How To Write Your First Blog Post (With Ideas!)
Did you start a new blog and are stuck wondering how to write your first blog post? Then you’re in luck because I’m going to give you actionable ideas for your first blog post!
I’m not gonna lie, writing your first post is scary! I’ve been there, staring at the screen, suffering from writers block before you even get started!
Writing your first post can seem like a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start.
But it doesn’t have to be that difficult! All you need are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
Go To The Post Page
The most difficult step in every journey is always the first step. So first things first. Log into WordPress and click on Posts > Add New.
It’s important that you navigate to this page or else you’ll never get started. It will motivate you to complete the post if you keep seeing the big Publish button waiting to be clicked.
So that was easy wasn’t it, but now what? Now you’re stuck deciding what to write about.
If you’re staring at a blank screen wondering what to write, not to worry! I’m going to help get rid of your writers block!
Ideas For Your First Blog Post
So you’re ready to write your first blog post for your new blog and your head is.. you know.. empty.
Yeah, it happens. In that case, let me give you some ideas you can use for your first blog post.
The “Introduce Yourself” Idea
I find it helpful to have your first post be an introduction of who you are and what you hope to accomplish with your blog.
This type of post is easy because it requires no research. You just write naturally and let the words flow out. There’s no way you can make a mistake by speaking from the heart.
Let the reader learn the following about you:
- Who you are (inject some personality into it!)
- Why you started the blog (you see a problem and want to fix it)
- What type of content they can expect to see going forward
- Links to your social media profiles.
Having a personal introduction as your first post is an awesome idea. But it doesn’t give value to your reader much, does it?
Well, the next idea sure does!
The “Ultimate Guide” Post
Want to knock their socks off? Start your blog off with a MF’n BANG! As your first blog post, how about an Ultimate Guide On X?
Whatever your blog niche is, write a comprehensive guide on the topic. This post should be long – very long. It’s something we in the biz call a “pillar post”.
This post will end up being your most popular post. It’s going to be the post that you link to from most of your future blog posts.
Having an insanely great first post is bound to turn some heads on social media. Write an Ultimate Guide post as your first blog post and you’ll get a loyal following on social media from day 1.
Pro tip: Link to other authority websites in your niche. Then, notify them via email of your mention. Doing so will help you start building relationships with other bloggers which might lead you to being mentioned on their blog too.
The “Quotes” Post
This next idea for your first blog post is super easy.
If you’re so giddy about getting your first post out there, but aren’t feeling creative enough to write something, consider the Quotes Post.
Compile a list of your favorite quotes that are relevant to your niche. Do a Google search and copy+paste some of your favorite quotes.
Then write a catchy headline like “43 (Ridiculous/Hilarious/Awesome/Insane) Quotes About (Your Niche). They Said WHAT?”
This type of post isn’t the greatest in terms of quality, but it’s your best bet to going viral on Twitter and Facebook.
Pro tip: To make this type of post more effective, add a Click To Tweet widget to each quote to encourage Twitter sharing. You can easily do this by adding the Better Click To Tweet plugin or Social Warfare.
The “Round Up” Post
Gather up a list of the authority bloggers in your niche along with their contact info. Email each one asking for advice on a topic important in your niche.
If your niche is finance you can ask for their opinion on if it’s better to rent or buy a house and why.
If your niche is homeschooling you can ask other bloggers in this niche about their best tip.
Let them know you plan to create a round up post of experts and will be linking back to their site.
Most of them will write back with their tip, as pro bloggers never want to miss an opportunity for a free backlink!
Don’t forget to also add your own opinion in this article. It will group you together with these top bloggers and make you seem like an authority too.
Pro tip: When the round-up post is live, contact them again and share the link! You can then ask them to share it on social media and/or mention it on their blog.
Get Inspiration From Other Bloggers
Don’t know what to write about on your first blog post? Worry no more! I’ve saved the best tip for last.
Look at other bloggers in your niche to see what they are writing about.
Do a Google search for blogs in your niche. Go back and find their first post.
Want to know a secret? The first blog posts of some awesome bloggers actually SUCK!
Every blogger, no matter how big, had to start somewhere. They were where you are at this moment.
Once you see just how bad some bloggers’ first post was, you’ll see there’s no need to fear.
Pro tip: Most first blog posts are awful. If you instead want to look at the best posts from a blog, look at the sidebar! These articles are typically their most trafficked pages. If those post topics worked for them, they can work for you!
Use Trello To Keep Your Blog Post Ideas
When you’re new to blogging there should be lots of ideas on what to write. It’s downright impossible to create all the content all at once. So what you need is to have a space where you can jot down your article ideas.
I use the Trello app and have a Blog Post Ideas list. Next to that list I have a list named In Development. Next to that is Published. The last one is Promotion.
If you use this app and create the same lists, you effectively have created your own content calendar!
A really cool part about Trello is that you can move your cards (ideas) from one list to another. That way you visually see the progress of your ideas, all from inception to completion!
Pro tip: You can add notes within each card. You can jot down the basic outline of your post, key points you want to hit and some article headline ideas.
If all of this was been too overwhelming, realize that blogging is a process.
You will get better.
So don’t worry about crafting the perfect first blog post and just do it already!
Messy action is better than no action at all.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped!
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