I like to know which promotional tips are working!
      Thank you for the compliments on my article. The acronyms can help with productivity and effectiveness.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Dear Anita,
      I wanted you to know I did try to visit your blog, but when I clicked your link, I got code.
      Janice

  3. Helen Fern

    Great information! Visiting from the blog boosters party – but I’ll be back

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Helen,
      Thank you for your kind words. I will look forward to your return visit.
      Janice

  4. Terri Webster Schrandt

    I like acronyms, must be the former government worker in me! Right now I’m reading this at 10:45pm on sunday night (been a busy weekend) so the only acronym I can think of right now is B.E.D. I shall get back to this post later and check it out. I’ll pin it for now! Excellent advice as usual, Janice!

    • Janice Wald

      I’m in CA with you! Thanks for staying up for me. Thanks for the compliment. Your acronym was funny. Good night.

  5. Kathleen

    What a cool idea, those acronyms are a great way to remember and a check that every thing is covered before clicking the publish button. I would like to live up to the RESPECT one 🙂
    Thanks for another quality post to Fridays Blog Booster Party #26

    • Janice Wald

      HI Kathleen!
      How great to hear from you. Thank you for the kind words about my post. It’s been great getting to know you better these last few weeks.
      Janice

  6. tiffani

    I really like the acronyms you provided….such a great post! The POST method is a what will work for me, although I really liked the variation of the other methods. I’m always trying to look for an easy way to pull things together without working on a post for an entire week. Great material! Thank you for linking up with Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  7. Michele

    AIDA is all time favorite Broadway musical, so I can remember that one! Acronyms are helpful- there is too much to do and keep track of.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Michele,
      Thanks for coming by today. I had forgotten that AIDA was a show. An opera? I am a Broadwaymusical fanatic but I am not familiar with that one. Thanks for the advice for other readers to help them remember that.
      Janice

  8. Debbie Thompson

    These are great ideas! I’m very new to blogging so I’m in the trial and error stage. I can’t believe how much there is to learn. I’ve gone back and changed some blog titles and I’m trying to hone my in on what my niche is. I agree about posts being scannable with bullet points because that’s how I read a lot of blogs.

    Thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debbie,
      I visited your site but could’t figure out how to make a comment. You commented that you are new to blogging. I brought you a link. The article is about how to find and maintain a blogging niche since you are still working on that. What do you think of Weebly? Why did you choose it instead of WordPress?
      I am trying to expand my following. I help new bloggers at my site, and there are free incentives for signing up as well. Here is the link:
      https://mostlyblogging.com/how-to-create-better-blog-content-that-will-bring-you-an-enormous-audience/
      Nice to meet you today.
      Janice

  9. Paua R.

    I think you’re spot on with your statement “lack of time is the biggest concern bloggers have.”. I actually think that’s one of the biggest issues all people have so anything we, as bloggers can to to help solve that problem is a win. Great acronyms, one and all! ~Paula R. 🙂 #BlogShareLearn

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Paula,,, Thank you for the kind words about my post. I consistently do what I can to reduce the time it spends to do blogging-related tasks by writing articles offering tips about it.
      Janice

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  11. Jack V

    This was genuinely helpful. Not at all spammy like I anticipated it to be. Thank you for the advice 🙂

  12. Kim Hilbert

    This post really made me think about my blog. I’m on the fence about keeping it or not, and this may help focus me.

    By the way, AIDA is a word. In cross-stitch you use aida cloth.

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  14. Judy

    These are great tips, I will have to try writing more of the list type posts! 🙂

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