10 Tips For Creating Remarkable Long-Form Content

When you write a blog your goal shouldn't be to plop out as much content as possible, but instead it should be to create powerful content that gives your readers knowledge every single time they check out a blog post. It can be difficult to write content, after all you may not even be sure you know 1,000+ words about a topic. Trust me, you do. I know you do, because I am able to write 1,000+ word articles every week and I am no expert (just a girl who loves to learn) so let's get started writing lengthy content by reading a lengthy piece about creating lengthy content. 😉

10 Tips For Creating Remarkable Long-Form Content | Creating valuable content that means something to your readers is so important if you want your content to stay relevant and be read by a larger audience. Creating lengthy content is important if you want your content to be suggested in search engines. Read my post for content tips.

1. Brainstorm (A Lot)

Brainstorming in a lot of ways is the best way to start thinking of new ideas. Especially when you are just starting the process of making lengthy content I would brainstorm at least once a week. Take some time (like ten minutes) to write out as many content ideas as you can think of. The more content possibilities you have, the better because you can pick and choose the best ones. It's hard to write lengthy content when you feel swamped by all the work to be done. There are a number of ways you can brainstorm content and I cover multiple ways in my e-guide 10 Ways To Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas so if you are struggling when it comes to brainstorming I have you covered. If you consistently use the tools and techniques in this e-guide I promise that you will never run out of content ideas.

Brainstorming has helped me tremendously when it comes to staying on top of all the blog writing I have been doing for this blog and my other blog The Happy Arkansan. Get out there and get inspired by the questions that you have, the questions your peers have, and the questions your ideal reader has.

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2. Get Comfortable With All The Various Ways You Can Share Content

So many people get so caught up in the content that they write that they don't consider what the true intent behind providing lengthy content is. The true intent is to provide valuable content. Some people talk a lot, but they don't say anything valuable. There are many ways to share content so that you create value for your readers that aren't straight 1,000+ words of dribble. Share content in whatever way feels more comfortable for you:

  • Stories: Some people are master storytellers and they are able to weave stories into their posts with precision. Reading their content never feels like work because they break it down and really share their heart on every post. Your post can be more loosely based around a story if that makes more sense for what you want to accomplish.
  • Listicles: I love listicles, in case you couldn't already tell since most of my blogs revolve around lists. In my opinion lists are really helpful because they help you stay on track and are easily outlined. If you are writing content in list form it can be quite difficult to go completely off the rails because your list can bring you back to reality.
  • Videos: If writing is not your thing you can really provide a lot of value through video. You can film a great video and then transcribe it yourself or pay someone to transcribe it for you. Once you have your transcription you can share your video along with the exact transcription (or a cleaned up version.) You can also just share a short synopsis of the video below it as video is inherently valuable.
  • Audio: If video is not your thing--try audio. You can do the same thing with an audio file as far as transcription or sharing a short synopsis of the audio below it on a post. Everyone loves a good podcast so if blogging is hard for you, feel comfortable with the fact that you could use your voice.

Also, there are so many speech to text things out there. Consider using something like Google Docs or Apple Pages to write while you talk. You can even dictation anywhere If you use Google Chrome. Just got to your main window bar choose Edit-->Start Dictation. It's a pretty nifty trick if you want to use text to speech directly in your blog.

3. Learn Something New Everyday

Consistent learning is very important as a blogger. You should strive to learn something new every single day so that you can create content that is valuable and helpful to your audience. There are so many sites out there that are helpful so that you can learn new content everyday. Some of my favorite sites include: Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Quora. 

Strive to learn something new every single day. This can be a post by one of your favorite bloggers, or a step-by-step tutorial to recreate, or even just a video on a topic that you're interested in blogging about. Vary of your learning style (especially if you aren't sure what you're learning style is.) It takes a while to understand if you should be reading, watching a video, or even doing the task that you want to write about. Once you figure out how you learn best then you can repeat that task over and over.

Getting exposed to a variety of content and a variety of information is so helpful no matter what your blog topic is about. Every time your are exposed to a new concept or thought you are one step closer to getting new inspiration for a blog post or learning about a concept or thought you want to try in your own life. Those experiences with learning will help you create new, fresh, and lengthy content for your readers.

4. Make Writing A Habit

Consistency is key when it comes to writing content. if you stop writing for any period of time (even if you are ahead of your blogging schedule) this can make blogging difficult to handle. So instead, make writing a habit. Even if you don't write a ton of content every single day--make it a habit.

Make a small writing goal

Whether that goal is 500 words written every single day or writing 20 minutes each day--make it a goal for every day.

A habit takes 21 days to form so my idea for you is to:

  1. Make an initial goal of 500 words of writing per day or 20 minutes of writing each day for 21 days. At the end of that time you will either have 10,500 words written or 7 hours of hours written. This is a small feat, but it's a start.
  2. After 21 days when you have formed this habit of writing every single day: re-evaluate. You don't have to be stuck at just writing 500 words a day or 20 minutes per day. Think about bumping it up to 600 words a day or 30 minutes of writing per day--form that habit for another 21 days.
  3. Keep increasing it every 21 days until you are at a comfortable pace for the amount of content you want to write on your blog each week.

If writing every single day is scary to you, consider a day of the week where you write a ton of content and make that day content writing day. For example, my content writing days are usually during the weekend. On Friday-Sunday I am usually pretty focused on writing a ton of content be it blog posts or newsletters. Have your content writing day(s) carved out of your week and keep them as consistent as possible week after week.

Once you start consistently writing your body will get used to writing consistently and you will churn out better content over time because your body will begin to adapt to what you expect of it. Just like you can get better at running by running--you can get better at writing by writing.

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5. Read What You Write Aloud

When I am writing content I usually write a rough draft of that content and share as much content as I can initially think of. One of my biggest tips for writing lengthy content is to read what you write aloud. This is great for a number of reasons:

  1. It helps you catch all those pesky spelling/grammar issues: No one wants to publish a post with a million typos. Reading your post aloud helps you catch spelling/grammar issues that your eyes may have gotten used to over time from scanning the article you are writing.
  2. It helps you add content: Often when I am reading a post out loud I get new ideas for things to write in my post. This can be so helpful as you are writing to get a new perspective because talking is a lot easier than writing. If you think back to being a child--children often know a lot about talking before they know how to get their feelings on paper. So talk out the various topics you are writing about to see if that gives you extra ideas. Then as you are reading your content aloud, edit your content to share those thoughts that you expressed verbally.

Often when we talk aloud we can create new understanding and find extra content nuggets to share because of that so give your content some new light to see what is hiding in the content you can create.

6. Get A Writing Accountability Buddy

Finding an accountability buddy can help you in so many aspects of your life--and especially in making sure that you are sitting down to write every single week. 

There are MANY ways you can get an accountability buddy:

  1. If you live in a big city you may be able to start a weekly meeting with other bloggers in your area where you come together at a local coffee shop or library to write content together each week. Share the goal you want to get accomplished for the writing session and get to work creating content (and sharing your progress as you go.)
  2. If you have an audience keep them updated with your progress via social media: This is a perfect way to use Instagram stories or to use Snapchat. Let your audience know that you are having a writing day and use that time to keep them updated throughout the day about your triumphs or failures as you write content for your blog. It is a way to get closer to your audience and also keep yourself motivated to get new stuff done.
  3. Have an online accountability buddy: There are so many Facebook groups out there that have "work with me" or collaboration threads. If you are looking for an accountability buddy post your message in one of those threads so you can begin to work with other bloggers every single week.

Get excited because you are well on your way to writing fresh, lengthy content weekly with the help of blogging friends or your audience on social media.

7. Take It Slow

Going from writing articles that are 300-500 words per article to writing posts that are 1,000+ words is difficult, don't push yourself too hard. Just like we discussed in the section on habits--it takes time to ramp up to writing 1,000+ word articles. So instead, make a schedule of content.

Start Where You Are

On average, how long is the content you are writing now? Think about that number, analyze your writing habits based on this post, and think about how comfortable you feel with that number.

Write More

For the next few blog posts you write experiment with writing 100-200 words more per article than you already write. Experiment with that number and really try to reach that number every single time you post for the next few weeks.

Evaluate Your last Few Posts & Up The Word Count

Once you have had a few weeks of writing more under your belt, evaluate a few things:

  1. How you felt as you were writing.
  2. If your audience had any increased interaction with the content.
  3. If you felt that the quality was great with your new posts

Then depending on where you are word count wise and the answers to your evaluations--consider adding an extra 100-200 words to your posts for a few weeks.

Rinse & Repeat Until You Feel Comfortable

Until you feel comfortable with the word count and your questions on the evaluations are still all positive results consider adding more words to your word count every few weeks. Then once you have gotten to a comfortable blogging level you can keep it consistent and write at that level.

8. Learn How Other People Write & Analyze Their Posts

If you have a favorite blogger--analyze the content they write and see how you can use their writing style. Obviously, you don't want to copy their style or rip off the content they produce, but look at a couple of things:

How do they structure their posts?

Especially if they create lengthy content--see how you can produce that kind of content too. What is the outline of their post? Do they open all posts in a certain way? Do they use listicles to teach? Are they storytellers? Do they start with a particular image? Do they use call to actions? What makes their content so special to you and to their other readers?

Once you understand how they structure your posts you can see how this might transfer to the content that you write each week.

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9. Bring Down The Content You Write Per Week

One 1,000+ plus article is going to be inherently more valuable than three 300 word articles. If you are writing short content many days a week, cut that down and promote the one post you write more.

If I wrote 5 days a week I would not be able to produce the quality content that I produce on a weekly basis. I would get tired and my content quality would suffer. Finding ways to cut back on the content you produce so that each post that you put out is quality will help you so much as a blogger.

You may not want to produce one 1,000+ word article--instead think about producing two 500-700 word articles each week. The most important thing to realize though is 1,000 words isn't as long as you think. This article is well over 1,000 words. I can usually reach my 1,000 word limit if I create a blog post that features an introduction, 5 supporting points with two paragraphs each, and a conclusion. If I do a listicle like this with 10 supporting points I am usually looking at an article that is 2,000+ words.

Writing once per week can be really helpful because you can spend all that time you will have not having to sit down and get in the mood to write three articles promoting your content. When I write content that is lengthy like this I feel so much more inclined and excited to share it as well.

10. Don't Wait Until The Last Minute To Write Your Post

Writing your content in advance is a great way to make sure you are motivated to write lengthy content. If you are always writing your content last minute it can be really difficult to write lengthy content. If you are sitting down on the day your post is due to write your post, you need to have a content plan that you stick with and follow through on.

When you wait until the last minute to write your paper you will settle for literally anything as long as it is done. If you want to create content that matters you have to give yourself time to create that content.

Consider batch writing your articles:

  1. Write up all your blog post outlines one day so that you know exactly what you will be talking about.
  2. Go in during one day and batch write all the content that you will be sharing. Use the Pomodoro Technique to stay motivated throughout your writing session and add in the breaks you need to stay sane.
  3. Edit your content and add in photos the next day.
  4. Schedule all the social media content around that article the day after that.

Have a content plan and write in advance so you can do more because you have more time. 


That's all for today y'all. I hope this post has helped y'all as you go through the process of writing lengthier blog content. Writing content takes time and energy, but if you follow these steps your content is sure to be amazing!