What should your first blog post be about?

Ok so you ask yourself, what should  my first blog post be about?

Like many, we become stuck with this first question that you ask yourself after creating your blog website, “what should my FIRST blog post be about??” Well, let’s see there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Don’t get stuck or overthink what this should be about. As a blog beginner, I can understand where you are. But in this post let’s look at a couple of options you may want to consider.

The topic of your first blog post can tie down to your launch plan. For example, if you’re planning to publish 2 to 3 posts a week to get your blog started, you may want your first post to be an introductory post. This can be a post as to why you are blogging, blogging tips or resources you used or what you will be blogging about. But….whatever YOU do, please don’t forget to delete the default “Hello World” post!

The Introductory post:

If you do go down the “Welcome to my blog” route, you may want to cover any or all the following in your first ever post.

  •   A brief outline of who you are besides what you wrote in your about me page. Don’t bore your readers with something they probably already know from your brief about me page. Give them something new to learn about you.
  •   Why you decided to start blogging? what inspired you to blog? Do you enjoy writing, do you love helping others?
  •   Why should people read your blog posts? What makes you stands out of the rest of the bloggers out there?

This is the route I went down for my first blog post here (you can check out my first post here https://justforgp.com/blog/f/how-i-turned-my-blahs-in-to-blogs) please provide any feedback it is greatly appreciated. If your blog is your personal blog, you may want to include a photo of yourself for your readers to connect with you. If it is not, you’ll probably want to include a photo of something that is related to your blog’s niche. For example, is it a traveling blog, fitness blog, food blog etc.

At the end of your post, you may want to follow some of the tips below:

  •   Directing your readers to subscribe to your posts ( add an explanation on how to do that)
  •   Directing readers to your “About” page (if they haven’t viewed this yet)
  •   Directing your readers to another relevant page, for example “Work with me” or “Contact me”

You could also direct your audience to your social media accounts to stay up to date with your blog posts. But…keep in mind you want to keep them on your site rather than sending them away.

Feeling Stuck!

Instead of writing an introductory post, you could have your first post be about something you were intending to write about for your blog anyway, with some careful keyword searching and appeal to your target audience. 

If this is the route you’re going down, it is very important to find that balance. You don’t want your post to  be rushed or very low quality, but equally, you don’t want it to be the reason that stops you from launching, because you are a perfectionist (but who doesnt try to be) and you’ve chosen a topic that requires 3,000 words to do its justice.

If you are planning this option for your first blog post, consider planning where to get traffic from an early stage of your blog. For example, if you’re planning on posting on social media like Facebook groups, your focus will likely be less on the visual side (unless it is related to your niche, for example, photography or web designing) and more about answering questions to your target audience. But if you’re considering, for example, pinning on Pinterest, you’ll want to post a catchy title with nice visuals or a catchy photo for your audience to want to engage in. 

Your post should give your readers a reason to keep reading and to come back to your blog or even subscribe to your blog on the first visit. It should be interesting enough for them to keep on reading, but equally, it doesn’t have to be the best post ever (remember this is your first post, don’t overstress or overthink) or you will be stuck in blogging in the first place.  So, publishing your best post first can mean fewer people are likely to come across it in the early days of your blog. I suggest spending some time on other things, such as promoting your posts, optimizing your website, what is your next post, etc. (you understand the deal, increasing your audience).

Don’t give up, your blog posts will improve massively as you continue to write them. (I’m there with you as I write this). You may not even notice how much better your writing and blogging skills are until you continue to write and do your research. So, don’t worry about it being perfect when you begin and don’t worry about publishing an amazing first post. “Good enough” is perfectly fine.

In summary:

Don’t LET your first post be an excuse to put off launching. (Begin somewhere, no need to be a perfectionist). Trust me, we all get nervous when we write our first post, so it is better to get it out there and out of the way, so you don’t have to think about it anymore. Whatever you decide to write, make it GOOD…but remember you’re not aiming for it to be the best blog post ever published on the internet (don’t be hard on yourself). Enjoying blogging should come before anything else in the first place. I wish you good luck with your new post, and feel free to paste the link to your first ever post on the contact me page or email justforgp08@gmail.com so I can check it out! Would love to hear from you!

Published by Justforgp

Lifestyle blogger who loves to write about Life, Family, Self-Improvement, Home etc.

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