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Based on one of my reader’s request about writing her first blog post, I decided to answer all your questions about your first blog post.
I know many of you have started your blogs and you’re SUPER excited to write your first article and publish it.
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Once you’ve started your blog, it’s time to build it and write amazing content for your readers!
So, in today’s post, I am going to go through the steps on how to write your first blog post.
In this article, I am going to answer many of your burning questions like:
- What should my first blog post be about?
- Do I have to introduce myself in my first blog post?
- How many words should my blog post be?
- How do I structure my blog posts?
By the end of this post, I want you to feel good and confident about publishing your very first blog post.
Alrighty, let’s get right into it so you can get started with writing!
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Should You Introduce Yourself in Your First Blog Post?
When I was new to blogging a few years ago, I was just like you.
I had no idea what my first blog post should be about.
The good thing is I was able to narrow down my blog’s focus, and so I decided to start a blog and document my personal finance journey.
Despite being able to answer the questions, what should you blog about, and how to choose a topic, I still felt stuck and cold writing my very first post.
My problem was I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to introduce myself in my first blog post?
I read countless articles online and some of them told me that I should introduce myself in my first blog post, so I took that advice and I did!
I created that first blog post that was about me and why I started that blog.
Not to mention, I was also nervous about publishing that first blog post, which I ended up deleting – haha!
Looking back in hindsight, I now realize that it’s not necessary.
Yes, I said it – you don’t have to introduce yourself and start talking about why you started your blog in your first blog post if you don’t want to.
I know many other people who do and that’s absolutely fine too!
But if you ask for my advice, this is what I would say.
Instead, you can save that for your “About Me” page.
In a quick and short summary, your “About Me” page will describe who you are, why you started your blog, and how you’re going to help your readers. However, drafting your “About Me” page may be a little challenging when you don’t have any blog posts yet. I will write a separate post on how to write an about me page so stay tuned!
Having that said, you can feel free to skip introducing yourself in your first blog post and go straight into blogging about something that will inspire, motivate, or help your readers.
This leads to your next question…
What Should My First Blog Post Be About?
Now that you know you don’t necessarily have to introduce yourself in your first blog post because you can save that for your “About Me” page, you can go straight into writing down a list of ideas of what you can blog about.
I am going to lead you to these insightful articles that will help you decide what you can blog about:
- What To Blog About For New Bloggers
- 100+ Blog Post Ideas Your Readers Will Love (Many Blog Niches Included)
- 100+ Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers (Many More Blog Niches Included)
- How Often Should You Post On Your Blog
How Many Words Should A Blog Post Have?
Along with all those other questions, you might also be wondering how long your blog posts should be, or many words should you have on your post?
I had a reader who asked me this question in one of my blog posts comments, and I am going to use her example to help you.
“I’m very excited to start writing blog posts but I’m not sure how long they should be. I am currently writing about my journey with acne and I plan to write posts about what worked and what didn’t to cure it.” – Val
So, this was my answer to her, and I hope using her example will give you some insights:
“I wouldn’t stress at the beginning about your blog post’s word count because you can always make changes or add more sections and words to them later on.
Generally, it should be long enough to address the readers’ concerns or answer their questions, but not overly long to the point where they would lose it.
Let’s say, for example in your case, you decide to write a post called “How To Get Rid of Acne for Teenagers,” I would recommend you search this exact phrase on Google Searches. Look at the top 3-5 posts and do a quick word count to see how many words each post contains. You can take the average or median and use it as a gauge for an idea.
Again, there are no set rules on word count, but this is what I would do. I’d say the minimum should be at least 1,000 words. Again, you can always easily add or change it later on.”
Overall, how you write your blog post depends on what you’re going to be writing about.
Some posts are going to be shorter than others, and vice versa. There is no rule as to how long your blog post should be.
I have blog posts that are as little as 600 words because it just doesn’t make sense for those to be any longer. On an occasion, I would also write blog posts with as high as 5,000 words because my readers asked me for more information.
As long as your blog post answers the readers’ questions and they enjoy your content, then you’re good to go regardless of how many words are on the post.
Don’t think too much about the “word count.” Again, the great thing about blogging is you can always go back and make changes once you become more experienced and understand what your readers want.
How Do I Structure My Blog Posts?
This is one of the most important lessons in this article.
Once you know what you want to blog about in your first blog post, you might be wondering how do you structure your blog posts?
The short answer is to have it structured in a way that is easy for your reader to read your posts.
If a reader comes onto your page and your structure isn’t easy on the eye, or you have a long wall of text with no breaks, chances are they are going to leave your page.
You don’t want that.
So, here’s how to make your blog posts easy for your readers.
1. Include a title for your blog post.
Every blog post will have a title. For example, this one is you’re reading now is called “How To Write Your First Blog Post” and you’ll see it at the very top of this page. When you’re using something like WordPress, you can easily enter in the title of your blog post. This uses H1 (heading 1) by default.
2. Use headings and sub-headings
When you use headings and sub-headings to separate your points and ideas, it makes your post much easier to read because not only does this give your text a break, but it makes your article flow well. On top of that, it makes your points much more organized and easier to follow. These headings and sub-headings come in the format of H1, H2, H3, etc.
Your H1 is usually the title of your blog post, and it’s followed by H2 and H3 sub-headings.
As you can see here, I structured my blog post to have my title, How To Write Your First Blog Post (H1 by default on WordPress). The points I laid out in this article also use H2:
- Should I Introduce Myself in My First Blog Post?
- What Should My First Blog Post Be About?
- How Many Words Should A Blog Post Have?
- How Do I Structure My Blog Posts?
And to break it even further, so it’s easier for you to follow, I used H3 headings for this specific paragraph, “Use Headings and Sub-Headings”.
I hope this example helps you visualize what I’m doing in this blog post.
3. Include images in your blog post like this…
It’s always nice to include images because people have very short attention spans.
By including pictures, your readers can stop for a minute and look at your beautiful images as a break from reading. Plus, pictures give your readers a visualization of what you’re talking about in your post, so make sure to include images that relate to a point you’re saying.
For example, if you’re blogging about your daily makeup routine, you can include an image like this.
Another example is if you’re blogging about the best running shoes for a marathon, you can include an image like this:
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
If you’re wondering where to look for free and beautiful stock photos for new bloggers, you can check out these resources:
4. Include links throughout your post.
It’s also important to include links to external sources (like the free stock photo resources I linked above) along with YOUR own blog posts. That way, you can lead your readers to posts that are relevant to the topic you are discussing in your article.
You see how I’m naturally linking and leading you to the other articles that I believe you’ll find helpful in drafting your first blog post? 😊
5. Make sure you have a lot of white space
As I mentioned earlier, people’s attention span is short.
They either lose it or get bored easily and that’s why it’s important to do things like dividing your points into headings and sub-headings, add images throughout, interlink them to other blog posts, etc. These all lead to more white space when you include breaks in between.
One thing that I also recommend doing is giving breaks to your sentences like what I’m doing now.
Do you see what I’m trying to do?
By breaking my sentences into single lines like this.
And here it is again.
That’s because it’s easier for your readers to read and absorb the information when you don’t have a block or long wall of text.
Try giving your blog posts appropriate breaks for more white space when it’s necessary to.
6. Write A Quick Summary or Conclusion
This part is up to you.
I’ve seen many bloggers and content creators who skip the summary or conclusion.
I sometimes follow this and at times I don’t. It really depends on you, but it doesn’t hurt to have one like what I’m about to do now using a H2 heading…
Wrap Up On How To Write Your First Blog Post
As you can see, writing your first blog post isn’t as hard or scary as you might think.
In conclusion, keep in mind the following points when you’re drafting your very first post:
- You need to start your blog before you can draft your first blog post
- Find out what you want to blog about first
- You don’t have to introduce yourself in your first blog post; instead, you can save that part for your “About Me” page
- You can get started by writing your first blog post with some of these amazing blog post ideas for beginning bloggers
- Don’t focus too much on word count; instead, focus on delivering valuable content to your readers. The good thing is you can always change, add, or remove points in your blog posts. If you really want a number or benchmark, try aiming for at least 1,000 words.
Once you’ve done those first steps, you can finally learn how to structure your blog posts:
- Include a title for your blog post (H1 is usually the default heading)
- Use headings and subheadings to make your points
- Include a few images on your blog posts
- Include both external and internal links on your posts
- Make sure you have a good amount of white space so it’s easy for your readers’ eyes.
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I hope this helps you create your first blog post!
Let me know in the comments below whether you found this helpful in writing your first blog post! Also, feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below!
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