If you look up articles on what to write for your first blog post it can be quite scary. A lot of articles talk about making a good first impression. If you don’t get this post right then visitors will never return again. I don’t agree. So if you are thinking what to write in my first blog post? don’t let these articles stop you from posting. Here is why I think your first post doesn’t have to be perfect.
Done is Better Than Perfect
If you are a perfectionist, listen to and taking on this pressure to make your first post fantastic, you might never post. It’s easy to procrastinate on posting. Especially with your first post if you’re worried about every detail. I have learned that done is better than perfect. Quality is important in your posts, for your readers and for Google. But posting is essential for progression! Don’t let the pressure to be perfect stop you from posting.
If your first post is not perfect is shows progression. I love looking back at old videos from YouTubers that I follow to see where they started. It makes them more relatable. It makes me feel like I could get to where they are now one day as I am where they once were.
A quote I hear a lot now is “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 10”. This is why it is so important to share your chapter 1. One day you will have found your voice, built a community of loyal fans and will be inspiring them to take action in their life. You can point your audience in the direction of your early content and show them how far you have come.
You Don’t Have to Tell Anyone
It takes months for a website to start ranking on Google. Even if you are including the search terms your audience is typing into Google in your post it can still take time. It takes time to build a reputation with Google to prove your website is worth ranking higher. So, chances are people will not find your website straight away unless you are sharing it with people.
So to start with no one is going to be watching you. No one will be reading your blog posts unless you are telling them about them. So this is a great opportunity to create content that is not perfect. Although I said it is great to keep your old posts you have the option to delete them. If a few months in you change your blog topic and have new content to replace then you could delete the first post.
My personal blog started as a documentation of university progress and as I changed the function of my website some of my original posts got cut. Although I now regret this as it would have been cool to look back at those original posts, it is fine to do.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Just One
When launching your blog it’s a good idea to have a few posts already on your site when you put it live. This way if you do share your first post and start getting traffic, readers can find more on your site and get to know you and your content a little better.
I have seen recommendations of 5 – 7 posts to be live on your site when you launch. I had 3 on my site when I put it live and a plan for the creation of more posts over the next few months.
In my first post, I recommended you should start writing blog posts before doing anything else. This was to get a feel for the blog writing process and to make sure you start before you are ready. If you have done this then you should have a couple of posts ready to go already. Having a few posts already written and on the site will take the pressure off creating one amazing first post for your blog.
First Posts Ideas
Ask yourself the following questions, to prompt topic ideas for your blog posts:
Why you are starting a blog
Who your target audience is
What are the topics you are going to be covering
Who are you
What problems are you going to be solving with your blog
Make an Effort
So don’t take this first post to seriously. Remember done is better than perfect. Having this record of where you started will be useful for you and for others to have as a reference. No one will be watching to start with so you have time to experiment. And you don’t have to launch with just one fantastic post. Launch with a few decent posts to give readers a feel for you and the type of content you will be creating.
Although it doesn’t have to be perfect you should still make an effort. You still want the post to be useful for your readers, something they will enjoy and will want to come back for more. There might be the odd spelling or grammar mistake, but if you are still providing value, then people will want more. One of my upcoming posts will be on Creating a Simple Process for Blog Writing, which will help you to make sure you are creating the best possible posts for your blog.