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When producing blog posts, even when it is only a few paragraphs, takes me a long time. Most of my time seems to be spent converting my ideas into writing. It is really hard to write something that "sounds right". How can I speed this up without affecting the quality of my blog post?

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wait, what is slowing you down. Can you be a bit more specific? –  Christofian Jun 28 '11 at 16:06
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Typing speed? Writer's block? Fleshing out ideas? Spelling errors? You may want to state more specifically what problem you are trying to solve so uses aren't guessing how they can help. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 28 '11 at 16:10
    
@Robert, @Christian: I find it very hard to write something that "sounds right" - I usually spent a lot of time editing before I finally consider it good enough to release –  Casebash Jun 28 '11 at 22:07
    
Two things -- Add that info to your question (above) and try to be more specific. Your post is about to be voted closed as "not a real question." And (2), you may want to ask some specific "helping me get it to sound right" questions on writers.stackexchange.com. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 28 '11 at 23:21
    
What are the first things I should do with an idea? seems a good place to start, also check out How to craft a blog post? 10 crucial points to pause. Personal Productivity isn't specialized in Writing or Blogging, I would suggest that you create a new question on Writers with slightly more details or an example. –  Tom Wijsman Jun 29 '11 at 12:18
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Write out the main ideas first to build the skeleton for the post. Then continue adding the 'meat' for each idea and finish up with a nice title.

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You can try a keyboard lay-out that's optimized for faster typing with more accuracy using less energy.

The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard claims to use less finger motion, increases typing rate, and reduces errors compared to the standard QWERTY keyboard. Be sure to read through the Wikipedia article, as well as the DVZine which takes a fine to read comic approach to explaining Dvorak...

Other keyboard lay-outs include Colemak and other fully optimized lay-outs using statistics, but the problem with these is that they aren't as general available as Dvorak and thus you need to create your own lay-out. As where Dvorak is listed under United States on Windows and can be load using loadkeys dvorak on Unix systems and setxkbmap dvorak on Linux systems. This is why I personally stay with Dvorak...

Check this online keyboard anaylyzer if you want to compare characteristics of the different lay-outs.

Warning: Switching to a different lay-out will decrease you speed for some months depending on how much you write on a daily basis, up to a point where it will excel the speed of QWERTY. I've been a Dvorak typist for three years and don't need to think about it anymore.

Another warning: You will unlearn QWERTY; it would be a pain for me to type this answer in QWERTY...

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The time spent writing is generally only a small portion of the whole. If I wanted to increase my typing speed, I think that rather than switching to another layout, I would just practice more at QWERTY and learn to spell better –  Casebash Jun 28 '11 at 13:45
    
@Casebash: Your question explicitly states writing. It's in the inherent nature of QWERTY to slow you down. –  Tom Wijsman Jun 28 '11 at 13:51
    
This would be great... if it wasn't the fact that I'd have to learn a whole new keyboard layout... I don't know how long that'd take me. –  KronoS Jun 28 '11 at 19:59
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Write notes while you are thinking about what to include in the blog post. Then when you come to write it you have most of the text already.

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