How to write your first blog post

How to write your first blog post

So you’ve finally created your blog. You’ve decided on matters like a domain, web hosting provider and theme or template. Your blog has a topic, a name, an URL and a good design. Now it’s time to fill in all that blank space with some blog posts!

Deciding how to start off a new blog can be a daunting task. You want to impress the world with your new creation and get things off to a roaring start. How do you accomplish this? In this article we’ll be sharing some tips for writing your first blog post. Of course, many of these ideas also apply to subsequent posts as well!

First blog post

Good topics for your first post

First of all, you don’t have to spend hours or even days planning your first blog post. Even though deciding what to write about might seem like a momentous issue, what’s really important is to get started.

You may want to use your first post to introduce yourself to your audience. On the other hand, some bloggers use an “About page” for that purpose. You could just start blogging about your topic as though you’ve been doing this for years!

If you’re using WordPress, one thing you should do is delete the default post that appears when you start your new blog. This is the post that has the title, “Hello World”. Since every single WordPress blog starts off with this post, you really don’t want to have it there.

This post is simply there to show you what a blog post looks like. If you keep it there, all it does is tell the world that you are a newbie who hasn’t bothered to change the default settings!

Creating a static post

If your blog has one main purpose, such as to review or sell a certain product or service, you may want to create a static post. This is a post that remains on the front page of your blog no matter how many posts you write later on.

The way to create a static post is to write your post and publish it. Then go back and click on “Quick Edit”.

Quick edit

There you will find an option to check that says “Make this post sticky”. Enable this option. This will make this post sticky and appear on your first page.

Make this post sticky

Please note that there may be another way to do this, but that’s the method I use.

Even if you’re not selling anything on your blog, you may want to use a static post. This is something to consider if, for any reason, you want visitors to see a certain message when they first land on your site.

For most blogs, however, this isn’t necessary. People can always scroll down if they want to find your earlier posts. Only use a static post if you want to make absolutely sure people don’t miss it.

Getting ideas for a topic

If you need ideas for specific subjects to blog about, you can use a variety of sources. The following are some sources where you can get some ideas, some of which I am using too!

  1. Websites – Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers, other blogs in your niche.
  2. Print publications – magazines, newspapers, etc.
  3. Books – take a trip to the public library or a local bookstore.
  4. Amazon.com – see what’s popular in books, magazines (don’t forget Kindle books).
  5. Popular culture – movies, current news stories, computer games, etc.

All of these can give you clues about what’s currently popular. If you use other sources for inspiration, you never want to copy anyone else’s words or ideas. Always put things in your own words. You should also give your own personal opinion on the topic to make it original.

If you can’t immediately think of a good topic (also known as niche) for your first blog post, there are many places to turn for inspiration. Since this article is about actually writing your first post and not coming up with a concept for your blog, I’m going to assume that you’ve already picked a main topic. That’s your starting point.


Here are some ideas to help you get started. You could write:

  • A general overview of the topic and your particular perspective on it.
  • An introduction on how you came to be interested in this topic, and your personal experience with it.
  • A discussion of a current news story or event related to your topic.
  • A description or review of a book, article or product related to the topic.

Naturally, this will depend on your topic (or niche) and what type of blog this is going to be. If it’s a review site, for example, you will want to focus on products. If it’s a personal blog, you really can write about anything you want.

Don’t let yourself get stuck

Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate about writing your first blog post. It’s not that big of a deal! The key to success with blogging is to write consistently, and this all starts with your first post.

Keep in mind that you always have the opportunity to edit your content, if you end up writing something you hate or change your mind about. That’s all the more reason to not worry too much about every word.

A blog is a casual form of writing, even by internet standards. This doesn’t mean you should be too casual and not spell words correctly or write on irrelevant subjects. You should do your best to write coherently and to edit out any errors in spelling or grammar. Yet you don’t have to be a perfectionist either.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve covered some tips on what to write about, you should get busy and start your first post! Once you’ve gotten your first post out of the way, you’ll find that it gets easier with practice.

Don’t let yourself get intimidated by an empty blog. Once your blog is live, you want to make sure there’s some content on it. In fact, I’d suggest having your first post written before you even publish your blog in the first place. You don’t want visitors or search engines landing on a blog with nothing on it (or only the “Hello World” post).

There’s no reason to stress about your first blog post. You must have some ideas for your blog, or you wouldn’t have created it. You only have to get into the habit of getting these ideas on your blog! Happy blogging. :)

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