Congratulations on starting a blog!
You have taken the first step to creating an income stream online.
You’re probably here because you’ve done all of the things you needed to do to get your blog set up, like getting hosting, installing WordPress, and setting up a few pages on your blog.
And now you’re wondering what you should write for your first few blog posts.
You want them to be great. You want them to show the world who you are. You want to start your blog off strong.
I get it. I was the same way when I started blogging.
This is a very exciting time for your blog, but it’s also a time when fear can get in your way.
So how do you start your blog off on the right foot? Here are a few ways to cut through the fear and write your first few posts.
1. Start With Your Second Post.
Many beginner bloggers tell me they can’t get started because they don’t know what to write for their first blog post. So instead of writing a post, they just sit around and worry. Or they try to write a post that describes what they are going to write about when they’re not even completely sure what they want to write about.My suggestion is to just skip over the first post. Pretend like you’ve already written it, and begin with your second post.Click To Tweet
That way, you won’t feel like you must have a big coming out to the world. It’s just your second post. No big deal.
2. Remember That No One Is Reading Your Blog Yet
I hate to break it to you, but no one is going to read your first posts. At least not when you first write them. And the people who do will probably know you in person, so they’ll already know you and like you. That’s actually a good thing because it gives you the freedom to write whatever you want and to figure out where you are going with your blog.
Instead of focusing on what other people are going to think of your first posts, or trying to do it “right,” think about what you want to write about. Why did you decide to blog in the first place? Let that be what motivates you as you write your first posts.
3. Trust Your Ideas
There’s a reason you went to the trouble of starting a blog. It’s because you had ideas you wanted to write about. You cared so much about getting those ideas out there that you actually figured out how to use WordPress (or whatever platform you are using for your blog).
Trust your ideas. Stop looking all over the internet to figure out what to write and how to make your blog perfect. Instead, focus on just getting started. Trust that the ideas that inspired you to start blogging are good and worthy of writing about.
4. Don’t Expect Yourself To Have A Well-Defined Niche In The Beginning
Even though it’s important to have a blogging niche, it’s very difficult to know what your niche is right off the bat. If you do have a niche, it will probably change as you keep blogging and learning about your audience. So forget about creating a perfect brand and a perfect niche and just write about things you care about. You will find your niche before you know it.
5. Talk To People In Your Life About Your Blog Topics
I recommend that my clients to talk to people in their audiences about their blog topics.
But in the beginning, you don’t have an audience. So what do you do? You talk to people you know in “real life” who you think would care about your topic. Ask them questions about what they’re struggling with, what they care about, etc. Pay attention to the questions they ask you, too.
Many successful bloggers have audience avatars – actual people they write for in every post. Your first avatar can be your best friend or your co-worker.
6. Don’t Try To Cover Everything In Every Post
I often see beginner bloggers try to fit everything they know about a topic into one blog post, but that’s a mistake. You’ve been thinking about your topic a lot and you have a lot to share about it, but that doesn’t mean you have to get everything out in one blog post. Instead of trying to give your readers an entire cake, feed them your expertise one slice at a time.
For example, if you are a fitness blogger and you want to help people learn how to do workout routines more safely and effectively, instead of going through every type of exercise in one post, write a different post for each. You’ll end up with a lot more posts, and your readers will be happier, as well.
7. See Your Blog As An Experiment
As much as you can learn from me about how to become a successful blogger, in the beginning, a lot of blogging success is trial and error. Be willing to try different things to see what works for you. Write a few long posts and a few shorter ones.
Write on a few different topics and see which ones you want to keep coming back to again and again. With time, you will find your stride and become more confident. You will see what works for you and your audience. But you need to be willing to take risks before you can truly become a successful blogger.
If All Else Fails, Write About One Of These Ideas:
- The reason you care about your topic
- Your journey to becoming an expert in your topic
- Mistakes people make when trying to be successful at your topic
- The thing that excites you the most about your topic
- Your pet peeves about your topic
To Sum Up, To Get Over Your Fear:
- Start with your second post
- Remember that no one is reading your blog yet
- Trust your ideas
- Don’t expect yourself to have a well-defined niche in the beginning
- Talk to people in your life about your blog topics
- Don’t try to cover everything in every post
- Try some of the topics I recommended above
Remember, everyone starts with one blog post! Once you start writing, it will get easier and easier. So jump in and get started.