You’ve thought about it. You’ve made up your mind. You’re gonna do it. Starting a blog can be seriously intimidating. Not to mention writing your first blog posts that let the world know who you are and what you’re promoting.
Notice, I said posts. Plural. The information that follows is relevant for all content that you are gonna put out there, not just the very first one, but this will help you to get rollin’ in the beginning. And hopefully you will find some encouragement for writing your first blog posts.
Getting Started with Writing Your First Blog Posts
I decided that I wanted to blog about a year ago. At first, I had this grossly unrealistic notion that I could blog about what I thought or liked, and I would gain a following that would eventually lead to making a full-time money-making career.
When I got serious at the end of June, I loaded up on tons of articles about blogging. Setting up a blog, learning WordPress, how to get traffic, SEO, and so on (and on and on). As I research (it’s never-ending), I am learning over and over again that the goal is less about what I think and more about what you need. And this is what drives my content.
What is my why?
So, before you begin, make up you’re mind about why you are doing this. What is your why or vision? Decide from there what your niche will be. I talk about this a little more here.
My niche is centered around my vision of helping you set yourself free of the typical 9-5 grind so that you have the flexibility to take care of those that depend on you (even if that means just YOU). I want that for myself, too! There are lots of sub-niches that I think fit under this broad category, and some of the best advice I’ve gotten is to cast a wide net to see what readers are biting and narrow it down from there.
I’m here to share with you how to create a profitable business because I want to create a profitable business. I am determined to see you succeed!
My focus for this post will be aimed at writing that will bring consistent readers to your site. We’ll check out:
- what to write about
- where to start
- finding your voice
- creating headlines
What should I write about?
What you write about depends on what your goal is. Are you starting a hobby where you can share the progress of your cooking skills, or are you starting a new career? If you’ve read this far, it’s pretty clear that you’re searching for a new and flexible career path.
Businesses are created to meet a need. Since you’ve established your niche, can you think of a need that you can meet that falls under the umbrella of that niche?
For example, you’ve decided that you will write about all things moms of small children. What is something that will help your audience? You could talk about early childhood education and what is important for moms to know about it. Maybe you want to share what kind of diapers are best based on a variety of criteria. Whatever it is, you need to be sure that you are meeting a need for someone else.
What if I don’t know where to start?
You should most certainly checkout other bloggers in your niche. Look at their posts that are most popular. Read, read, read. This will help you to get ideas. You should never feel like you need to reinvent the wheel. You simply have an idea, and then you’ll expand on that idea by researching. Find out everything that you can about your idea. You are gathering the information and providing what is relevant for your audience.
No one can say what you have to say in the way that you can say it. And that is what makes you different from everybody else out there. Be yourself, and you just won’t be able to contain the originality! Duh!
Writer’s block is common, and after a lengthy amount of time in college English, as well as research done on blogging, some tips that I have learned to remedy this is to just start writing. Let your why (vision) be your direction. See where that takes you. Don’t stress over it being perfect. That’s what the edit button is for for goodness’ sakes!
Nothing is in stone. Since launching, I’ve edited my public posts A LOT! If you get stuck mid-post, let it set a while. Go back and read it (even if it’s a few days later) to start again. Remember that you want to produce quality information when writing your first blog posts and for all of them after that, so it’s ok if you need to take some time to create that.
Find Your Voice
Okay, I know I mentioned classroom English, but you don’t want to be boring. While writing, with your originality flowing, feel free to write more like you would when having a conversation with yo frands. You are doing your best to be a friend anyway, right?!
It’s so much more engaging when your personality shows in your writing. You want engaged readers. Don’t get too caught up in what you learned in the classroom. Let your little light shine!
Keep in mind that you should have a pretty good grasp on sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Make sure that when you are writing like you speak, that your readers can tell that it is deliberate. In one of my posts, I use the word “welp” for well. I did that purposely because I say that when I talk. Someone read it, and didn’t get it. They thought it was a mistake on my part. I don’t want that! When in doubt, ask someone you trust to check out your post for understanding.
Create a Rockin’ Title
This is super important. When writing your first blog posts, it’s absolutely essential that your titles give your readers an idea of what impressive information you are going to share. So make it good.
Think about what you’re drawn to when you are browsing through Pinterest, and think about what you will pass by without a second glance. Your title is your hook. It will bring in traffic so your readers can experience your totally incredible site, or it simply won’t. This goes for writing your first blog posts and for every post after that.
Let me help you!
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Please let me know! I would love to help you, and I’m always open to constructive criticism.