Getting started is one of the hardest parts of blogging. The good news? Good or bad, your first blog post doesn't matter much.
One of my favorite things to do in blogging is generating ideas through keyword and topic research.
This is why I looked into travel blog post ideas and explained how to find a range of keywords and ideas in minutes.
However, if you're not used to researching topics, it can be overwhelming to find your first idea.
Fortunately, your first post doesn't have to be difficult.
Here are a few things you should know about writing your first blog post and why it isn't worth jumping into what comes out first.
The most important snack?
Every first post is better than none. ????
What should be my first blog post?
There are two common approaches that you can take with your first blog post.
The first is to use your first post as an introduction to your blog and explain what you are up to.
The second option is to jump right into your content as if you've been doing this for years.
Each has advantages and disadvantages, but my favorite is the second option as it gives you a better chance of writing something that may generate traffic over time than something that will be buried on your website and never seen again .
For example, if you're starting a food blog and your first blog post is an introduction to your "About Me" style blog and why you're getting started, that post may get buried under all of the recipes you post.
However, if you get to the point and turn your first blog post into a recipe for something like chicken and rice casserole, that post can potentially generate traffic for a long time, regardless of whether it's from Google, Pinterest, etc.
Let's put it this way: your intro post isn't going to do much to your bottom line, but when you get to the actual content, you can create something that may stay around and generate traffic and income.
When friends or family members ask me what their first blog post should look like, I encourage them to act like they've been there before: Save the intro for your page about me and get to work .
First blog post ideas
Whether you are starting with an introduction or going straight to the type of content you want to create, here are some ideas of what to write to make your first post a success.
Whatever you write, remember, the most important thing is that this is the official start of your blogging commitment.
It is less important what you write about than it is that you sit down, write a post, and publish.
You are going through the process for the first time (hopefully) many times and it feels good to finally get something out of it.
So don't get involved with the best ideas: focus on building something and living it.
Your first blog post as an introduction
While I don't like this route, using your first post as an intro can be a nice quick win.
It can be difficult to get right into the meat of your blog content, but posting a 300-word intro on your blog is pretty easy.
So if you want to win quick and build momentum, it can make sense to use an intro for your first post.
As you go down this route, keep the basics in mind: who, what, why, where, how, when.
You can address all of these areas and more in your intro post without going overboard.
who: Provide a brief introduction to yourself, your background, your interests, and anyone else who might be relevant to your blog, such as: B. the family.
What: Describe what your blog will look like – this is good practice as a blogger, but it also helps create expectations for anyone who sees your first post.
Do you focus on recipes? Videos? Tutorials?
Let your readers know what they are getting into with your blog.
Why: Many of the first blog posts describe the creation of their blog. Maybe to bring your creative ideas into the world, or to help the blogger organize their own ideas and projects.
Whatever it is, readers often want to see the reasons bloggers are bloggers.
Where: You don't need to fill in any details here, but if you want to build a community on your blog, it's nice to let people know where you are.
Are you in the hot and dry southwest? A busy city? By letting readers know of your general location, you can set up the scene for upcoming content.
As: this is similar to your what, but how do you go about blogging? Do you publish weekly recipes or do you focus on social media and update your blog whenever you have time?
When: When you are planning a blogging schedule, let the readers know what it is. Some bloggers like to post on certain days of the week or have certain types of content, such as videos or questions and answers that are posted at certain times of the month.
This may not be something to worry about. However, if you have a schedule, telling your readers about it can help you stick to your plan.
professional: Writing an intro blog post can be a quick and easy win when you say you officially started your blog
Con: Over time, your intro post will be completely buried and will not receive any traffic or generate any income
recommendation: I love the idea of introducing yourself, your blog and your intentions, but I think this serves a better purpose on your page about me that people will visit over time.
Most intro posts are buried and never seen, so I'm not a huge fan of this approach.
Your first blog post as real content
This is my preferred approach to a first blog post as it skips the fluff and gets straight to the point.
When you start a food blog, it means you're getting started with a recipe right away.
If you are in the DIY or home improvement niche, it means creating a tutorial or guide to illustrate what is covered on your blog in a timely manner.
I like this approach too because the more you blog, the more you find out about your style, preferences, and voice.
When you start with an intro post, you don't waste a lot of time or energy, but you also don't work on developing your blogging voice.
However, start with a real post. It's the first time you'll see what you and can't do about blogging, and you'll notice things you want to do differently in the future.
Create an about me page
If you go down that route, I find it wise to still build your "About Me" page with information about you, your background, your vision for the blog, and what readers expect of you.
All of this information is very helpful and necessary, especially if you want to build trust and loyalty with your readers.
But a page about me is a much more prominent place to do so rather than your first blog post.
professional: Writing “real” content helps you get to the good things faster – that way, you get traffic, readers, income and momentum.
Con: Writing a full blog post can be tricky, especially if you've never done it before.
recommendation: Start by writing real content, but tackle a simple topic or topic first instead of writing a massive blog post on your first attempt.
How to write your first blog post
There is no "right way" to start writing your first blog post other than putting your thoughts down.
If you're writing an intro style post, here are some things to add:
- your background, interests and expertise, if any
- What you want to achieve with your blog
- Contact information or social media links
- a call to action to send you an email, leave a comment, or follow you elsewhere
As you can see from the blog post examples below, there's not much more to it!
You can immerse yourself in your story as much as you want, but as I recommended, it is also best to include this information on your page about me.
When dealing directly with your content, the way you write your posts will depend a lot on your niche, style, and topics.
Again, there is no right way to write those first posts. However, if you're struggling to get your ideas off the ground, it might be helpful to do an outline first, or make a bulleted list of the things you want to cover.
It can take time to find your blogging style and voice. So don't be afraid to make this first post "rough".
You can always come back later and edit it once you've refined your blogging process. What is important, however, is that you get it done instead of waiting a long time for it to be “perfect”.
19 examples of first blog posts
1. The kind teacher
Hannah at The Friendly Teacher is doing a great job with her first blog post.
It's an intro that passes:
- the purpose of their blog
- their background and interests
- their approach to teaching reading
She also advertises a giveaway on the page, which is a great way to get things going.
Overall, the page is an intro so it doesn't get a lot of traffic over time, but it does a great job introducing Hannah, her personality, and what she wants to achieve with her blog.
2. Give me some oven
I came across Gimme Some Oven while looking for mom blog name ideas. Ali keeps it short and sweet on her first post, and so it goes on many early blog posts.
3. Fun cheap or free
My wife and I follow a lot of advice and content from Jordan Page on Fun Cheap or Free.
Her first post is straightforward and mentions her goal of showing creative ways to save money. I also love that it has contact information for readers who come across the post.
4. Young household love
The first post on Young House Love offers a brief glimpse into the future of bloggers John and Sherry.
It's quick and to the point, and serves as a preview rather than a full introduction to the couple and their blog.
5. Happy hooligans
The first post from the Happy Hooligans is great: it introduces the blog and goal, and has some nice calls-to-action to comment on, email Jackie, or follow them on Facebook.
I also love that the intro posts have internal links to other blog posts. If you're creating an intro post, this will be the most aged post on your website. Hence, it's a good idea to associate this page with more content-intensive.
6. Michael Hyatt
This post is an interesting example because Michael set up this website to "communicate regularly with our employees".
He does a great job of explaining why the blog could be effective and what he expects from the blog.
Overall, this is a great intro as it explains the how and why behind the blog and its creation.
7. A girls' guide to DIY
Lauren at A Girl’s Guide to Home DIY is doing a great job with her first blog post, which goes about:
- their background and interests
- how she started doing DIY home projects
- the goal of their blog
This is one of the best intro posts I have come across as Lauren's content has a clear plot.
She also adds it to the top navigation of her blog so this intro post is likely to get more traffic than your typical one.
8. Sylvie's suitcase
Sylvie has a great intro post that reviews her previous blog Cotton Tales and explains why she focused on travel content with her new blog.
It also includes a few photos and a good idea of what readers can expect from their blog.
9. My Debt Revelation
Chonce at My Debt Epiphany has a great intro post that delves into her background and what is covered on her blog.
I also love that she has a nice, bold call to action with ConvertKit so that her intro post can capture more leads than the first standard post.
10. IKEA hackers
Here's a quick and easy first post that covers the basics and lets readers know that Jules isn't paid by IKEA to create content.
Nothing crazy, but gets the point across.
11. Appreciated bliss
Ashley of Cherished Bliss made her first post to bring people up to date on her Etsy shop.
It is less of a robust intro and more of an update post. This is a great idea if you have an existing platform or audience from social media, email, Etsy, etc. that already has an idea of your content, services, or products all about.
12. Domestic imperfection
Ashley at Domestic Imperfection gets right to the point: This blog is about "Anything Domestic".
It's not a long intro, but it includes a sample project so readers can get an idea of what to expect from Ashley's content.
13. Trips with Tykes
Trips with Tykes' first post by Leslie covers all of the basics: her background and why she started her blog.
14. Baby will travel
It looks like this post is the first on Have Baby Will Travel's "updated" blog, and Corinne does a good job recording a call-to-action email with submissions.
15. Under my heart
Here's a solid all-round intro post from Traci that includes a little background, story, and some pictures – plus a call to action to join her email newsletter.
16. At home with Ashley
Ashley uses her first blog post to formulate her blog vision and purpose.
"I believe my calling in life is to create beauty and I want to help you (yes, you!) Live a beautiful life," she writes. "So here I blog about the process."
17. DIY embellish
Cindy's first post on DIY Beautify is all about fear and the urge to create cool things. This is what blogging is about for a lot of bloggers, but she does a good job of keeping it simple.
This is short and sweet and explains that Citygirlmeetsfarmboy is about "how the world is better when people do what they love".
What will your first blog post be?
The answer: it doesn't matter. It just matters that you write it.
That you actually sit down and do it.
That you get it out of the way so you can get to the real work.
Now go on and get close!