Jumping into Action with Writing Your First Blog Post

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Blog Writing For Your Readers Jumping into Action with Writing Your First Blog PostYou have your blog up and running – and now’s the time to take immediate action with your first post!
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We’ve covered the essentials of setting up a strong blogging foundation – but when it comes to writing your first blog post, you might feel like you’re a bit lost.  How can you write a great introductory blog post?  What will appeal to your readers so that they come back time and time again?  How can you come up with a great first blog post idea?  And what happens if you’re not exactly the strongest writer in the world?
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Don’t let these worries and anxieties paralyze you into inaction.  Use these quick-fire tips and techniques below to help you write a winning first blog post:
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  1. First, it’s important to cut yourself a break when writing your first blog post.  This isn’t going to be a Pulitzer Prize winning post, nor will it be responsible for making or breaking the success of your online business.  Remind yourself of these key points, and those creative writing juices should quickly replace those anxieties.
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  1. Use the introductory blog post to let your readers know what they can expect from your blog in the future.  For example, if you’re writing a blog about designing jewelry at home, let them know that your blog will be filled with tips, stories, and advice on this niche.  The more detailed you are about the goals of your blog, the more intrigued your readers will be.
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  1. If you don’t consider yourself to be the best writer on the block, don’t be afraid to bring a professional writer in for assistance.  You can find tons of great and affordable freelance writers on websites like Guru.com or Elance.com.  Bonus: many writers will know how to optimize your blog content, which means your posts will start creeping up the ranks of Google’s search engine pages.
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Now has never been a better time to jump into action and write your first blog post!   Let me know if you have questions, leave them below and I will be happy to help you with your first post!
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AND ….. For those of you that are ‘seasoned’ bloggers, share your story about your first blog post, that will be helpful to others.
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To Your Blogging and Business Success!
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Comments

  1. Katlyn says:

    Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog
    with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thanks

  2. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this topic to be really something that I think I would
    never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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  5. Lynn Brown says:

    Yup I agree with you on that Jacob. Appreciate you stopping by and sharing your good advice. Hope you will visit again soon!

  6. Jacob says:

    Good idea! For your first blog post it is good to introduce yourself and let your readers know what is in it for them and what they will get from your blog. Building the foundation for a long relationship.

  7. Lynn Brown says:

    You make a good point Beth. Taking the time to research your niche is key. It helps to keep you focused which in turn, will attract visitors to your site. Appreciate you stopping by today and sharing your thoughts and advice. Look forward to you visiting again real soon.

  8. Beth Hewitt says:

    Hi Lynn,

    What a timely post. I have just set up a new blog centered around network marketing, I wanted a niche blog so I can be more specific in my message. Although my personal log will always be my baby. I think the step before your first blog post is working out what our niches are. Sometimes when we start out this is difficult as we don’t know what path we are taking. But if we do have an idea it’s good to start as we mean to go on.

    To Your Success,
    Beth :)

  9. Lynn Brown says:

    Oh Raena Lynn you made me think back to my first ‘blog post’ and can’t tell you how many times I went make and forth before pushing that publish button. It really is a moment!

    You bring up a great point. When you publish your first post that doesn’t mean the flood gates open with traffic streaming in. It does take time. I appreciate you mentioning that and makes for a great addition to my article. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your wonderful advice and comments.

  10. Lynn Brown says:

    It certainly is a great way to help us improve, isn’t Marty? So glad that you shared this with us. Learning is growing and growing helps us all. Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts and how you are handling your older posts.

  11. Love your advice Lynn and it brought back such memories! After installing the retweet old posts plugin I started getting comments about many of my older posts which was good news/bad news because after reviewing a few I realized they were not terrific – and very timid. So last month I went back and tweaked and in some cases completely rewrote my earlier posts. It was a time consuming project, but I’m so glad I did it because now I feel confident readers can pop in at any point in the archives and find good content.

  12. Raena Lynn says:

    Hi Lynn,

    You’ve presented some great tips for a new blogger. I wish I had these encouraging words when I started out. I remember the stress of pushing the publish button for the first time! It really is humorous now! The point is to just do it. Once you get the first one out, you are on your way. Every blogger has their unique style and it doesn’t have to be perfect. I think most people are forgiving and appreciate the fact that you took action. However, I would suggest to take time to spell check.

    Another thought is that when you set up your blog for the first time, create your first post, and publish it, there is a period of time when your blog is really in a desert for a while until the traffic starts coming in. Just because you publish, it does not mean the whole world is going to see it! If you are new, you get a “grace period” gift which will give you time to read it or have friends give you some feedback. Changes, fixing typos, and additions are very simple to do. It gets much easier with each post and takes less time as you perfect your craft! Publish and move on!

    Raena Lynn

  13. Lynn Brown says:

    Well said Bonnie! It is important for our voice to shine through with our blogging and communication. Especially for business owners wanting to build those important relationships.

    I am glad that you mention the blogging groups or challenges. It is something I jumped into without really feeling confident with my writing. But the group and the challenges were a great way, as you say, ‘to jump the learning curve’.

    Appreciate you sharing your positive message here!

  14. Lynn Brown says:

    It is so true Hajra. And looking back is a great reminder on what we can improve on. Thank you very much for sharing your positive comments and advice!

  15. Lynn Brown says:

    You are welcome Kostas. Glad you found these tips to be helpful for first time bloggers. I agree with you, it does get easier with each post we write. Appreciate you visiting today and look forward to you visiting again soon.

  16. Lynn Brown says:

    Thank you Rosemary for sharing your thoughts and advice. Getting started is yet another issue with many new business bloggers. So I appreciate positive feedback.

  17. Lynn Brown says:

    Congrats to you Patricia for celebrating 1 year! Thank you for sharing your experience. I think I was just like you. Not sure of what to write. I did read others blogs and I especially took to my wonderful online colleague friend, @MelanieKissell. I was attracted to her ease of writing and a flair for engaging her audience.

    Glad you stopped by today adding your comments and some good advice for others.

  18. Bonnie says:

    Great points Lynn. I know my first couple (many) posts were not my best. I think I was trying too hard! My best advice is to join a bloggers group or challenge. The support and helpful advice is invaluable along with really jumping the learning curve.

    Finding your voice is hard. It’s tempting to compare yourself to others and how they do it. While it’s great to learn from others it’s really important to let your own light shine through. Nope, not everyone will like it but many people will connect much more deeply to what you write.

    I suppose the best way to look at is as blogging is part of your journey…not the end result.

    Blessings!

  19. Hajra says:

    I believe the first blog posts are always a reflection of the whys and the hows and the whats. Many people look back with a little regret that their first post wasn’t as good; but I feel it works out well because we learn to do better with time and with posts!

  20. Kostas says:

    Hey Lynn,
    Great advices, no one is the best writer especially if he/she hasn’t write a lot of blog posts but the only way to become better is to practice, as you said the first will not be a Pulitzer Prize winning post but with if you write regularly it will start becoming easier to write and your posts will be better, thanks for sharing…

  21. Hi Lynn,

    I really like you article. It is so true like everything you do the most important thing is to start and then as one practices our skills improve with time. Your points about how you approach it are very important. Thank you very much for your tips. Take care Rosemary

  22. Great points Lynn!
    I remember when I started with blogging I was paralyzed as you say here.
    What subject to choose, waht headline, will my readers like it so many questions asked.
    Finally, what was helpful was reading a lot of blogs in my niche and in other niches to get a grasp of if and going to sites specialized in showing how successful blogs are written.
    Trial and error and I’m still learning every day!
    Thank you Lynn for this post it allows me to celebrate my progress after 1 year!

  23. Lynn Brown says:

    Oh I agree, poor little dog! I can appreciate your story Michael as I too went through the battle of overthinking. Now, just like you, I also enjoy sitting down and putting together information for my audience. It is helpful to stay within your topic and only focus on that.

    Good to hear that you now enjoy writing and glad you have such a supportive wife too! Thank you for stopping in and sharing your experience which will be helpful to those just starting out or getting stuck in their blog writing. Look forward to you visiting again soon.

  24. Michael says:

    These are excellent tips you are sharing, Lynn. Especially the one about not worrying if your first blog post is going to win a Pulitzer. I know for a long time that was my issue. i wrote and rewrote and threw away draft after draft after draft. Until finally my wife told me to just publish the thing and be done with it.

    So I did , and it turned out actually pretty well. So I thought, “Oh no, it was good because of those hours I agonized over it, but then I wrote a second post and spent only half as long on it, and it was better than the first one. There is a point, of course, where you have to spend a certain amount of time on a post. Right now on my long ones I write for the Weekend Editions (usually bit over 1000 words) I wind up spending about 4 hours from start to finish.

    But now that I have done a number of them, I don’t go through agony over each of them anymore. I actually look forward to that time of the week and I have a really good time writing. And that feeling is way better than yelling at the dog because I couldn’t figure out how to word something on my blog. Poor dog, such a tolerant little fellow. :-)

  25. Lynn Brown says:

    That is a great tip you are sharing Ellen…. ‘think of your blog as a conversation’. I find that to also be true when you are making videos. Just as you would think the camera is a person, seeing your blog as if you are talking to a new customer or client is a good technique.

    Appreciate you sharing your advice and so glad you stopped by today!

  26. Ellen Gerst says:

    Great points, Lynne. I think one idea to consider when blogging is that you are trying to reach individuals … to touch something inside of them … something to which they can connect and say, “Yes, that’s just how I feel.” That said, I like to write in first person vs. third person. Thinking of your blog as a “conversation” you are having with your readers can help the words to flow.

  27. Lynn Brown says:

    That is great advice Roberta you shared from Jon Morrow. And I think in anything that we write, adding that little bit of curiosity is a human thing to want to know the ‘rest of the story’!

    But I really appreciate you sharing your insight … ‘you only know what you think you know until you go out and discover more’ — I’m adding that to my list of quotes. And tweeting it out! That is so meaningful in everything that we do.

  28. Lynn Brown says:

    And I read your very first blog post PeggyLee and I have to say that was an amazing read! You really do love to write and you can tell in your words.

    I’m glad that I could share some tips that actually can help us ‘seasoned’ bloggers since I know for me personally, sometimes I just get stumped. I am touched by your passion PeggyLee. Thank you very much for coming by and sharing that with us.

  29. Lynn Brown says:

    Really good point Michelle. Researching the topic you want to share can give you an added benefit for more attraction and traffic. Thank you for mentioning that as it really is another helpful tip to add to my list!

  30. Lynn Brown says:

    Appreciate the positive advice you are sharing Roy. I agree that it just takes time. Thank you Roy for coming by and sharing your key points!

  31. Lynn you make some good points. Was listening to Jon Morrow this morning and one additional comment he might add that you need to have something as part of your bio that simply gets people to want to find out more. and do some guest blogging. I have been thinking about guest blogging for a long time and I look at Samantha and Hajra and how well their blog is growing because of both paid and unpaid blogging and I need to truly get this one going. Writing is what it takes and working with all kinds of people, you only know what you think you know until you go out and discover more

  32. I wrote my first blog October 15, 2009… several months after being forced into a world of transition. Here’s the link explaining it all: http://bit.ly/GRNYk7

    Good advice, Lynn, even to us “seasoned” bloggers who get stumped once in a while at the words to write.

    For me, much like today, I just sit down and begin writing whatever comes to mind; then lo and behold sentences that sense begins to show up on the page! Writing is my passion, for sure… when I can’t write, it seems I can’t breathe… so I breathe, and then I can write. But then, if I can breathe, I can do anything.

  33. Great advice Lynn. I believe if they write about their passion, their expertise, the rest will take its course I listened to an expert yesterday that suggested you select a topic that a million people are searching for that resonates with you. If it resonates with you, it will help when writing the post. I have some research to do! Thanks for this!

  34. Great advice to those starting out!
    The key point is you get better- much better- with time.
    Setting the tone and expectations is what everyone wants to see from your first post. And, that you will keep your promises from each subsequent addition.