Having your blogging website finally set is out of the world feeling. But resting isn’t the next step, sure you can take a break to celebrate. But setting the website wasn’t really why you started, it’s what comes afterwards that matter most. Writing your first blog post.
So open your admin dashboard, tap the ‘posts’ now and write a fantastic blog post. Or wait, let’s do some planning first. Many people are going to tell you that your first blog post will suck no matter what, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to write the best first blog post ever.
And to write your first blog, you have to keep some things in mind. So let’s get that post out on your website.
Brainstorm And Research
It sounds exhausting, but the first thing you need to do is brainstorm your ideas and researching them. Note down all the ideas that come to your mind, no matter how ridiculous. Now search those ideas on the internet and observe what kind of content is present for each idea.
It will help you see the scope of each topic and how the information rolls in them. Observe the titles and how catchy they sound, the images, and how to give the content a refreshing touch.
The next thing you need to do is ask yourself some questions. Is your blogging website niche specific? Do your ideas match your niche? Even though finding the niche is a step you should do while choosing your domain, but if you don’t have any idea about what it is, let me help you with it.
What Is A Niche?
A niche is a segment for a specific service or topic. What kind of service do you provide? What is the topic that you think you want to blog about?
A niche will act as a base for all the services you can provide. For instance, I blog about writing which has sub topics of its own from creative writing, freelancing, blog writing and even already written books for readers. It’s your choice how vast your niche topics are. Be confident about the topic(s) you choose.
Here are some popular niches, for example:
So now that you are clear about the niche, back to what I was saying. Research about your niche. Match your ideas to your niche. Decide which ideas are appropriate to it and which ones are not. And now, if you have your ideas set, decide which one is going to be your first.
Don’t go deep with details while deciding, just pick one that you think is easy to write. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself in your first blog post.
Make a skeleton of the idea. Write the surface words and keywords, headings and subheadings, start and end. Anything that works for you and keeps you on track. An outline will act as a test if you choose the right topic or not.
With an outline, you’ll be able to guess if you have enough content to write. If not, then you move to the next idea. It will also help you decide if the topic you choose is interesting enough to write and read or not. You don’t want to write something that is boring.
Headings And Subheadings
After outlining your idea, it’s time to actually write it. Make sure that your headings and subheadings are catchy and easily readable. Scatter your headings and subheadings with efficient space and organize them properly. Include your keywords in them.
With your first blog post, let your headings be short and quick, leave the experiments for your future blog posts. Keep it clean by documenting your headings with the right heading size. Like in this blog post, the title is H1, headings are H2 while any subheadings that I used (for example in ‘what is a niche?’) are H3.
Intro And Paragraphs
Everyone knows the importance of a good intro. Your intro will decide if the readers will dive into the whole post or not. It’s like they are checking the water to see if your content and writing style is comfortable for them or not. So while you might want to go for a fancy intro. Avoid anything that might intimidate the readers.
For paragraphs under headings and subheadings, readability is everything. Avoid long paragraphs and keep your sentences short and direct too. Your paragraphs should open your headings and subheadings in a more simple and detailed way.
Everyone knows long blog posts drive traffic. But how long if it’s your first blog post and you keep the post direct instead of leading your readers in circles. 800-1500 words are enough if you want to make a quick impact on the topics you are discussing.
If you are starting with a post that goes into details, then it might jump over 2000 words. Your word count is in your hand and what you feel comfortable with. Some bloggers write short blog posts and publish more posts than others. Some write long and detailed with weekly or monthly publications. And it is your first blog post, no one knows what is their comfort word count in their first blog post.
Add images to your blog post. Images make blog posts visually appealing to the readers. Set featured images. You can find millions of free stock photos on websites that provide them like pexels, unsplash, pixabay, etc. Adding images unsure more social media sharing, and your presence in the image search engine when you use alt text.
Featured image help to catch the eyes of the readers faster and increase your chances of getting more clicks.
While most blog posts go for call to action ending, a bit of conclusion and asking questions to increase engagement in the comment sections, are the other thing you should definitively add in your endings.
So now that you are ready to write that blog post, let’s touch the surface of some other things regarding your blog post.
- Edit your blog post
- Check your URL slug
- Add categories
- Add meta description
- Preview and schedule for publishing
Don’t over rush yourself and write what you are comfortable with. It’s your first blog, you have a lot of future opportunities to test your limits. Don’t scare yourself in the first go and enjoy yourself. Till next time.