How to write a great article in less than 30 mins + Post Ideas

We all face difficulties in expressing our thoughts. Here are a few pointers which will help a person to write great articles in just 30 mins.

Step 1: Define the headline

When you write the articles ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. Are you saying something new?
  2. Are you saying something old but in a new way?
  3. Are you saying something which will help others to save time, money or effort?

If any of the answer is yes, then you got a nice topic. Next you need to define the headline. Few good characteristics of a good headline are as follows:

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Step 2: Write the subheads

After the headline is defined, write clearly the sub-heads of your blog. As an example for "5 easy ways for CISO to build a brand", the subheads are the ones which are marked in bold. In this blog the subheads are: Step 1: Define the headline; Step 2: Write the subheads etc

It is important that subheads are short and precise.


Step 3: Add content. (Short and sweet)

You can now write the introduction and the explanation for each of the subhead. You can also add some concluding remarks if essentials. The most important point is that people are busy, so shorter the better.


Few secrets to write blogs quickly

  1. Re-use what you wrote earlier in various forms like ppt, research papers etc
  2. Choose a topic about which you know well and not the ones that need research
  3. Tell something that you experienced personally
  4. Think for a few days during leisure and write during the weekend (or whenever you get time).


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Post Topic Ideas:

Example Post Topics (using below "topic" & "sub-topic help text"):

  • How should  a CISO choose technology & Solutions for SIEM?
  • Top Resources for End Point Security
  • What are the decision parameters / tips for choosing vendor in CASB
  • Top 5 steps during the implementation of Deception Project
  • Vendor Evaluation Checklist for Third Party Vendor Risk
  • Which are the key drivers for adoption of DLP
  • Compliance, regulations or standards that make TPRM mandatory
  • Best Practices for IDS/IPS
  • Current/Future trends in market for Application Security
  • Which Cloud Security solution should you adopt and how should  a CISO choose?

Topic Domains:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Application/Database Security
  • BYOD Security
  • Cloud Security
  • CASB
  • DLP/Data Security
  • DDOS / DOS Security
  • Deception
  • Encryption for Servers/Storage/Database
  • End Point Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • IT GRC Management tools
  • Machine Learning & IOT
  • Shadow IT & Digital Footprint
  • Secure email/Web Gateway, Content Filtering/UTM
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Security Testing /Audit
  • Strong Authentication
  • Third Party Risk Management (TPRM)
  • & more

Sub Topics & Help Text (for each "topic domain" above):

Sub Topic

Help Text

Introduction Brief description of the domain. Why do you need this solution? Which type of organization needs such solution? Which are the key drivers for adoption? Are there any compliance, regulations or standards that makes the solution mandatory?

Technology & Solutions

What technologies / solutions are available ? , Pros - Cons for each technology /  Solutions , Which technology / solution should you adopt and how should  a CISO choose?

Market Scenario & Future Trend

  Market Landscape / Forecast , Current/Future trends in market.

How to choose a vendor?  How to define your requirement ? , What are the decision parameters / tips for    choosing vendor ? , Questions to ask vendor for evaluating the offering/Vendor    Evaluation Checklist , Top mistakes to avoid while    selecting a vendor ?

Implementation Guidelines

 How to implement ? Top 5 steps during the implementation of the project ? ,  What measures to be taken before and after implementation ? ,What are the    challenges in integrating with existing information   systems ? , Best practices for  implementation .

Case Study

Descriptive analysis of end to end solution implemented. (Company Background | Business Challenges | Attempt and Failures | How Solution was chosen ? | How was problem solved ? | Results ) .

Top resources

  Books, Top Online Resources, Forums / Communities.


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