Being exhausted from lack of sleep is no reason to skimp on a great headline for your blog post. In fact, you might just do a better job because you’re exhausted.
I’m working off 2-4 hours of sleep per night. You can thank baby Quinn for that. And it’s definitely affecting the quantity of my writing. But I’m trying desperately to make sure it doesn’t impact the quality.
And that means pumping out killer headlines as often as possible.
There are no excuses! Is your head constantly hitting the keyboard as you pass out? Do your fingers feel like they’re made of lead? Did you just wake up with drool rolling down your chin? I know exactly how you feel, but you won’t be getting much sympathy from me. If you’re going to blog through your exhaustion, then here are some tips for writing great headlines:
- From Top 10 to Top 5. We all know how powerful the “Top 10” post can be, and the resulting headline. But you’re presently propping your eyelids open with toothpicks to stay awake, so feel free to cut your Top 10 down to Top 5.
- Be Braver. Some of your normal behavioral and judgment filters are likely shot. You’re too tired to care if you’re being politically correct or completely covering your arse. And that’s the perfect time to write a great headline. Go for a little more controversy. Pick more actionable, aggressive words that will inspire people to read and comment on your blog post.
- Spend More Time. Fact is, you’ll need to spend a bit more time reviewing and editing your headline to try and perfect it. This is a bit of a caveat to point #2 above, because you can’t over think it. You never should (no matter the circumstances), and now, you’re so tired you just can’t over think. It’s mentally and physically impossible. You might fall over from the exertion. But you should take a bit more time to re-read what you’ve written; at least to ensure it makes some sense.
- Use Available Tools. Now is not the time to be a hero. When you’re trying to think of another word for “good” and your brain is saying “zzzz…” check out the thesaurus. Develop habits for helping yourself write so you can rely on those when the prospect of having to really think is like fireworks inside your skull.
- Stick to the Classics. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel. You’re so tired you’ll be lucky if you remember what a wheel actually looks like. The classics of great headline writing are there for a reason; they work and you should use them. My personal favorites:
- The Top 5 Ways To…
- 10 Essential…
- See How Easily You Can…
- The Secret To…
- How To … In 6 Easy Steps
There are plenty of others; well-written, engaging and catchy headlines that work. Use them.
You’re tired. I know. Completely wiped out. I hear ya. So exhausted that you’ve fallen asleep in the middle of conversations with people. Totally with you.
But you’re still publishing your blog. Through thick and thin, no matter the obstacle, you’re publishing blog posts. That’s great! I applaud you. But now is not the time to let your headlines slip. You might ramble a bit longer due to your tiredness, but your headlines need to be as precise and perfect as possible.
Stay focused on them. Let loose a bit. Be more controversial. Stand out. But re-read ’em before publishing, and stick to the classics.