How To Overcome Your Fear And Write Your First Blog Posts

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.

write your first blog postAnd 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.

Comments

  1. says

    “My suggestion is to just skip over the first post. Pretend like you’ve already written it, and begin with your second post. ”

    I love this idea, it could make things so much easier.

    However, I think that if you use your social media networks in the proper way, even your first blog post could be read by many people. If you know when and where to share your post.

    • says

      Good point. Getting over fear by writing the second post first is just a way to trick your mind that you’ve already written your first post!

      Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

      • says

        I think every new blogger should remember this: “your 10th post will be a lot better than your first post”.

        So don’t give too much thought about writing your first post. You will make mistakes.

        But that’s how you grow.

        Make sure to focus on using the skyscraper technique or analyse your competitors to pick the best topic to write about.

        Great post Sue.

  2. says

    Awesome tips here, Sue!

    This post got me at the perfect time because I just got my website live and just figured out the first post to write.

    First I was really confused with what post to start with then all of a sudden, I remembered your big time advice (that I learnt from this blog) “do expert round up”.

    I’ve gotten a good headline (question) and have asked a couple experts to share. I’m at 5 right now and just started yesterday. (Like Adam Connel, Ashley 🙂

    I’m pretty scared plus a bit excited. Thanks for all your great advise, Sue!

  3. says

    Great timing, Sue. I am just putting the finishing touches to my first post and I can relate to everything you said. I think #4 has been my biggest issue. I want to come out of the gates sounding so definite about my niche. But you’re right, I think it’s going to evolve as I learn more about my audience. Thanks for the great post.
    Cheers, Mel

  4. says

    Trust! I love this takeaway Sue Anne.

    I trusted my ideas and went live with my first – I mean 2nd 😉 – post on 2 blogs. 1 blog, some 9 years ago. Blogging From Paradise, 3 years ago. Ya gotta ship. Ya gotta publish. If nobody or 3 people show up to read the post, the very act of having faith, and being clear enough to publish a post so it goes live sends a strong, loud and clear message to the Universe; you are a blogger. Point blank. Then you can begin to comment on blogs, promote other bloggers, network, make friends and watch things expand.
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…11 Poisonous Blogging Stories To Release ImmediatelyMy Profile

  5. says

    Hi Sue,
    You hit the nail on the head with this post and I Thank You for it.

    I’m in the exact situation as you describe as I still have to write my first blog post. I am finding perfection doesn’t work.

    I am going to write about all the ideas you mention as they fit perfectly with my blog topics.

    You are an Angel.

    ps. My blog is currently in maintenance mode until I put a post on it although all relevant pages are complete. (My first Blog)

  6. says

    Overcoming fears and sticking to your first mind are the things that people that aren’t successful don’t do. Great advice Sue!

  7. says

    Hi Sue,

    Good to read this amazing post from you. I’m not new to blogging but I can relate to some of the things you made mention of in this post.

    Good examples of them are where you mentioned that nobody is gonna read your first post and don’t try to force a niche on yourself.

    As much as I tried to focus on my niche, I still digressed a bit but I’m totally back now, never dabble into too many things at the same time. I lost traffic, lost ranking as a result but lost few dollars here and there.

    I consoled myself because that’s one of those things one must face.

    Emenike
    Emenike Emmanuel recently posted…How to Quickly Identify an Amateur BloggerMy Profile

  8. says

    Hello Sue,

    Great shout over here 🙂

    These are all amazing tips, to get going with our first blog.

    I remembered how scary it was for me, when I was setting up my first blog. I was in fear to write, what if, what then questions
    were coming out of my mind.

    But this generation got little help, as they got social media, if they has written a good post or even to the mark they can
    get a maximum hits by promoting it on social media platforms.

    This idea is very innovative, as to keep that mindset that we are never writing our first blogs post.

    Thanks for the share.

    Have a great weekend ahead.

    I will share this around.

    Shantanu.

  9. says

    Hello
    Sue,
    Feels good to read your post. This is a perfect guide to overcome fear in blogging and write blog post confidently. I like your ideas and here I have learned manything.

    Here, you explained all the tips very nicely and it is very easy to understand.

    Thanks for sharing! Keep writing this type of effective post.

    Best wishes,
    Praveen verma

    • says

      Hi Shirlie,

      Your blog looks great. I recommend using a pop-up or slide-in to collect email addresses and giving away a free Lead Magnet when they give your their email address.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  10. says

    Though this article implies it’s aimed at beginners, I feel that a lot of intermediate and experienced bloggers can benefit from it as well.

    For example, number 4: i’ve seen countless bloggers slowly expand their niche as they discover what works and what doesn’t — sometimes several years after starting their blog. For instance, a gadget review site may eventually start publishing hardware news as well, since readers are naturally interested in the subject.

    Thank you for the quick, to-the-point read, Sue.
    Elvis
    Elvis Michael recently posted…5 Ways to Gamify Your Writing ProcessMy Profile

  11. says

    Writing the first post for every blog I make is still a fear for me. I don’t why I’m scared to write my first post. I have been trying to write the first post for a new blog since one month and I’m still writing its first paragraph.

    But now, I think I can write it. You are really an inspiration for many like myself. Hope you will check out my blog and give necessary suggestions.

    Thank you
    Adarsh M
    bloggingideas.net

  12. says

    Hi Sue Anne Dunlevie,

    That was really an amazing blog and I am sure that It will be a great help for the newbies .
    Thanks for sharing , keep up the good work.

  13. says

    Great article Sue to motivate new bloggers who always have fear while writing their first blog post.It’s so true that without willing to take risks you cannot truly become a successful blogger. While writing our first post we always think about what people are going think and then we lose our focus on writing which will affect our post. So try to focus on your post rather on what people will think.

  14. Dawn Woltkamp says

    I am sitting here tonight looking for inspiration to give me that last oomph to start my blog. Your tips are great and incredibly articulate and helpful. Before this night is over I am going to (finally) register my domain and get this show on the road. Thanks so much and best wishes to you!

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